God’s greatest gift to humanity is invested in the humanity of His only Son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus reveals God’s agape love, the highest kind of self-sacrificial love. God cleanses the sinner and saves him. God’s love for a sinner is the crown of all His attributes. Jesus is “the only begotten Son of God.” God gave us the very best of Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ. God gave His only begotten Son up to death on the cross to save sinners. The only object of our faith is “in Him,” the only begotten of the Father. Jesus is the object of saving faith and saving grace. There is life-saving grace
in His Blood, shed on the cross of Calvary to save us from our sins. Those who believe on Him “shall not perish, but have eternal life.” “To perish” is eternal rejection by God. In Jesus, God’s greatest gift to humanity, we receive eternal life. God loved humanity so much “that He gave His one and only Son.” When we believe in Him, we will receive eternal life.
© Miriam Jacob
Science and the Bible are intricately linked in the most remarkable way. Both have God’s imprint on them. Both are divine records of God’s speech. God is the Author of the Bible and the Creator of Science. He instituted the laws of nature which govern the earth. God reveals Himself in Creation, in the Bible and in Science. God created the Universe with evidence to prove that He created it, evidence that is indisputable, irrefutable, undeniable, unquestionable and inarguable. Does Science discredit the Bible? Certainly not. The Bible revealed scientific facts before Science ever did. Did evolution produce man? Definitely not.
God created the Universe, the Earth and everything in it. He sustains the Universe and mankind by His Word. The great Architect and eternal Designer – the Creator God – is at the helm of His creation. A detailed analysis of Science and Faith reveals many facts worthy of notice. Faith does not contradict Science. It only affirms the basic principles of Science. Science does not oppose faith or render it unacceptable. When Science and the Bible are viewed in the correct perspective, they mutually support one another. Modern Science presents compelling evidence in scientific data that testifies to an intelligent Designer and a supernatural Creator who created the Universe.
Life is full of questions about the relationship between Science and the Bible. The most important question is “Does God exist?” This is the fundamental question of life. If God does not exist, we cannot search for Him. In order to prove the existence of God, we must convince Science about Creation. The evidence to prove God’s existence is very convincing. Consider the Creation of the Universe. To say that it came into existence by accident raises a volley of questions with no satisfactory answers. The Big Bang theory does not prove where the original matter used for the formation of the Universe came from. A Big Bang cannot create something from nothing. How can the amazingly complex and perfect life forms of earth evolve out of nothing?
Science demands proof for life’s existence but the stark reality is that evolution does not prove anything at all. Contrary to its high-handed claims, evolution does not have all the answers to the complex issues of life. “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” raises its voice among scientists doubting Darwinism, who are skeptical of claims that random mutation and natural selection can account for the complexities of life. Modern scientific research reveals the inadequacy of Darwinism to account for the huge amounts of information stored in living things.
Can Science prove that the perfect order, unique design and universal laws of the Universe came into existence from a Big Bang? Does Science affirm that an eternal Brain did not create such astounding perfection from the exquisite beauty of nature, to the sheer expanse of outer space, right down to the most minute , microscopic organisms? Scientifically, there is now much more evidence to support the existence of an intelligent Designer behind the creation of the Universe than there ever was against it. Today, a lot of contemporary scientists tend to believe in the dominance of creation over evolution. Such a perfectly created Universe can never come about by chance. God wins in the dramatic debate of creation versus evolution.
God created the Universe at His express command. What is seen did not emerge from anything visible. God brought the Universe into existence by the power of His Word. Creation had a specific beginning from the Word of God. It all began with the Creator God as the Bible specifically states. God, the eternal Designer, who made the world and everything in it, also instituted the universal laws of nature, as eternal Law-giver. He is the Lord of heaven and earth. The most valid evidence for creation is man, who has a unique personality and a conscience, with the power to make independent and intelligent choices, and distinguish right from wrong. “Man is fearfully and wonderfully made.” Evolution can never produce such extraordinary human qualities.
Can anyone fathom the mysteries of God? Science has to analyse and explain mysteries using reason and logic. God is beyond the scope of Science because He created it. Neither Science nor Creation can understand the Creator for choosing to do things the way He wills. Both Creation and Science can only accept and live within the limits imposed by the Creator. God is beyond man’s understanding. We can only understand God as He chooses to reveal Himself to us through His Holy Word and through prayer as we communicate with God. Let us bow before the Creator God, the Maker of heaven and earth. To Him be the honor and glory for ever. Amen.
© Miriam Jacob
Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their mentees. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the mentees to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the mentees. The mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the mentee. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.
Mentors train mentees to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God’s call. Mentees are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.
You, as the Christian mentor, give your mentees spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God’s divine light.
To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your mentee is a relationship and a process. It is about God’s love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ. When you try to help another live a good Christian life, they need to learn to let Christ live or walk in Him — the not I but Christ life — which will be a good Christian life! The experience of the cross must be front and center. If not, the would-be mentor would be training flesh to try and please God.
Christian mentoring is a specialized form of discipleship. The mentor is one who has come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior, Lord, and Life, according to Romans 6 and Galatians 2:20. His calling as mentor is to foster this relationship with another believer and to walk with him as he is established in walking in the Spirit.
The mentor should be established in a church which advocates such a relationship where he, too, can be under authority. Such a church should have a discipleship program where one believer leads another to appropriate his death, burial, and resurrection with Christ, thus entering into the Spirit-filled life.
Miriam Jacob & Dr. Charles R. Solomon
© The Authors
I am the WAY you are to walk;
I am the TALK you are to talk
I am the TRUTH you are to believe;
I am the LIFE you are to live;
You LOST your life to gain MINE.
You are crucified with Christ,
it is no longer you who lives,
but Christ who lives in you.
And you now live by faith
in the Son of God, who loved you
and gave Himself for you.
© Miriam Jacob
Flagging, floundering spirits
are revived in the labyrinthine landscape
of the sea of faith.
Faith has a face
transfused with wisdom,
tempered by suffering,
transmitting an air of the
most fragrant fortitude.
Faith has a fiery, far-away look,
an incredibly fast-moving brain,
and an extremely determined air
of dash and daring.
Faith has a flair for firmly believing
in the fruitful and ultimate fulfilment
of all God’s promises.
Faith is an inspiring breath of fresh air
in the dark, lonesome dungeons
of doubt and despair.
Faith struggles to persevere,
struggles to hope,
struggles to endure,
struggles to live.
a struggle with
© Miriam Jacob