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12:01 PM   [22 Apr 2014 | Tuesday]

God's Not Dead

 recently watched the movie God's Not Dead. In the movie, a young man is challenged by his professor, who is an atheist, to prove God's existence. He had 3 opportunities and only 20 minutes each time to defend his faith in front of his fellow students, as well as the professor. He played the role of a defense attorney, the professor was the prosecutor, and his classmates were the jury, but the purpose of this was to put God on trialHow many opportunities do we have each day to defend God's existence? How would we go about this?

Perhaps if we found Noahs Ark, or some other ancient relic, we could prove that God does exist, but could that actually prove His existence? It may validate the Scriptures, but it doesn't prove that He exist. In the book of John, Jesus let us know how we are to show the world that He is alive.

"So now I'm giving you and new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples" (John 13:35).

How does love prove to the world that God exist? The disciples were a group of men that Jesus called together. Not all the disciples were fisherman, they didn't apply for job with Him, and they weren't all called at the same time. One in particular, Matthew, was a hated tax collector. He was the odd man out—a traitor in the eyes of the Jews. He took from his very own people, yet he was called to be a disciple of Jesus.Each of the disciples had to work with a man they were taught to despise, yet we have a book with Matthew’s account on his walk with Jesus.

True love from God overcomes prejudice and hatred. In Luke 10, an expert of religious law questioned Jesus about inheriting eternal life. His own answer was a quote from Deuteronomy and Leviticus: Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind. That part is easy. The second was to love your neighbor as yourself. This is where we get the story of the Good Samaritan. Jesus showed Godly love not from a Jew, but a despised Samaritan. The Samaritan was a hero because he didn't see the nationality of the man he helped.

Today in our churches, we show the world that God does exist through the love He showed us while we were His enemies. The acceptance and mercy He gave us, we now give to a dying world. I love that in church, race, nationality, your past, everything falls under the love and blood of Jesus. Bywalking next to Matthew, Peter learned the discipline and power of God's love. Later he wrote, "Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins"(1 Peter 4:8). He learned to look past prejudices he was raised by and learned to love tax collectors, Gentiles, and Roman army officers.

The legacy of the disciples lives to this day because of their Love, and we continue to show that God is not dead, but alive in us as we continue to reach out to those who others have looked at as a lost cause. Perhaps you have a coworker or family member that you have been avoiding for some time because of hurt feelings. The world is watching and seeing how we treat each other. Does your life show love for thosethat you may be avoiding? Just remember, we can only give what we have. If Jesus has covered your past sins with His love, then perhaps you to should reach out and cover the hurt and pain of others in that same love.

-Richard Navarro

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