I am now 72 years of age and have been for a while now. So, among my daily rituals is taking my daily doses of meds, a bunch of them. By the way, did I mention I hate having to take drugs.
If it were just death I were avoiding, I might just stop taking them. The problem is that if my blood pressure goes too high, it can lead to a stroke or kidney problems. If my sugar goes too high, any one of a half dozen things can happen, beside death. I certainly do not want to spend what is left of my life bedridden or worse.
At any rate, the purpose for this is to complain about gravity. It seems that at least once a week, I drop one of the pills. Then of course, it provokes the mandatory search. I certainly don’t want the dog to find it and eat it.
To me, that does seem a bit ironic. I can never get the dog to swallow the ones the vet tells me to give her.
…and so it is, gravity works every time. It never fails, even when I would prefer it not. Because of gravity, I broke my arm when I was 12, in the middle of little league. Afterward, I learned to do many things left-handed. Gravity also contributed to my broken ankle and my broken right ring-finger. It is a fact of life, when a person falls, thanks to gravity, we people break things.
No one invented gravity, although there have been a number of people who have studied it. It is God’s invention. It is the way He made the world and only He can suspend its operation. By the way, he did this at least once when he made an ax head float.
Today we look at gravity as part of physics, which among other things include a number of laws: light, magnetism, inertia, etc. Again, we never invented any of these phenomenon. We simply observed them and wrote rules regarding them. Again, no human can change them. Though airplanes fly, they do not truly defy gravity. They stay airborne only because of other laws of physics.
Most of us are well aware of the above by the time we reach high school. What people fail to realize is that the laws that God set forth are not limited to physics. The first 5 books of the Holy Bible are filled with the laws of God. We humans think we don’t have to follow them.
Guess what. We are just as subject to those laws as the laws of physics. Fortunately, God has seen fit, in a way, suspend the damage we do when we disobey them. Some assume they are getting away with it, sort of like the shoplifter. Be sure. Nothing escapes His eye. He sees it all and there will be a day reckoning. There will be no exceptions. There will be a penalty for every single time any of us does something wrong.
Again, all sins will be paid for, either by the sinner or by Jesus. If you accept Him as your savior, He pays for them. If you don’t, then you will pay for them. Every one you do not pay for in this life, you will pay for in hell. The law is just as sure as gravity. You can’t change it.
It sounds to me like a good reason to accept Jesus as your savior. Yet most people defiantly refuse. The reasons are varied. However, it is a fact, God will not accept any of them. You cannot defy gravity and just as sure, you cannot defy God’s laws as he has set forth in his Holy Bible.
Some people say there are many ways to heaven besides Jesus. That is just not true. If there was, Jesus would have had no reason to go to the cross. Because there was only one way, he bore all our sins on the cross. It is the fulfillment of the law. Because He paid the price, the penalty was paid. Because we accept Him and His payment, we do not have to pay the price.
Because He said on the cross that “It is finished,” we do not need to add anything to his work. If we try, then we do not trust Him at his word. Anyone who thinks they can help in their own salvation is just as doomed as he who doesn’t believe at all.
First, we cannot add to what Jesus did. Second, if we try, we are saying what what he said on the cross isn’t true. In essence, we say he lied.
…and so it causes something of a paradox. When I say that I am going to heaven, it somewhat sounds as if I am boasting of my works. Actually, the opposite is true. I am admitting my failure and I am relying totally on Jesus’ promise and power. If I say that he might save me, I am admitting my lack of faith in Him. If I say that I just might be able to earn my way into heaven, it sounds like I am admitting my humility. Actually, a person who thinks they might earn their way to heaven, or even contribute, has not admitted their inability to pay the price of their sin. In some cases, they aren’t even admitting their sin at all.
Make no mistake. God’s rules apply to you. If you have any complaints about them, individually or collectively, don’t complain to me. I didn’t make them. Complain to God. He is the one Who made them. You might consider the statement flippant. However, regardless of the reason, God just might want to hear from you, even if it is an honest complaint.
Side note: do not rely on any church or religion to save you. It simply will not happen. No church can save you or can it or its clergy. The only help they can provide is to help you understand it. The decision is yours and only yours. No one can make it for you. Though God does have the power to make it for you, He won’t. No one makes your decision of His mercy or His law but you.