The mystery of the 10 minas solved (for me)

The meaning of the parables of the talents 1 and of the ten minas 2 remained a mystery to me. Ten minasIt was because of what the third servant said to his master, ‘…I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and hid your talent.’ 3 Luke 19:20 agrees, ‘…I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man and reap what you did not sow.’  How could he describe the master (Jesus) as so heartless and harsh?

 

The parables explain that Jesus went to receive the kingship (after His ascension). Before He went He gave talents (or minas) to all people. We are told that the citizens hated Him, and sent a delegation that they don’t want Him as King. Atheists and skeptics don’t want the influence of God or Jesus in their lives. Through their repeated animated talk against Jesus (which we witness daily in our society), they complain about this King.  Despite it, He was made king and will come back (the second coming).

 

To me it seems as if the parables have to do with the last Judgment. 4 All people of all times will appear before the Judge, which includes Jesus’ called, chosen and faithful followers. 5 Why will they appear before the Judge?  It is illogical only to condemn, because the reality of the Bible and God’s plan must be demonstrated to the unsaved. Jesus’ followers will testify to God’s glory and grace.  Also, they will be rewarded in front of the unsaved (like the two in the parables who were recommended for their diligence). There is no logic in giving the rewards at another time and in another place. In such a public gathering the brilliance of God will be seen by all. There the unsaved will understand what they missed.

 

The third servant is the focus. He accused the Master of being hard, bad, terrible and a cosmic tyrant (as atheists do today). The Judge’s response, ‘I will judge you by your own words.’ Since you claimed that I am harsh, that is how I will treat you: ‘throw this worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ This servant, as I understand, represents atheists, skeptics and mockers of God. They refuse to have anything to do with God, or to serve Him in the least. They hide their God given talents, thinking they are spiting God. What a tragedy that buried talents lead to an eternally wasted life.

 

Question: Do you agree with how I feel the Holy Spirit explained the logic of the Word of God?

 

References

  1. Matthew 25:14-30
  2. Luke 19:11-24
  3. Matthew 25:24-25
  4. Revelation 20:10-15
  5. Revelation 17:14
  6. Luke 19:22
  7. Matthew 25:30

Does the devil hate prayer?

King David prayed.1 Jesus and John the Baptist prayed.2 Paul was a man of prayer.3 Yet atheists say David a prayerhundreds of experiments have proven that prayer does not work. That would have surprised the three people we mentioned.

 

What does the Bible teach? Simply that we should ask the Father in the name of Jesus, and He will do it for us.4 Yet James warns us that there are conditions: ‘When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.’ 5 We need to ask what God wants.However, there is someone who doesn’t like prayer. He is the devil. Why doesn’t he want us to pray? Because he knows it works.

 

Daniel was quite a man of God. He was not even intimidated by the king’s decree that they could only address their prayers to the king, and to nobody else.7  He just carried on praying as was his habit (he did not know atheists who told him prayer doesn’t work).

 

On another occasion Daniel petitioned the Lord. After three weeks of prayer, an angel appeared to him. He told him that the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted him for 21 days.8 That means the demon assigned to ‘protect’ the Persian kingdom resisted the angel with the answer for Daniel. Demons are all under control of the devil.

 

It is interesting that atheists and skeptics consistently deny what the Bible teaches or emphasises. For example, they laugh at prayer. That shows us it is very important. The reason we know it, is because the prince of this world is their ‘adviser.’ People are influenced by either the Prince of the Universe, Jesus, who works through the Holy Spirit, or by the prince of this world, the devil.

 

So we understand that prayer is important and it works. Atheists come with very clever arguments, like how can a God who knows what is going to happen, react on our prayers? We need to remember that we understand very little of God’s unlimited power. A God who can write the genetic recipes (DNA) for millions of different plants and organisms, must be pretty clever. We are content to leave the technicalities in His hands, and do what He tells us to do. Pray!

 

So what can we conclude? Atheists and skeptics can teach us a lot about God and the Bible. The key is to consistently do exactly the opposite of what they advocate, and believe exactly the opposite of what they teach.

 

References

  1. 1 Samuel 23:10,12
  2. Luke 11:1, “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When He finished one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.’”
  3. Ephesians 1:16, ‘I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.’
  4. John 14:13-14
  5. James 4:3
  6. 1 John 5:14
  7. Daniel 6:1-14
  8. Daniel 10:13

6 reasons atheists are not logical

Most people know atheists and sceptics who deny that there is a God. Darwin's non-existent treeThey are family members, friends, colleagues and acquaintances. They are usually civilised, well mannered, educated, law abiding, clever and very normal people. Why does the Bible then say that people who deny that God exists are fools? The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ 1 Is the Bible mistaken? It doesn’t sound right. Isn’t a fool an idiot, or an ignorant, illiterate person?

 

Modern atheists do not answer to that picture. The term ‘fool’ also does not apply to most atheists in Proverbs 10:23a, A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct. So why does the Bible use the word ‘fool’ when it describes atheists? It is because the Biblical meaning differs from the modern meaning. For us ‘fool’ has become a derogatory term. In Bible language it means a wrong way of thinking. Is the Bible correct when it defines atheists and sceptics as wrong thinkers?

 

We can look at the thinking of atheists like this:

  1. For most atheists evolution ‘proves’ that there was no Creator. The God of the Bible is very specifically the Creator. If He was not necessary for the creation, then obviously He does not exist.
  2. Evolution depends on Darwin’s tree of life. The tree is supposed to demonstrate that all of life like plants, animals, birds, et cetera are inter-connected. They all stem from the same original, first living organism.
  3. Darwin’s tree of life depends on a seed to grow. A tree crucially needs a ‘seed’ to begin to grow. That means evolution can only be true if the first living organism (the seed) appeared naturally, without the Creator, on earth.
  4. The seed has not yet been found, but evolution is supposed to be a fact. Despite all the many researchers and investigators who work in laboratories to prove how life began, the ‘seed’ has not yet been found.
  5. The tree of life is imaginary. It could or did not grow, because there was no ‘seed.’ It is an artificial construct, that is not supported by facts.
  6. You need faith in Darwin to accept that evolution happened. There are no concrete, scientific facts yet. Atheists who rely on evolution to ‘prove’ there is no Creator God, have to believe it without evidence.

That explains why God regards atheists as people who cannot think logically and rationally. Their biggest argument for the non-existence of God is non-existent.

 

So, how are we to react towards them, and to think about them? We don’t advocate the use of the term ‘fool.’  Atheists come in different shades. Some hate God with a passion, others just don’t like God, others can’t be bothered by God at all. We have no commands in the Bible to revile or judge them. Judgement belongs to God, not to us. God expects us to treat them with respect, because they might just change their thinking when they hear rational, logical truth and experience the civility of God believers.

 

References

1. Psalm 14:3

 

 

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