Roger Lanse is providing the material for this column, which will be posted on an irregular basis. Roger Lanse moved to Grant County with his wife, Ellen, in 1979. They now live in Arenas Valley and attend Bible Baptist Church of Silver City.
By Roger Lanse
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
If you believe this first verse of the Bible, the rest of the Bible starts to add up.
Archeological discoveries have confirmed Old Testament references to the practice of sacrificing children to pagan gods, whether to Baal, Molech, Chemosh, or some other foul deity.
The Bible records that God expressly forbade the Israelites to cause “their sons and daughters to pass through the fire.” God promised death, not only to those who did so, but also to those who sanctioned the practice.
Today, almost anyone met on the street would say the thought of sacrificing a child to any god was appalling and horrific, yet for the years 1973-2017, an estimated 60 million unborn children have been sacrificed to the god of self.
In Matthew Chapter 9, Mark Chapter 2, and Luke Chapter 5, we find the account of Jesus healing a man who couldn’t walk. The three authors, each in their own style, describe how four men brought the paralytic on a bed to the house where Jesus was preaching. Because they couldn’t reach Jesus for the crowd, they climbed to the roof, removed tiles, and lowered the paralytic down to Jesus through the hole they had made.
Jesus’ reaction was to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven.”
In the Bible’s Book of Romans, we are told that no one is free from sin. That’s every person who ever lived, is living, or will live. And, because God hates sin, we are excluded from heaven being the sinners we are.
This bad news only gets worse as the Book of Romans warns us that our sin has earned us death. Not only are we excluded from heaven; we are destined for hell. Forever apart from God and His love and goodness.
What happens to me when I die?
By Roger Lanse
You know, I’ve never known anyone to come back from death and tell me what it’s like on the other side. You probably haven’t either. So, how do we know what happens when we step out of here into eternity?
According to the Bible, yes, there is. Even though many people don’t believe in hell, God in His Word confirms its existence.
Hell is described in various places in the Old Testament as a place of sorrows, corruption, affliction, and judgment; distresses, destruction and disaster – a place you don’t want to go.
We receive even more unpleasant portrayals in the New Testament describing hell as a fire that is eternal and unquenchable, a lake of fire and brimstone, a furnace of fire, an outer darkness, and an everlasting punishment.
You may have seen ‘John 3:16’ displayed at various sporting events. My own recollection is seeing the verse often displayed on signs behind NFL end-zones just before an extra point or field goal is kicked. Why?
Because, John 3:16 encapsulates the Bible’s gospel message. The New King James version of the verse goes, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”