A few nights ago, I was watching a special on TBN – God of Wonders. It’s a wonderful video about God’s awesome creation. It included testimonies from scientists insisting that the complexities of our earth and its inhabitants can only lead to the conclusion that there is a Creator – an Intelligent Designer. When the program got to man, it said that God created man in His image with Free Will and a conscience — the conscience being the knowledge of good vs. evil. The guilty feeling when you do something wrong that bugs you until you right the wrong.
That got me to thinking. In researching the ancient Romans and how early Christian evangelists tried to reach them, the main concept they had to work with was that there was only One God. The ancient Romans could not understand “atonement of sins.” This leads me to the conclusion that they didn’t have a conscience. Or they just didn’t listen to it. They were a pleasure and power-seeking society. The government had laws set by the senate or the emperor and they had a justice system, but it was sins like adultery, stealing, murder, greed, slavery etc. that were generally accepted by society.
So, God create all people with a conscience, but if a person has no concept of atoning for his sins and evil doings, then Satan controls the person’s will and the person pays no attention to “that guilty feeling.”
That brings me to the topic of this past Sunday’s sermon at my church (a recording of the sermon should be available around Wed. of this week) – Why Jesus? To quote part of the sermon: “To say that ‘all religions are paths leading in the same direction’ is nothing more than a lame excuse to do whatever you want…” In ancient Rome, as long as you didn’t anger the gods, you were ok.
One of the lessons that I use in my novel is from Acts 17: 24-31. It’s when the Apostle Paul meets the Greek scholars in Athens.
In the past God overlooked such ignorance [gods and idols], but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed [Jesus]. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead. ~ Acts 17:30-31 [author inserted]
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~ Romans 5:8
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but ave eternal life. ~ John 3:16
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me…” ~ John 14: 6