pride-of-lionsHow do we explain something to another person that they simply will not understand? Why won’t they understand? Apparently, they choose not to understand.

For a better understanding of this subject, check out Anchors, strangers, and voices oh my by ColorStorm.

It is extremely sad but embarrassingly amusing to hear unbelievers say ‘I know more of the scriptures than believers.’  Yeah, like Pontius Pilate or King Herod could hold a candle against ahem, Peter, James, or John, or even Dr. Alfred Edersheim, that stellar minded and biblically astute giant of the faith.

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His treatise ‘Old Testament History,’ as well as the monumental ‘Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah,’ were oxes in the land, where all naysayers are but grasshoppers. His work is to this day unchallenged by serious students of scripture.

Then there is always the brilliant man of old, Sir Robert Anderson, whose analytical mind proved helpful during the days of Jack the Ripper’s tenure, as he investigated at Scotland Yard. The Scotsman’s treatise ‘The Silence of God,’ was and still is a monarch of intellectual mastery, thanks to his obvious spiritual gift.

Didja catch the point about his ‘investigations?’ Yes, he used this same skill in digging through scripture, leaving no clue or stone unturned, as he brought forth the deep treasures of scripture, and laid out the pearls where light and truth are friends. (continued here)

Imagine you had a friend over to visit. Imagine that while your friend is visiting, a 400 pound lion escapes a nearby zoo. What if that lion decided to rest in the shade of a tree in your front yard?

What if, as your friend got ready to leave, you saw the lion? What if, when you pointed that lion out to your friend, he denied seeing the lion? What if he grew agitated, and he insisted upon going out the front door to his car and leaving? What would you do? How would you make your friend understand? There is a lion out there!

That’s what it is like for a believer to speak of God’s Word to an unbeliever. The unbeliever refuses to see the lion. He refuses to see the enemy, the Devil, who roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), but what is more important, he refuses to see our Savior, the Lion from Judah’s tribe.

Revelation 5:1-5 English Standard Version (ESV)

Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Why do people refuse to see the the Lion from Judah’s tribe? Are people so afraid of lions, even those who love them enough to die for them? If we did not how much He loves us, what would we think of Jesus?

Matthew 10:27-31 New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus Teaches the Fear of God

27 “Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

As believers, what can we do to save unbelievers? Perhaps, we must help them understand the difference between the lions. With the help of the Holy Spirit we must convey to unbelievers the love of the Lion from Judah’s tribe

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  1. Good one Tom. So true that we are bound by both Biblical command as well as common human decency to witness to the lost. To fail to do that would be almost hateful in and of itself. I will concede on the behalf of non believers, though, that sometimes we just aren’t very good at sharing in a way that is loving and kind, yet truthful.

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    1. We are works in progress. From time-to-time, we all fall. With our Lord’s help, we all must pick ourselves up. To continue to progress, we must each accept the love of God. And God is to be feared. What some do not seem to understand, however, is that He is also to be loved.

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      1. Good point Tom on the love.

        Our failure sometimes as Christians is not sharing the love part equally with the judgment.

        The failure of many non believers is fixating so totally on the judgment that they refuse to accept the love. It then becomes a reason in their minds to reject it all.

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  2. Awesome work there Tom. We are surrounded today by alarms of every sort, beep this, beep that, almost to the point of annoying, but how many times have those alarms helped us?

    Yet, too many shrink from that alarm that is one of true love and concern as you say.

    tkx for linking too.

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  3. it certainly would be easier to show unbelievers the Lion if he were still physically here like the lion of your non sequitur argument. all we believers have is inference from history, other believers and sacred texts thousands of years old.
    the analogy doesn’t follow. the one actually could drag the one who refused to believe in the Lion outside to just see or touch or perhaps get attacked by the very Real Lion outside.
    we have no such ability to demonstrate or ‘show’ Jesus to the world except require them to ‘see’ by Faith, and then condemn them to Hell for not taking our word for it.
    -mike

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    1. Do you know of a perfect analogy? You seem to have gotten rather bitter and pointlessly argumentative. To put it simply, you are whining.

      When the Lion of Judah refused to exercise His power, we hung Him up on a cross. Look at our world. When we are so full ourselves, what is God supposed to do with us?

      You complain about a lack of evidence. To prove God exists, you have the beauty and majesty of the whole universe. To prove you need God, you have an empty hole in your heart. These are the proofs every human being whoever lived has had to some degree. And yet as the Apostle Paul observed in Romans 1:18-32, those professing to be wise became fools.

      You and I have a precious gift. To prove Jesus exists, we have the imprint He left upon history, and we have the Bible. We can study history, and we can study the Bible. Becaus Jesus was God, we can see so many things that defy any other explanation. Yet you still want proof? Or do you want to be god?

      Unless someone is foolish enough or innocent enough (like our children) to follow us there, neither you or I can condemn anyone to Hell except our self. We have a choice. We can accept the love of God. We can allow Him to teach us, or we can remain as we are, prideful, selfish, vile, ravening beasts. When we refuse God, we condemn our self to remaining as we are for eternity, and that is Hell.

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  4. so, you’re not going to answer my simple question on whether your answer to my question on Joshua 6 21 would have sufficed you before you were a believer? ok. I’m really ok with that. not sure why you in turn are attacking me for asking the question. I have my thoughts, but your reasons are yours and I’m ok with that. would have been simpler and much more direct and kind just to decline at the first, but thx anyway. -mike

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    1. I answered your question. You did not get the answer you want. You want an excuse not to believe. I did not give you one, and I cannot give you a perfect reason to believe. BECAUSE WE ARE NOT PERFECT, there isn’t a perfect reason to believe. So you whine.

      As a Christian, I am obligated to be kind, and it is a kindness to tell you that you are whining. To be a Christian, we have to come to God in humility. We have to accept the fact He is not going to tell us everything we want to know.

      Do you know what it is to be a soldier? If you cannot trust the people in charge, you don’t want to volunteer to be a soldier. Do you trust God? Are you willing to be a spiritual warrior for Christ?

      God made the world. God, not some idiot politician. We are His children. His only children? There are angels. What else I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter. He told us what we need to know. We must choose. Are we willing to love and obey Him?

      What I do know is that He makes the rules, and whining does no good. We can pray. We can cry and weep. We can take our troubles to Him, but until we pray for what God wants us to pray we waste our time.

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    2. You are the same on every blog huh Mike?

      I have read posts on 10 different Christian blogs in the past hour and you have picked a fight with the Christian blogger on every one of them. Why?

      Keeping Mike’s posts in moderation and ignoring him would probably be a good idea Tom, he’s an obvious fraud.

      James

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      1. Thank you for the suggestion.

        I agree that Mike can be difficult, and perhaps he is a fraud. Unfortunately, most people are not especially honest, and none of us are perfectly honest. However, I have set of rules I have posted (Blog Ethics), and I try to abide by them. So long as a commenter follows the rules I have posted, they are welcome to comment.

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  5. Yes, it is getting pretty dicy out here in the hinterland.

    I was having a discussion on “gay” marriage with one of my room mates and and she was highly doubtful of my statement of the obvious: that human nature is male and female.

    I was also taken aback when she stated that their was no difference between the love between a man and a woman and say, a man and his pet rat (don’t get me started on whether the rat should be male or female).

    “Love is love,” she said.

    And making like our esteemed Pope Francis, mankind’s new Wizard of Oz, she added, “Who am I to judge?”

    More and more, I find this to be what now passes for mainstream thought and ethical values.

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