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A Babbling Preacher and a Strange Gospel (5 of 13)
If you were to travel at the speed of light (more than 186,000 miles per second), in two seconds you would be past the moon; in eight minutes, you would be past the sun; in four months, you would be at the edge of our solar system; and in five years, you would be to the nearest star, Alpha Centauri A. If you were to travel 100,000 years at that incredible speed, you would finally exit from our galaxy, better known as the Milky Way. If you decided to go to the next closest galaxy, called the Great Nebuli, you would travel for 1,500,000 years at the speed of 186,000 miles per second to get there. Scientists now have telescopes that can see four and one-half billion light-years into space. And yet the Bible says that our God holds all of that in the palm of his hand. He must be a mighty and powerful God. Everyone ought to fall in love with a God like that, but they don't. A person that doesn't serve God in light of his power ought to appear stupid and idiotic.
We live in a world that has rejected the great and mighty God. But why? According to the Bible, it's because the heart of man is wicked and he is filled with sin.
Jeremiah 17:9 says, ''The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.'' Not just mildly wicked, but desperately wicked, and ''all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags'' (Isa. 64:6).
Instead of living in a world that is conducive to the preaching of God and his Son, Jesus Christ, we live in a world that counts the gospel of Christ as strange and foreign.
Years ago a man by the name of Paul preached, and when he finished preaching, they dubbed him a ''babbler'' and called his message ''strange'' (Acts 17:8). For these philosophers to call Paul strange would be like the Ayatollah Khomeini calling Billy Graham weird. They did so because they could not understand the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What made them call Paul a babbler and his gospel a ' ...
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