Wow! Another month has passed! What better way to kick-off May than to write about another Q&A topic. (Thanks A.Y. for the inspiration!) 🙂
As a Christian, I’m sure there are times when we asked ourselves whether God really exist? Is Jesus Christ really the only way to Heaven??
Growing up from a Christian family, I’ve asked myself these questions:
- “Is Christianity the one and only religion where God extends the gift of Salvation to us and invites us to be with Him in Heaven when I die?
- “Why is God’s gift of eternal life FREE FOR ALL? When other religions (i.e. Buddhist, Muslims) out there think they have to work so hard to earn their salvation/a place in Heaven??”
Then the Story of Baal came to mind (Thank you Sunday School teachers!)
The Story of Baal from 1 KINGS 18 – ELIJAH PROVES HE IS THE LORD’S PROPHET
1-2For three years no rain fell in Samaria, and there was almost nothing to eat anywhere. The LORD said to Elijah, “Go and meet with King Ahab. I will soon make it rain.” So Elijah went to see Ahab.
3-4At that time Obadiah was in charge of Ahab’s palace, but he faithfully worshiped the LORD. In fact, when Jezebel was trying to kill the LORD’s prophets, Obadiah hid one hundred of them in two caves and gave them food and water.
Ahab sent for Obadiah 5and said, “We have to find something for our horses and mules to eat. If we don’t, we will have to kill them. Let’s look around every creek and spring in the country for some grass. 6You go one way, and I’ll go the other.” Then they left in separate directions.
7As Obadiah was walking along, he met Elijah. Obadiah recognized him, bowed down, and asked, “Elijah, is it really you?”
8“Yes. Go tell Ahab I’m here.”
King Ahab would kill me if I told him that. And I haven’t even done anything wrong. 10I swear to you in the name of the living LORD your God that the king has looked everywhere for you. He sent people to look in every country, and when they couldn’t find you, he made the leader of each country swear that you were not in that country. 11Do you really want me to tell him you’re here?
16Obadiah left and told Ahab where to find Elijah.
19Call together everyone from Israel and have them meet me on Mount Carmel. Be sure to bring along the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah who eat at Jezebel’s table.
20Ahab got everyone together, then they went to meet Elijah on Mount Carmel. 21Elijah stood in front of them and said, “How much longer will you try to have things both ways? If the LORD is God, worship him! But if Baal is God, worship him!”
The people did not say a word.
22Then Elijah continued:
I am the LORD’s only prophet, but Baal has four hundred fifty prophets.
23Bring us two bulls. Baal’s prophets can take one of them, kill it, and cut it into pieces. Then they can put the meat on the wood without lighting the fire. I will do the same thing with the other bull, and I won’t light a fire under it either.
24The prophets of Baal will pray to their god, and I will pray to the LORD. The one who answers by starting the fire is God.
“That’s a good idea,” everyone agreed.
25Elijah said to Baal’s prophets, “There are more of you, so you go first. Pick out a bull and get it ready, but don’t light the fire. Then pray to your god.”
26They chose their bull, then they got it ready and prayed to Baal all morning, asking him to start the fire. They danced around the altar and shouted, “Answer us, Baal!” But there was no answer.
27At noon, Elijah began making fun of them. “Pray louder!” he said. “Baal must be a god. Maybe he’s day-dreaming or using the toilet or traveling somewhere. Or maybe he’s asleep, and you have to wake him up.”
28The prophets kept shouting louder and louder, and they cut themselves with swords and knives until they were bleeding. This was the way they worshiped, 29and they kept it up all afternoon. But there was no answer of any kind.
30Elijah told everyone to gather around him while he repaired the LORD’s altar. 31-32Then he used twelve stones to build an altar in honor of the LORD. Each stone stood for one of the tribes of Israel, which was the name the LORD had given to their ancestor Jacob. Elijah dug a ditch around the altar, large enough to hold about thirteen quarts. 33He placed the wood on the altar, then they cut the bull into pieces and laid the meat on the wood.
He told the people, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it over the meat and the wood.” After they did this, 34he told them to do it two more times. They did exactly as he said 35until finally, the water ran down the altar and filled the ditch.
36When it was time for the evening sacrifice, Elijah prayed:
Our LORD, you are the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. Now, prove that you are the God of this nation, and that I, your servant, have done this at your command. 37Please answer me, so these people will know that you are the LORD God, and that you will turn their hearts back to you.
38The LORD immediately sent fire, and it burned up the sacrifice, the wood, and the stones. It scorched the ground everywhere around the altar and dried up every drop of water in the ditch. 39When the crowd saw what had happened, they all bowed down and shouted, “The LORD is God! The LORD is God!”
It’s an amazing story isn’t it! I like how God is so Powerful and Almighty that NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR HIM!!! (Matthew 19:26)
Now let me share this article with you (the link is below)! It’s very encouraging to hear how God is willing to draw close to you as long you have the desire to know Him more! 🙂 (James 4:8)
After reading this article, I don’t think there’re any more doubts in me whether God really exists!
Let us THANK GOD and PRAISE HIM for ALL that He has done for us! 🙂
To read about the encouraging article, check out: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/muhammad.descendant.sees.vision.of.jesus.3.times.the.last.one.to.save.him.from.group.of.muslims.who.tried.to.kill.him/83949.htm