What's the deal with
So you were checking out
the p-car.com web site, and you saw bunch of links and car pictures and
then you saw this picture at the bottom of the main page. That is
a photo of the back of my car. There is a little "fish" symbol on
the left rear of the car, and a fake license plate that says "GOD RULES".
There’s a verse from the Bible (1 Corinthians 1:31) that says, "So whether
you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God".
So you were curious (that's why you clicked on the picture) and were probably
wondering "What's the deal with this guy?"
Well, for as long as I can
remember, people have told me that religion is a very personal thing.
I hear that from both believers and non-believers. As you can see,
I don't think it is a very personal thing. Besides my passion for
our little Germans cars, I also have lots of passion for God (much greater
than the passion for my p-car).
If you are interested to
read what my understanding of who God is, why we are here, and what is
this all about, please read on.
How long have I been a Christian?
I became a Christian when I was 30 years
old. So I still consider myself a new Christian, learning about our
Father in heaven everyday, and constantly wanting to get to know Him better.
Simply because I don't want to feel left out when I join Him at the party
in heaven. Revelation
5:11 "Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands
upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled
the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they
sang . . ."
Why did I become a believer?
Before I became a believer, I was very
ungodly and unbelieving person. I truly believed that there was no
way I would ever become a believer. At the same time I always knew
that if I were to one day become a believer, I would be a very strong believer
and that I would be preaching the Gospel. Well, today I have became
a Christian not by blind faith, but by evidence.
The only thing I can say to unbelievers
is that before you decide that you don’t believe in the God of the Bible,
you should learn all you can about what you don't want to believe in.
This way, you will sound more convincing to your opponents in a debate
or a discussion.
But do so very carefully, because if you
really pick up the Bible and study it, you will likely become a believer
because of the evidence. Throughout history, no one has ever been
able to prove the Bible to be incorrect or to contain any errors.
I also believe that we each have our own time with God. God will
never give up on us, but there are times when God will let us suffer so
that he can get our attention. 1
Corinthians 5:5 All throughout my life, God had been knocking at my
door, but I ignored him every time. I mocked Him as I saw hypocritical
Christian doing things that I didn't approve of. Seeing all those
hypocrites just made me stay away from becoming a believer. I went
to a local church here in Atlanta called North
Point Community Church to prove my theory, that all churches were a
"scam". After a little over two years of good preaching from our
pastor Andy Stanley (the son of the famous Dr. Charles Stanley) my belief
system was seriously shaken up. During that time, the "other" side
tried to push me away from becoming a believer. The "other" side
was trying really hard, and succeeded for a short time, but God was there
with me all along and guided me back into church again. He was there
with open arms and he took away every single one of my fears. That's
when I finally became a believer. The story is actually really complicated,
and there were several p-car connections involved too, if you would like
to hear the story please feel free to call me anytime and I would be glad
to fill you in on the complete story.
What exactly is a Christian believer?
A Christian believer is someone who believes
that Jesus Christ was the son of God and he came down to our world to die
for our sins so that we can be with our Father in heaven when we die.
A Christian also believes the Holy Bible is God's own words and that he
believes it to be 100% correct, with absolutely no errors whatsoever.
Timothy 3:16-17 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,
rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of
God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. " Once a person
truly accepts Jesus Christ in their heart, many things will start to change
in and around their life in this world. 1
John 3:6 "No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues
to sin has either seen him or known him".
What is this sin all the Christians
are always talking about?
Sin is anything that anyone does that
is against God's will. That includes the big things listed in the
10 commandments, and little things like giving someone the bird when they
cut you off, or using God's name in vain, pretty much everything you do
that you feel guilty about. Sin is what separates us from God.
God loves us—that is why he made us--and because of our sin we are very
distant from God. Only when ALL of our sins are taken away can we
be with God.
Where did these sins come from?
In the beginning, God created a perfect
world. There was no death, no hunger, no greed, and no sins. Genesis
1:1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" Genesis
2:21 "So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and
while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the
place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken
out of the man, and he brought her to the man." God also told Adam
and Eve not to eat the fruit from the “tree of the knowledge of good and
2:16,17 But since God loved us so much he gave us our own freedom to
make our own decisions. Think about it, when you really love someone,
don't you want them also to have all the freedom in the world so that they
could truly love you back? For example I love my dog and I would
love to see my dog be happy and run around freely. But the dog doesn't
know any better and will run into the middle of the road and get hit by
a car. So I have to lock her up, so she is not as happy as a free
dog. The same can be applied to anyone who has a kid that just turned
16 years old. You would love for them to have the keys to your Porsche,
because you want them to be happy, but you are also afraid that something
may happen to them or your beloved Porsche, so you don't give them the
key to your Porsche, so they are mad at you. But in our case God gives
us the freedom to choose and our ancestors chose poorly. So after Adam
and Eve ate the fruit they became "like" God, knowing good and evil, and
this was passed down to all mankind. The problem is that we don't
know nor do we have power "like" God to judge and control this knowledge
of good and evil. That's where all the sins of this world come from.
How do we get rid of these sins?
Despite of what everyone thinks about
the Christian religion, God actually works very logically. God said
that in order for the sins to be taken away someone or something must bear
the pain and the suffering of that sin. Just like when you go to
a supermarket to redeem a coupon to get a discount on something.
Something has to happen in order to pay for your sins so that your soul
may be redeemed. In the Old Testament, God told his people to make sacrifices
with their best sheep or lamb in order for their sins to be lifted through
the sacrifice of the animal. In the New Testament God told us that
his son Jesus Christ would be the lamb, since he is the only perfect being
who ever lived in this world. All of the sins from everyone who believes
in him are paid for through Jesus’ sacrifice.
So you say, “I still can't believe everything
they said in the Bible. It is a book written by men. What evidences
do you have to support that the Bible is 100% correct?”
The original manuscripts that make up
the Bible were written over a 1,500 year time span by more than 40 authors
from every walk of life including kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen,
poets, statesmen, and scholars.... ......... They were written in
three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek; in times of war and times of
peace; and written on three different continents: Asia, Africa and Europe.
What is amazing is that these 40 authors all lived during different periods
and their stories all match up, and there is not a single discrepancy between
their stories. All the stories contain the same theme: redemption.
Most people in the world believe in the Roman history, believe there was
a guy name Julius Caesar. The earliest manuscript of Julius Caesar’s
story was written 800 years after Caesar’s time, but there are many manuscripts
of the Bible that were written only 80 years from the day the event actually
Now the only reason why the Bible is not
used as a history book is that it is a book that speaks of supernatural
events. Also with all the different "forms" of Bibles out there,
the only discrepancy between them is in verbal usage and spelling differences,
but not at all in the story it tells. For example it is similar to the
difference in these following sentences: "You have won a million dollars",
or "you won a million dollars", or "You have just won one million dollars".
Now you tell me if the message was not clear in any one of those sentences.
I used to say, yeah how can I believe in the Bible when there are all these
different version of it, etc.? Well, when you actually try to check
out all the different version of it you will be truly shocked at how little
you know about the Bible. Also, once you read the stories about Jesus’
12 disciples you will see that these 12 disciples of Jesus Christ all died
terrible deaths (well, except one guy who was exiled to an island to live
alone) because they refused to stop spreading Jesus Christ's teaching.
Simply because they actually saw the miracles performed by Jesus Christ
and truly believed that He is the Son of God. They did not fear death
in this world, because they knew their eternal life in heaven was well
For more information about the reliability
of the Bible click here
At this point, you may ask, “what about
other religions in the world? Won’t they go to heaven?”
The short answer to that question is “No”.
Unfortunately that is the most difficult answer a Christian can give to
others. The reason is simple, God told us he is the "only" God, and that
there is no other way to reach him but through His son Jesus Christ.
(It is written in the Bible.) I believe everything in the Bible,
so that one is pretty easy for me. From a factual standpoint, most
of the other religions in the world are based on two fundamental flaws:
1) they are mostly based on a merit system. Your merit points are
what determine whether or not you are going to heaven, and 2) they are
mostly written or taught by one person. I don't know about you, but
I would have a hard time believing everything from just one person. Before
I became a Christian I was a Buddhist for 12 years, so I am very familiar
how the merit system works there. Based on the merit system no one
on earth will ever end up in heaven. We will just continue to reincarnate
back into this life again and have to try again at the gates of heaven.
So what exactly is the meaning of life?
This is one of the most difficult questions
still continued being questioned by men all over the world. I too
have asked this question for many years and never found a really good answer
until recently. Before I was a believer of Christ, I thought about
this very hard from the scientific point of view, and the only conclusion
I came to was that based on scientific and biological reasoning, our only
purpose in life was the extension of our species. (Making sure that mankind
continues to rule the earth.) Now since we realized that there is
no shortage of babies being born everyday, there is really little left
for us to do, scientifically of course. From a Christian point of
view, it makes a lot more sense. God created us so that we can honor
Him, honor His greatness and His holiness. Of course we (Adam and
Eve) made the wrong choice (by eating the fruit from the “tree of knowledge
of good and evil”), so now we think we are God, we think we rule everything...
The key words here are "we think". You can see this in our society everyday,
but the truth is that we can't control a thing (well, maybe our p-car,
a little...). But there are still lots of p-car owners that still
can't master their car’s oversteering. The truth is that God has
a much greater plan for all of us, and one day we will be joining Him again
in another world where there is no hunger, no greed, no sin, and no death.
In the mean time we (as Christians) need to better use our short time on
this earth to honor God every chance we get and to do work in his ministry
for Him. Let’s face it, nothing you create or obtain in this world
has any meaning whatsoever to your soul once you die. Most likely,
all that money and property, will be left for your relatives to fight over
or for the state to tax or take away. So God asks us to “store up
for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy,
and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where you treasure
is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew
Why did I bother making this page to
tell anyone else how I feel about being a Christian?
Well, it is kind of like this: if someone
asked me how do you like your Porsche? I would tell them everything about
it, and why I love it so much. Is it the best sports car in the world?
I do not think so. Viken will tell you it is the Ferrari Modena, and I
don't disagree. But I still would tell others to buy a 911 no matter
what. I am very happy to own a Porsche 911 and I just love everything
about it, good and bad. Kind of like being a Christian. Since
I didn't grow up in a Christian family, finding Christ for me is a brand
new exciting experience. All my questions about life and suffering
have been answered and I strongly feel that I need to share this happiness
with everyone. Just like the experience of owning a Porsche 911.
That's all, I am not required to spread the gospel in order to go to heaven,
nor do I have to go to church every Sunday to go to heaven. (But I do anyway,
just because I want to celebrate God's glory and thank Him for eternal
life and for all the blessings He has given me). It is just that simple.
The way I see this is that I found the
Christian religion to be the most logical religion, and it makes the most
sense to me. I am not trying to convert everyone to become a Christian
(although that would be great!); religion is a personal freedom. But it
makes sense that we want to rebel against God based on our sin nature.
That's why we always seem to manufacture our own reasons why we don't want
to believe in God or the Bible. But God really wants to have a relationship
with you, so don't let others or things come between you and your creator.
There is so much He wants to bless you with, and you have no idea what
you are missing out on. As a Christian I believe everyone is my brother
and sister by blood (Noah's ark) and I do hope maybe one day we can get
together and celebrate God's glory as true brothers and sisters.
said to Paul, "Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade
me to be a Christian?" Paul replied, "Short time or long--I pray
God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become
what I am, except for these chains."
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