We’re all explorers in unfamiliar territory. How do you find the way? You read the map.
If you’re not on God’s trail, you’re going the wrong way. It’s wide and there are lots of people heading in the same direction. But the end is destruction. You need to stop, turn around, and follow the right signs. They’re all around you. They’re easy to spot if you know what to look for.
THE WORLD IS DESIGNED
Look at your hand. All those muscles, nerves, blood vessels; skin, fingernails, touch sensors –did those just happen? Of course not. Evolutionists have to try to lead people away from what is intuitively obvious: we are designed for life. Your hand is just one of a billion signposts that life is the result of an intelligent cause – not chance. Illustra Media’s excellent films on Intelligent Design leave no other option: the universe has been Master-planned (watch The Case for a Creator online). Science can lead you to this signpost The rest will take logic, historical evidence, and honest reflection.
THE DESIGNER IS PERSONAL
Out of nothing, nothing comes. Your mind – your thoughts and emotions, and your power to choose – have a source: a Creator with intellect, emotions, and will. No “force” or cosmic accident could produce a mind. Those who say the mind is made of chemicals cannot prove their thoughts have any validity—including their thoughts that the mind is made of chemicals. Your mind is the next signpost: the Creator is personal.
THE DESIGNER IS MORAL
We all know right from wrong. Ask a person who believes morals are relative, and you will find him or her passionately defending some cause or other as right. Treat that person unjustly, and they will tell you that you were wrong to do that. Anyone who says morals evolved from our animal past cannot prove anything is morally wrong, including the horrible notion that someday a terrorist nation might seek to kill off all the evolutionists. Would that be wrong, according to Darwinism? Your conscience provides daily evidence that morality is real – and that we all violate our own moral standards.
THE DESIGNER IS ETERNAL
Once you’ve followed these signs, you realize that the Designer who really exists—who really created the world and life—must be an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, moral being. A local designer won’t do. Otherwise, truth would only be true locally, and right would only be right locally. The universe must have an unchanging, timeless reference point. That eternal reference point is your next signpost.
THE DESIGNER IS ONE
Ancient religions that taught polytheism (lots of gods) ended up telling stories of those gods fighting each other. They could never say who made all the gods. Even their chief gods were said to emerge from the void. No; the universe has one, and only one, Master Architect.
THE DESIGNER COMMUNICATES
Humans are communicative beings. It makes no sense that the Designer of human beings He made to relate, share, and communicate would be silent Himself, or would hide His signposts from them. The eternal moral Judge of all would not leave His creatures clueless about His laws. God has put the light of His existence into creation, our minds and our consciences. Light received brings more light. Keep in mind these directions: “turn right at the light.”
THE BIBLE IS THAT COMMUNICATION
There are many holy books in the world, but there is only one that is rooted in history: the Bible. It’s not just the speculations of a guru; it can be checked against other historical sources. The Bible is a collection of 66 books, written by different authors at different times, who all agree on the nature of God and the requirements for salvation. Where it speaks of history, it is right. Where it speaks to science, it is right. No other “holy book” comes close.
THE BIBLE FORETOLD A SAVIOR
From the first book (Genesis) to the arrival of Jesus, the Bible foretold a day when the Lord would visit His people and wash away their sins. One of the most remarkable prophecies of all, Isaiah 53, described how this innocent “Servant” would be beaten and pierced, suffering for the sins of the people. Isaiah 9:6 foretold he would be the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the prince of peace. Isaiah 7:14 predicted He would be born of a virgin; Micah 5:2, that He would be born in Bethlehem. These were written hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Online selections from the La Mirada film Prophecies of the Passion explore many of these prophecies.
JESUS CHRIST IS THAT SAVIOR
Not only did Jesus fulfill dozens of prophecies about the coming Savior, He rose from the dead. This is the ultimate miraculous proof Jesus is the Son of God. The evidence is overwhelming that Christ is alive – the empty tomb, the martyrdom of the apostles, the number of eyewitnesses – and the skeptical theories all are fatally flawed. He lives! See these 9 episodes from the La Mirada film The Case for Christ for a good presentation of evidence that convinced a hardened atheist.
JESUS CHRIST CALLS YOU TO REPENT AND BELIEVE THE GOOD NEWS
The message of Jesus Christ is to repent of your sins and believe the gospel. The gospel is the good news that the Lord has come, has put away sin by the sacrifice of His Son Jesus, and has offered eternal life by faith in Him. God doesn’t want your good works or efforts. Your sins make you fall far short of His requirements. You need to be “born again” into the family of God, then God the Holy Spirit will dwell in you and lead you into a life pleasing to Him. He made it easy, so that even a child can do it: just repent, and entrust your life to the Lord Jesus Christ. You could do it right now. Pray something like this, meaning it sincerely:
“Lord Jesus, I know you are my Creator. I know I am a sinner, and I’m sorry for my sins. I now choose to turn from my sins to you. I believe that You died on the cross and rose again for me. You said you would come into my heart if I would open the door, so I invite you into my heart, to be first in my life. I believe you do come in, right now like you promised. Thank you for giving me eternal life. Now I belong to you! Help me to live for you in all I do. Amen.”
THE WALK OF FAITH
Christ followers begin a walk of faith. Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s taking steps in the direction the evidence points. The walk of faith is a narrow trail (unlike the broad highway of sin), and it is difficult at times because of sin in the world. God’s word gives us a flashlight for the path. We must keep our eyes on Jesus, and trust Him even in the hard times. Read and study the Bible for guidance. Join a solid, Bible-teaching church that teaches creation and salvation by grace through faith in Christ (stay away from cults that pretend to do this). Be baptized and get involved. Find mature Christ followers who can help you stay on the right path, till we all join in celebrating the victory of Jesus in a great family reunion in heaven.
A LIFE OF SERVICE
Before we meet in heaven, what on earth are you doing for Christ’s sake? God gives every one of His followers gifts and talents to use for building up His family, the church. Find out what your gifts are and use them to serve the Lord and help others. You can be part of fulfilling Christ’s prayer, “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
From now on, your life will be an adventure of faith, walking with the Lord, with His Spirit dwelling within you to guide you. As missionary William Carey said (and proved true in his life), “Expect great things from God. Attempt great things for God.”
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A ROCKET SCIENTIST TELLS ABOUT HIS JOURNEY
I knew it was time to start learning that most important lesson. My goals for scientific success and business success left me disappointed. Meanwhile, because of my own pride and selfishness, I had proven very unsuccessful in my personal life and relationships. The reason I am telling you all this is that in my desperate search for the meaning and purpose of life, I looked for some source of information to guide me, without realizing how close it was. During most of my life I had gone to church, mainly because that was something respectable people did. I was active but not particularly devout. Our church had a ‘textbook’ called the Bible, but for a long time I never looked into it, feeling that ancient writings like that could not possibly apply to 20th century life.
A lady named Beverly, who had been my secretary at EOS, was with me at this low point in my life. She enjoyed a life of peaceful purpose that attracted me. We started spending time together and I found out she was a Christian. She talked to me about having a personal relationship with the Creator. So for the first time, I decided to really consider the claims of the Bible. I knew I needed help. I had heard preachers call the Bible the ‘manufacturer’s manual’ for life. When all else goes wrong, they say, read the instructions!
I dug into the word of God and found, to my surprise, that the Bible speaks to people today, even in our modern scientific culture. It’s not just an ancient book written by simple men but, rather, a library of 66 books written by 40 authors from all walks of life over a span of 1600 years. As I continued reading book after book—history, poetry, wisdom, practical advice on how to live, warnings, encouragements— I found it speaking to me as if alive and real. It had such incredible unity from beginning to end that I realized it had to have just one Author, and the only one who could begin to span that amount of time and geography had to be the everlasting Creator, God Himself. I began to absorb these fascinating sets of writings.
Then one day I was in my car driving on the 210 freeway to my little electronics plant in Monrovia, CA—another chance to look at the ‘red ink’ on my financial statement (more lost money)—and I suddenly felt the presence of Jesus Christ with me. All I could think of at that moment was: “Lord, if you want me, I sure want you”. That was October 4, 1969 (October 4 was the anniversary of the launch of Sputnik—another day in which my life was suddenly changed). I had agreed to a date with Beverly that night, and that was to go to Anaheim Stadium to hear a preacher I did not want to hear—Billy Graham. I did not tell her what had happened in the car, but I went with such joy and peace in my heart, it was unbelievable. When Dr Graham came to the point of inviting those in the audience that wanted to commit their lives to Jesus I was on my feet and heading down to the infield to make that call. Beverly was hanging on to me as she did not want to lose track of me in that huge crowd. After that experience, I felt washed totally clean inside—what a change!
The name Jesus Christ was certainly known to me, but who was He? I had heard His name used in all sorts of manner over my years. However, who was He? C.S. Lewis said there are only four options: 1) a liar, 2) a legend, 3) a lunatic, or 4) legitimate. What does ‘legitimate’ mean? It means He was who He said He was, God come down to Earth for a very special purpose, and that purpose was to interact with His creation, me and the rest of you. So I picked option #4 and am so glad I did! …
What can I offer to God who created and owns the universe, to begin with? The only thing I can offer Him is myself—the only thing that God created in me that I have a choice about is my free will as to whether or not I will believe that Jesus Christ lived, that He came to Earth to provide a cure for the sin problem, and that I am willing to accept this free gift. By accepting this free gift, then I become a child of God for all of eternity and immediately become a citizen of Heaven. I discovered all this because Beverly cared enough to share her faith with me. Incidentally, I married her—45 years ago!
I didn’t find that relationship in my life until I was past the age of 40, but I am ever so thankful that I did, because now I have a personal bond with the Creator of the universe! All those amazing designs I saw in nature now make sense. I have a purpose in life. I’m heaven bound. If you have not made this same wonderful discovery, I urge you to investigate Jesus for yourself. And find a church that teaches the whole Bible and honors Jesus Christ. It’s been a great joy to share with you the good news. “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).
—from Spacecraft Earth: A Guide for Passengers (CMI, 2017).