CHRISTMAS 1--GOD ALL GOOD

The original and true meaning of Christmas is all about God, the great, majestic, magnificent God who created everything and is all powerful, all knowing, and present everywhere.  God is good, perfect, and has no limits because there is absolutely nothing that is greater than He is, therefore nothing is able to limit Him.  With God all things are possible. (Matt. 19:26, Mark 10:27, Luke 1"37)  God is spirit. (John 4:24)  God is faithful. (1 Cor. 10:13)  God is light. (1 John 1:5)  God is love. (1 John 4:8,16)  Holy is the Lord God Almighty. (Rev. 4:8)  "Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion.  For the Lord is a God of justice.  Blessed are all who wait for him." (Isaiah 30:18 NIV)  In His limitless wisdom and total knowledge, God knows the perfect balance of love, mercy, and justice so that there is no conflict, no division.  In fact, there is no love without both mercy and justice.  God is so great that no mere human mind or group of human minds can ever fully understand Him, but it is also His desire that humans seek to know and understand Him to the best of their ability and to His honour, praise, and glory.
        Unfortunately, instead of clinging tenaciously to our biggest and most complete possible understanding of God, we have allowed the atheistic religious humanism which broadly defines our "secular" culture to influence and change our perception of God.  Basically, with insufferable intellectual pride and arrogance, this humanism declares that all religions are equally fictional myths invented by humanity.  The liberal secular definition of scholarship has ruled out the possibility of the real supernatural, placed human intellect above God's inspired word, and distorted both the concept of truth and true Biblical scholarship.  The concept of the One True God has been stripped of its unlimited power, knowledge, presence, wisdom, authority, justice, etc., and turned into a sentimental but impotent source of universal love.  So called scholarship tries to claim that the Biblical faith adopted ideas from the surrounding cultures and religions instead of realizing that the best of all the Pagan religions has come from the memory of the true faith in the One True God in the same way that the Creation Story and the Flood Story continued in the human memory of all peoples.  "Political correctness" has weakened our will to proclaim the true gospel, while the secular acceptance and distortions of the "feel-good" aspects of Christian values has lessened the distinctiveness of Christian goodness, and the cultural rejection of any Christian morality that requires self-discipline forbids accurate discussion of related issues.  As a result of these cultural influences and the questions they raise, many Christian individuals and institutions have very weak and incomplete understandings of the One True God.
        However, nothing changes God.  No matter what unbelieving humans may claim in their pride and arrogance, what humans think does not change the Truth.  God unchanging and without limits remains all powerful, all knowing, all present, all good, all truth, having perfect love, compassion, mercy, grace, justice, etc.  James wrote, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17 NIV)  Thus, God is not only good, but He is also the source of all goodness.  As the good Creator, everything He made is good, goodness is recognized to some degree by all people, and good things happen indiscriminately to all people.  "He [your Father in heaven] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." (Matt. 5:45 NIV)  Although God, in His greatness and goodness, is so vast that we can never fully understand Him, we can know and love Him as our Father.  The better we do know Him, the more we will live in awe and wonder at His limitless holiness, greatness, glory, magnificence and majesty, praise Him for Who He is, and trustingly rest in His goodness and love.  
        Christmas is, and always will be, solidly based upon the unchanging greatness, goodness, and love of God, Father and Son and Holy Spirit.  In fact, Christmas is the celebration of the greatest gift ever given, the gift of God the Son, and therefore the greatest proof of God's goodness and love.

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