Bruce Collins. I am an evangelist and teacher of the Bible. I
became a child of God by faith in the person and work of the Lord Jesus
Christ on November 24, 1963 and have tried to serve the Lord in various
capacities since then. I am presently an itinerant minister of
the Gospel. I do not work for an organization but I try to
serve the Lord in the best way that I can wherever He leads. That
means that my wife and I have our financial needs met by the Lord as we do
not have a salary from any church or organization. We believe
that the Gospel is free so we have never made a charge for our services.
am available for Bible studies, conferences, Gospel meetings, children's meetings
and camp work. I have traveled throughout much of the United States
and Canada in my service for the Lord. My wife helps me, and
we attend the Bethany Bible Chapel in Cedar Falls, Iowa. They have encouraged us
by commending us for this work.
wife, Geneva and I live in Waterloo, Iowa. We have four children.
One of them is married and has provided us with two grandchildren.
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that are Self-Evident
has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by
the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by
raising Him from the dead." (Acts 17:29-31 NKJV)
that are not so Obvious
Our Declaration of
Independence has these words: "We hold these truths to be
self-evident, that all men are created
equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable
rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of
later in that document native Indians are called merciless Indian
savages After the
constitution of the United States of America was adopted, the fourteenth
amendment had to be added which allowed all people born in the US to be
citizens of the US and the fifteenth amendment had to be added so that
all citizens could vote. I am not sure that in a practical way those who
signed the original constitution of the United States believed what they
had fought for in the Revolutionary War.
Supposedly all men were created equal but all men were not
treated as equals in the early years of the United States.
Obviously, those self-evident truths were not so self-evident.
Things that are Self-Evident
of us who think we have a handle on logical thinking would say that
spiritually there are some things that are just as self-evident.
The Declaration of Independence refers to a Creator.
He is not defined but His existence seems to be obvious.
I believe the things that God created and the principles of
science that seem to be so necessary for life, leave one with the
obvious conclusion that there is a God.
Cars don't “just happen.”
Buildings don't appear out of nowhere.
Highways have to be designed and constructed.
In the same way, this world with its myriad of living creatures
didn't just appear out of nowhere. There
had to be a designer and He had to be good at what He did.
To me this is self-evident.
there is a creator, then there has to be accountability to that Creator.
When we read the Old Testament, we get the impression that if we
do good (whatever that means) we will prosper.
If we are wicked we will not.
(see Psalm 1). However,
when we continue through the Psalms, we find out that often the wicked
prosper and the good do not. (See
Psalm 37 and Psalm 73). Job
suffered because he was righteous not because he was wicked.
And in the New Testament we are constantly reminded that in the
world we (who are true disciples) will have tribulation.
However we are told to be of good cheer, the Lord has gotten
victory over the society that had become so evil that it rejected the
Lord. (See John 16:33).
the first thing that is self-evident is the fact that there is a
creator. The next thing that
is not so self-evident is that God is a just and righteous judge.
Because of the suffering in the world and the prosperity of many
who are wicked many think that God is cruel.
However, I don't think God is cruel.
I think God loves His creation.
But I think it is self-evident that there is a real evil
spiritual adversary called the devil.
That there is evil in this world is self-evident.
Some of it is so bad that mankind could hardly be that bad on its
own. But the Lord tells the
religious rulers of his day that they were of their father the devil.
He says, “You are of your
father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was
a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because
there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own
resources, for he is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44 NKJV).
It is self-evident that more people believe the "liar"
than believe the "truth" in our day and many of them call
themselves Christians. They
are religious but they have never been "born from above."
other Thing that is Self-Evident
God who created us and who loves us whether we want to believe that or
not is also going to judge us. There
is going to be accountability. Paul
preached that accountability to the philosophers in Athens Greece.
I believe that many are denying self-evident truths because they
think God will overlook their sin They
think that when they die, they will not be held accountable.
That God will judge us righteously is not self-evident but I
believe that to be true by faith in the Lord's promises.
real problem with the Athenians had to do with worshiping man's
make-believe gods instead of the “unknown God” that had died for
their sins, had been buried and who was raised again the third day.
That “unknown God” did not come to condemn the world, but He
came that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17).
But the God of creation who has made Himself known in a personal
way through the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is going to judge
the world in righteousness. People
are going to be held accountable for their sin.
question was raised by Abraham in the Old Testament.
He said, “Will not the judge of all the earth do right (Genesis
18:25)?” For those of us
who have confessed our sin and turned to the Lord for salvation, the
punishment of our sin has been
born by the Lord at the cross. For
those who reject that sacrifice, it seems self-evident to me that to be
righteous, the Lord will have to judge the Christ rejecter for his or
her own sins. To do
otherwise would not respect the terrible sacrifice and suffering of the
Lord on the cross.
is self-evident that we have a creator.
It is self-evident that we are sinners and that there is evil in
the world. It may not be so
self-evident that God loves us but He does.
Now the question is, how will we be judged when we meet God?
Will our sins be forgiven because of the death of Christ or will
we have to suffer for our own sins for eternity?
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