Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 2, No. 2 Page 6 February 2000

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

What Motivates You
to Do What is Right?

By Kevin Rhodes

“And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him” (Genesis 50:15). Joseph’s brothers had been shocked at the good treatment they received from Joseph when he first revealed himself to them in Egypt, but now that their father was dead, they supposed that he would probably take his revenge. Why would they think such a thing? Had Joseph given them any indication of this? No. But, as often happens, they assumed that Joseph’s motives for doing what was right toward them was the same as their own often were--pleasing their father. However, when they urged Joseph not to do anything to them in accordance with Jacob’s wishes, “Joseph wept when they spake unto him” (Genesis 50:17).

Joseph behaved righteously toward his brothers from a righteous heart-not because of his father’s desires. For some reason, many people today think that it is a great accomplishment to teach their children to do what is right “for their sake.” We need to return to a desire for righteousness, so that we do what is right because it is right, because God said it, because it is the best thing to do. When we need motivation to do right beyond the fact that it is right, we lack integrity. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).


Creation vs. Evolution

By Kevin Rhodes

The recent flare up in the creation/evolution debate in our country demonstrates how much tension exists regarding the origin of the universe. Many insist on a completely naturalistic explanation, claiming that any view that requires God is unscientific. If you take the time to read their writings, you will quickly realize the arrogant snobbery and intellectual elitism these secular humanists have as their core belief. Others compromise, claiming to believe in both God and evolution. These people have cowardly caved in to the demands of evolutionists because their faith is too weak to take God at his Word.

The Bible begins by saying, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NKJV). The account that follows markedly disagrees with the evolutionary theory, making all attempts to “harmonize” the two a sad commentary on the hermeneutics of those involved. Some attempt to justify a belief in God and evolution by denying that the Genesis record is accurate, but this would mean that it was deliberately misleading-an implication with serious consequences (Titus 1:2). Then the atheists who attempt to browbeat others with their scientific jargon have the gall to call belief in creation “unscientific” when the biblical account squares with all known facts. They call us unscientific because we do not accept their interpretation-pure and simple. Besides, macroevolution itself defies many laws of science. Now, who is unscientific?


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