Monday, December 30, 2019

Why Doesn't God Just Tell Us Who He Is?


Why is God such a mystery? Is he Allah, the God of the Muslims? Is he Yahweh, the God of the Jews and, subsequently, the God of the Christians? Is he Odin, Jupiter, Zeus, Shiva, Baha, Hayyi Rabbi, Om or Aum, Krishna, the Great Spirit, Shakti, Akal purakh, Satnam, or any number of other names given by a long list of religions that end with -ism? Whether you believe in a god, or you have no belief in a god at all, you might have the same question, "Why doesn't he just speak to us directly and tell us who he is? The answer may actually surprise you.

The reason God doesn't open up the sky is simple: He doesn't want to remove our free will.

"What? How would that remove our free will?"

Think for a moment what the result would be if an all-powerful being parted the clouds and said, "Greetings people of earth. I am your God! Now, do as I command!" Our free will would evaporate the minute he appeared in the sky. Most of us would choose to do what we were told, for fear of what he would do to us if we didn't. But it really wouldn't be a choice, would it? That's the problem. God doesn't want a kingdom filled with people who do as they're told. He is looking for those who will choose to walk with him because they love his ways and want to be like him. How does he do this? It is actually quite simple.

God has sent the truth into the world. Jesus is the truth. If you recognize the truth and walk in the truth, you choose him. You don't do it for fear. You do it because you love him, which is pretty easy because he first loved you. This is how God separates the people of the world. All those who love him and walk in his ways will live with him for eternity. Those who do not, will be told to depart into what Jesus refers to as eternal punishment, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

So, you see, there is something to fear. But you might choose not to believe it. That is actually part of God's plan. It is how he separates us. He allows you the free will to follow after any god you choose—or no god at all. You will select the god you want. If you hear of Jesus and read of the life he lived, and you are stirred to receive his gift of salvation by faith because you love him and want to be like him, you might just receive the eternal life he promises. Who knows for sure? It is by faith that you must believe. It is your faith that saves you. But, if you reject Jesus for one of the other gods listed above, or you choose to follow no god at all, you may be separated from him for eternity. So, in light of this, how are you going to choose to live? Jesus said, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart…" He also said, "Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father." That is a God worth serving. As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.


~JMH


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A story of love and sacrifice. No nasty zombies here.





The End Came With A Kiss
by John Michael Hileman
Release Date: March 17, 2014
Available where paperbacks are sold, and digitally for Kindle and Kindle apps.

"I should have known better than to start reading this book at 10 p.m., said the girl who hates romances and zombie books. I have never yet put down a Hileman book after I picked it up, and this was no exception." 

My friends and I used to laugh about the zombie apocalypse, the absurdity of it. But when it came, it was nothing like the movies had portrayed. We couldn't have had it more wrong. There was no gore. There was no blood or tearing of flesh. It was the most beautiful thing the world had ever seen, and that was what took us by surprise. We were not prepared to have our destruction lure us in like a harlot.

You see, the end did not come with a scratch or a bite. It came with a kiss.


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"I favor dystopian novels, hate romance and never thought I'd enjoy a zombie story but I LOVED"

"So, an old church secretary just read a book about zombies... and loved it. In my world, that's fairly close to miraculous."

"I don't remember the last time I borrowed a book from the library and didn't ask for an extension but this one I read in just 3 days!"

"I thought this was going to be a book on zombies. Instead, it is about faithfulness, love, and a desire to make wrongs right."

"I found that I could not turn the pages fast enough"

"I've recently been having problems finding a book I want to finish but there was no such problem with this one!"

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Voices is available now in Paperback and E-book



"Voices is an exciting sequel to Messages..loved this book from page 1"

"Exciting, unpredictable, clever suspense"

"Once again, Hileman delivers"

"This is a fast-paced, engaging story with layers of meaning beyond the surface story."




BACK JACKET
Six months after strange messages lead David Chance through a gauntlet of lies and terror, they are back-this time drawing him unwillingly into a murder mystery involving an elusive teen with a mysterious gift. Jon Blake is a troubled teen with faint aspirations of escaping Boston and attending college, but when the voices in his head save his life and begin revealing hidden secrets, he finds himself lured into a national conspiracy involving the FBI and powerful businessmen. These two lives, guided by unknown forces, weave together in unexpected twists toward one inescapable conclusion.



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