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Deep Breaths

Have you ever wanted to run out into a busy street and scream, “Real Christians exist! We have answers! Come talk to me!”

Seeing debates usually does this for me. I don’t have all the answers of course, or even most of them I bet, but I have SOME and it’s like none of the Christians want to give real answers to the people of this world. (not that the people of this world want to HEAR the real answers… but regardless!)

It really doesn’t take much either… In the past year I’ve studied. Some. Not a lot by any standards, but I’ve made an effort to study some, which is more than I have ever before. Through this fraction of time spent studying God’s Word, and the opinions of wiser men on God’s Word, I’ve come to a point where I feel confident in the answers I do have and I feel secure in the answers I don’t have.

{Food for thought: The easiest way to get new answers is to be confronted with questions you haven’t already heard}

It’s just so frustrating to me that the stance of a “Christian” today can be to make jokes, keep the crowd happy, and make nice with the other debater. Am I saying don’t make nice, keep the crowd happy, and make jokes?? Not necessarily, but if it’s at the expense of an opportunity to truly defend and share God’s Word, maybe save the jokes for later.

Ok. I’ve vented. Deep breaths. Sorry for the delayed post! I have a webpage up and was intending to release a blog there… but I think I might have another use for it so just keep on eye out for me right here πŸ™‚

Thanks everyone, hope you enjoyed,

God Bless

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4 thoughts on “Deep Breaths

  1. So that screaming thing, here’s one for you: what was that Job story about? Why was your god and the demon sitting around talking? What, are they golfing buddies? What lesson is this supposed to teach us?

    • The best way, I think, to describe this would be to use the court-room analogy, where God is the Judge, Jesus is your Lawyer, and Satan is the prosecutor. Satan’s job is to point out every flaw, fault, and slip-up we make and Job just happens to be arguably one of the most righteous men in history. He also had a pretty great life, which often makes it easier to be a great person. Satan thought, if he could just take that great life away, Job would turn from God. The lesson for us is that Satan is going to try to bring us down, no matter who we are and sometimes he’s going to try and then try harder and then he’ll keep trying and throughout all that, we are called to remain faithful. God’s reward is always infinitely greater than Satan’s trials. I wouldn’t call them golfing buddies, but I will say that everyone has the ability to talk to God, and if you’re a spiritual being, I’d assume you’re able to hear God respond. Sometimes those lines are crossed (physical/spiritual) sometimes their blurred, but there’s never been any shortage of ways for God to communicate throughout the Bible. I hope this helped.. if not, feel free to let me know. Thanks for reading and thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  2. Why did your god even entertain the idea of letting satan ruin Job’s life? Some father figure that is… a perfect adherent and your god lets the satan completely screw up his life as a test or a joke. How can you know that your god is not doing that to you right now?

  3. Honestly I’m sure there were a handful of reasons God let Satan do it. I’ve heard it described like this… When God chooses someone (in the fullness of that word) that person is basically being signed up to fall really low but only so that person can rise back up again higher than before, and they’re able to bring others up with them. The analogy was for Jesus Christ who went from being God, to being a man, (which in itself is lower than any of us can imagine falling) but then he goes and dies on the cross for us, so that when he rises up again from dead to living, from man to God, our salvation is already bought and paid for through his sacrifice which enables us to rise up with him. On a smaller scale, Job, who was the epitome of wealthy, well off, and just truly good, fell about as far as man can fall, but when he came up again the Bible says, “And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning.” Job 42:12 And now, whenever a faithful servant of God goes through trials we can look to Job and we rise up with him, knowing God is faithful and knowing that the trials end, and when they do God is going to reward us for the effort and the suffering. Trials are a part of life, Christian or not, the only difference is that I know if God is letting me endure trials there is a reason for it and it’s not going to last forever. I’m not saying I’m immune to the suffering, no one is, but there’s a reason I’m going through what I’m going through now and there’s peace in knowing God isn’t going to let any of the suffering I go through go to waste.

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