The concern here is that when we say things like we “know” certain things because the Bible says so, we run the risk of turning people off to the message we are trying to give. Something that was meant to be caring and loving can be construed as something that sounds uncaring and insensitive. I think we need to remember that we believe God meets us where we are, and so when we talk with others who faith isn’t as strong as our or maybe have no faith at all, we also need to meet them where they are – not where we are.
Given that I’m a “lowly mortal” and not perfect – I need to be sure you get this next part. What is suggested here is only a possibility – a possible explanation of why we might perceive these 11 dimensions. I make no statement as to what God actually did, does or will do. It’s an explanation of how the Bible and science might be much more in line than many people think – as opposed to the all too easy position to take that the Bible and science are totally at odds with each other.
One of the warnings we get from Jesus is this – Mt 10:32 “Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.” Like I said – the question of who gets credit for “evolution” – whether it’s atheistic or theistic evolution – is a huge deal. Who gets the credit, from your point of view?
We both thought this notebook was up to date – “following the law” so to speak. It wasn’t. But – no one checked – so no one knew. And it can be that way with our lives too. If we don’t check – we can get way off the path that God has for us to follow – and not even realize it.
In the days of Noah, people were evil in their hearts. Tell me – how great is the evil in our hearts when even our talk of religion – what’s supposed to be our beliefs about God – turns into the kinds of things it is today? How much evil does it take for one Catholic to call another Catholic equal to a jihadist? How much evil does it take to have some Catholics call other Christians equal to a jihadist?
Jas 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
Can we know if God still cares? Of course, that assumes that God did exist in the past. And it assumes that God still exists now. And it assumes that at least at some time in the past – God used to care. That’s a lot of assumptions. Whether you care to make none of them – some of them – or all of them – please read on and see what you think at the end.
True – the chicken isn’t quite so glorious to look at as a beautiful sunset or the night sky when there’s no other lights to obscure all the stars. But is the chicken any less one of God’s creations than this planet called earth and all the stars in the sky? One minor little question though – where did that first chicken come from in order to produce the protein that was used to make the first egg?
Just in case you didn’t catch the difference there – besides the answer changing from “probably not” to “no” – two of the words were capitalized. Instead of this being about the boy and his father – it’s about God the Father and Jesus the Son.
So what happened?
If everyone wants it to be differently – why wasn’t it?
I was trying to say that certain things are over before you realize it, before anybody realizes it.
What religion was Abraham? After all – he is claimed as the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Faith. We all know what it means, right? Are you sure? Your definition could be incomplete.
That puts a lot of responsibility on the father, having to make the right choices for the good of the family.
It also means sacrificing freedom for the members of the family, since they are expected to do what the father wants.
Like the United States, The People’s Republic of China has freedom of religion. It says so in the U S Constitution and in the PRC Regulations on Religious Affairs, so it must be true? Right? I mean – just look at the first amendment for the U. S. – Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Surely all those laws we have that restrict and / or control what religions can say / do / believe can’t possibly go against this amendment. Can they? In the same way, Article 2 of the Regulations on Religious Affairs for China says – Citizens have freedom of religious belief. That must be equally as true as the one in the U S, right? Actually – they are pretty much equally true. One difference is that in the U S, we pass separate laws chipping away at the freedom of religion. In China, the Regulations of Religious Affairs document itself chips away at the freedom […]
But with the spiritual war – there’s a danger with the killer instinct. When Satan has someone down – going too far to beat the person into a feeling of hopelessness can actually be a bad thing. As Screwtape tries to point out to his nephew – there’s a danger. God does His greatest works with people in those really down moments. There’s a fine line between someone being down and out – versus down and looking for help / hope.
if you’re a Christian today – staring up at the sky – just waiting for Jesus to return – the question remains for you –
“why do you stand here looking into the sky?”
Somewhere between those two extremes is realizing that Satan and his fallen angels do exist, and knowing enough about them that we won’t be one of those who get tricked or caught up in one of Satan’s traps – and losing our soul, as Jesus told us in this explanation of the Parable of The Sower –
Essentially – the message comes down to – Do not be afraid, unless there’s a real reason for you to be afraid.
It’s a difficult topic – partly because of the scenario in the book – but also because it so accurately describes us. But the fact that it does teach us so much about ourselves is exactly why it needs to be discussed. If we refuse to look in the mirror – how else can we recognize ourselves, other than by studying someone else who is essentially us?
That’s not to say I didn’t have second thoughts – didn’t wonder if the cost was getting too high. I did have them. I even ran away a few times. Fortunately, I always returned.