Tag Archive: critical thought
I wonder what the whole story is?
What about you, are there areas where you have assumptions that might not be true?
“The real problem for empirical scientists & rational skepticism is we care more about truth than the religious do.” Aron Ra, “Faith is not a Virtue”
Or, perhaps truth isn’t really all that important to some rational skeptics after all.
Change what words mean and change the past.
Once again trying to change the meaning of words to alter the discussion, like an illusionist tying to draw your attention to one thing, while distracting you from noticing the elephant walking off stage. The desire to alter what words means is a dishonest attempt to win the game by changing the rules. Hopefully Mr. Ra will move to his stated desire, to be more concerned with the truth.
Although I doubt it
Working thru some things at the weekly men’s breakfast, the idea of God’s wrath came up. We were looking at the fact that God is unchanging, and a couple of the guys who are newer to being disciples of Christ were asking about the God of the Old Testament vs. the God of the New Testament. They had been given the idea that God pre the incarnation of Christ was mean, and punished and was full of wrath. But now, since the life of Jesus, God is love. Kind, loving, gentle, God is now different.
How can God be Loving and Wrathful?
Doesn’t seem to me God’s Wrath is gone
Would it be enough?
whether or not I see Him today I know He is there and because of that I will do what I can to live a life that pleases Him.
To be a Christian is to be a follower, a disciple of Christ.
But let’s be blunt and completely honest. To live a perfect life for me is impossible. Why? Because God isn’t able to make me perfect? Of course not, but because I am not able to let him.
Know perhaps you’re saying “What kind of faith is that? You say you’re a follower of Christ and yet you don’t do what he says.” True I don’t I fail to live up to the Christian Ethic. With no excuse for my own short-comings let me give you a for instance.
Unintentional failure is still failure
A man joins the Air Force. He’s patriotic, loves his country and wants to serve. One day while walking across the base or standing around talking with some of his buddies a superior officer walks by, but our airman doesn’t notice and doesn’t salute. Is he no longer a patriot? Of course not, but I fail to salute my king, my commanding officer a lot more than on one occasion.
Now our Airman is given a set of guidelines to live by just as you or I am. The difference being that the closer I get to God the more aware I become of how far from perfect I really am. Don’t mis-understand, I am someone who loves God, and is loved by God. But I find being a Christian an ever-evolving process. The closer I move to God the more aware of my short comings I become.
What was obvious to me as sin in my life when I first swore allegiance to Jesus is now easy to avoid. Now as those things have become non-issues, other deeper things have become noticeable to me as a problem, as a sin that blocks or at least hinders God’s impact and presence in my life. And if the time comes where, with God’s help, I conquer these things my guess is God will say to me, “That’s great but what about X”
Now before you get all “aren’t you trusting in works, or Christ made us free from the law” on me let me be clear. Doing anything on my own will never save me or earn God’s mercy, otherwise it would not be mercy. Likewise I don’t strive to live up to God’s standards as expressed in the Law, because I have to. Rather I want to because this is what God says is the standard. His standard is perfect because God is perfect. I know I will fail, but that does not mean I shouldn’t try.