Before I begin, I want to say that this is more of a spiritual discussion, but I ask for these conversations that you try your hardest to share this
view as we discuss the topics I put forth.
2 Peter 1:20-21
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,
for no prophecy was ever made by an act of
human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.
When we are reading Scripture and discussing what it is we should try to read it for what it claims to be. A Book written by one source God, and the
author has defined his terms to make everything coherent. Its not up to us to decide what terms mean, we have to look else where in Scripture to
determine what they may mean. As we discuss please try and extract your beliefs and at least attempt to look at it from that view as well as whatever
your true personal opinions are.
So to the topic at hand.
1 John 4:8
He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
So the thing I like about this verse is its simple. There is not a lot of room for disagreement on what this verse could possibly mean. It seems
apparent to me that the statement sets us up with a pretty simple idea God is love, and love is god. Its a simple logical progression. If God is love,
then love must also be God. So have you experienced love? If so you have experienced the presence of my God in your life. You see I believe that as
Christians we as a body have failed on many accounts. Local Church buildings can be beautiful gatherings, but we've allowed the message of the Bible
to become lost in religion. The definition I am using for religion here is an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god
or a group of gods. This is not what the message of the Bible, but the message of the Bible is that God loves you and he wants to have a personal
relationship with each and everyone of us and he wants us to care and love for each other the same way he cares and loves us.
I have never understood why some people get so upset with the message of the Bible. Sure, the Bible calls us sinners by nature, but a true look at
yourself and anyone can easily identify as what the bible calls a sinner. The good news is that God took care of you, not because you deserved it but
because he loves you more than you could ever imagine. Jesus, the visible image of the invisible God, came and expressed that love for us on the cross
and thru his words. Luke 15 has three parables about things that are lost. In these parables Jesus is communicating his heart to the listener.
The context for Luke 15 is Jesus is being approached by tax collectors and sinners, to which the Pharisees and scribes at the scene say “This man
receives sinners and eats with them.”
Jesus begins to tell the the three parables one of a lost sheep, another of a lost coin, and the last is about the prodigal son. I won't go thru all
of, but I will tell you what I think Jesus was trying to communicate with these by going thru the shorter one.
8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it?
9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’
10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
So the first thing that stands out to me is the lady has ten coins, but when she loses one she is not concerned with what she has but rather with what
is misplaced. And when what is lost is found she throws a party. Thinking about the scenario its quite silly that a person would throw a party for a
lost coin. Its just a coin, and you have plenty of them already. Its not really worthy of the treatment it receives.
At times, we all feel unworthy or disappointed in ourselves for our actions. These are the times we recognize our sin, and its important to
understand that no good action you can do will ever erase that sin, but God has told us in Scripture that he loves you so much that he's willing to
look past it if you let him, Love, take over your life. The way to do that is to enter a personal relationship with him and walk with him thru life.
Not doing good, because it will get you to heaven but doing good because love has taken over your soul and became part of your essence. We may not
always be worthy, but we are never worthless. What makes a coin valuable is that it has the image of the leader or king stamped upon it. God has made
us in his image and we mean something to him, regardless of if we mess up some time. Christianity is about the relationship with the Jesus, the
visible image of God, who is love embodied.
So sure I stuck to KISS, keep it simple stupid, this time around, but I think that this is the true message of Christianity and one that is often
overshadowed by pointless bickering about the creation order of Genesis or some other silliness. To those that are lost come home, we miss you.
edit on 6-11-2015 by ServantOfTheLamb because: finished a sentence that was done in my head, but not on the OP