originally posted by: thepixelpusher
God wants everyone to know he wants a relationship with them.
Yes, and we get nudges as we fall away and rely exclusively on our own will and intellect and "rational self interest", even if only because those
things ultimately ring hollow. "Vanity, vanity all is vanity!" (King Solomon).
Without God and when just on our own, everything just kind of winds down and that certain "je ne sais quoi" or "joie de vivre" to use a couple of
French sayings, is lost, and then we are lost, until from some dark and lonely place we cry out for God's presence and lo and behold wasn't he there
all along watching over us, and knowing full well that we would not be lost to him or taken from his hand.
It's still up to us though to make a move in a certain direction in the right kind of spirit and truth at heart, and then watch how fast God moves to
greet us, not unlike the father in the parable of the prodigal son.
Personally, I don't have any taste for the inauthentic Christian experience of "Churchianity".
That said, we do need to be in touch with other believers and likeminded people, which validates our testimony and strengthens us to go out into a
crazy world with courage, faith and trust in God who transcends the petty dramas and all the absurdities of the injustices and the vicissitudes and
trials and tribulations of life, where underneath it all is an eternity with God in Spirit, whereby even death loses its sting.
Grace upon grace. Joy upon joy, even in the midst and in the face of heartache and loss.
So it needed to be communicated, and communicated it was, and is.
It is good that the conversation about Jesus goes on, whether for, or against, because that which we resist, persists.. lol
I think that God is particularly interested in atheists, because when they break in favor of God, something very remarkable takes place.
God doesn't seem to mind if we wrestle with our faith and even with God. Any approach will do.