a reply to: FreeOrigin
Well, if you consider how Jesus interacted with the synagogues in His day, which were churches in a sense, it's eye opening to say the least.
Jesus did not fight with law enforcement or government, He fought with Pharisees and Sadducees. He spent time among what we would consider sinners,
and He did not point fingers and make proclamations that they were going to burn for eternity. He gave love, pure and simple.
For you, and me and anyone else, it is easy, too easy, to focus on the wrong thing and sometimes feel like we're wasting time by trying to know God
and understand His existence as well as ours.
Some ask if there's a God and if He truly loves us, then why is the world the way it is, with all its evil, with innocent lives suffering.
The answer is Freewill. He will not intervene because if He did that cancels the most precious gift He gave us. Freewill is what separates us from all
other lifeforms, WE decide our fate, our future, and even though it sounds like God is calloused, He isn't. The emotions we feel are HIS. We were made
in His likeness, not just our body but our essence. We all have a pieces of God in us.
Picture this. You bring a child into the world, you love that child with all your being. You raise your child in a manner that you think will benefit
them, you teach your child what to do and what not to do. Sometimes your child does not understand the don't's and will question and question and get
mad and even though you've thoroughly explained, in your mind, why this or that is a no-no, sometimes the child learns the hard way.
Take running with scissors. A child will try to rationalize why he CAN run with scissors. They run with toys, they run with many things in their hands
so why not scissors. Some children will run with scissors, and some find out why it was a bad thing. Some get hurt, some may die. But does that mean
that parent is at fault? I'm not talking an infant, I mean a ten year old, who's been around a decade and learned a lot but with much more to learn.
If a child is hurt, do they ask why you let it happen? No, they just experienced a life lesson and hopefully learned from it.
Maybe a bad example but what I'm saying is as a parent you slowly let go of your child and let them start making decisions of their own, while keeping
an eye on them but you stand back.
God does that to us. The way we raise and teach our children is how God works with us, that's why He refers to us as HIS children. You reward your
child, you punish your child. God does the same to us only when He punishes us He does it by stepping away and taking His protection with Him. He does
it to individuals, He does it to nations.
From what I gather, most people shy away from God because of OTHER people or inefficient critical thinking, such as I said about the evil on earth and
why He won't intervene.
We have the ability to pray to God. What is that? It's talking to God, acknowledging God, thanking God, and asking God for help and assistance. God
hears our voices. And sometimes it feels like He is not listening, or does not care. But there's more to it than that.
God expects a certain respect. Would you give your child something they ask for if your child came to you and asked you in a manner that's
disrespectful? Would you give them a cookie or toy if the child screamed "I want a cookie now!" You cannot approach God in anger, you cannot approach
God disrespectfully, and expect God to act. And one way of being disrespectful is asking Him for something when you're doing something that you know
is wrong in His eyes.
And sometimes God delays on purpose to test your patience. God wants to see your actions, because with words you can say anything.
As far as the other religions go, God says himself there ARE other gods, but none are above or equal to Him. After the Fall of Satan and the third of
angels, Satan eventually gained control of the governments of the world. If you look closely, when Satan tempted Jesus by offering Him the kingdoms of
the earth if He'd only bow down to him, Jesus did not rebuke Satan and say "You cannot offer that which you do not possess" because Satan does indeed
control the kingdoms, he did then and he does now. There IS no Godly nation on this planet. That is why we have the evil we have. I'm sure you're
aware of the sick and twisted things that happen daily, the TV sheds light on some, some things are considered conspiracy theories, until proven
My thoughts are this, if you truly want to know God then focus on Him and leave Buddha to the Buddhist, and Greco roman gods to the Greeks and Romans
etc etc etc.
People all around the globe have come to God. Unfortunately some are being misled by those who truly do not represent God.
All you need is you, a Bible, and however many friends, family, or neighbors you can find that want to know and understand God. In your home or
backyard or in a field or forest, wherever you can where there's no distraction, no interruption, just you and whoever and God. And don't let the
clock control you. And don't think you can only reach God on Sunday. He's not a part-time God.
I hope my mumbo jumbo was helpful.
At one point in my life I told God to go fxxx Himself. But never have I thought there is no God. Every human on earth has a deep down feeling that
tells them there's a God. Some fight that feeling and choose to ignore it. Instinct. DNA. Call it whatever. We ALL know there is a God, but like a
child we rebel and we hate being told what NOT to do.
Most powerful word in the world is no. N....O.... And that's why people despise God. From day One, eat from every tree you see, but do not eat from
this one. And with words, Satan convinced them both to eat, by saying they'd be as gods, knowledgeable in everything, no secrets, no misunderstanding,
no question left to ask.
Not once have I said you or anyone else will go to hell.
God decides that. Not me. Not any other human. And I'm a firm believer that those condemning others to hell will reap what they sow.
It's not about hell or Satan. It's about you, God, and what you want to do in the next phase of life.