It had to be Jesus or we were doomed to hell forever. When Jesus went to the cross for us, God literally placed all of the guilt from our sins on Jesus Isa , When Jesus was on the cross He became so filthy with our sin that God could no longer look upon him. God turned away, and for the first time in history Jesus felt separation from His Father. These verses tell us that it was God Himself that actually placed our sins on Jesus. But how could this be? Some have objected that it was not fair for God to transfer guilt to an innocent person, but we need to remember that it was actually Jesus who volunteered to pay the penalty.
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There was no coercion. Jesus voluntarily went in our place. The difference, of course, is that in this situation it was an unjust debt. In our situation we owe it, big time! Hopefully that helps some. As a Christian of many years I am still so young in my journey and it is a constant learning curve for me. Raised in a non-christian house I have been surrounded by non-christians all my life. My acceptance of Christ as a teenager was something that disturbed my non-christian family and to this day, they still question my faith.
Their disbelief is primarily that God is a figment of ones imagination and is a means by which people seek solace in times of need or by which people try to control others. Therefore they want no part in it. On the other hand they feel that in saying humans are sinful and wrong Christians are passing judgement and trying to impose their beliefs on others. We are bigots and we are doing a horrible thing by trying to indoctrinate them and most especially their children. For me to tell them in any way shape or form that they are being sinful and are doing wrong would cause them to feel anger and hatred towards my faith and to detest the fact that I love the Lord with all my heart.
Nina, thanks for the comment and question. First I would just like to encourage you to keep pressing on fighting the good fight. I can only imagine how difficult it must be for you to stand by your beliefs in such a hostile environment. Remember that God says you are blessed when you are persecuted for His name. In fact He says to consider it joy! My advice to you would be to wage a campaign of prayer. Prayer is SO powerful! It is usually the first thing we talk about but the last thing we do.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to work in your family; to convict them of sin and prepare the way for you to share. If your family made it clear that they do not want you to try to persuade them to believe, I think you should respect their wishes and pray that God would soften their hearts. Yiu cannot do anything to save them. Apart from a work of God in their hearts giving them faith, they will not hear or understand your words.
This is what Paul tels us in 1 Cor Consider fasting in and praying. As you pray for God to work in them, also pray the the Holy Spirit will fill you with the power to live like Jesus. If they see a real change in you, how you react, how you serve, and how you love, they will see your faith as a source of strength, not a crutch to help the weak. They will know your faith is real when they can see it lived out. Repay evil with kindness. Love when you are attacked. You cannot do this in your own power. It will have to be God working through you, this is why it is important to pray for Him to do this work in your heart.
Confess your sin. Repent of anything God shows you that needs to change. Your focus needs to be on your life. As you do this eventually God wil begin to make headway into their hearts. God can use your life as contrast to theirs and point out their sin. He will guide you and show you when the proper time is to share why there is a change in you. This part takes some discernment so pray for that as well. As a general rule, wait until they ask you what is going on.
When you do speak about God be sure do do it from a position of humility, acknowledging your many faults and showing thanks for how much God has saved you from. There are times when it is appropriate and necessary to point out their sin, but if they are seeing you and Christians as judgmental, then the best approach may be to talk about your sin and what God has saved you from.
Paying or not paying taxes has nothing to do with being a religion. It has absolutely nothing to do with if they are religions or not. Is that what you think? The word religion certainly has many definitions like many words in the English language. I have done this very clearly in my blog above. Do you disagree that Christianity is not a religion by the definition that I gave? No argument there. We agree. However, this is not the common use of the word. There is much more implied there than that they believe in a god of some kind. Also, people can believe in the existence of a god but not be religious and not belong to any religion.
I believe in the existence of my wife. Belief is absolutely necessary in order to have a relationship. This is no different than the fact that I believe in the existence of my wife because I know her. That is not intellectually honest. In it, a Christian is supposed to obey God without question. The fact that we are communicating shows that at some level we ARE having a relationship.
I may not be able to see God, but I can and certainly do hear Him and feel Him. My relationship with Him is undeniably real. Since I am the only one who can testify what MY relationship with God like, I think I am in the best position to comment on it. He is very real. He speaks to me frequently in unmistakable ways. He stirs my heart and my spirit and moves me to want and desire new things that I never thought I would ever desire before.
It is only someone who knows God, who has experienced this same thing that can understand this or will believe it. But, once you have, there is no doubting it. My relationship with Jesus is as real to me as any earthly relationship. In so many ways it is deeper. It is one of mutual love. That is what you cannot understand without experiencing it.
The relationship between me and my Savior is not one of slave to master. It is one of close brother to brother. It is one of son to loving Father. I gladly choose to obey because I love Him and I know that He knows what is best. His plan and His way is the best way. It is in my best interest to follow Him because He knows everything all ways and has chosen the best path for me. Additionally, He is continually at work in my heart changing me.
He gives me new desires and I find that I no longer want to go my way. There are certainly times when I disobey and go my own way and not His.
However, without fail this turns out to my detriment and to the detriment of those I love. When I repent and turn back to His way He is always there with open arms welcoming me back and helping me want to grow. What arrogance to think that we can tell God what is right and that He is wrong. It is simply a fact that God is right. It is His very nature. He cannot be un-right. Right and wrong only make sense in relation to God.
Without an external God separated from His creation there is no such thing as objective right an wrong. We would have no concept of right or wrong apart from God. Everything would be purely subjective. So, of course God is right. I have a real relationship with my earthly Father.
However, there are certainly times when we disagreed. Yes, this was wrong. There were consequences when I disobeyed. He was still my father and I was still his son. I still have a relationship with him in fact a very good one. I am not his slave just because he gave me healthy boundaries, set rules and called me to obey them.
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They were for my safety and well being. Do you think that perhaps my Dad may have know a few more things that I, as an 8 year old boy, did? Is it possible he might have known better than I did if it was a good idea for me to go walking around town at midnight? Perhaps the almighty God of the universe might know a little bit more than you do? You are a sinner. Like all of us you have chosen to rebel against the holy, just and good God of this universe.
You have thumbed you nose at Him and and the sound of submitting to Him is like nails on a chalk board to you. You would rather continue to go your way because you have believed the lie that you know better than God what is good and right for you. If you only could see the truth that of what you are missing. If you only knew that the real freedom, the real joy, the real hope, the real life is only found when you fulfill the purpose for which you were created and repent of your way and let God lead.
It is my prayer that you will. There is a real eternal hell at stake here. Just as God cannot be un-right, He can also not be unjust. His very character is just. He must punish evil and sin. If He overlooked it He would be unjust. The only hope of escaping this punishment is the fact that Jesus agreed to take this punishment for those who repent and agree to let God lead. Jesus stepped in on the cross and took our punishment, the penalty that we rightly deserved so that God could remain just and so that we could live. This was the only way both could be satisfied.
If you do not repent and place God in His rightful position of Lord of your life, you will pay for your own sin in hell for all eternity. However, if you swallow your pride, admit you are wrong and that He is right, and place your trust in Him, you can live forever with Him in a love relationship that will grow and grow for eternity. This is the most rewarding and wonderful relationship you could ever have.
I know from personal experience. I was where you are now. But I gave in, I realized my way was not the right way. I realized that I was drinking out of the toilet when I was being offered fresh, purified water. I came to Him dirty and full on sin and my own pride. I laid it all at the foot of His cross and repented and it was all gone, in an instant. He took it all upon Him and suddenly I was set free in a way I cannot express. I have never been the same since. I am a new person. I truly do desire this for you. I will pray for you and I am here if you have any questions. The greatest thing he has never known.
Matiny, This is a good question. You are referring to John Ironically and most likely not coincidentally , it is a subject that was directly discussed in the sermon preached at my church on the same day you posted your comment. I highly recommend that you listen to this sermon. I think it will help answer your question and provide you with my perspective in better detail.
The sermon above is much more thorough than I can be here, but I will try to give a quick summary of my thoughts. The scriptures are very clear that we, as New Testament followers of Jesus, are not under the specific and direct commands of the Old Testament law. This can be clearly seen in numerous Scripture passages. A few are: Eph. The Mosaic Law was not intended as a universal and eternal reflection of the will of God.
It was intended for a particular time, place and people. In Christ, it is no longer binding. Abel, Noah, Abraham and many others were declared righteous before the law. Moses, Joshua, David, the prophets and many others born under the law were declared righteous not through obedience to the law but through faith in the promises of God. Now, in Christ, we relish in the final revelation of the fulfillment of the promises in the coming of the object of the faith Jesus Christ who alone justifies.
We are not under the law but under grace Romans However, this is not a passport for living how we want and thumbing our nose at God. But what is the law of Christ? This can be answered by looking at a few verses. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. The law of Christ is love; love for others and love for God.
Jesus tells us that love fulfills the whole law Matt We are called to love. By doing so, we fulfill all the intent and purpose of the rules of the law without needed to obey the letter. Jesus actually modeled this for us when He was on earth. That is where the passage you asked about comes in. Look at the verse the immediately follows the one you quote, John You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. He gives us the Holy Spirit to help us with this commandment to love. Thus it is actually His work, not ours. The Holy Spirit empowers us and helps us love overcoming our selfishness.
He says that if you try to obey part of the law then you are obligated to keep the whole thing. As we place our faith in God, he changes our hearts. The Holy Spirit helps us to genuinely love God and love others. This faith works itself out as love in our lives. Therefore, those who have faith will love, and thus, fulfill the law of Christ. Not sure i understand your post. These things themselves have no moral implications. They are just things. How they are used and why they are used is what is relevant. It is always about the heart. Pradeepa, The short answer to your question is that it is because of sin.
Sin always divides. As I explained in the post above, sin separates us from God. It also separates us from each other. We see this every day. As a result of sin, marriages split up, friends part ways, relationships are strained, etc. Relationships are always impacted when we sin usually our horizontal relationships with others, but always our vertical relationship with God. We repeatedly see this example in the Bible.
When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, they became separated from God. We see this with the Nation of Israel. When King Solomon sins by worshiping idols, the result is that his kingdom is divided. It is split into two kingdoms Israel and Judah. The once unified Nation of Israel is torn in two as a result of this sin.
This is similar to what has happened to the Church. However, when Jesus left, Satan remained. His desire is to spread dissension and division Romans The Church has a real enemy that is continually warring against it to try to create as much division as possible. Additionally, Christians still have sinful natures. We are far from perfect!
We still sin. Sin also has the effect of clouding our minds so that we cannot perceive things correctly. It tends to skew our interpretation of things. Thus, there were many disagreements of how to interpret various things in Scripture. The result of this sin is that divisions came up. Sometimes they even fought over these disagreements. In most cases these disagreements and different interpretations of Scripture were not major, but were more minor. However, it is the proclivity of mankind to focus on our differences instead of the more important points we agree on.
Some of these points of disagreement are listed in my post above what day of the week to meet on, forms of music to use, ritualistic prayers, dietary requirements, etc. These things are minor points and should not cause fellow believers in Christ to divide. But, all too often, our sinfulness comes out and we fear those who do not agree with us.
In addition to these minor points, theological differences caused division. Many of these differences are about concepts about God and how He works that are very difficult for us humans to understand such as the role of human free will in relationship to the sovereignty of God.
Other theological points of disagreement centered on who should be baptized and how. Instead of bearing with one another and allowing each other to disagree on minor matters like this, churches split up over them. They formed whole organizations of churches around their way of thinking. Groups who believed that the right way to baptize was by immersing the person in water instead of sprinkling water over them split off. Groups of churches that believed that infants should be baptized at birth joined together and separated themselves from churches that believed only believers in Christ should be baptized.
The result was that the Church, as a whole, lost out. In most of these cases there are correct points on both sides as well as some errors and over reactions. We cannot put God in a box, and the reality is that we need perspective of the whole Church to better understand Him. By surrounding ourselves with only the people who think like us, everyone loses. I look forward to the day when Jesus returns and there will no longer be any denominations, nations, or any other divisions; only followers of Jesus.
God will correct all the wrong thinking in all of us, align us and help all of us to see and understand more of Him than we can now. That is my short answer, I hope it helps some. Pradeepa the various different denominations to my understanding have come about much in the same way that cultural differences come about. When the disciples were sent out to all the ends of the earth to spread the Good News, they naturally came across people from very diverse backgrounds and cultures which resulted in slightly different traditions and practices within the one faith.
I imagine a lot of this is reflected in the various different denominations that you come across today. Nina, Thanks for the response. However, that is not really historically accurate. The Church had already spread over the entire known world. At this point it split in two. It further divided when the Protestant Reformation occurred in the 16th century. The king of England also split the church in because he wanted to get a divorce.
Hi, I heard that when people die, instead of going directly to heaven or hell, they sleep until the day God would comes back and question us about our sins. I was just wondering if that was correct? It is false teaching. The bible never teaches that. There are several clear bible passages that directly contradict it.
Jesus claimed He would never die John and They are clearly alive and not asleep. The apostle John sees saints alive in Heaven when he is taken there by an angel in Revelation. So Christians, why is your religion more valid, than say, Hinduism? What is so veeeery believable about Christianity that you take it above all other religions? I pointed out a few in a previous blog, such as how Christianity is unique in the fact that is about God coming to man instead of man […]. Alex, This is a good question.
I chose to write a blog post to answer it. This will allow me a little more space to more fully address your question. See blog linked below:. Your entire essay here can easily be undone by the first sentence of your fabricated definition for religion. DS, thank you for the comment. In fact, it seems you have completely missed or intentionally avoided my entire point.
Yes, Christianity is a system of beliefs that one adheres to. That is not my point, though. I was very specific in how I defined religion. Christianity is unique in that it is a belief without requiring anything more than believing. It is this last part that characterizes religion. Religion says you have to EARN it. In Christianity the work is already done by God. All that is necessary is to trust is His work. Jesus earned it for us on the cross. Everyone has a belief that they adhere to.
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Religion is not just believing something. Religion is a belief that requires you to to do something to earn favor from God. This is why Christianity is so different from the others. Religion is the reason why they are killing us innocent Men Woman and Children.. The end result was complete failures. I believe God has chosen me to share Gospel among Hindus and will use some of the teaching shared here on this blog.
I have goose bumps from reading all of this. To everyone who responded so kindly to the people who had questions and doubts, may God bless you. All I know is that my life has dramatically changed since I invited Jesus Christ our Lord into my life. I am not religious, but instead have a wonderful relationship with Him. As I have learned over the years, trying is religion. If you let Jesus captured you heart you would not be trying anymore because you will be living it. Let Jesus capture your heart. Tubs, Thank you for your comment.
I must disagree with you, however. That is not at all what I intend to say with this blog post. It totally depends on WHY you are trying. It should be clearly understood that the bible calls us to try to live how God wants us. We are to try to live like Jesus did.
There are countless more I could list. The above verses among many others make it very easy to see that as Christians we are indeed called to strive, toil, work, obey, and labor. Not just trying but trying very hard! When then, does it become religion? The answer to this question is what I was attempting to explain in this blog. It is all about why you are working. Why are you trying? Do you think you can make him love you more by doing good things? If so, THIS is religion. If you think it is like earning a reward, then you are working from religion.
However, that is not why Paul and the other New Testament authors worked hard. Paul understood that his good works were worthless. I was circumcised when I was eight days old. I am a pure-blooded citizen of Israel and a member of the tribe of Benjamin—a real Hebrew if there ever was one! I was a member of the Pharisees, who demand the strictest obedience to the Jewish law.
I was so zealous that I harshly persecuted the church. And as for righteousness, I obeyed the law without fault. I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.
I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. Paul understood that he had to discard these attempts to earn favor from God and rely only on God to make up the gap and save him.
However, it was the understanding of how much grace and mercy God had shown him that made him want to work so hard. He worked hard out of love for God and a desire to show gratitude with his life. He also worked hard to gain an eternal reward in heaven. God promises that he will reward all the work that is genuinely done for His glory.
So, it is not trying that is religious. If so, then we should just do whatever we want. That is NOT biblical Christianity. We are still called to try and try as hard as we can. But, our reason for trying has changed. We now try out of love and gratitude and in expectation of an eternal reward that will never fade away. I also work as an Engineer at The Boeing Company. Glad I could help. God bless. I am doing a research paper on Christianity vs Religion how being a Christian is religious or a religion.
Good morning Mr. Driscoll How are you? I do believe in the Word of God. I do believe Christianity is not a religion of system of rules it is based on relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Their are so much cult religions out their in the world that is based on a system of rules by man. Since we have a relationship and believe in our Lord Jesus Christ. The enemy wants to hurt us by killing us off because we believe in our Lord Jesus Christ and not a false God.. I suppose everyone is free to make up their own definition of words, but you can hardly blame the rest of the world for not acknowledging your invented definition.
Amanda, First off, thanks for the comment. I hope you understand that what I have written comes from a desire to help you and others. It is certainly perfectly fine if we disagree on this. I appreciate your point that many dictionaries and other sources do not define religion as I have done here. I know and understand this. The truth is that there is not great agreement on the actual definition. Millions of people suffer and he does nothing. I agree John. I think the history of Christianity is a bad practical joke. I think God is all powerful,.
And capable of enormous cruelty. Infinite power in His hands is devastating to many of us. Since I was brought back everything turns sour. My friends have left. Disabled No matter how much I pray the opposite happens. My world keeps becoming smaller. If there were or if he cared a thing about any of us, our lives would be quite different.
For a long time I tried to believe there is no God. I wish I could believe that. It would all be a lot easier. But I believe there is a God. God does not hate you. I have done this. I want so badly for you to see what I see. God is better than a human. I promise. I believe it is the added stack of negative events. It began only alright days and bad days. I started to question perhaps, karma or luck, as I have never been a seriously religious person.
However, I felt I did everything I can, in fact, I was smart, i was kind sensitive, and welcoming. Maybe, if I wait for a long, long, long time, things might clear up. Good luck to everyone, as no one deserves any bad days. No one deserves to cry daily. Step into the light. What light? I used to pray every morning and every night. The more honest I became, the harder it got to continue. I feel alone. I am attracted to very young girls for some reason. I feel like so many people hate me. I have to keep my attraction a secret. This makes me sad. I fear even my own mom and son hate me If they really knew me.
Children who are sexually abused often struggle with PTSD, depression, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, low self-esteem, learned helplessness, and a host of other issues, sometimes for their whole lives. Please, please see a counselor who you can confide in. Their job is not to be judgmental but to help you work through unhealthy impulses that could end up hurting someone else as well as yourself.
I hope you can get to the root of whatever it is that attracts you to young children so you can be free of that harmful impulse and find peace. To all whom feel like you face your day alone or gods not there for you. I know the effects of suicide first hand it saddens me that you hurt and feel that you would not be missed because if you read this Well I can tell you that our paths have crossed and I would be saddened deeply by the lose of a beautiful life.
I agree to the full there is just no season of peace in any sort of way….. I feel the same way you do. It is devastating to not only have no earthly father, but be abandoned by the heavenly one too! Firing prayer bullets, listening to prayers on youtube, everything is for nothing and I am tired of having his back turned to me. I can relate to you in this one. Its to the point going to church causes physical pain because of the lies. I wish there was even one aspect of my life that I was thankful for. When bad things happen and you trust God, but He never follows through and turns it to good it leaves you broken in a way no human could possibly break you.
I can handle having the worst luck in the world. Knowing that God created me specifically to live this life is a cruelty beyond comprehension. Unfortunately even after this article I still believe that if God exist he hates me. Too many bad things have happened to me for me to believe otherwise. Nellie, I understand why you would feel that way given all that you have been through. I hope that you will be able to find the resources you need to seek healing and wholeness in your journey. I wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Tell that to the dying from starvation kids of Ethiopia and war torn countries.
God may hate us, or God may love us, but the answer is so what? And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. That is contradictory to the way I was raised, but I agree with you. At 52 I have nothing to look back on but emotional pain, desperation, depression, loneliness, stress… this list goes on. It actually makes me hope there is no god or gods but rather, just randomness. I do not wish to believe in a deity deities that would choose to bless some and not others.
And, I look forward to nonexistence. Hi ,I lived a life of hardship too. God loves us. To see from your perspective as well, but so much younger pains me. Where am I? I feel so much more different than what I thought I was. I feel like this too. I am not concerned if there is an afterlife and hope that there isnt, because it will just be another level of learning and suffering. No more pain, just a loss of consciousness. The peace of sleep. As far as I see it, Gods are not worth chasing after.
So praying to them to relieve pain and sickness is an utter waste of time. They have no concept of it. My pain and suffering have reached such extreme levels that they have shattered the illusion of a loving God. The ultimate vivisectionist, as C. Lewis put it. You are wrong when you say that God does not know what it means to be human and have physical pain. He was God on earth in the flesh but his words to humanity are ignored or misunderstood. When you die you will be in far worse pain and torment than you can imagine if you do not believe and accept the price Jesus paid for you when He died on the cross.
It is for every humans suffering that Jesus came, died, and rose again. Yes God is in control of everything and allows pain and suffering but few ever take the time to be humble and simply ask him why. I actually have asked and he answered. Many just get angry and never take the time to find out who God really is and why things are the way they are in this world. One of the first things that God showed me when I started asking him why is that from the beginning he wanted a being he could fellowship with that was somewhat like Him.
He gave humans the ability to have choice which His other creatures he created dont have. Our choices and choices of those before us brought pain and suffering into the world. We choose our way most times and just complain and blame God without ever even looking to Him for real help because we expect that help to come the way we think it should or we expect God to make our lives better in the way we think it should be made better.
All the while God has given instructions to human kind to follow and because he knows our pain and suffering he sent His Son to open the door of communication with him that is closed when we choose to do things our own way and not His. God did live in a human body in Jesus. Jesushimself said he and father God were one together. To this day Jesus has the marks of his crucifixion on his body. He really did die and come back to life.
Why would he do that? The human that he created you, me, all of us. If you never have please read the Bible specifically the book of John. Jesus spoke in a lot of parables but he also spoke plainly about who he was why he came to earth and what he expects of people. Hell is eternity without God.
It is judgement never meant for humans. We choose whether we go there or not. As evil as this world is God is still present with man and still an active part of his creation. He lets men make choices and does not control us like a puppet master. His presence is still in this world. There is still good working along side evil in this world because his presence is here but when his presence is removed evil takes complete control.
Hell is a place where his presence is known of but the good is completely gone forever. Hell is judgement for the rebellious Lucifer and all the demons that followed him. The only way to go there is to choose the same rebellion….. Please read what Jesus said in the Bible. He explained everything. There are several of us who have done everything you have said. God has been very transparent with why He has tortured me the way He has. The real irony is He is teaching me most about how selfish He is.
Even your whole rant is all about what God wanted, at the expense of us humans. And although Jesus became human to atone for our sins, I struggle with his example. Nowhere did it talk about him calling out to God in pain for decades and God never answering. Jesus also had support, He had friends, He had family. But they were also there for him, how could Jesus every understand to know what its like to spend you whole life without that. And with a God who left them alone and rejected. Maybe God is using those trials to help you to love Him!
Jesus said in the gospel of John that He came to seek and save the lost. Luke I disagree when you claim humans created exclusions and labels.
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Women, people of color, gays, anyone different were treated like slaves and this is promoted in the divine scriptures. God created human along with human nature knowingly and willingly to torture some. People believe in God as a coping mechanism because deep down inside they know such entity does not exist and things never do get better. I believe God hates me too, I have suffered with mental illness naturally and also brought on by tons of abuse, I cant seem to compleatly turn my life over I stumble almost every chance I get.
I came tonight to go to a gsthering to honer Jesus death and feel like God threw me out I was sooooo uncomfortable and in sooo much pain physicaly too. This has happened on more than one occasion me trying to go to church feeling all tormented and. Here I sit out in the car while I wait for everone to get done for my ride home. I am so sorry you are feeling this way, and that even a house of worship did not feel like a safe space for you to be.
I encourage you to seek out any form of support you can find, particularly if you are feeling like you want to harm yourself or someone else. Some good places to look especially if church feels too painful for you right now would be in your local hospitals, community mental health centers, or counseling centers. You will be in my prayers. For that, there are fates worse than death, and hospitals are one of them. Leanna your only advise to everyone here is to seek some help from others. Just so you are aware, this does not help anyone.
Dear the forever lost child, if it is painful for you to sit through church, this could be a sign that you have a deeper spiritual warfare going on that you are not aware of. I would also suggest talking to a priest. God hates me show much as well. It must be terribly painful to go through what you are experiencing, Graham. I am truly sorry that you are feeling this way, and that you have not been able to find any relief for your suffering. I am concerned for you, and would strongly encourage you to reach out to a helping professional — perhaps a counselor, a physician, or a pastor that you know — and ask for help.
If you feel like you are in danger of hurting yourself, please go to your closest Emergency Room or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Leanna, what is wrong with suicide? If someone chooses to die it is their choice. We all have to die sometime and if we are miserable why not choose yourself how and when? Instead of being force to live a horrible painful life? Obviously God does not care so why should we? Leanna, that phone number exists so they can call the authorities to take away your freedom.
They track your phone number from previous calls and build a file on you. Say one wrong thing and the cops show up and take you to the men with white coats. They suck. I agree with Barbara. The problem is that suicide can fail. There needs to be legislation that allows people to be euthanized if they want to die. Do you want to chat with me because I actually feel the same way. Hence ,why I am here. I think things may seem brighter soon. I believe there is a Good God who loves you and cares about you.
And a Devil who is trying to destroy you. You are in a war. There is a lot of unknown stuff going on. As simple as it can be. God is good and the Devil is bad. Faith is a choice to believe. Make a choice to believe in what you want in life. Start to speak it to yourself. As I speak to you I speak to myself. Our words are powerful. Call yourself a winner. Stand up and fight for yourself. Be careful with your thoughts and the words out of your mouth.
What you think, and what you speak is what your going to get. This is how we fight the Devil with positive thoughts and positive words found in the Bible. How convenient. What sense does that make. God is all powerful. But it is the fault of one of his creations? Where do I sign up? How about realizing that God and Satan are two cheeks of the same arsehole?
What, you think he contracted out the building and running of Hell to someone else? But he creates good and evil, by his own words. OK I would have to say God hate us. If an infinite God can do anything created everything down to subatomic particles, stars, black holes and even the notion of time, dimension even the notion of good versus evil would not exist without his bidding.
He made it like this. We are just toys that got thrown away after the funs been had…. Just look at his kingdom description in revelation, the one about his throne in heaven not the one on earth. After all we are made in his image so we naturally crave deityhood. It just comes off to me as a universal case of do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do type of thing. Prince S. I have a couple major projects going on and need good people! God is very mean. You are 22!! Have you actually read the Bible — the entire way through? And it is easy when you stop blaming God for all the problems other humans create. Do you know anything about attraction?
God gave people physical desires and each person is unique in that way. Frankly I find it insulting that when people who are dying of cancer of suffering of starvation and poverty and they still have faith, you are whining about a girl not liking you back. I personally am agnostic but I was raised in a very religious household and my dad is a pastor. I have read the Bible many times over. I was homeless as a teen and have had to starve at times.
I stopped believing in God because scientifically there is no proof. I am not an atheist because I cannot prove that there is no God. So I am agnostic. You have your entire life ahead of you. Did you ever think that God has other plans for you? Maybe they are better than you could possibly imagine! Maybe you will meet someone you care for ten thousand times more! Also, read the bible. There are many more girls. Work on improving YOU. Get a good education so you can have a good job in our modern economy. What do you want to be? Maybe you want to be a truck driver, or a plumber, or a carpenter, or a writer, or painter, or photographer, or a teacher, lawyer, computer programmer, or anything else.
But with women come threats to the wealth you will gain, so be cautious; women have ruined many men financially; many women are good, but you must be careful. I wonder how many of the stories on this page about the misery people are living through, are caused by poor choices those people made, and how many of those people are willing to admit at least to themselves , that they are responsible for their own misery.
Scott Peck. One of the most powerful pages ever written on the face of this earth. That page is pure truth. I wish that for just one day you could stand inside their shoes and for just that one moment they could be you! You two are like a farmer who expected that God should sow his grain for him. If the farmer should not plow, not sow, and not reap, should he then curse God that he is hungry? And what of the martyrs that faced torture and death but maintained their faith in God?
Did they accuse God of being mean or of tantalizing them? Spare me the myth of the talking snake and eating an apple. Yeah, well men are crazy and the sure can be a detriment to a woman. If all of your experiences with women are bad, than the problem lies with you, quit picking bad women, problem solved. Why is Adam always seen as a victim? He also chose to sin. He could have held out and God would have given him another wife.
He blew it, too. The martyrs should have accused God of being mean. He is mean. Those people suffered and died for an all-powerful God who could have stopped it at any moment. What a jerk. But there is also the farmer who has his crop wiped out by pestilence or drought. Or fire. Or flood. Children born blind, disabled, etc. People plagued by cancer. He just seems really mean. Jesus said he was coming soon. God only loves and does for who he wants. People worship him and he spits in their face daily. Ask the children who are repeatedly raped. Ask people who beg God for some relief and he does nothing.
But yet child molesters, dope dealers and rapists get whatever they want. But a five year old little girl can beg God to stop being raped and he does nothing. Oh, ya, but God loves you! I so relate to the comments. I am turning 51 in a few days and the only deep desire I have had Is to marry and have a child. I have prayed my whole life for this. I have tried my best to be obedient to God and serve him. We are suppose to trust that His plan for us is the best one. Then I look at my sister who is not a Christian and has a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. Please explain about this loving God??
As we can see, nobody has the answers to our pain and torture. The bottom line is if you love somebody, you show it. People I love never have to question my love. We Deserve a answer from our father as to his silence to our cries. Answers like why do you give us 60 years to get it right but satan gets a planet to rule , rape, and ruin our lives, with us under his whip for thousands of years? Havnt humanity suffered enough?
Guess not. I just wish he would explain this to us not as a god but as a father,but good luck with that. Put infinite power into the hands of an ordinary person and bad things will happen. What is the saying? Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. He projects a public persona that is loving and wonderful. I think most of the horrors of our lives is just for his entertainment. Have you tried finding the amazing lady you want to marry. Sometimes God wants us to wait to be blessed sometimes he wants us to work to be blessed. I love God with all my heart.
I want Him to be in my life but he keeps failing me. I trust only on him but does He even foe once think of me? I pray, i fast, i am born again but God hates me and want to dissapoint me everytime. I read His word n believe in it but nothing written there ever works for me. It is hard for me coz all my hope, trust n faith i put in Him but i guess he feel happy seeing me suffer. Why should i suffer if Jesus died for me?
God may laugh at the Wicked , not you. If you are keeping his word. You will be blessed do not only think about this life. Unfortunately evil exists not Just Jehovah.. This is a sad case where misery does not love company, because it. Yet, I too firmly believe the more I pray, the worse things become in my life. I too wonder where the loving God is. I abused myself as a result of these experiences. I ask God to take me home ever day and know one day I will simply end it.
I even had therapists abandon me. I have lived in housing that triggered my symptoms and my dreams are gone. I am middle aged now and have never had a bf. I do pray for others as I am able but I am tired of everything. I take responsibility for my own errors but anyone who knows the pain of incest knows how it can devastate your life. I look at what others have and at the daily struggle I cover up and am sick of it all.
Churches I found to be judgmental places. I have zero hope for my life. God destroyed it all and let satan torture me and I hate Christianity and its promises. Good luck to all those suffering we all need it. Some people may not understand but I do , I actually get it. I hope you receive All your blessings.
So many similar to what I am feeling and going through. No matter how I try to get away. I have been ill most of my life. My youth was stolen from me. I have been homeless. I have been poor my entire life, regardless of how hard I work. I even went to jail because I tried to defend myself when he was in an alcohol and drug fueled rage. I have been made fun of and laughed at. I have never felt love or security in my life. Now I have just recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor. I just had to let God go. The more I pray, the worse it gets. Nothing good has ever happened to me.
Even the smallest of tasks are difficult. All hope is lost, and no one can help. Even knowing you all are suffering too, I am still alone. Talk to me , I understand completely.. But God honestly does love us. Try thanking God different ways. Have a blessed day. About every other day now I think dead is better. That in spite of the horrors of our world, after life people will be happy with God? Which is it? But God never taught us to destroy deserts or not use them to our benefits, it is humans who decided to exclude ugly creations out of their world when in practice, ugliness can be more useful than beauty.
Reading through all these comments is heartbreaking, and I searched this for the same reason as everyone else — suffering. Praying and hoping for something to change, a lifetime of sadness and people who are cruel and unjust. I was thinking while reading this, some people do have an advantage, but, what if the point is to start to live our lives for other people. What if the way out is thinking about what we can do for other people and what WE can do for God, instead of only what he can do for us?
It is supposed to be a relationship. Thank God, because none of us could ever be good enough. Only one person could ever do this, Jesus Christ. Our sins are erased because of Christ. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
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If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. So, you might ask why, then, was the law was given. It was given to show us that we need God. As Paul says in Rom I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, you must not covet. Without the law as a standard we would not even realize that we needed a redeemer and savior from our sin. The law was just and correct. There was nothing wrong with the law.
This is the way we are called to act. However, as humans we do not have the ability to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, and minds and love our neighbor as much as ourselves all the time, everyday. Because sin was introduced into the world by man, we are inclined to sin and no one can live this way. So, we are in need of redemption from this predicament. Christ provided this. He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it.
I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. We are forgiven from all sin; past and future. When we receive Him, He gives us his Holy Spirit that has the power to change us and make us more like Him. This is a process, but as this happens we begin to realize that we are living in the love originally required by the law. The original intention, the heart of the law, is established in our lives.
Our relationships with God and others are founded in love.
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It is the Holy Spirit that accomplishes this within us, not our own human effort. The Bible describes this process as Holy Spirit producing fruit:. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions. But when you are directed by the Spirit, you are not under obligation to the law of Moses. But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful natureto his cross and crucified them there. This is the difference between religion and true Christianity. There is no checklist or list of rules that you must follow. It is ALL about your relationships, vertical and horizontal.
There is no rhetoric or rituals that have to be practiced. It is so simple it sounds stupid, and it would be if there was no real power here. Religion is empty. But, in Christ there is power. But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. So when you look around at the church and what has happened in history you see a lot of bad things, and some good as well.
This is evil and God is not in it. Good has been done by the few that truly understand what it means to be a Christian. These look like Christ. That is how we know we are living in him. Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. It is a quick read it took me about 2 hours and is worth the time investment. How Good is Good enough. Read some of your why Christianity is not a religion. God wants us to have a relationship with him????? It takes at least two to have a relationship.
Both parts need to put in. After four years of trying to have that relationship with God, I have given up. It seemed like nothing I did was good enough for him. I never felt his presence, love, help or intervention in my life. I am now totally broken. No faith or trust left in this God who loves me and wants a relationship with me!!.
I have cried and prayed but nothing. I have more issues than I can handle…. God was the one person I believed could help me no matter what was happening in my life. I thought he was the potter and I the clay that he would mould and shape but now I just believe that we have to make ourselves change through determination etc. I will try harder next time!!! There is nothing left in me to bring to God. My daughter is also in the same place.
She seems depressed all the time and has seen the counselor at church but nothing works or helps. How can this be a loving God who wants a relationship wit us when he ignores our needs and hurts. God is demanding and thats that. The Bible says we must be perfect like the Son and Father. The following response was emailed directly to the person who sent the comment. Thank you so much for having the courage to write me and be so honest about your feelings. It is apparent that you are going through a tough time and have been for a while now.
I really do feel for you and your daughter. I just want to tell you that you are not alone! Most all of us go through times in our life where we wonder where God is and question our faith. I have been through it myself. I apologize that this letter is so long. Seriously though, there is truth in here that can help you. I want to talk to you about the pain and sense of abandonment that you are feeling because it is very common and it is valid , but first I feel that I need to address the root issue here.
The root problem you are encountering is that someone has painted a very poor picture for you of who Jesus Christ is. What picture of God has been painted for you? When a person wants to know what God is like, she need look no further than Jesus Christ. He came to be our example and our substitute. God is not interested in your perfection! You will never be perfect, and neither will I. No one except Jesus ever has or will be! God, in gracious love, knew that we could not be perfect or even close.
Thus, we need atonement for our sins. He loves us too much to let us go. Jesus himself said:. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. How could Jesus say this if he demands perfection? Is perfection easy to bear? Does trying to be perfect give you rest?
He says his burden is light. I can tell you that this has been so true in my life. We become saints, not sinners. Yes, we may still choose to sin and this sin will impact our relationship with God disrupt the harmony of our relationship but it will not change the fact that we are his children. God has made us partakers of His nature so we will actually BE like Him. You are not on a performance basis with God. He must change your nature, give you an entirely new self—the life of Christ in you—which is the grace you need to measure up to His standards. Only after He changes who you are and makes you a partaker of his divine nature will you be able to change your behavior.
And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. As we trust in, seek, and rely on God in every aspect of our lives, the Spirit begins to change who we are. As we change, we desire to sin less and desire to serve God more, because we love Him, and not because we have to or because he demands it from us. It is the airplane that has a greater power than gravity and allows the person to accomplish their desire to fly. When we place our whole trust in Jesus, He puts the desires in our heart to obey Him.
It is no longer something we do out of obligation. The bible says in 1 Timothy Thank God for that! As we give more and more of our desires and our control over to Jesus, He will change us and our progress will be evident, obvious, to all who look at us. I praise God that anyone around me can tell you that I am not at all the same person I was even a year ago.
All I have tried to do is focus on Him. He has showed me sin in my life and I have repented of it and gradually given it over to Him. I have, one by one, started to give up my own desires and received from Him a fresh new set of desires. They bring me so much more joy and satisfaction than my own interests, desires, and plans ever did! Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort?
It says it right there in His Word. If we believe this message, we already have favor, good standing, in the eyes of God. It is a done deal! Have you ever been so grieved and saddened by the all sin in your life that you repented of it and gave it over to Jesus? Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of all your sins past and future , including the sin of resentment expressed in your letter? Did you do this while whole-heartedly believeing that He was God and he came to earth to die for you so that you can be free from the weight and penalty of your sin free from the condemnation of not being perfect?
Did you believe Him and trust that His blood shed for you was powerful enough to pay for all your sins and that He was the perfection lived in your place? If not then do so now! He did it for us, in our place, because it was something we could never do. The bible says:. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags.
Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind. Even the best things we can do for God are tainted, filthy, before Him because they are done with impure selfish motives. For Jesus gave this example:. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get. But the tax collector stood at a distance. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. The tax collector like you realized that he had nothing to bring to God. In fact, it is just the opposite.
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. It will never work for them. We accept what God says as true and live according to faith, and this abundant life works out in our experience.
If we try to make it true by the way we live we will never get there. We are saved by faith and we walk or live by faith. We are neither saved nor sanctified by how we behave but by how we believe. If you can come to understand this it will free you! You say you have many questions about the bible. I think once you understand this truth, much if it will begin to make a lot more sense for you.
I would be happy to answer any questions that remain to the best of my ability. I would love to explain this over the phone because I could then understand better what you are going through. It is hard to convey what I mean in writing. In fact, some of the godliest men in the bible went through this. They even recorded their crisis of faith for us to read. I believe God had those put in His word so that we can be comforted, knowing that it is not uncommon for us to wonder God, where are you? I encourage you to read the book of Psalms. It is littered with the earnest cries of people desperately seeking to find God in the midst of feelings of abandonment, loss, hopelessness, loneliness, and doubt.
What you are feeling is real and valid. Here are some examples of how the psalmists cried out in the midst of this pain:. Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love. I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. Why are you so far away when I groan for help?
Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord.
All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs. I search my soul and ponder the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever?
Will he never again be kind to me? Is his unfailing love gone forever? Have his promises permanently failed? Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he slammed the door on his compassion? The feelings you have are no different than the ones expressed by these men of faith. The only difference is how you have responded.
The difference is in what these experiences have caused you to conclude. He goes on to say:. They are constantly in my thoughts. I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works. O God, your ways are holy. Is there any god as mighty as you? Life in this world is hard. The world is fallen and needs to be redeemed.
Redemption starts with the individual soul before God. One day, it will extend to all creation Romans Remember, when God came in the flesh to this world, it was hard for Him he was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief — Isaiah In fact, Christ even quoted the verse from Psalm 22 above when he was hanging on the cross. Even Jesus felt that sense of abandonment that you are feeling. Our feelings are not adequate to reveal reality. Feelings change with the wind…and time. When my feelings tell me that God does not love me or accept me, I discipline myself to focus on the cross of Jesus Christ.
It becomes for me a neon banner in the black of my night flashing the love of God for me whether I feel it or not. Therefore, I am willing to live for Him, whether I feel it or not. Marion, Jesus loves you. He died for you. He cared so much about your need to be forgiven and saved that he endured your hurts your sin and bore them all on the cross.
Jesus did not come to remove hurt and pain from your life. He came to save you from your sin and take the heavy load of living perfect off your shoulders. The very fact that you are reading this shows that God cares a ton about the very needs and hurts you are talking about! He compelled an absolute stranger on the other side of the world, mind you to spend almost a whole day a huge holiday in my country praying for you and responding to you.
You need to know that God told me to do it. These words are His very words to you.
He loves you so much! I only wish you knew. The same is true of what God promises us. And if you search for him with all your heart and soul, you will find him. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.
This I know for sure, if you really come to God in a contrite heart, broken over your sin, and seek him with of your heart as the verses above state , you will find him! What is the condition of your heart? Are you coming to Him with bitterness, resentment, unconfused sin, or parts of your life you are unwilling to give Him? You must seek Him with your whole heart. God is near to the brokenhearted. Come to Him in this way. As you do this, you must wait patiently for the Lord to act, trusting that He will.
Sometimes He may wait just to see how much we really trust Him or believe in Him. Lastly, you must find a church that will teach the bible correctly. There are churches everywhere that will help you to understand the truth of the bible. I can help with questions and I will , but you need a group of believers to walk through life with you. Your daughter needs to see the Christian life lived out. I sincerely hope this helped you.
I will pray for you. If nothing else, you have at least 20 people praying for you in America now! Jake, Great article and great answer to Marion. I hope your article and answer to Marion will minister to many others too. Jake, I just wanted to say that you have a very powerful argument here.
This page really sums up the kind of lifestyle I want to start living. Thank you for the encouraging comment. It sounds like you are on the right track. If you have come to the place where you believe that Jesus Christ came to earth as God and man, that he died for your sins on the cross, and was raised again, and you have repented of your sin and chosen to turn over control of your life to him, then you already have the relationship with him. John says you are his child. You now have direct access to the throne of heaven!
No need to go through anyone else or jump through any religious hoops. Jesus alone is your mediator, your bridge See 1 Timothy Now you can work on growing that relationship, making it stronger and deeper. Spend time with him in prayer, praise, and meditation on the Word. The Holy Spirit will guide you and teach you. Also, it is important for you to be part of a local church that believes in the truth of scripture and can help you grow. Where do you live? Perhaps I can help you find one. What you need to seek out are close relationships with Christians that can help you grow.
That means spending time with you and living life with you. I have grown more in my life through the help of others than I ever have on my own. It should be available at most Christian book stores. I will be praying for you. I am also here to help with any questions or issues you encounter.
Please feel free to contact me. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Basically, the bible says the Jesus came to pay our debt for us and die in our place. We […]. You contributed your response to Marion so that it would be available to others as well for you are hopeful, I assume, that others will enjoy the gift Jesus brought you as you have yourself.
So I also would like to offer an addition that I have found most helpful and comforting. I call it an addition because it goes beyond your response and seem more radically Christian and therefore more likely, in my view, to be what Jesus had it mind. It certainly has been a gift to me.
All that is required of us is openness. Believing is not a requirement. Believing is itself a gift given by the Spirit who blows where he wills. So your exhortation to Marion to believe sounded to me like imposing an obligation. Believing will or will not happen as God wishes. All we can do is give testimony to what it is like for us and to tell the stories that have inspired us. The rest is for the Spirit to accomplish. She is up to the task I hope I do not offend by using the female pronoun, and it is very likely that task will not be done our way.
John, Thanks for the comment. Just to be clear, I totally agree with you about the Holy Spirit being a gift of God. Indeed He is God gifting Himself to us. Additionally, I also agree that even our faith in God is a gift from Him. You can see this in Eph However, I do hold that faith and belief are requirements for salvation. While it is given by God, it is absolutely required in order to know Him. Jesus says,.
But to be sure, I believe in both. I urge Marion to believe, because Jesus urged people to believe. Repent and believe the good news! While the spiritual reality is that faith is given by God, the way we perceive that faith being given is by us choosing to follow. By this I mean to us it seems we choose even though in reality we are chosen. So by all means, I encourage people to choose God. The realization that they were really chosen by God can come later. You need to be careful about the implications of the theology you are espousing here.
It has the dangerous potential, if taken to its ultimate conclusion, of downplaying the importance of preaching the gospel, sharing Jesus Christ and evangelizing the lost. Jesus Himself commands us to go and make disciples the great commission Matt The verbs here are go, make, baptize, and teach. These actions are intended to tell us we need to do something. Paul expressed it this way:. And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? My effort is to bring the good news to all who will listen. The good news does call people to repentance and faith. Only God can do that. However, I must be obedient to preach the truth and call them to it. This article and the comments left have added considerably to my understanding! Thankyou very much for taking the time to write everything you have. Firstly, I have yet to understand how exactly our sins are removed because Jesus Christ died on the Cross.
I feel that this gap in my understanding is indeed a huge abyss, for it is the basis of faith and belief, is it not? I know these are probably common, rather broad and simplistic questions. I really hope I can find answers to my questions soon :! That being said, thankyou again for this article — I will hunt for more of your work to expand my knowledge!
Thanks Jessica. These are very good questions. I can see that God is at work in your heart. I want to address your two questions in two separate responses so that I can spend some time on each. I only have enough time right now to answer the first one, but I will also address the second when I get a chance. Indeed, I think most Christians probably struggle with understanding this point. I know I used to. My lack of understanding here came from my small understanding of who God is.
The more I began to learn about who He is and how great He is, the more this idea of Jesus paying the penalty for me began to make sense.