There’s got to be more to it

I’ve been writing a lot today, just not blogging it. I’ve been thinking about the implications of a God who is ‘just this nice dude’ or one who is mostly all about love. Not that I’m disparaging those who espouse this pov but I can’t help but think there’s got to be more to it that that.

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9 responses to “There’s got to be more to it

  1. Josh I think you were the first to check out my blog, thanks, I am blogging cause I think it might help. I like to think my life experiences have tenderized me. That accident was the first of many medical near death events, prior to that one I had three serious human conflicts. I sometimes feel I might write a book though it is all true some of it is hard to believe.

  2. oh yes you are right Jesus did not just preach love He lived it He might actually be Love.

  3. You’re welcome. I think you’re one of the few who’s left a link. Most of commentors seem to be drive-by’s.

    I like to think my life experiences have tenderized me.

    Here’s the thing that people–myself included here, don’t get me wrong–don’t get a lot of times. Things happen because God set it up that way. How hopeless would terrible things like hurricanes or tornadoes or even catastrophic motorcycle accidents be if there were no reason for them? If they were truly random and if all things were truly random we would live in fear. This is one of the many blessings of Christianity, the knowledge that Christ has us firmly and completely and that whatever happens, its for his glory. And thats the hope, that even our worst traumas in this life can be used for his glory and to shape us into what he wants us be.

  4. How hopeless would terrible things like hurricanes or tornadoes or even catastrophic motorcycle accidents be if there were no reason for them?

    Or imagine the despair of burying your first child 2 months before her 5th birthday, and spending the next several years saying —

    – If only I had (or hadn’t) _______.

    – If only someone else had (or hadn’t) _______.

    If only…if only…if only…

    And then comes this:

    I know, O LORD, that a man’s way is not in himself,
    Nor is it in a man who walks to direct his steps.
    — Jeremiah 10:23

    All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
    But He does according to His will in the host of heaven
    And among the inhabitants of earth;
    And no one can ward off His hand
    Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’
    — Daniel 4:35

    Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

    He said,
    “Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
    And naked I shall return there.
    The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
    Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

    Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
    — Job 1:20-22

    Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
    And in Your book were all written
    The days that were ordained for me,
    When as yet there was not one of them.
    — Psalm 139:16

    Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!

    For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, OR WHO BECAME HIS COUNSELOR?

    Or WHO HAS FIRST GIVEN TO HIM THAT IT MIGHT BE PAID BACK TO HIM AGAIN?

    For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
    — Romans 11:33-36

  5. Yes exactly and AMEN.

    The God about whom men say things like ‘me and my buddy Jesus’ or ‘Good ol’ God’ you know, my cash box, my granter of wishes–thats no one but the god of this age. Give me Sovereignty over omnibenevolence any day of the week.

  6. i’m so tired

  7. give me chance or give me death

  8. someone anyone

  9. Thats pretty severe. But ‘chance or death’ is exactly what most humans desire. They would rather be the master of their own destiny–its the American way–than accept what the Bible says about God. That he is Sovereign Lord of all creation.

    I’d rather live, actually. Judas couldn’t accept it and hung himself. Don’t be Judas. Be Peter. He accepted both what Christ had done and the forgiveness of his Master–and lived.

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