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My Nephew Died
On October 5, 2018, my nephew was killed in a car accident. It was not his fault.
I had not been that close to him since he was little, but he was a fine young man with a good heart. He did not deserve to die.
I am a Christian and I have beliefs about the meaning and purpose of this life. But I am still human. His death has left me shocked. I even briefly cursed Jesus.
This life sucks.
The great tribulation is coming. I say to God, "Let's get this thing on and get this miserable life over with."
* posted by Robert on Sat 10/20/18
The Destiny of the Soul
God is love. As such, God's default is to send the soul to heaven. Fundamentalists are so wrong, so very, very wrong. To them, God is harsh and angry, He is so holy that He is basically a prick.
But God is nothing like that. He is love and is easy going. He gives the soul every chance to go to Heaven. Only those who embrace evil and hate the good go to Hell, think ananius and caiphis, hitler, stalin, and mao, hitler clinton, and the like. They would ruin heaven if they were allowed in. They must be separated from the rest of us - that is hell.
Here are the categories of souls:
1) Those who know Jesus Christ go straight to heaven.
2) Those non-Christians who are basically decent people are given the chance to meet Jesus after death, and then go
* posted by Robert on Fri 10/19/18
Jesus Rejected Much of the Old Testament
Deuteronomy 7:6: For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
Jesus - Matthew 3:9: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
Jesus - Luke 4 25-27: But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto none of them was Elijah sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow [a so-called Gentile]. And many lepers were in
* posted by Robert on Sat 05/26/18
Pain: God's Megaphone to Rouse a Deaf World
Anthony Hopkins as the great C.S. Lewis in the movie Shadowlands:
"We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world."
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
* posted by Robert on Sun 02/04/18
Words from a Wise Martian
Once upon a time, TV was worth watching.
"There is no secret," says the Martian. "Live life for itself. Derive pleasure from the gift of pure being. Life is its own answer. Accept it and enjoy it day by day. Live as well as possible. Expect no more. Destroy nothing. Humble nothing. Look for fault in nothing... Hold that which lives in all reverence. For life is given by the Sovereign of our universe; given to be savored, to be luxuriated in, to be respected. But that's no secret..."
But one could object. Life isn't good for all. For some, life ends too soon, and they never get to live. For others, it is one hardship after another, brutality upon brutality, sadness upon
* posted by Robert on Wed 08/16/17
What is Hell?
The Lord described hell as a place of darkness (Matthew 8:12). He also described hell as a place of fire (Mark 9:48). But fire gives off light. So it's obvious that fire and darkness are symbols.
God is not a psychopath. He does not throw lost souls into literal fire. Such a concept is utterly absurd. Fire is a symbol of punishment. Darkness is a symbol of rejection and aloneness.
So what is hell? First and foremost, hell was created for the devil and his angels (Matthew 25:41). It is an eternal prison, a place of separation from God and all that is good (2 Thessalonians 1:9).
For Jesus to make all things new, to make the universe what it should be, to make it a place where we can grow into everything that He meant for us to become, the devil and those who
* posted by Robert on Wed 08/02/17
The Cross - the meeting point between God and man
The death of God upon the Cross was the most significant event in all history. The Apostle Peter wrote:
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24)The New Testament addresses Christ taking all the sins of mankind upon Himself so that we might be saved.
As powerful and crucially important as that fact is, I believe that there is another dimension.
I have expressed on this website my belief that life is a school. We were created in the image of God, given freewill, and then placed in this harsh and brutal place to learn and grow. We learn from both our successes and failures. We learn firsthand why evil is wrong through the
* posted by Robert on Wed 07/26/17
The Person Called 'You'
You are unique in all the universe. Billions have existed, but there is only one 'you'.
You are known to God. The Lord Jesus said, "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows." (Matthew 10:29-31)
So if the hairs of your head are numbered, God knows who you are. He knows your thoughts, your hopes, your dreams. He knows your past. He knows your future.
Moreover, God does not throw away life. That is why the soul is eternal. The Lord Jesus said, "And as touching the dead, that they rise: have ye not read in the book of Moses, how
* posted by Robert on Sun 07/23/17
A Typical Church That Illustrates the Problem
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
This small church in Lee's Summit, Missouri, represents the serious problems to be found with many so-called evangelical churches; these problems ranging from abusive, controlling pastors to bad doctrine to compromise with satan and the world.
I had come
* posted by Robert on Mon 07/03/17
Amos - A Vision of Judgment
Amos was the blue collar prophet; a shepherd and sycamore fig farmer from the southern village of Tekoa. Near the end of each summer he would herd his flocks to places such as western Judah where the sycamore figs grew. To pay the local landowners for grazing rights, Amos would pierce holes in the sycamore figs. The sycamore fig was smaller than the common fig and holes had to be made in the skin to allow the fruit to ripen. It was boring, tedious work.
Amos lived during the second golden age of Judah and Israel. It was the 8th century BC. Jeroboam II was king in the north and Uzziah was king in the south. The two countries had gained a level of wealth and prominence not seen since the days of Solomon.
But although Israel was rich, not all was well. It
* posted by Robert on Sun 09/21/03
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