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Jesus Rejected Much of the Old Testament
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 ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Sat 05/26/18
Pain: God's Megaphone to Rouse a Deaf World
"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
"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 ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Wed 08/16/17
What is Hell?
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 God's anger against sin, cruelty, wickedness. 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 a cosmic 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 ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Wed 08/02/17
The Cross - the meeting point between God and man
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. But most don't even begin to understand what all that entailed.
I have expressed on this website my belief that life is a school. We were created in the image of God, given free will, 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 pain that it causes. And we learn ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Wed 07/26/17
The Person Called '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 in ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Sun 07/23/17
Amos - A Vision of Judgment
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 ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Sun 09/21/03
Second Chances - Jeremiah
Jeremiah was a tender hearted man. He was not someone of whom others would have said, “He should be a hell-fire prophet“ For Jeremiah had trouble with the message of doom he had to deliver.
“Woe is me, my mother,
that thou hast borne me
a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth!
I have neither lent on usury,
nor men have lent to me on usury;
[yet] every one of them doth curse me.“ (Jer. ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Mon 09/08/03
Second Chances - Hezekiah
Yet, even Hezekiah could sin and bring judgement. And his sin was to doubt God and to turn to the Egyptians for help against the Assyrians. Beginning in chapter 28 of his prophecy, Isaiah preaches fiercely against Hezekiah‘s sinful foreign policy.
Isaiah 28:14-15: “Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which [is] in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with ... (continued)
* posted by Robert on Sun 09/07/03
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