Have you ever wanted to push someone away?
To spend as little time interacting with them as possible? To make sure that they don’t want to be around you? And to make sure that it’s their idea – so you can blame them for it?
Constantly second guess their decisions. All of their decisions, from their most important life choices to what to have for lunch. No matter what it is, make sure that they know that they could have done better.
Let them know that their ideas and beliefs are wrong. Both in general and specifically, especially about anything that is truly meaningful or important to them.
Make sure they feel stupid for even thinking that. Don’t bother explaining why they’re wrong. Unless you can make them feel bad by doing it.
And – every step of the way – make sure they know that (unlike them) you’ve got it all figured out. That you’re right.
Start doing this, and you’ll see results almost immediately. If done consistently, the effects will be permanent.
Can you tell I’ve been spending too much time online lately?
I can’t tell you how many supposedly Christian sites and commenters are doing exactly this. Using this approach to interact with other people.
Saying all manner of angry, hateful, and/or fearful things. And then trying to dress it up with some “Jesus talk.” Maybe a slogan or a Bible verse out of context. Following this approach every step of the way.
If this is our approach, it kind of doesn’t matter what we’re talking about. What great and good cause we think we’re defending.
Because if this is how we’re doing it, if this is the “Jesus” that we’re showing people? Then we’re not showing people Jesus at all.
We’re showing people us. We’re showing them how small and weak and fearful we are.
And we become the reason they turn away from Jesus.
If we want people to go away, this works. Every time.
If not, here’s something else we could try.
“We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” - Madeline L’Engle
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God will give us the super-vision we need.
Jesus explains that the end of days will be pretty obvious to those on the lookout, saying there will even be "signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars." In this cartoon, Matthew astutely notices that those celestial bodies are a fair distance from Earth and, thinking that Jesus is saying to literally look for sign posts mounted on them, asks how they'd be possible to see. Naturally, Peter answers with the most logical, philosophically-blind answer he can.
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God will not forgive you.
We are so used to the fact that God is full of love, grace, and mercy; that we sometimes abuse it.
Yes, God will not forgive you if you are only confessing your sins and not repenting.
Confession is different from repentance. Confession is when you identify and tell your sins to God, while repentance is when you feel guilty after you confess and there is conviction from the Holy Spirit. So, you are not repenting but only confessing if you ask forgiveness from the Lord and you feel nothing.
Repentance must come from the heart and not from the lips.
However, there are also two kinds of guilt when repenting. Legalistic Guilt and Holy Guilt. Legalistic Guilt is when you feel guilty when you think that you decrease your chance of going to Heaven because you broke your streak of good works—a mindset of good works will save you. Holy Guilt is when you feel guilty because you know that you hurt God.
Both are classified as guilt but have different intents. So, there is a possibility that even when you are repenting, you are still not forgiven. That is why it is important to always check your heart because we might just be confessing or repenting but with wrong motives.
So, if you are asking for forgiveness, check if you are doing true repentance or just repentance.
John 9:31, "We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will."
Share this with your family and friends; you might change someone's life.
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Did God create evil?
Evil results from the abuse of freedom. You could say God enabled evil by allowing creaturely freedom, but He isn't responsible for evil. The onus for evil lies squarely on the evil doer, angels and humans who abuse their freedom and rebel against God's commands.
God is pure goodness, and in Him there is no darkness at all. At all times, God is moving against evil, influencing us towards Himself. And of course, God has given us His commands (which, if everyone obeyed them, no evil would ever occur). Although creaturely freedom makes evil possible, it also makes love possible. Without freedom, there is no love, and no capacity for genuine relationship, either human to human, or human to God. God, in His perfect wisdom and complete goodness, determined that the capacity for love was worth the capacity to do evil.
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