Which is it? All, or Nothing?

       When did we become so stupidly selfish? When did we attain infinite knowledge of what we deserve? These questions convict be because I act as if I have no problems. What do I need God for? He can help me with these issues while I deal with my other issues on my own, right? What erroneous part of my being developed this great epiphany? We are so perfect that God is not of the greatest importance in all aspects of our lives. Have we so soon forgotten? All or nothing. God does not just want our hearts while the world can have our minds. Still we all suffer from the mindset that we do not owe God everything.

            What fickle creatures humans are. Christ can have our love when the sun is shining and our disdain when a storm comes. How deprived of love are we? God sends his son to a brutal and unwarranted death to save our pathetic souls, so we curse the heavens when our lives turn wrong? No! We are so stupid. I cannot count the number of times I have blamed God for my own doing.

            I’ll blame God for the death of an unsaved family member when I never bothered to talk with them. In this case how is God uncaring? We corrupt the world and then point our fingers yelling, “Injustice!” When will someone die, or a storm rage where we yell our praise? Is it not true that, “all things work together for those who love Him?”

            We know the answer. We just need to act like it.

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The God That Was Not There?

Recently in Mr. Nandor’s class some of us watched the video, “The God that was Not There.” The narrator/author of the video went to Village Christian, a school very similar to ours, but is now a devout atheist. The reason he is no longer a Christian is because he was taught that the most unforgivable sin is to doubt God exists. He says that “thinking” is an unforgivable sin and if you do think you are going to hell.

            This point irritated me to my very core. Ever since I became a Christian I have been blessed enough to have teachers that make me question my faith, instructing me not to blindly follow.

            Many atheists have this preconception that we are “blind followers,” idiots with no evidence to back up our faith. If this is true then we have failed Christ immensely. During biblical times the struggle was spreading the truth and message of Christ, and the Christians of the time got up to bat and came up swinging. The struggles of our Christian time are just as immense, if not more so. Abortion, relativism, and the entire “Bible-thumper” preconception of our faith are what we have to stand up against. It is our turn to bat, and if we don’t question our faith we won’t be swinging at all.

             Our teachers and other theological geniuses tell us to question our faith not to see that it is found wanting, but to see that there are answers. The Bible causes many questions and each one has an answer, we just have to look.

            Question, doubt, and look for the issues so that you can find the answers. If we don’t then we are failing Christ in the battle of our generation. We always expect that there is someone smarter and better known to deal with the issues. However, we are that person. We are the Christians that are called up to bat in our present struggles, and we do have the ability to swing.

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond imagination. It is our light more than our darkness which scares us. We ask ourselves – who are we to be brilliant, beautiful, talented, and fabulous. But honestly, who are you to not be so?” – Marianne Williamson in Return to Love: Reflections on a Course in Miracles

Theocracy, The First Amendement, and Christians

 

http://fitnessfortheoccasion.wordpress.com/2007/04/18/stand-against-theocracy/

            This blog I found made me ponder the current members of our national government and what exactly our Constitution says as far as religion goes. These bloggers have practiced their rights under the First Amendment and now it is my turn. This blog speaks of our rights as citizens of this great nation, but for some reason these rights do not apply to our leaders. God forbid if the president quotes a Bible verse or talks about God to the public, right? While this may bring offense to some in this nation such as the members of the “stand against theocracy” blog, I only find it reaffirming of the rights that I hold and the rights that millions have fought and died for. The same rights that allow me to practice and preach my faith. I feel the same thing when newscasters and celebrities speak of their beliefs or lifestyles that I do not agree with. While what they are saying may offend me I know that it is their right, and I would rather they denounce my God and my beliefs than ever have their rights taken away from them.

            The second part of this blog was a call to stop attempts of fundamentalist religion to take over the government. If by “fundamentalist religion” they mean Christians, then we have work to do. Now I am sure there are some insane and extremely radical Christians who are like this (even though I have never met one), I doubt any of them are in our government. This reminded me of the importance of this blog. We need to give a voice to the real Christians; the intelligent and the well spoken who know what Christ and his message are really about. There are a few intelligent Christians out there now but they are greatly outnumbered by the radicals of our group.

            The blog that I read was a misconception of what we are like and what we are trying to do to the government. It is extremely sad to see this because this is the name we are given. Less people will have this picture of us if we start to stand up and give reasonable arguments to back our faith (as the first amendment has given us the right to do so).

            COME ON BLOGGERS! STAND UP AND PRACTICE YOUR RIGHTS!

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Truth, Will No Longer Be Silent.

God Big Enough to Embrace All
If they cannot there is something wrong with their understanding of their own faith system. God is not a Christian, a Jew or a Muslim! All of these religious systems are human creations through which many people have walked into the mystery and wonder of God. There is no single pathway into the Holy. Those who think there is must face the fact that they have created an idol and installed it in the place reserved for God alone. Only those who worship an idol can believe that they possess, inside their faith tradition alone, the full meaning of God, a concept that is breathtaking in both its arrogance and its ignorance. The purpose of Christianity, as I understand it and practice it, is to enhance human life. It is not to make people more religious or to force them to conform to prescribed religious explanations. It is my sense that the same is true for both Judaism and Islam. So I find it inconceivable that a spiritual practice that has worked for countless others throughout the world might not also be employed with positive results by people of other faith traditions. The God so many people seem to worship is simply too small and too provincial to be God for our time and for our world.

Yet another relative voice in a world of relativists. Another voice erasing the name of God and replacing it with “whatever.” How much more should we listen to? What will have to happen before we speak? This article is claiming that our God is “too small” and saying that Christianity’s purpose is to “enhance human life.” Why do we respond with silence? The author denounces our purposes and erases the name of our God but we act as if no offense is taken. Despite the size of the article its damage is still significant. Imagine how much more damage has been and is being done! Still we stay quiet. Intelligent Christians who say nothing, but let the radicals and the relativists of our group do all the talking. How idiotic are we? Who in a group let the daft speak but keep the eloquent quiet?

I know fear stops us, but who are we to fear? “If God is for us, then who can be against us?” There is nothing to fear, and no reason to stay silent. What we speak is truth, not many truths one truth. If we are speaking the truth and being rejected what should we be afraid of? We know we are in truth. One person’s rejection or a million’s rejection will have no affect on that truth, so we should never stop speaking.

Listen

           I have seen many heartbreaking things, but I was not ready for this most recent sight. Recently I was put in charge of the talent show, and it was during rehearsals that I saw this heartbreak. One of the performances was a dance to the song “Listen” by a young girl with loads of talent. In her rehearsal dance I noticed that she constantly looked at her mom. Her mother returned the look with one of her own, blatant disapproval. This girl was dancing her heart out for a mom who only saw imperfection.

            This destroyed me and reminded me of how lost our world is. Even in the places where we should find most of our comfort we find none. While I watched the exchange of glances between the girl and her mother I remembered the purpose of this blog. The song was “Listen” and in her dance I could tell that is what she wanted her mother to do, and that is the same thing we are trying to do.

            With each blog we write we are screaming “Listen!” to the world. We are trying to get there attention and cause a change. However, the harsh reality I came to was that a large amount of the world is going to shrug us off, just as the mother did. Nevertheless we have talent; writers, singers, dancers, actors, doctors, all of us. Even if no one listens we are doing something to benefit the world. This is my plea to our class…keep screaming, and keep clamoring for someone to listen, because all is not in vain.

The Fifth Year…

I don’t know how many of you knew but this last Monday was the four year anniversary of the
Iraq war. This war has stirred much political debate, and upset many in the country. Here is an excerpt of an article from Yahoo news:
 

Thousands crossed the Potomac River from the Lincoln Memorial to rally loudly but peacefully near the Pentagon. “We’re here in the shadow of the war machine,” said anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan. “It’s like being in the shadow of the death star. They take their death and destruction and they export it around the world. We need to shut it down.”But Larry Stimeling, 57, a Vietnam veteran from Morton, Ill., said the loss of public support for the Iraq war mirrors what happened in Vietnam and leaves troops without the backing they need. “We didn’t lose the war in Vietnam, we lost it right here on this same ground,” he said, pointing to the grass on the National Mall. “It’s the same thing now.”  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070317/ap_on_re_us/iraq_protest

Freedom of speech is one of the greatest products in this country. However, I feel that some use it without thought. While I do not care if you support Bush or not I do care if you support our troops. Thousands of our soldiers are overseas fighting and when a news clip comes on of their country protesting what they are doing, how do you think they feel? Try and imagine what it feels like to see the country you are ready to give your life for, rejecting what you are doing. While peace is a beautiful idea it is impossible, so stop asking for our country to make it happen. 

There will never be peace in this world. People are essentially evil in the deepest ways. Peace is a fairy tale. It’s the “Happily Ever After” we want at the end of a movie, but we know it never works out that way. As long as evil exists in the world in people such as Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden our troops will be there to fight evil. Our country can make mistakes, but there is never an excuse for us to not support our troops.

So Long Whatever

We write because others write. The majority of writers out there now are writing against the Christians, and for the “free thinkers.” We are sick of being the silent. Sick of being lost in “whatever.” And no longer will we be the minority who sit and take it. There are so many intelligent believers, but so few of them who write, so those few voices are lost in the crowd. Well no more silence. No more shall our voices be lost in the crowd. We write to be silent no more.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke