Publishers Disclaimer: We are not a religious
organization, but we thought this was an interesting combination of
words. It should also be known that the author makes no claims of
divinity and would even go so far as to confess being a sinner and
a hypocrite, although he says that he would trust his confessions
only to God and not to any earthly organization.
So You Say You Believe!?!
in any form, is a cop out, another incarnation of I think,
I hope or I wish. People who say that they
believe in God are expressing more doubt than they like to admit.
God IS real, no matter who believes or doesnt.
IS real with or without Sunday morning pep rallies, with or without
the Jim Bakers, with or without a temple in Jerusalem. The people
that get to understand this are another thing altogether. From this
vantage point, it looks like it has something to do with a willingness
to keep the eyes open to what is.
is independent of politics, doctrine, a single book, any organization,
any building, or any mediator. Some of these are a good
introduction to God for people who have not given much thought to
the situation, but it is just as possible for them to become obstacles
due to the human weaknesses for acceptance, power, influence, wealth
and status. It is up to the individual to trust the discernment that
God makes available to all of us in order to recognize if or when
the introduction becomes a detour.
all fairness, it should be said that God made it simple, but not easy.
The concept and rules are easy to understand, but not so easy to put
into practice after being indoctrinated into whatever society a person
is born into. The instructions are obviously there to make our lives
better, its just that we have to hike a bit to get to the destination.
chose to allow us to find out for ourselves. It is not put into our
laps. We have to look for it. We have to find out what is true and
what isnt. We have to try the rules to see if they work, to
see which ones are real and which have been interpreted
to the point of distortion. This kind of distortion is a consequence
that God built into the world for people who depend on others for
what they should be doing for them selves, thinking for example.
is just a step, an inspiration to find out the difference between
wishing things could be different and making the effort to change.
It is, unfortunately, a step that many people choose to lean on. It
is a mistake that many people make the mistake of thinking of as the
destination. Remember, resting on your oars gets you nowhere other
than caught in the current.
your eyes! You cant learn how to swim until you get
in the water and maybe even choke a little. If its the promise
of everlasting life that caught your eye, then what are you afraid
of , anyway? Are promises like this what really matters?
is as real as this world that we live in, more real as a matter of
fact, made by Him. We are here with no promises about how easy life
will be. The Bible promises that God listens, there is nothing in
it about life being easy. It has many examples of life being difficult.
Is it all a test? Is it a smelter, a forge, a distillery, an alloy
factory? Should we speculate about it or just get busy?
for all the believers who may be feeling unfairly criticized
at this point, forgiveness is for us. Your belief may be less than
certainty, but at least you like, respect and wish
for the ideas that inspire your belief. Is this enough?
Only God knows and that is really between you and Him. A good first
step to finding out is to be
completely honest with yourself and with God. Admit it, good,
bad or, even worse, indifferent. Look past what you wish and what
you are afraid of. No sunglasses, not rose colored and not dark, use
natural light, look at what IS there. At the very least, you will
have a better idea of where you are headed. Better now than the day
you die, eh...
for me being less than perfect, being this guilty and having the audacity
to put words like this in public ... it is true, and maybe my sins
are worse than yours, but it only shows that God will accept anyone.
Am I forgiven? At least once a day for new blunders, ignorant and
not so ignorant! What authority do I have? Only the authority of the
soapbox to state what is obvious to me. Do you have to believe me?
Even God doesnt force any one to listen to Him. That much is
up to you...
R. M. R. Jr.
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