November 21, 2013

Well, if you read much of what I write then you know that I am about to answer my own question. That is to say that I am going to give you my answer. It might not be the same as yours because you might be viewing the question from a different angle, but that doesn’t change my answer.

My answer is, “God wants me to believe Him”. I am not saying that God wants me to believe “in” Him, but to believe Him. Of course, one cannot believe God unless they first believe that He exists, but even the demons believe that He exists. Not only do they believe that He exists, but they even know the son of God (Mat 8:28&29, Mark 1:34- 5:7, and Luke 4:41-8:28). I find it odd that demons know Jesus, but the Pharisees did not. Maybe I should say that even though the demons confessed that Jesus was the son of God, the Pharisees “would” not.

You see, I believe that God loves me with all of His heart, soul, mind and strength, just as He wants me to love Him. There are times that do not appear to me and to those that surround me that God does love me, but there is always a reason for this. Perhaps He is testing me as He tested Abraham, or perhaps He is using me to demonstrate to someone else what a Christian should be (I don’t always live up to His expectations), and there may be many more reasons that I cannot even understand.

No one, but Jesus has perfect faith, so we all sin. That is to say that even the best Christian sins. All sin is a result of unbelief and all of us suffer from some unbelief.

To temporarily shy away from the subject. I was going to quote a verse or verses to prove my last statement, but the NIV doesn’t quite say or agree with my understanding.

(Heb 3:17-19 NIV) “And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.” However, the KJV says exactly what I am trying to convey. (Heb 3:17-19 KJV) “But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief”. The KJV does not use the word disobeyed, but instead says “believed not”. That is not to say that the NIV is wrong, because unbelief is to disobey. I say this to emphasize the importance of using more than one translation in our search for understanding.

There are many sins of unbelief that we do not even see as unbelief. If you live in the United States then you probably believe this Country was founded on Christian principles, but it was founded on and by those who would not pay their taxes. The Bible says pay taxes if you owe them. The founders would not pay their taxes or obey the king that God appointed over them. They rebelled against him and set up a system that demands men appoint the authorities (not God). These are not Christian principles. Can anyone believe that God appoints the authorities (Rom 13:1&2) and then choose, or attempt to choose who “they” think ought to be the authority? Who is in charge man or God?

God wants us to know that He would do what is best for us in the long run, but in our unbelief we will not wait Him out to find that it is true. Instead of admitting that we are only children of God, we think that we are in charge and must do the work of God, as if it is something other than to believe in Jesus (John 6:29).

Do not think that I mean “Do nothing at all”. If we obey the second royal law (James 2:8) we will want others saved and we will try to explain what God has revealed to us. But when they reject the message, I believe we should not try to force it on them. That would not be doing to others, as we would have them do to us.

Again, to be as clear as I can be, “God wants us to believe Him”.


November 11, 2013

If you have read much of what I have written, you know that I only clam to be a student. However, a student, that is a true student, is always learning and I have learned that I am indeed a teacher.

(Mat 13:52 NIV) He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

You see, I am a teacher of the law. That is not to say that I am a teacher of God, even though the Law comes from God and is the underlying principal that defines Him. That is if God could be defined.

All of the Law comes from two rules.

The first is, (Deu 6:5 NIV) “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” The command to love God is repeated 14 times in the NIV and often followed with “walk in His ways”.

(Mark 12:31 NIV) The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

The first rule is how we should treat our Father and if you think about it, the second rule is how He treats us. If we obey the second rule, we are walking in His ways.

As Christians the first thought that we have is that, because sin is so wrong, we should stop others from committing it. However, if you think about it, God is not stopping anyone from sinning. So, if we attempt to stop sin are we walking in His ways?

Jesus was the perfect representation of our Father and the only sin that he stopped was turning God’s temple into a business. There is no place, in God’s temple, for money. It always corrupts.

So yes, I am a teacher of the Law. If everyone could, or would, obey the Law there would be peace on this earth, as it is in Heaven.

Our duty is to obey God’s law from our heart and pray that others might come to the same understanding. We cannot make someone understand this. It must come from within them. If we try to make others refrain from sin they will only hate us and because they hate us they will sin even more.

That is not to say that we should refrain from attempting to explain that sin is wrong.