Welcome

Hi and welcome to my blog.

These are some of my observations, thoughts and experiences about the happenings in my life, particularly between me and God.

I often ask the question, “Where’s God in this?”

These pages are some of the answers I get.

Be blessed.

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4 thoughts on “Welcome

  1. I do ponder, time and again, what being a Christian mean. Being a non-Christian but surrounded by close ones and friends being Christian, I observed their actions and behaviour and I wonder how being a Christian has helped them to become a better person. The much often repeated phrase of “I have prayed about it and ….” or “my conscience is clear, the Holy Spirit is guiding me to ….”, I think, would lead to conflict. Two or could even be more Christians, in disagreement over something and each of them has prayed about it and guided by the Holy Spirit – what is the end result? None of them willing to give in, with each accusing the other of being deceived by Satan. Or is it that both of them were deceived by Satan ? How would they know ? Oh, they need more prayers and more guidance from the Holy Spirit. We will be going round in circles with each round generating more conflicts and even further away from resolving the issue.

    Is it because I am a Christian and even though I am not perfect, but since I have prayed about it, you have to follow me ? Or is it because I am a Christian, I go to Church every week and I help out in Church, therefore I know more about it than you and as a result you have to listen to what I say ? I believe this type of thinking is being self-righteous and trying to impose your view on others. It may very well that this is being done in good faith but I think this is being misguided. Is it that I have not come to the understanding of a true Christian that I cannot understand that being stubborn and to impose my view on others is a requirement of being a Christian ?

    I sometimes think that not being a Christian has its merit. I will not impose my views on others and I will not accuse someone of being deceived by, or worst still, worshipping the devil. I am guided by my conscience of what is right and wrong, the values of human decency and the expectation from society. I will not tell anyone that they will go to hell when they die since they do not believe in Christ as He is the only way to heaven.

    If you are wondering, yes, I do believe there is a God – it is the religion and the way they are being disseminated that I have an issue with.

    1. I agree with 90% of what you have said.
      When Christians disagree with each other, to the point of accusing each other and condemning each other, well it just flies in the face of everything Jesus stood for.
      For example:
      “Judge not that you be not judged” – Matthew 7.1 and Jesus goes on to say to fix our own faults first before we go around correcting others.
      “Love one another as I have loved you. This is how everyone will know you are my disciples: if you love one another” John 13.34-35
      “Bear with each other. Forgive one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3.13
      When you see Christians fighting, sometimes bitterly, no wonder you are turned off being a Christian.

      Let me respond with three points.
      1. The Bible is the gold standard for faith and conduct for a Christian. Not how much I prayed or how often I served the church (my works), nor what the Holy Spirit told me (my experience). God’s written word is the gold standard.
      2. When the Bible is unclear, or not specific enough for a particular situation, it is the counsel of the whole people of God that should determine the outcome. Following Christ is not about what I think or what I want in isolation from other followers of Christ. That’s not following the example of Christ who thought of others before himself.
      3. Christians have no business condemning those who are not Christians. This is also in the Bible: Paul says, “What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you (Christians) not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside.” 1 Corinthians 5.12-13

      Regarding Christ as the only way to heaven, I do believe this because Christ said so (John 14.6) and if I am going to be a follower of Jesus Christ, I have to follow him wholeheartedly. What happens to those who don’t believe is also plain from what Jesus Christ said, but on an individual level, I can’t tell because I don’t know what’s in your heart, nor what your own journey with God is like. Not for me to judge, that’s up to God. But Jesus loved all people enough to warn us all, to die for us and to return from the dead for us. So out of Christ’s love for you, I did need to repeat what Jesus said about heaven and hell and him being the only way.

      Finally God doesn’t like religion either. Throughout the Bible, God keeps telling his people that if they go through the motions of religion, but don’t have loving and respectful relationship with him, they’re still going to be judged and they’re still going to be in a lot of trouble.

      So I think you and God have a lot in common. I hope you don’t give up on him.

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