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Why, God?

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Sometimes we may go through periods of pain and trial that are so traumatizing we experience defeat. We have nowhere to turn and feel alone. We may ask, why? Why God, why did you allow this? Why did this happen to me?

Such turmoil can cause a great deal of anguish, yet God can handle our questions. We can bring them to Him. The Bible is full of wounded cries to God. Job found himself in that position, as well as Jeremiah the prophet. They experienced deep suffering. The Psalms often articulate distress. An example: I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. (Psalm 69:3).

The pain of our circumstances can distort our awareness of God’s nearness. Yet, rather than our trial causing us inner conflict with God, He alone is the source of our hope, comfort, and peace. He Himself, as our true, living, intimate, Father is the answer to our questions. This is not an abstract or vague hope. It is a sure as a relationship to Him in His Son Jesus Christ…

Passing Pleasures or Abiding Joy

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The pleasures pursued in this life are but momentary. They do not last. Therefore, you must do them over and over, and yet over again. Restlessly wanting ever more, we are never satisfied. Then, one day, we become enslaved. It could be sex, drugs, food, alcohol, work, online activity, shopping, porn, you name it. It could be anything. Some of these are damaging sin, others lead to uncontrolled behavior when it is all we crave. In the end, we are trapped in the cycle of desperately striving for satisfaction, as it flies away with ever stronger force, chained to distraction and pleasure.

In contrast, the joy of Christ transcendentally abides, ever growing as we draw closer to Him. Circumstance matters less, pain draws us even nearer. With the utmost joy of being loved in unmerited grace we have true peace. We delight in our wonderful Lord, knowing a deeply satisfied contentedness which asks what more do we need? This present joy comes to the fullest fruition we could ever imagine when …

Finality and Hope

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In life we experience many endings. Those things we wish would remain and last slip through our hands like grains of sand. The list of them is lengthy and varied, occurring so regularly it exists as an undercurrent or theme to mortality. For every exciting event, we feel a low when it is over. Relationships cease or are severed. Friendships, careers, physical wellness, youth, cherished periods of happiness, financial stability, all can come to an end. Some, such as youth, are guaranteed to if we live long enough, while the loss of parents, spouses, and loved ones bring sorrow.

I react to endings with a sense of deep sadness. Circumstances are fleeting. I feel the good should remain, yet it changes, it ends. My reaction may have a great deal to do with the formative years of my life. I do not think this response is uncommon, however. It is part of being human. Finality is painful. When loved ones pass or tragic events impact us, it seems wrong to us. Though inevitable, our hearts cry …

Has Humanity Adopted a Willful Depression?

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In an age in which humankind has taught itself we have complete autonomy at every level, with nothing outside of our own existence or perception, we find more disorders, anxiety, and depression than ever. Philosophers and scientists tell us such angst is the price to pay for knowing the truth.

It rings hollow when weighed against our experience of personality and being. We were created as individual personalities, fashioned to be dependent. The objective reality, the true truth cannot be denied deep within our innermost hearts, no matter how hard we subdue it. Our fractured turmoil calls us back to the Creator who made us to depend on Him, if we have ears to hear.

It is ironic we avoid being uncomfortable at all costs, yet accept such emptiness. In practical life and experiential circumstance we run from discomfort. We do not want a God for the same reason. To acknowledge one immediately infers accountability. That causes a pretty immediate reaction of discomfort. Yet, to avoid this,…

Are We Nothing More than Material, Chance, and Time?

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I would like to pose a few questions for those of an atheist or a non-theist viewpoint. I will delve into heavy topics, yet my tone is not meant in animosity or belligerence. Our culture has far too much enmity from all sides. This is not a cannonade, but a call to exploration. If you have come here with a different worldview, I welcome you to my blog. Thank you for visiting. 

The Common View
That human life and our planet has come about by chance, that we are nothing more than material come into being by an accident of circumstances and time, is a widely held view. It proposes no God, only a naturalistic view of life. If a force or Being outside of ourselves exists, we are pretty much on our own and hold ambivalence to ideas beyond our senses. When faith is considered at all, it is fine for the weaker-minded who don’t want to acknowledge reality. If you hold this, or similar views, I am posing a few questions.

Value 
It is readily observable people universally wish respect and a level …

To This One I Will Look

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What kind of a man or woman is God looking for? The common assumption is a good one. A person who does their best. We learn through experience that no one lives up to their own idea of good consistently. We fail all the time. To us, as long as we try, it means we are good. Nearly succeeding does not fulfill a true idea of good, however, especially when we consider there are things we have done in our life we would rather no one else knows about. Maybe God will skip over those, we hope.

I am not splitting hairs here. The concept of good for a holy God differs greatly from ours. There is no sliding scale. The Bible says no one is good. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". Romans 3:23. In Jeremiah we read: “The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jesus addressed people as evil in a matter-of-fact way (see Matthew 7:11). That is an eye-opener for our meek and mild image of Jesus. The reality is, God is holy…

A Spiritual Buffet

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Our culture views spirituality like a great buffet. Laid out before us are many selections. We choose whichever we fancy according to what pleases our palate. A little bit of this and a bit of that is piled on our plate. It is all good; it is just a matter of preference.

A post-Christian society has rejected any idea of a personal God before whom we are accountable, or the need of a Savior. Instead, you have the term, “being spiritual”. This is very popular today. It is meant to sound open-minded and free. It has little to do with the state of man or the existence of a holy God. Emotionalism wrapped is spiritual terms, with no objectively understood reality; the self becomes the defining object of focus. Inside this fluffy package, falsehood abounds.

Sadly, the same mindset pervades the mainstream church. When you go to a buffet, each dish has a label telling you what it is. For many Christian today, as long as the label has the word “Jesus” or “God” in it, it must be good. This make…