Archive for January, 2018

I’ve Decided the Kind of God I Can Believe in.

January 25, 2018

We are all indoctrinated in the culture we are born into. Generally speaking, those born into Western culture, and that includes all of Europe, the Americas, North and South, and Australia/New Zealand are indoctrinated in humanism. That culture asserts that mankind is the measure of all things. Man will search and determine what is believable to him. Man determines the kind of god he will believe in–and it will be a god who is moral from the man’s point of view. Right and wrong will be determined by man depending on his circumstances, so right and wrong will be what is right or wrong for him, not necessarily for everyone. Who is valuable and who is not is determined by the majority. What is lawful and unlawful is determined either by a majority or by the powerful. And so on.

Traditional Christianity says that Jesus Christ is the center of all things. Jesus Christ really lived on earth, as fully God and fully man, although He is eternal. His biographies are available, and were written by the men of his generation, mostly by eyewitnesses or those who lived with the eyewitnesses. Jesus did things, recorded by eyewitnesses that have never been done by humans, including raising the dead and being raised from the dead. The miracles give him the credentials of God in human form. He taught about God, the state of mankind, how man is made right with God, what God intends for mankind, and what God will ultimately do. What we believe is what Jesus said, not what we think.

There are other worldviews too: Islam, Buddhist, Hindu and others. But these are the two we see predominate in the west.  Humanism and Christianity.

 

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How to Get Past My Bad Moods

January 22, 2018

 

A long time ago I read in the bible to “Bring every thought captive” (2 Corinthians 10:5). That was a new concept to me, for I always believed our thoughts were things that just ran in and out of our minds, not something we were to control. And so I would dwell on pessimistic, grumpy thoughts on days when I felt grumpy. But I don’t have to do that. I can change the way I think. I can choose how I think. I learned from Philippians 4:8: “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” I have since heard this verse called the “mental health verse.” It certainly can turn around a grumpy day!

Some days I feel grumpy because I don’t feel well. Even then, I have to go to Jesus in prayer and talk to him about how I feel and ask his help. Then I thank him for all the good things in my life, and I usually feel my mood lift even if physically I still don’t feel great. I have to let my physical and emotional feelings take a back seat to the thoughts which can lift me to a higher place. Its not easy, but talking to Jesus helps.

 

Will I see my pets in heaven?

January 9, 2018

This question really tugs at my heart for I have lost dogs I loved very much. God doesn’t tell us exactly what happens to our beloved pets, but there is a hint of it in the scripture. In Romans 8:19-22, it talks of a time when all creation will experience its redemption from the effects of sin upon the world. All creation includes our pets. We do know this—God loves his creation and saw it as good. If he loves the animals he made, he hurts when they suffer and die. None of that was His intent.

While I don’t know exactly what God is going to do, I trust Him, because I trust His character. He who came down here and died to redeem us and all His creation, can be trusted with the fate of our pets. And that is how I prayed each time one of my dogs died. I personally believe I’ll see them again. And I’m in good company. C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and Martin Luther all essentially believed that God would bring back to Himself in the restoration, His creation, and our pets are part of that restoration.

I hope this helps. What we do not know exactly, we have to trust based on God’s character. We know God is good, and He never leaves any thing unfinished.