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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Thoughts on Faith

Holy Rollers. Puppet Master. Isaac/Katrina and a benevolent God. These are references that bother me as a Christian. I also see concepts of the Divine that seem wrong to me. I also have a disclaimer. I recognize everyone's right to believe or not believe; to blog as they wish. We sometimes need civil dialogue. My son has declared atheism. I have unfriended him on Facebook because of arrogant, vulgar references to Christians and conservatives. If that is my example for atheism, he can keep it. It is his right to post what he does; it is also my right not to read it.

I don't link up to other bloggers unless it is for something I think is really good and would benefit those who visit my blog. I have blogged several times that gluttony is a sin and that Christians should not be obese. Gluttony is idolatry. Gluttony is greed. Ephesians 5:5. I wouldn't think anyone who has read my blog very much would not understand that faith is a part of my life. This is different from religion. People used to communicate through symbols and those symbols can be interpreted differently by different people at different times through history. Read Emmet Fox, Charles Fillmore, and C.S. Lewis. The four horses in Revelation each represent a different part of each person. Eve represents the soul. The serpent represents sensuality (the flesh). Eating of the tree of the knowledge of  good/evil was the first sin and caused separation from God. We were originally meant to be eternal. We were given choice.

There is a part of us that cannot be explained with blood and muscle. I have often wondered why the name of God and Jesus Christ are used for swearing whereas Allah, Mohammed, Buddha, etc., are not.We lament over the disrespect we see in our youth. We can't understand their violence, foul mouths, and lack of ambition. If we teach them that they come from animals what do we expect? Another thought - if we descended from apes, wouldn't we be able to produce young with them? Our DNA would be the same wouldn't it? If we descended from apes why are there still apes? There is a gap in the fossil record that I have learned of. Let's say one of our present day animals descended from birds. Wouldn't there be a fossil record of part bird/part lizard (for example) creatures as evolution happened? There isn't.

This topic always makes some people uncomfortable. I'll probably lose some followers which I have noticed usually happens when religion or politics is the topic. Why do we feel uncomfortable? We are all religious. We just worship different things. We should not worship food/eating. I am guilty of it of course or wouldn't have weight to lose. Politics is another matter. During an election year there are some who have trouble thinking they were wrong to help elect Obama and will vote for him again. There are people who can look at the facts, his record, whether or not he has kept his campaign promises and determine that 4 years is enough time to do what he said he was going to do. If you didn't listen to Paul Ryan last night and Condoleeza Rice, I recommend you go to YouTube and hear their speeches.  Chris Christie did a great job as well. Listen with an open mind and consider if what they said is true. America has watched Republicans like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, and the governor from New Mexico who spoke last night turn formerly Democrat led states around to fiscal solvency. Indiana is one of a few states in the black through the leadership of Mitch Daniels, also a Republican.

I read of a progressive who believes that we should be able to destroy a child up to the age of 2 years old if it is determined that child will not be able to contribute at a high level. There is another progressive who believes we should genetically engineer our offspring. There is talk of allowing abortions if the sex of the child is not what the parents wanted. Then there is the other end of life - older people will just be kept comfortable as they die because the expense of the surgery far outweighs their ability to contribute to society. This is what life means? - how much we can contribute to the wealth of a nation? How many parents love their Down's Syndrome child? I want my mother who is 86 to receive the care she needs to live as long she has the will to live.

God help us.


8 comments:

  1. First time commenting on your blog; I agree with your thoughts, especially about this country, and for God to help us. I truly believe we need to be in prayer for our country and its leaders and the upcoming election (something I'm not really good aobut but trying to make more of an effort to pray in this regards). Our country needs to put God back in it and stop killing our babies, believe what the Bible says about what marriage is and put God first and seek him first. Otherwise, I do fear for this country.

    I have a 33 y/o Down syndrome nephrew; he knows scripture and can quote it and interpret it better than my 23 y/o son (who does believe in God/Jesus). Love that nephew of mine. And I do agree about the elderly; I do believe though when they have lost that will to live or are so sick with multiple illnesses, on multiple meds (I'm talking over 20 meds, I do medical transcription so I type a lot of reports like this), then it is time to discuss and consider if right choices are being made in care.

    may the day be a kind one

    betty

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    1. Thank you for this kind comment. When we view life as just something to be used to advance a culture we are in trouble. If we believe we are made in the image of God this cannot be. I think this election is the most important choice that Americans will ever make. The choice is clear and we must take it very seriously. Take care.

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  2. Myra, I respect you as a person, as a weight loss blogger and I respect your views so please don't see this as a reference to your personal belief system. You know as well as I do that there are those who abuse and warp faith to use it for their own gains (terrorists), those who completely discount human responsibility and intelligence (certain groups who will not seek medical treatment for their dying children because they expect their God to take care of that for them), and those who pray for things like winning lottery numbers or for their neighbor's kid not to make the football team so their own son gets the spot or to have their enemies smited. If there is indeed a God, a Supreme Being, whatever anyone wants to name it, I have a hard time believing that it is the humanoid figure of a man perched in the heavens playing an intricate game of chess with millions of living beings over the course of billions of years, yet so many "religious" people (and again, I'm not saying YOU do this) "pray" to Him as if he were a genie in a bottle who grants wishes based on how well you follow some rules that are written in whichever version of the book that has been edited and translated and re-written hundreds of times over thousands of years based on verbal stories that were already thousands of years old. There is definitely something bigger than we are; something beyond this world, some place where our souls are before we become our human selves and some place they go after we end our human lives (my belief). But to ask that great force to cure our father's cancer (why his? Why not everyone's?), to blame this force when the tornado strikes our house but credit it when the tornado misses our house...is nothing short of blasphemy to me. And that's what I say way too many people, who pride themselves on being churchgoing, who announce their "Christianity" at every turn, doing all too often. They completely disregard the stuff like let he of you who is without sin cast the first stone and judge not lest ye be judged...rules that anyone can and should follow, regardless of the label they place on themselves or whether or not they attend formal service...and even if they're an atheist. ;)

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    1. Thank you for this comment. I have come to regard you as a special friend. Our approaches may be different but we do agree on so many things. Many of the people you describe above are not Christians. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit if we claim Christ as our Savior. God is not some old man with a long white beard sitting on a throne waiting to zap those who stray. God is love. This love is extended to everyone and sometimes it is understood and accepted and sometimes it is not. You have such passion for what you devote yourself to doing and I admire you for that. We should use God's name with reverence and not as an expletive. People express their faith in different ways; some are more demonstrative than others. You seem to know scripture and are able to discern the truth. We must all work on our own eternity while striving to be the witness that others need to see. It's hard. Take care.

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  3. Yes, God help us! And I SO agree that "religion" IS different from what you describe as "faith".

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    1. We have a big job to do Rebecca. Religion has driven a wedge between those who discern hypocrisy and Christianity. As you can read above, Norma is very good at seeing through false Christians. Many are. We are all hypocrites in one way or another. We say one thing and live another. I pray not to be a stumbling block but I know my witness is not what it should be at times. Divorce is as high in the Church as it is in the world. This should not be. How can we take the message to others if we aren't living it ourselves? Take care.

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  4. You are brave to confront this subject at all. I am definitely someone who has faith, but not sure on religion. I wrote about it once- talking about knowing that there is God, but not sure on all the details.
    You have done a good job on talking about the truths of faith without being rude or unwilling to hear others. That is hard and I have not seemed to find a way to do the same so easily.
    I am happy though when others see me doing my faith in my own way and find themselves surprised at how genuine I am about what I believe and yet do not need to advertise it to anyone. Maybe that's my key- doing not talking about faith.
    Again, way to go wading into this in such an intelligent way.

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    1. I only lost one follower after this post so there are many people willing to read and think. I do recommend the authors I mentioned above. Reading them has helped me so much. If you can find a Bible Study Fellowship group in your area I highly recommend it. This year we are studying Genesis and I am going to study with a new perspective as I use the writings of the above authors as I study in addition to class materials. We are starting next week so get on the internet and find a group near you. You will be glad you did - and keep on "doing" your faith. Be careful out there today.

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