Happiness and virtue are not arguments.
I was just thinking tonight, for what purpose is God’s gracious gift to us of righteousness? To what end is righteousness a means?
Does our right standing before God make us eligible for his blessings? Does it send forth his angels? Does protect us from harm and suffering? Should we value our righteousness because it makes us worthy of all the gifts God has to give us?
No. It must not be so for us.
The gift of righteousness must be to us an end in itself. It has to be valuable to us simply because of what it is. It must be a treasure that we cherish and embrace.
For to be reconciled, to be restored, back to someone you love is always a cause for immediate joy. The fact that we have wronged our God, that we have treated him with malice and contempt, must grieve us to such an extent that to be made right with him again is the most precious gift we could ask for.
Do you love the gift of righteousness?
It is one of the greatest sins, to give people what they deserve.
“The same life that comes to a peak in old age also comes to a peak in wisdom, in that gentle sunshine of continual spiritual joyfulness; you encounter both old age and wisdom on one ridge of life – that is how nature wanted it. Then it is time, and no cause for anger that the fog of death is approaching.
Towards the light – your last movement; a joyful shout of knowledge – your last sound.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Love forgives. It does not excuse.
On the day when the former things pass away, when there is no more pain and no more tears, when there is no more shame or fear.
On that day,
There will be no more failure.
From that day you will never let anyone down anymore. Your neighbour or your Lord.
No more harm will come from your hands, your lips or your heart.
Your failings in the present life will cease. For the former things have passed away.
Just hold on for that day.
Singleness is a gift. Use it wisely and don’t give it away before you’re done with it.
I have posed this question to Christians MANY times and as of yet I have never gotten a response addressing how they can believe both Jesus was sent to redeem sin and evolution. Science and religion just aren’t compatible on many levels and this is one of them.
This is a display of astounding ignorance.
If evolution is true, then either Genesis 1-3 are false, or they are allegorical.
People have thought Genesis was allegorical since centuries before anybody ever thought of evolution. From a purely literary standpoint, a metaphorical interpretation just makes more sense in my mind. These chapters are a poem, afterall.
Also, to say that if the first people didn’t eat an apple then Jesus had no reason to die on a cross is ludicrous. Whatever way you interpret Genesis, there is no denying that there is evil in the world. The Genesis account explains evil, but surely the writer of Genesis was not trying to convince anyone that evil exists. Everybody knows it does. People do bad things all the time and you don’t need a creation narrative to tell you that. Biblically, Jesus died as much for our individual sin just as much as he died for any notion of “original sin”.
Perhaps some people are not trustworthy because no one has been entrusting anything into their hands – no one has taken a chance with them and given them their trust, so they haven’t had reason to be trustworthy.
If I don’t lend my trust to someone, how can they learn to treat it properly?
Our love must always be unconditional.
Our love, but not our trust.