What is this blog about, anyway?

I've been trying to untangle some of the 'big picture' things in life.

I also wanted to find out by experience whether the Bible is sufficient to generate faith.

One of the ways I started on my recent journey of re-discovery of Christianity was by reading the Bible, starting at Genesis, and trying to have no pre-conceived notions of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and other big questions. Would I discover anything new? Would I be able to get more insight into Big Questions? I did make some discoveries that were new to me, and wanted to record these somewhere. Hence this blog.

For the record, I found that the Bible is sufficient to generate faith - but only if you read it with no pre-conceived notions.

I welcome comments and insights from others.

-Vera


Sunday, September 18, 2016

I came across a Bible verse that to me was very powerful. I read it three times because I was so struck by it:

Seek the Lord while he may be found,
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
    and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.


Isaiah 55: 6-7


This verse is immediately followed by what to me was a much more familiar verse:


For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

    nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55: 8-9


Verses 6 and 7 in the first passage spoke to me so much. This was because the importance of seeking the Lord now (and not delaying) is something which is much more frequently found in the New Testament. Yet this piece was from the Old Testament. Calling upon the Lord while He is still near is important. This is because one day, Jesus will come again and  there will not be the choice to seek Him any more - He will be there.



God wants us to come to Him out of choice, not by being forced to know Him whether we want to or not.


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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Our leaders are imperfect. Even the best leader pales in comparison to Jesus.

Every election year, I notice that many people get very vocal for or against a particular candidate. But  we should never put all of our trust in human leaders. Even the best human leader is flawed and imperfect. Even the best candidate of the century pales in comparison to Jesus.

It's good to carry out our civic responsibilities: carefully considering the candidates and their policies, and picking which one we feel is best for the country at the time.  It is wonderful to live in a democracy where we have choices. At the same time, I find it hard to get passionately behind any candidate, because I have yet to find one that isn't flawed. I'm flawed too, an imperfect being, a sinner. We all are. It's part of being human. But just as I would not find myself worthy of leading a country, I find it hard to find anyone worthy of leading the country.

In the second coming of Christ, we can look forward to a new Heaven and a new Earth, with God and Jesus as our leaders. Now those are leaders we can get passionate about.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

God is not a crazy stalker: He will not inflict himself upon us. He lets us choose.

I was recently reading the fiction novel "The Book of You" by Claire Kendal. Disclaimer: this book has nothing whatsoever to do with Christianity, whether for or against. Its plot is about a woman who is being stalked by a man she has no interest in, and what she does when she realizes that the stalking is escalating.

This story made me think about the nature of love. The male villain in the story professed to be in love with the female protagonist. However, his treatment of her (stalking, and worse) was far from what anyone would call love.

In reality, love is a two-way street, requiring the permission of both (not just one). You don't tell someone "Surprise! We're getting married today!" You ask, nicely. And you would understand that no means no.

Likewise, Jesus wants us to come to him freely, out of choice. God will not inflict himself upon us like a crazy stalker who doesn't want us to have a choice. He gives us the greatest gift of all; the power of choice.

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