|Albert[name changed for this blog] is an aquaintence who lives in my old town.Recently he lost his wife and has issues over God.
As our level of communication has come to religion, he told me that he is a pagan and worships trees…
Knowing this is because of the pain in his life and not perceiving God to answer him when he ‘needed him’, becoming a pagan is more a frustrated result of feeling himself rejected by God and so thumbs his nose at God by claiming to worship trees..
Albert is an artist and seems he has been fashioning gods in his own images…
He has claimed to resent the hypocrisy he met in Christendom, which unfortunately, is true in the churches today as religious spirits have dominated the scene and have dispersed wormwood to believers and poison many in the flock..
Not to give up however, as we who claim to see, must make the difference and reach out the lost and hurting and bring them the love of Christ, without being ‘religious’… a tight rope walk at times, but Jesus ate and drank with sinners, much to the chigrin of his contemporaries and showed us that we are to become all things to all people in the hope of bringing them to Christ as Paul wrote of..
So what I am posting here is part of the discourses, as they unfold, to share, to edify, to be accountable with so that we all can learn and possibly help one another as we gain opportunities to witness for Christ… albeit it is mixed with social human stuff.. .but that is part of the deal too….:) GBU~!Ave
Totally understand and relate to where you are coming from. The Bible was/is misused by many if not most who used it to overpower others…I particularly resent the prosperity preachers...and those who think they can treat God like a genie in the bottle and ‘speak their fortunes into existence’.. all nonsense and gimmicks!
In and of itself however , the Bible has so much truth in it that I havent ever seen elsewhere!
I dont get religious, but I dont throw the baby out with the bath water either.. Historically Jesus was real [just like Mohammad?] and other religious leaders in pivotal points of history.Each had impacts.
The difference in Jesus, is he not only claimed to be the son of God, but willingly sacrificed himself for the salvation of mankind,
where as Mohamad was a pedifile, plunderer, rapist and unmerciful murderer… modern day or old days a lying, pedifile, murderer is still a piece of crap!
There was a teenage girl recently stoned to death because she liked a boy from a different religion! It just happened in northern Iraq.
Islam is barberism, unmerciful destroyers trying to conquer Israel.
So just because ‘religious’ people have basically cornered the market on teaching the bible [to their own gain], the bible even spoke of them as hirelings, in it for the profit..Jesus called them hypocrites .
Like in Job their are scientific statements about the jetstream and rivers under the ocean!
They were only discovered in the last 100 years, so how could it have been mentioned in that ancient book ???
Or the earth ‘turning on its axis’ – while people still thought the earth was flat and that planets and sun revolved around the earth,
BUT in the book of Job spoke the truth, scientifically correct!
How can an unschooled person from ancient times know such things as the earth rotating on its axis?..unless God through his Spirit told him or ‘inspired’ him, as the bible is said to be inspired by God????This offers more proof that the Bible is more than a mere book written by men…
Some say Job was written before the books of Moses!..
There are also verses that indicate the earth was round and not flat, but people used to think the world was flat!! So how would a writer know it was round without a way to prove it scientifically?
There are little things tucked into it that predict things that have since happened and there is alot of wisdom concerning human nature in it that is applicable today… talked about pestilence, volcanoes, earth quakes and weather phenomenom that is only being understood in the passed century.
I look at it more as a survival manual in dealing with life and people today and have gained a lot of keen insights from it, so I tend to think that maybe it was ‘divinely’ inspired and the writers were more like ‘ghost writers’ and granted, even with some minor language variations, reinterpretations and all, since it was written line by line, much of any bible you pick up will still have the same subliminal message which is a positive one…
So if God is real and the Holy Spirit speaks to some, he can and would protect his Word,why would he only go so far and not keep it as he intended it to be?
The bible no matter how many people have tried to change it, is still the same story and teaches the same principals on how to treat others and to get right with God..
So you can worship a tree,[bible even talks about that!!] climb a tree, plant a tree, eat its fruits, cut down a tree,carve a tree into an idol, burn a tree and when all is said and done, it is still only wood [or ashes]
Although it can provide shelter, warmth and pleasure to look at and even some fruit to eat, it is still after all is said and done a tree!..
It is a convenient or good diversion and shield that some use to ward off facing deeper realities, but not uncommon…
Accountability is something we all need to have but many want to run around without accountability and act like they are the only one that matters, but in fact we are all part of the picture.
Everyone has a purpose…
So have any BBQ today? WE just kicked back and enjoyed .
James went out fishing and Kyle returned from his date.
I slept a good part of the day away as I was up all night online.
Now I am just getting ready to cook something… probably cheesburgers, but seems boring.. I was thinking that I should have picked up a cube of beer yesterday, but didn’t, so now I am bored….lol…not sure about what to do tomorrow…probably some art.
I dont want you to think because you choose trees, that I would try to get religious on you or try to convert you or something!
There is alot going on in life to not have to strain on certain differences of opinion and core beliefs..
Actions speak louder than words and you can judge me by my actions rather than any possible sterotyped Christian you have met...
I wish there were a better word to use rather than calling myself a Christian, since that name nowadays, is offensive to so many and even leaves a tinny taste in my mouth sometimes..due to religion.. I dont like religion…at least all the hypocritical ones that turn so many off to God..
Anyway, are you making any leighway on your [artwork]??? How tall is she?? How are you making her?Is she wood or metal?
You aren’t the first professed pagan I have ever met…I have known other pagans..
Each gravitated to that because they didnt find the answers they were looking for in religion and said for the most part religion is BS….
[I hope I am not sounding a bit bipolar here???LOL}
It is just that in my life and mind and heart I have distinguished what is real to me and what is bull and I still ‘admire’ Jesus as a truly giving and wonderful human being when he was on earth and certainly very influencial after he left earth.. I think he was more than human and by the writings in the Bible fortelling his coming, his mission and what he accomplished, since all that proved to be true, thus far, I have more data to conclude that what he said about the future from this point in time on is also going to be true…the facts speak for themselves, Jesus has credibility, as does the Bible.
So I think I would rather believe in Him who has never lied that what he did and said/says can be proven, as opposed to those who do lie and can be proven as liars, like fortune tellers and other faiths, like Islam…
Conversely, Mohamad is a proven thief and murderer and the bible even predicted that Ishmael was going to be a wild donkey of a man always at war with his brothers.. Ishmael was 1/2 brother to Isaac and was not of God’s promise so he didnt inherit but has been fighting against Isaac ever since.. Hagar his mother was an Egyptian and taught him her ways and hatred for Sara and her offspring!
That ancient rivalry is causing the terrorism we see today.
Have a good afternoon… [As time progresses, you will find that there are many facets to my diamond, lol]
I look forward to talking to you more .
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