Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Scripture Discussion

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 6:06 AM
This is my response to a discussion on a friend's facebook page on the following verse.

And the serpent said to the woman, you shall not surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3: 4-5

Not having the benefit of the previous discussion, you may wonder about why I jump from one issue to the next. Please question me or ask for clarification on anything that doesn't make sense. I'm sharing this because it hits to the most important thing in life: Do you or do you not believe God?

"Thinking Eden was dull means you've most likely never enjoyed the experience of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing to compare it to. And to say that we are more complete because of sin is very humanistic thinking. God created us in His image to enjoy fellowship with Him. Did He know that we would be disobedient? Yes. Would we choose to still have children if we know their going to be disobedient? Yes. Because the love and fellowship we experience with them is worth it.

"Also, life is much more exciting living in obedience to God. I might find temporary enjoyment in disobedience, but there are always negative consequences. When I choose obedience, God brings blessings and opportunities to my life that I could never have hoped, dreamt, or thought. I've lived both a consiously sinful life and a life working every day to be more obedient to God, and the ride is much more thrilling in the obedient life. God doesn't give us rules or consequences because He's angry or thinks it will help us understand His love more, He does it because it's in our best interest.

"God did not NEED to send His son to die for us, He chose to. We mean that much to Him. And the physical death wasn't the main sacrifice. The main sacrifice was being separated from God the Father and all His glory, experiencing the weight of every sin ever committed (past, present, and future.) The resurrection is the point of reconciliation. The death means nothing without it. He didn't just die, He overcame death. There were no Christians before Jesus. He is the Christ, the Messiah, the promised, annointed One. Before that there were Jews (children and believers in God) and Gentiles (non-believers.) The period of history before Jesus was to teach us that we cannot do anything on our own to earn reconciliation with God. Throughout the Old Testament, there is example after example of God calling His people to faith in Him. It was always believing in Him and what He said that was (and is) the basis for a relationship that will last into eternity. Jesus came to show us God’s love and make tangible the opportunity to love Him back.

"What this verse says to me: The devil is a liar, humans are selfish and proud, God puts boundaries around us to protect us, and I wish I’d never had to see the evil I’ve seen in my short life."

What about you? Do you believe in Him? Do you believe Him (that what He says, everything He says, is true)? Was sin necessary for us to appreciate God's love? Does God really want us to be obedient?

0 comments on "Scripture Discussion"

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Scripture Discussion

This is my response to a discussion on a friend's facebook page on the following verse.

And the serpent said to the woman, you shall not surely die, for God knows that in the day you eat of it, your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil. Genesis 3: 4-5

Not having the benefit of the previous discussion, you may wonder about why I jump from one issue to the next. Please question me or ask for clarification on anything that doesn't make sense. I'm sharing this because it hits to the most important thing in life: Do you or do you not believe God?

"Thinking Eden was dull means you've most likely never enjoyed the experience of the Holy Spirit. There is nothing to compare it to. And to say that we are more complete because of sin is very humanistic thinking. God created us in His image to enjoy fellowship with Him. Did He know that we would be disobedient? Yes. Would we choose to still have children if we know their going to be disobedient? Yes. Because the love and fellowship we experience with them is worth it.

"Also, life is much more exciting living in obedience to God. I might find temporary enjoyment in disobedience, but there are always negative consequences. When I choose obedience, God brings blessings and opportunities to my life that I could never have hoped, dreamt, or thought. I've lived both a consiously sinful life and a life working every day to be more obedient to God, and the ride is much more thrilling in the obedient life. God doesn't give us rules or consequences because He's angry or thinks it will help us understand His love more, He does it because it's in our best interest.

"God did not NEED to send His son to die for us, He chose to. We mean that much to Him. And the physical death wasn't the main sacrifice. The main sacrifice was being separated from God the Father and all His glory, experiencing the weight of every sin ever committed (past, present, and future.) The resurrection is the point of reconciliation. The death means nothing without it. He didn't just die, He overcame death. There were no Christians before Jesus. He is the Christ, the Messiah, the promised, annointed One. Before that there were Jews (children and believers in God) and Gentiles (non-believers.) The period of history before Jesus was to teach us that we cannot do anything on our own to earn reconciliation with God. Throughout the Old Testament, there is example after example of God calling His people to faith in Him. It was always believing in Him and what He said that was (and is) the basis for a relationship that will last into eternity. Jesus came to show us God’s love and make tangible the opportunity to love Him back.

"What this verse says to me: The devil is a liar, humans are selfish and proud, God puts boundaries around us to protect us, and I wish I’d never had to see the evil I’ve seen in my short life."

What about you? Do you believe in Him? Do you believe Him (that what He says, everything He says, is true)? Was sin necessary for us to appreciate God's love? Does God really want us to be obedient?

0 comments:

 

themommyanswer Copyright © 2009 Paper Girl is Designed by Ipietoon Sponsored by Online Business Journal