round two

Posted: April 7th, 2009 | Filed under: book, God, life | Tags: | No Comments »

The ‘Grace Is For Sinners: Bible Study’ {Round Two} begins tonight. 

It’s a grass roots era of watching small groups of people form and join others in the aim to effect their world with love. Especially when they have a better picture of the fullness of God and that he is Love.

Religion has trimmed the rough edges off the truth in order to make a theology that is easier to fit into stories, sermons and witnessing tips. Most people believe the watered down truth. They fail to see that the holes it creates only herd confused lives into a world that is tightly monitored because there is an ignorance that leads to fear. Godly ‘fear’ is not because of his wrath or because of messing up the whole system he put in to place. One important aspect of real Godly fear comes from the realization that he is sovoriegn and we are not. Being out of control is terrifying for a human being. Not having the final say concerning what is best for us is not a comfortable position to be in.

     “When you don’t acknowledge the fullness of whom God is then you leave huge holes in the faith system. It’s as though you need to protect Him from the opinions of others if they were to know how far He would go to show that He is God. You have this need to protect His unconventional ways from a people that think He should be more docile. You only talk about His blessings and His rewards to righteous living and personal sacrifice. If something goes wrong in another person’s life you say it’s because they are out of the ‘river’, out of His light, off His path, out of His will or diverted from His plan. Why don’t you believe the Bible when it says that your will is secondary to His or when it says that He is in complete control over everything? Why do you give Satan or other human beings so much credit for the things as though God’s hands were tied? My answer is simple. It requires too much faith.

     It requires too much faith to believe that God is in control when your life feels so out of control. It requires too much faith to think that the calamity you find yourself in could possibly be part of God’s plan for your life. It requires too much faith in the God, whom you know is good, to have any part of what doesn’t feel good. You have preconceived ideas that, if it were God’s way, then there would be no pain and no failure. It requires too much faith to believe that God would use both pain and failure to bring you to discover Him. That is, unless He already has. Accepting or rejecting doesn’t change the Truth. It changes you.  – ‘Grace Is For Sinners’ 

Tradition made a God out of certainty and certainty gets crushed by real life.’ – Rob Bell

We don’t reduce Christ to what we are, he raises us up to what he is.’ 1 Corinthians 10:17

So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can.’ 1 Corinthians 10:14


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