DON’T HATE THE FAITH

BIBLE 3

Far to many young people judge Christianity by the actions of older individuals who profess to be Christians. Based on what they see and hear they reject established churches and for those who do want to be followers of Christ they seek less traditional places of worship. For some being a follower of Jesus, a Christian, is rejected because of their experiences with Believers.

To all I say: DON’T HATE GOD BECAUSE OF THE WORDS AND DEEDS OF MAN.

It grieves me that so many people reject the Word of God because of how some church leaders interpret the Bible and how Christians behave. The church doctrine explains what and why that particular group believes what they believe; Church Leaders share what they know as it agrees with their doctrine. People often confuse church doctrine with Bible truth and they share their lack of knowledge with others.
Areas in which a church doctrine may not agree with the Bible:

The Holy Spirit
Women Preaching
How women should dress
What people should and should not eat
Prayer
Hell and Heaven
and even Salvation

The Bible reveals that God allows us to choose. Beginning in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15-17)when God allowed Adam to make the choice not to eat from the two trees. Moses told the children of Israel they could choose life or death (Deuteronomy 30:19). Joshua challenged the children of Israel to choose who they wanted to serve (Joshua 24:15). And Jesus informed those who were listening that understanding (”light of life” NKJV) comes to those who follow Him (John 8:12). It is unfortunate that such an important decision as faith is based on the opinions of people.

It is true that certain lifestyles are not acceptable to God this does not mean that God hates the person committing the sin. It is true that there is a hell as well as a heaven, God does not ‘send’ anyone to hell a person condemns himself by rejecting Jesus. It is also true that the Bible was written by man BUT it was through the power of the Holy Spirit that it was written AND …
The Bible is 66 different books written over a period of one thousand five hundred years. It was written on 3 different continents in 3 different languages by 40 different authors. Each author of a particular book had his own unique writing style and purpose for writing. When these 66 books were put together to form one great book anyone who studies it will realize that they agree with one another. Furthermore, the original text of each book was painstakingly copied yet there are no deviations in wording. Consider this bit of trivia as it relates to copies of the New Testament:

  • There are 27 books written between 40 and 100 AD
  • The earliest copy was believed to be written around 130 AD (full manuscript 350)
  • There were over 5,000 copies written in Greek, 10,000 copies written in Latin and 9,300 written in other languages. Despite there being over 24,000 “translations” of just the New Testament they all agree with the gospel truth. Consider this fact: the earlier something is revealed the greater chance there is that it was not translated properly- this is not the case with the Bible.

What is my point? Please do not blindly follow a person with a title because he or she calls himself a Church Leader. Do not assume that even I know all there is to the Word of God,, study it for yourself asking God to give you understanding. Don’t hate Christianity based on what people do and say.

Recommended reading- books by: Andrew Wommack
Watchman Nee
E. M Bounds

UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

I appreciate the lives of my Facebook friends; many have shared their ups and downs freely to which this community of cyber-friends has been a source of support to them. Last year we celebrated the marriage of individuals whose relationship progressed from cyber-friends to face to face love. More recently the community supported someone whose wife was in the hospital for a prolonged period of time and we celebrated when she returned home. Unfortunately, with Facebook the relationship is one dimensional, rarely two dimensional. FAMILY SILOUETTE

It is hard to maintain personal relationships with people who do not accept you as you are. It is difficult to love the unlovable. With social-media people see what you want them to see (one dimension) thus an individual can be: unfriended, unfollowed, or taken out of a circle simply because of one word typed received offensively, and life can go on as if he or she never existed. Conditional relationships are just as prevalent in the real world.
Conditional relationships, I love you only when you_______, are not always as obvious. A person who was once your friend can decide to no longer associate with you because of something you did that he or she does not approve of. Divorces occur for numerous reasons that nullify one person’s love for the other it could be unacceptable behavior or unforgivable deeds. Tit for tat conversations, arguments, point out the conditions of love.

It is not always easy to love a person despite his or her faults. Do you stop loving a child you gave birth to if he becomes a murderer? Do you hate the homosexual? Or the Muslim? Or maybe you hate Democrats (if you are a Republican) or Republicans (if you are a Democrat)? Before the Passover festival began, Jesus was keenly aware that His hour had come to depart from this world and to return to the Father. From beginning to end, Jesus’ days were marked by His love for His people. You may not use the word hate but your words and your actions are loveless.

“Before the Passover festival began, Jesus was keenly aware that His hour had come to depart from this world and to return to the Father. From beginning to end, Jesus’ days were marked by His love for His people.” John 13:1 The Voice

Jesus loves us even when we are unlovable; this is unconditional love – reach for it.