5 “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
I found this today and wanted to include it in my notes about “Prodigal God.” Paul, a follower of Christ, a servant of the Lord, a man whom many have great respect, was once a persecutor and a murderer of Christians. Here is the perfect example of a man changing completely for the Lord…completely! We will meet many Pauls in our lives. We may know some in their Saul stage, we may know the rest after the conversion Irregardless, when we feel self righteous or judgmental about people in this world who have done horrific things…we need to remember God may use them to do great things in the future. We need to pray for the lost, no matter how lost they are.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, is amazing. She is amazing because of God. God gave her the strength to live a life full of indescribable joy and indescribable heartache. None of us can comprehend the courage she needed. No one can comprehend being the parent of God. However, Mary is not God, she is not Jesus, you cannot get to Heaven by praying to Mary. Jesus Himself tells us that He is the only way. THE ONLY WAY. Please know that while Mary should be honored, she should not be an idol and she cannot be a replacement for Jesus. He is the WAY…follow HIM and He will make your paths straight.
Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
When people use their religion to defend repulsive behavior, killing or hurting others, I would hope it would make others quickly question that religion.
Kirstie Alley and other outspoken scientologists may not be as ruthless as terrorists who bomb families in the “name of religion,” but they certainly are not doing their religion any favors.
I saw on my MSN homepage that Kirstie Alley is attacking Leah Remini for actually having an opinion about a religion in which she was once associated. I do not know either person, but in terms of faith will very briefly discuss them. Leah Remini belonged to the Church of Scientology and has recently left. She does not have anything good to say about it. Neither do I, but she has actually been part of the group. I would say it is fair for her to express her opinions. Kirstie Alley who remains a scientologist cannot be friends with anyone who disagrees with her religion as she was quoted saying, “she’s a bigot. If someone was really out there [saying negative things about your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn’t be mine. It’s not selective, I just won’t have people in my life that are that.”
It confuses me. As a Christian, my faith is attacked continuously. Not always directly and certainly not directly in a way that my life is at stake, but the Christian faith is definitely attacked by a large group of people. Do I like it? Of course not. Was it predicted in the Bible? Yes. Am I supposed to shun people who do not share my faith? NO NO NO! If you truly believe in your religion, you want others to be part of that religion. As a Christian, I truly believe the Bible. I believe that people need to have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior to spend eternity in Heaven. I believe that so strongly that I do not want ANYONE to go to hell. NOT ONE. So whether or not you attack my religion, I will still pray for you. I will still be friends with you. I will not drop you because you leave my church. I would think every religion would feel this way. What good is anyone doing by being cruel “in the name of religion”? It baffles my mind!
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
The other day I was with a group of people. The group was a mix of Christians and non – Christians. One of the Christians in the group is quite outspoken and opinionated. This person likes to have attention and isn’t too concerned if anyone is offended. Another person in the group quietly takes it all in, as in many other areas of life, but then is quick to make little snide comments about certain situations or people. They are unheard by most and I am sure there are a number of thoughts for every comment that comes out. Neither is better than the other. They are both sinning, one quietly and one outspokenly. And guess what? So am I by judging them instead of looking at myself instead of them.
Christians sin. We are no better than anyone else in the world. But we love and believe in a Lord and Savior who forgives us; who died for us knowing every horrible thing we would do in our lives.
There are some Christians who come across as judgmental and hopefully their intentions are good. If you are a Christian and believe in heaven and hell, the last thing you want is for anyone to live in hell for eternity. So sometimes we try to “help” others come to Christ in a misguided way. We aren’t perfect. We love all people, whether or not they sin, because we know we are sinners. We know we are lost without Christ. We know we are saved and going to Heaven and just want as many people to come with us as possible.
1 John 4:19
We love because [God] first loved us.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time
2 Timothy 1:9
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this