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IPFS News Link • Religion: Believers

Bible Thumping and Walking the Walk

• - Donald Jeffries

I have strong faith. But I do question God. Why He doesn't intervene, in a world that appears to be run by his enemy. Why does Satan seem to have dominion here? All the tragic stories, especially of sick and dying children. Those born with horrible birth defects. Natural disasters that aren't geoengineered. I don't know how you can't question those kinds of things. But I've never thought that God doesn't exist. I believe that the self-evident creation of this world, from breathtaking waterfalls and majestic mountain peaks, to the gorgeous autumn foliage, to caterpillars transitioning into beautiful butterflies, is strong evidence of a supernatural hand, and one who values beauty. I refuse to accept that all of this just came about randomly.

When my mother died in 1987, I was looking for answers. I decided to read the Bible from cover to cover. Now, I tried to get through the Old Testament. I failed. The Old Testament is a pretty scary book, and the God depicted there is often frightening. Like Bob Dylan, I had difficulty understanding why God would ask Abraham to kill his son. Creating a bunch of imperfect creatures, and then flooding them for being imperfect? I'm trying to picture how much worse they could have been than the "Woke" lunatics running this world are now. But the New Testament is an entirely different story. In fact, Jesus seems so different from the God of the Old Testament that the Christian Identity movement was started, which I think postulates they are different Gods.

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Isaiah 59:1,2: "Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." So,it is not God. Rather, it is you and your focus (subconsciously) on your sins, without immersing yourself in the knowledge of the forgiveness done by Jesus. God isn't going to - and maybe can't - force salvation on anybody. You need to get into God's Word, the Bible, (and It into you) in a big way, with a willingness to believe all God says even though you don't understand much of It. Jesus says, Mark 11:24, "Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." If you don't get what you ask for, does that mean that Jesus was lying? Or that you have very weak faith? Faith: "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ."

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