God does not send us into the dangerous and exacting life of faith because we are qualified; He chooses in order to qualify us for what he wants us to be or do." Eugene Peterson
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Robyn Rochelle Cox
Loving God in the Moment
Thursday, August 3, 2006So WHO DECIDED it was OK to take the mystical out of the mystery of GOD!I'm frustrated. Miffed. Ticked. Confused. AND more than slightly irritated!
I just received an e-mail from someone that is interested in the 'darkness that seems more interesting and looks more powerful than Christianity with its Bible studies and reading of the Bible.'
When did it become OK to formulate the God of the Universe?
To break Him down into bite sized pieces?
To keep Him in some FACTUAL informational tube where He makes sense to US?
This person states in his e-mail it appears to him 'there is more power in the darkness. Islam faith is more for the strong and Christianity seems to be more for the weak.'
Why are Christians so afraid of mystery? Of mysticism? Of mystics?
Good grief the reality is Christ is a mystery: tell me have you heard of a virgin birth lately?
The Trinity is a mystery: THREE in ONE… breaks all of the mathematical rules my dad used to try to hammer into my brain!
Why do we need it to ONLY be facts. Who are we really afraid of?
For heavens sake: 2 Corinthians 5:7
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight--
Granted, facts are important. We don’t place our faith on some shady wobbly wall. But facts are not the only information that needs to be shared with the non-believer. Without a step of faith, people/humanity/man is still in darkness and is drawn to the darkness and the LIGHT cannot come in.
I mean come on now – don’t these following verses from that same chapter sound a bit mystical to you?
9Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.
10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.
12We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart.
13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you.
14For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
15and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
16Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer.
17Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come
18Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation,
19namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
21He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
And this is just a PART of ONE CHAPTER of this incredible, mysterious, wonderful, fascinating, NEVER TO BE FIGURED OUT Holy Bible.
I guess what I'm saying is if we don't recognize that our God is a mystery, a powerful mystical being, we cannot address anyone who rightly recognizes that Satan is a powerful being.
So, I guess I'm questioning the Christians that I know.
Do you believe that God is a mystical God?
Do you believe that Satan is alive and well?
Do you believe that by trying to put God in a box and by null and voiding the truth that there is a spiritual God - Satan is enjoying it?
Have we sanitized Christianity so much we can't see there is an evil world?
Can we stop fighting each other long enough to realize we are getting snipped in our foxholes and unite together to fight the good fight?
I'm so tired of hearing, "I don't want to be the kind of Christian that sees Satan behind every bush!" Dang it, it has come to the point where Christians are afraid of saying that they see Satan at ALL!
I leave you with my family's life verse:
I Peter 5: 6
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the poper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your bretheren who are in the world. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To HIM be dominion forever and ever. Amen."
Mystical isn't it?
Posted by Robyn Rochelle E. at Thursday, August 03, 2006
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