Childhood memories coming back to teach me.

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As a child while I played with other children as kids do, I learnt some valuable life lessons.  I’m still learning from those moments that I didn’t give a second thought to.

Like that time when I was five years of age sitting on an old metal see-saw (teeter totter for Americans) that my father bought around and put together in grandma’s courtyard.  While we were rocking up and down the metal handle that I was holding onto in order to keep my balance came off in my hands.  I remember being surprised and upset because as we were rocking I nearly lost my balance and nearly fall off.  Dad had noticed so he stopped rocking us while holding onto the boy. I became upset and pegged the handle at the floor but to my horror I clocked the kid on the head. I was mortified. Dad was slowly becoming furious as he consoled the boy.  When the other kid calmed down I was disciplined.

Even though I didn’t mean to hurt the child, the fact remains, I did.  

In the same way, we can aim words at people with our good intentions in the hope that they’ll be received in the way we intend them to.  But the truth is that we don’t really know where our careless words will land or how those words will be received.  Ignorance is no excuse.  We need to watch what we say by really giving thought to the weight of the words before we speak them.  They have the power to build someone up or hurt them.  It’s our responsibility is to abide by the social adults code of behaviour, “hurt no-one”.

Matthew 12:37    New King James Version (NKJV)

37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

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Is Christianity a Cop Out?

 

To understand Christianity we need to take a good look at the instructions that Jesus gave his followers.  Christianity has to be the most difficult faith to follow because it requires absolute trust in the New Testament as Jesus taught in the Word of God as the life blood of our beliefs.   Jesus challenged society and the lives of people around him even unto the way they thought about food and many more things.  He bought a lot of good change about that set people free from religious rituals & slavery to sin.  God wants our hearts to be full of HIS love and HIS light.   To know HIM is to love HIM.

Keep in mind that Christians aren’t perfect but they follow someone who is!

HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT I’VE HEARD

  • Christianity is a cop out.

You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. ”   Matthew 5:38-39

Turning the other cheek has to be the most difficult of all teachings to follow.

What no revenge? Most people would fight back to the best of their ability to make sure they got a piece of the other person.  A Christian however is to consider even a thief or a violent person as a child of God and love him or her as God Himself does.

  • Christians live in fear of punishment.

Christians live by their convictions and judge themselves and their lives according to Jesus’ instructions and live to please God.  They live in reverence of an awesome God.

Jesus gave clear instructions on how to love God and Man.

“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ “This is the great and foremost commandment.   Matthew 22:37-38

Aiming to be like Jesus is to follow God as he wants us to in obedience and reverence as we seek to know him more.   We don’t do it alone as we have the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.

  • God doesn’t answer prayer

Christians pray in faith believing that God is not only able to answer prayer but willing to answer them.   God isn’t under obligation to answer yes to every prayer request.  He answers with a yes, no or wait.  Everything in HIS perfect timing.

Bible Verses about Prayer

James 4:3  “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.

John 15:7  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

Hebrews 11:6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Many more reasons to pray: http://www.openbible.info/topics/pray_without_ceasing

Christianity is being constantly watchful, prayerful, faithful and certainly a challenge requiring a lot of hard work and self discipline.  A cop out would seem to be an escape and lot easier wouldn’t it?