Look around the internet. It won’t be long before you find how very many people are seeking God or interested in aspects of that searching. Online you can find anything from the heavyweight discussions at places like Parableman’s to lightweight to everything in between.
It fascinates me to find how perennial and burgeoning this topic can be. In my belief system it makes perfect sense. And that is often how I think the rational approach to God will track: lining up the ‘what-is’ with the ‘what is believed’.
I believe that God looks for opportunities to prove Himself, but He does it within His own parameters.
Many like to discuss the place that scripture and teaching have in the understanding of God. I don’t hear lots about revelation, at least not in a doctrinal sense, but this is something that I feel is vital- it has much to do with the Reformed view, though the orthodox might not embrace that idea.
But really, what is revelation but the manifestation of Grace?
I will return to this conversation, perhaps to update it under the fold.
To unmask myself, if I seem vague, I have to say that I am more than fascinated with the topic of God. I am sold out to the idea that God is our only answer in this world and that it is imperative that we get bona fide information about the searching and the finding.
People often love to play at religion. But in the view that there really is a God that is the most foolish and dangerous pastime I can think of. One’s eternity in the balance and thrown around like some cheap throwaway.
When the world comes crashing down around you- and not to overplay the drama, but we keep having just those types of situations- tell me, what do you have to deal with it? What do you have to heal others and to survive yourself?
People often lob their pleasant enjoyments to explain how meaningful life is; when the circumstances are good that outlines their interpretation of meaningful . They have friends, they have loved ones, they have good food and beautiful sunsets. But what about when that is stripped away? What constitutes your meaning, then?
When you are at the end of yourself, how then do you produce those constructs which define you?
Today, I am a bit contemplative in a melancholy way. To those who don’t believe that there is a devil, that there is no real sin, and that God is who knows what and who knows where….. you have no answers. You have no answers for why things are so bad for so many. Or the reason you have things so good.
You have no plan, but you sure are vocal about it. And you’ve taken up the pokers and prods to let those who are ‘unreasonably religious’ know that you are going to keep the lid on and turn the heat up.
I hope you do. And I hope that those who take their God seriously start to take you seriously, and understand that not all that calls itself good, beneficent and compassionate is indeed so. Perhaps to get serious about their faith, their praying, and their way of life.
Jesus had a retort:”Only God is good”.
Only God is good…..let us not tire in seeking Him out, and not retire before we have truly found all there is to find of Him.
Go ahead…call me a fanatic, that’s all right if it makes you feel better, and when you are done: just call me. we can talk about your ideas as well as what they are based on and where they are taking you…..OK?