GOD IS GOD, NOT ME? is a post about humility. In that post I criticized people who don’t read the Bible and believe it, especially those who deny the existence of God. That upset someone who calls himself a Christian.
Sorry to say tom, as for humility… you don’t seem to exhibit any, much less the Humility given as a gift of God’s holy spirit.Barabbas Me
Is Barabbas Me a Christian? I don’t know, and I don’t see any reason I have to issue a verdict. Is Barabbas Me humble? I don’t know, and I don’t see any reason I have to issue a verdict. Is Barabbas Me wrong in his doctrine? I think he is.
Why did I write GOD IS GOD, NOT ME? We cannot let those who want to suppress Christianity speak and act without opposition.
- Jesus commanded us to spread the Gospel to non-Christians.
- We have an obligation to instruct our children in Biblical doctrine.
- For the sake of our family, friends, neighbors, and countrymen, we must protect our right to practice our Christian beliefs.The Secularists in this country clearly want to push Christians out of the public square and into closets.
Romans 1:18-32 explains what happens when people cease to believe in the One True God. If we don’t want that for ourselves, our families, our friends, our neighbors, and our countrymen, we must speak out. Unfortunately, when we speak out, and we point to the Bible, and we ask people to read it and seriously consider the fact that the Bible is the Word, even some of those who call themselves Christians get upset and angry. Why? Depends upon the Christian.
How important is it for us to hear the Word of God? Why did Jesus use this refrain, “the one who has ears, let him hear”?
Consider why Jesus spoke in parables.
Were the parables designed to conceal Jesus’ message? Jesus says that they were. Nevertheless, Jesus explained His parables to those who asked. So, how did the concealment work? When they did not understand, why didn’t people who saw Jesus performing miracles ask for an explanation? Why didn’t all the Pharisees, for example, do what Nicodemus did and ask Jesus questions with an honest desire to understand?
When Jesus quoted Isaiah 6:8-10, he quoted what the Book of Isaiah predicted. God did not keep the people from trying to understand. So, why didn’t the people want to understand with their hearts? The answer is pride.
We want to believe we can save ourselves. The Jews believed their works would save them. Some of the Pharisees made a public display of their supposed virtues. Others, like the Sadducees, did not even believe in life after death. So, their status in this life was all that mattered to them.
We have not much changed. Our pride still stands between us and God. When the Bible calls upon us to submit in humility to God, we don’t want to surrender. Therefore, when understanding the Bible requires us to study it with humility, we find ourselves as confused by the Bible as the scribes and Pharisees were by Jesus.
So, what about me? Am I too full of myself? Probably. However, the Bible is quite clear that salvation of God, not man.
Here is a good example.
I do not read the Bible carefully because Tom is wonderful. I am just fortunate that God has been good to me