Posts Tagged With: christian

Does Satan love Jesus?

Isn’t a follower of Jesus somebody who simply acknowledges him as ‘Lord’ and behaves as though this is so? Is that what God really wants from us?

If you answered ‘yes’, then what is the problem with Satan?…

‘When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, ”What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beg thee, torment me not.” ‘ Luke 8:28

Here is external worship. The devil is religious; he prays: he prays in a humble posture; he falls down before Christ, he lies prostrate; he prays earnestly, he cries with a loud voice; he uses respectable, honourable, adoring expressions – ‘Jesus, thou Son of God most high’… Nothing was wanting but love. (From The Good God by Mike Reeves, 2012)

Becoming a follower of Jesus causes a change in heart, rather than simply a change in actions. God wants our love, not for us to mindlessly carry out religious acts because we feel we have to. I dread to think of a God who gets kicks out of that.

The triune God is a million miles away from a ‘policeman in the sky’. I’ll be posting more on this at some point…

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What do you make of beauty?

Do you ever look around and think WOW, isn’t this place beautiful??

Why is it that we can be left breathless when we see, for example, the sun setting over the horizon? Or a misty waterfall?

Even finding out how these things work scientifically doesn’t strip nature of its splendour!

How can we ‘meaningless pieces of protoplasm’ be filled with such awe?

Could it be a pointer that we’re more than that?

A pointer to God… A living stamp of His magnificence!

Tay road bridge (last week)… One reason to get up early in the morning!

‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

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Dissecting the heart even deeper…

I love biology, but did that dissection class really tell me all there is to know about the human heart? 

If we cannot empirically test ‘sin’, does it mean it’s not there?

A bit sick, I know- sorry.

Imagine having to prove your love for someone with an empirical test before getting married (‘wait hun, just take a quick love barometer test please’). As great as observable scientific processes may be at explaining the ‘hows?’,  does science really make much of the ‘whys?’

The bible suggests that there is a problem at the root of human nature. That as humans, we are naturally more inward loving. But is this really a problem? Why is it that so often our ‘moral conscience’ guilt-trips us into thinking that we ought to be more outward loving?

And why is it that our often self-centred nature causes so many problems in this world, if after all, that’s just naturally how we are?

Christians believe that we’ve been created to be outward loving, just as is the very essence of the triune God. ‘God the Father’ outwardly pours his love onto his Son. And again, God the Son (Jesus) outwardly pours his love onto us- by dying for a world that put him to death.

However, since sin entered the world, we reversed our love inwardly, wanting to satisfy our own desires. Well, I see this in my life quite a lot at least! That is the basics of ‘sin’. To put ourselves as the main focus, ignoring God by living without any reference to him. But who wants to hear that?


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