God Feeds the Ravens
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Others went on to explain that’s up to God to know.I pointed out that a person who worships satan cannot have their prayers answered.
I went on to explain why.
I pray for a Mercedes Benz, my prayer might not be answered in the way I want it to be, because God’s concern is with my soul. Not to say God may not also ease my physical situation, in response to my prayer, but not at the expense of my soul.
In desperation when a person finally realizes they cannot do anything, that person may turn to God, saying: “I can’t do this. It’s over to you.”
I believe God responds to that surrender. I believe my own free-will means God’s angels can do nothing to help me, unless I ask. It is the surrender of my own free-will. How humbling the thought that God cannot help me -- his own creation -- unless I give my permission.
However the first response to my prayer may be to begin to strip me of all the physical and emotional dead-weight that is preventing me from being able to hear and surrender to the ‘still small voice’ of Spirit. This is probably going be a very painful process for me. Floods of tears. I feel things are just getting worse. I am losing everything.
I cannot travel the narrow path or enter through the narrow gate with a lorry load of stuff. I cannot board the flight to freedom with a grand piano under my arm. I need to travel light. As the process happens, I feel lighter. I start to understand it all, and begin to feel angels close to me.
It is not me that approaches to angels. Angels come to me.
Once through that narrow door, perhaps I will see before me a vast expanse of freedom. Perhaps all the physical and emotional stuff I had to let-go, will be there when I get through the door, waiting for me to pick it up again, if I wish to.
And if I do, the process will just begin again. It is expansion following contraction, the eye of the needle, the horus and the nexus of the hourglass. The spiritual terms and symbols become alive to me, in a wonder of spiritual revelation. Of course because I am (also) an ordinary natural creature bound by time and space, my revelation has to followed by a return to the drudgery of ordinary living.
But I will never forget that touch of the Divine. I will understand the power of just that one touch, as the effects of it spread through me and reach every part of my life. It will be the most important event in my life. I will always yearn to experience it again. Hopefully I will, from time to time. But I also understand that as a natural creature, I cannot experience in full the power of Spirit. It is too much for me.
And from that point on I know that God is there, always with me; from now on God is the only reality to me.
The revelation comes to me whatever my faith or time or place. God hears and knows. Angels may watch and weep, but they cannot come to my aid unless I surrender first my free-will.
It’s not about dictionary definitions. The meaning Christ has acquired for Christians may be different from the original Greek definition. Words change the subtlety of their meanings over time. This has already been discussed in previous threads.That is rhubarb. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah. What do you think Messiah MEANS?
There is no need to keep emphasizing your words in capitals and colours and big bold type. I am quite capable of reading what you say. It amounts to shouting, in internet protocol.
No doubt Christ himself has his reasons. The core of Christianity -- the living reality of Christ -- quite escapes you. Sorry, no offence intended.I would have thought that it was VERY clear from this that Jesus, peace be with him, has not yet "accomplished all he had to do on Earth" !
Also there is no need here to add ‘peace be with him’ when referring to Jesus. I know it is meant as a token of respect, but Christ does not need the peace of man. It is man requires the peace of Christ, imo
The irony of what you are saying quite escapes you. Sorry, again no offence intended.They then proceeded to encourage me to follow their particular "flavour" of belief. I would then "turn off", and say that I wasn't interested in all the "bells and whistles".
One step towards God, and God takes nine towards me. Any time, any place, any faith. imoI took steps towards God, and He manifested Himself to me.
It could also mean they cannot be reduced to simple human language.Unsolved mysteries that cannot be solved could mean that we don't really WANT to solve them.
We can agree on something at last.Surely we belong to God .. and to Him we will return.
For the rest, we have to agree to disagree. I am not interested in trying to ‘convert’ anyone to my own belief system, which does not anyway conform to the dogmas of conventional Christianity. Sacred scriptures are a map; rituals and dogmas are the shell of the nut. Sorry to mix metaphors, but eventually they lead to the same thing IMO
If I was interested in trying to ‘convert’ anyone, my method would not be to barrage day after day with so-called logical arguments that are obviously based on my own own 'logical' belief that the only truth is the one dictated by that particular scripture I choose to accept. I would imagine my example to appear disrespectful and so have the opposite effect, and turn a person off. That's what I think.