- the Being perfect in power, wisdom, and goodness who is worshipped as creator and ruler of the universe.
- in Christianity and other monotheistic religions the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being.
- a spirit or being believed to control some part of the universe or life and often worshipped for doing so, or something that represents this spirit or being.
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22 years ago I was slipping out of what I thought was a secure Christian committment and began drifting out into the secular world again. A world that was discarding Christian values, teachings and moral codes in favour of the post-modern ideas and philosophies that permeated most of the western democracies. It was everywhere – in the media, entertainment, government policy and educational curriculums. The messaging was in advertising, art and music, and saturated every sense. It was an easy passage as it promised more control for me as an individual on how I thought and acted and freedom from the restraining influences and responsibilities imposed by the absolute truths and requirements of the Christian faith. It seemed to me that I had exhausted my efforts at “doing” Christianity and well, Christ had sort of let me down, so it was time for me to find my own religion and meaning and think more broadly – be open to other ideas and ways of living. The Postmodern culture celebrated that approach and would have plenty to offer me!
A New Promise
After a long period of spiritual numbness, where I pushed out all theological thoughts, I began an interest in New Age ideas at a time when the Book/Movie; The Secret was popular. For the next few years I read voraciously on the entire spectrum of New Age thought and even enquired into the Eastern religions and practices.
Twenty years later I was not really anymore enlightened but had many irons in the fire and the allure and promise of an awakening was always just one more subscription or monthly program away. Fee for Faith. Yes it seemed the common thread holding the unverse together was a financial contract or legal tender.
Finally, around 4 years ago, as I was about to take the next steps in self-discovery and experiment with dream interpretation, astral-travel and an even more intensive meditation course, it happened. I suddenly emerged from the rabbit holes I had been exploring. It was just another random click of the mouse from one internet site to another site that landed me on a Christian web page, I don’t even recall what it was right now, but it lead me to another and another and I slowly realised I was more interested in the points of view that were being expressed on these Christian themed pages than the countless New Age ideas I had been flooding my brain with for over two decades. Christianity just seemed to have the right answers to spiritual questions, questions of evil and occult, the condition of the human spirit and the longing for purpose outside of ourselves and a set of promises that were like none of the ones offered by all the gurus, mystics and positive thinkers I had been listening to and reading about. The penny had dropped. The preceding years of searching was mostly focused inward I realised – on gaining control and understanding within myself, trying to find God internally, through feelings or denial of feelings. Finally I looked up into the fathomless heavens and into the voluminous records and writings of the Christian faith. The emptiness that I had been experiencing was not the inability to get in touch with myself it was the need to be touched by my Creator. To draw near again to the welcoming hand of God, through His Son Jesus Christ who calls us to a relationship with Him. This Blog will document the contrasts I have experienced as a non-Christian, a Christian, a back-slidden Christian and a recovered Christian. If you can identify with at least one of the proceeding states of being, you might find the read worthwhile.
The Right Question
Here you won’t learn about the answer to the question: “(What is) life, the universe and everything”, and that’s not because, author, Douglas Adams’ Deep Thought computer has already worked it out! You will however, get an insight into the Author of the Universe, Us and everything else through His “guide” Book. So hitch a ride,buckle-up and hopefully get a little closer to your destination. You may not find Vogons, travellers with funny names, (although actually there are some…) and you will read about fish. Oh!, and the number 42 pops up a few times as well, but we will explore that in a later blog article. No restaurants though.
“Blogging4God.com” – no surprises, is about God, it is one person’s perspective of the relationship we can have with our Creator, mine! I am writing it as much to clarify that relationship for myself as I might like to share it with other interested people. I believe there is a God, I believe that God made everything and I believe He did it for a reason. I believe that the reason is expressed in the Bible. But for any of this to make any sense at all we need to define God. For many people today God is just a concept, a way of understanding things that we don’t know the answer for. As such the concept is often seen in the past tense, in a a less inlightened period of our history.
What’s in a Name?
An internet search of the big 3 engines on “God” would variously describe God: as creator and ruler of the universe, the supreme being, a super human being, a deity, source of all moral authority, a greatly admired or influential person.
Online dictionaries would further offer: the one Supreme Being,
- A being conceived as the perfect, omnipotent, omniscient originator and ruler of the universe, the principal object of faith and worship in monotheistic religions.
Whose God do you chose?
It has been a common preoccupation of man through history that we have a higher being to explain the unexplainable, protect the vulnerable, provide the providence and vanquish the villainous. Collectively we could describe these super-human beings as Gods, and every people group and race had these Gods in their stories, mythologies and histories. Some had many, many had a few and a few had one. Many, today, have no God. In our post-modern, illuminated and educated world we have sort of gotten over Gods. They are a bit passe. It is not that cool for people to follow the traditional Gods as we know so much more now, are better informed and our understanding of the world around us has increased exponentially compared to even a few decades ago. Converging branches of science facilitated by modern communications, ever increasing computational speed and power, has seen us take our first teetering steps into the air at the beginning of the twentieth century to deep space probes way out into the outer reaches of our planetary system by that century’s close. For many now science is the ‘god’ of choice and can be relied upon to answer all our pressing questions and solve all our problems and provide solutions for all manner of human needs and conditions.
I will discuss the collective pantheons of gods from around the world and through the ages at a later time but suffice to say that I am only concerned with one God. This God claims to be the One and Only True God. If you bother to spend even a little time researching the history of This God it soon becomes apparent that This God is quite unique in some very noticeable ways to the normal run of the mill gods that have come and gone and perhaps still persist in some peoples traditions.
The One and Only Living God
The God, is of course, the God of the Holy Bible or the Old Testament and New Testament Scriptures. This God is the same God worshipped by the Jews who just have the Old Testament as their Holy Book and don’t accept the New Testament. This God’s Son the Lord Jesus Christ is recognised by the Muslim faith as an important character in their religion – although they don’t bestow the same stature and position on Him as the Christians do. So what we have here then is the 3 great monotheistic religions intertwined at some level. Only the Jews and the Christians share the same God, the Muslims god Allah is by their own interpretation different from the Judeo-Christian God.
This tension between the three great faiths is very evident in history and current events. If you were to take the time to study eschatology (or “end-times) from the perspective of these religions you would be amazed at the contrasts and complete diametrical differences that are set out between at least two of the religions.
The Spiritual Realm
I submit that we live in a spiritual world (not just a natural, physical world), that we have not even begun to appreciate and that together they are drawing ever closer to their completion and resolution. But we are, as the main actors, almost totally unaware and ignorant of it even though its cosmic events are seeping out into our daily physical lives at an ever increasing pace. The living room has a herd of elephants in it, but we are still only smelling the sweet fragrant roses.
I will contend that far from being obsolete and pensioned off to the heavenly retirement home that there is indeed still a God in control, and that everything is on track according to His Will and Design and that it has been this way all along. This epic story in which we are all a part of the plot has been playing out since the curtain first rose in Genesis and will continue to unfold until that final scene portrayed triumphantly in Revelation. So you can watch as a spectator, anonymously in a darkened theatre, critique it disbelievingly in your piece of paradise or experience it as a journey to your ultimate destiny along side the Your Creator Director. The choice for now is yours.
Freedom of Choice
I must make one thing clear, particularly for friends or family that may occasionally be drawn by curiosity to scan a few pages of the site. It is not my job or inclination to try and convince you of becoming a Christian. I have about zero ability to accomplish that even though I would sincerely like to share this relationship with people I love and know and have a history and share memories with. The Bible is incredibly frank about how the Christian message is foolishness to Man and that nobody could possibly make a commitment to Christ unless his spirit is awakened (by the Holy Spirit) and they freely take that step of faith. I resisted for most of my life – so I know first-hand how unlikely it is to be convinced by reason, logic, historical argument, or any number of conditions that might be met by a fair hearing of the Christian perspective. It is a battle of wills as much as it is a matter of pure facts and truth. It is a spiritual battle and the powers of good and evil are contesting for your very soul. It is an individual pursuit- you can’t get a group pass or family ticket. It is probably the easiest choice you might not make. In the end you are on your own. But the Holy Spirit will seek you if you seek Him.
Now, my Calvinist friends would say that your decision is pre-destrined and that Christ knows the ones’ that are His. At this point I am not sure of the correct response to that other than to say if a person responds to God through the Spirit, Christ is Faithful and will welcome you in to the fold. Does that simply mean that they were already amongst the chosen. It becomes a tricky egg and chicken quandry. Just keep it simple and make the move. The Calvinist view and their Arminian brothers views are actually quite passionately held and can take very rigid positions. That is another whole subject to discuss – probably on the Christian Walk page. I will provide links to those two Doctrinal views and also other views outside of those which is where I feel most comfortable. For new Christians entering the family – well like all families there are feuds and rivalries and strong wills etc.
But Christians have a secret weapon – its called prayer…and you won’t even know its happening to you. No apologies for that. I am not saying that our prayer overrides any of the above, it just means we are making the path straight and clear for you to move along it.
Read on at your Own Risk
Pages will be added and words will be placed one after the other in most cases with fullstops to allow for reflection or a chance to find the mouse and make an escape. If you feel you are getting upset, confused or angry with what you read, make a comment (once you settle down), do your own research and let me know what you think or just find a less irritating site to browse. Who knows it might be your conscience pricking you.
If you find you are enjoying or being positively challenged by anything that you read on this site, it might be your spirit stirring – in which case speak with someone you trust and respect about it. Even comment about that here and I will offer further reading or points of contact as I am able.
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