Free Will

•October 23, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Ok I think I should be able to keep this one short.  If I can’t then I’m just going to give up on telling you I’m keeping it short.

Free Will.  A great Gift from God.  The right for us to make up our own decisions.

A lot of times when we tell people “God has a plan with you” they bring up the question of  “is God controlling me?  I thought I had free will”.

God knows every decision you will ever make since before you are born.  And because he knows all those decisions he can go ahead and make a plan based on those decisions that you will take.  He may put things in your way to guide you to wherever he wants you to go, but in the end it is your decisions that make it.

For example.  It’s your birthday and some of us are trying to plan you a surprise birthday party.  But you are on your way home early and the people in your house trying to plan the party need some extra time.  If I know that you’ve been dying to watch a certain movie then I could invite you to watch it.  You would most probably accept and just like that I’ve managed to guide you into my plan.

Does this mean I controlled you?  In a way I guess you could argue that but in reality the choice was 100% yours.

So God has given us the right to choose.  Only catch is knowing that we will be judged one day.  By him.

So, my big question to a lot of Christians is, if God has given us the right to choose, why are we trying to take that right away from people?

We like to Judge people a lot.  And not only do we judge them we punish them.

We don’t want to socialize with these people because they do this one thing that we feel is wrong, or we keep this guy away from us because he’s gay or we can’t let this guy in because he dresses funny.

Remember we are here to love people, not be so intolerant!

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Not so Difficult : Not so Easy

•October 21, 2009 • 1 Comment

Being a Christian is not so difficult.  But it’s not so easy either.

Not so Difficult:

A lot of Christians have it in their head that they have to be just like Jesus.  They have to be saints.  And that’s just never going to happen.  We are humans, humans that make mistakes and sin.  There is no way around it.  The sooner you learn to accept that, the sooner you can start having a better relationship with God.

You see, if we could be saints then there wouldn’t be a need for Jesus in the first place and well we wouldn’t be Christians.  We are all sinners and God will see us as sinners.  The difference between Christian sinners and regular sinners is that when God looks at the Christian sinner, he sees someone who accepted his gift, his sacrifice and he no longer sees a sinner, he sees a Saint.

You are still a sinner, you will still make some really messed up things in your life.  But as long as you truly believe in the sacrifice he made for you, he will see you as a Saint.

Now notice, I’m not saying that because you believe in the sacrifice and have accepted it you can go and do whatever bad things you want.  I personally don’t think that there is any way to truly believe it and accept it and still want to do bad.  We do bad every day but it’s not because we want to.  If you do bad because you want to then obviously you haven’t truly understood the sacrifice and you sure as hell haven’t accepted it.  You can say “Oh lord Jesus I accept you as my lord and savior” all you want, it’s not going to do jack until you actually accept it in your heart, not just say the words.

Once you have accepted this gift, quit worrying so much about everything you do.  If you do something that feels wrong, then try to not do it.  You are a trinity just like God.  You have Body, Soul and Spirit.  All 3 parts work together and even though your body may be telling you “do this” your spirit will tell you “no do this” (spirit just wants to be back with God, wants to feel God) and your soul in the end will feel different depending on what you do.  So if something feels wrong, then it most probably is.

But you will always do things that feel wrong.  You can’t help it.  Lucky for you you accepted Gods gift.  So God still see’s you as a Saint.  So don’t worry about it, don’t be going to the front of the church to have some people who also do as bad as you pray for you.  Just keep trying to not do those things.  Keep your faith going.  It’s like a diet, you will fail a lot.  At times you’ll eat cake for weeks and not care.  But eventually you realize you really  need to get back to the diet.

You could go to the front of the church and ask for forgiveness if you want.  But there is no need to do that.  Your salvation is not a limited offer deal.  If you truly believe and truly accept it, then you are good.  Just get up and keep trying.

Not so Easy

I already wrote a ton about not so difficult.  So I’ll try to keep this one short.

A big problem I have with a lot of Christians is that they preach about how nice life will be with Jesus.  He will take good care of you and he’ll provide and bla bla “>bla bla.

Now I do not disagree that he’ll provide.  He does.  But one thing a lot of Christians need to get in their heads is that not everything will be nice and charming.  This is something that specially new Christians need to understand.  Because it seems like a lot of people become Christians not because of the Sacrifice God made for us but because they are told they’ll have better lives.

First of all, if you became a Christian because you are hoping your life will be better and not exactly because you believe the whole sacrifice thing, then you are not a Christian, you are just another person in a Church.

Christians don’t get it easier than anyone.  We still have to work and we still have to pay bills and if we don’t pay them then our services get shut off.  If we don’t pay rent we still end up on the streets.  Does this mean God has abandoned us?  No, it means we didn’t pay Rent.

True, a church is a great place to get help when needed, or it should be anyway.  So that can be a great resource for Christians, but we need to understand that if things are shitty in our lives then it’s probably because we are humans and as they say, shit happens.  Even if you are a Christian, shit will happen.  People you love will suffer and die just like for everyone else.  You will starve if you can’t buy food because you got laid off.  You will see tons of people who are not Christians get better jobs than you.   Is God punishing you?  No.  Well “how come this person got a better job than me?  I’ve been praying for it for so long!” Well that person most probably lied and was heartless enough to get that promotion.  That is the sad truth of a lot of businesses.

Well then if my life is not going to be any easier what’s the point?  If I may end up not getting promoted because I’m not heartless then what’s the benefit?

Well, even though a Church can be a great resource for help when in need, the idea is not about making our lives here better.  It’s about our eternal salvation.

As for the Job, if they wanted someone heartless than that was probably not the promotion you want or need.  God probably has something else for you.  Because God does want to give us blessings.  But we have to work for them.  They will not just come out of nowhere and they will come at his time, not when you want them.  And also what counts as a Blessing for God may not be what you think of as a Blessing.  You may see it as a curse.

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Have a Foundation

•October 19, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I see a lot of Christians out there that are Christians because their parents were.  Just like I see a lot of people out there that are Republican or Democrat or whatever just because their Parents were.  Now I have nothing against parents teaching kids their own values.  But I do have a problem with fully grown men and women who can’t think for themselves. 

Your Faith in God is not something that should be there because it’s been handed from generation to generation.  It should be there because it’s what you believe.  And then if you believe it, you should have a good foundation on why you believe it.  Not just because you were told to or it just sounds nice.

My foundation is the Bible.  It is what teaches me about God and I believe it to be the word of God.  I don’t take 100% of it literally; I believe the Bible has a lot of good Science, and advice and stories.  I believe 100% of what’s in it, but remember, whenever you read anything in the Bible there is a lot more to look for than just the words.  But we’ll get more into that in another entry.

The biggest part of my personal foundation, is the fact that God created me and all that is around me.  A lot of people try to adapt human ideas to this (evolution) and well, good for them.  If they want to go ahead and believe that God created us in this other form, then they have every right to.  I believe they are wrong and I believe they will have to answer to God for it.  But that’s for them and God to worry about, not me.  I will stick to the God created me about 6,000 years ago idea, because it makes sense to me and it also happens to be what the Bible tells me.

We can go around preaching all we want and praying and doing all that good stuff, but without a good foundation, our faith will go down faster than the twin towers. 

 

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Introduction

•October 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Hello!

 

My name is Javier Torres. I’m currently 31 years old and I live in the Chicago Area.
 
I have been a Christian all my life, however, most of the time I consider myself an enemy of Christians. Probably the wrong thing to say but what I mean is that I tend to be against a lot of the things I see a lot of Christians do now a days.
I’m not here to say that you should follow what I say and you’ll have a better Christian life. I’m not even asking anyone to believe anything I have to say.
 
What I can say is that I like how I feel about my relationship with God, enough that I have had this feeling that I should share my thoughts with people.
 
Maybe I’m just a nut, or maybe I do have at least some good ideas.
 
So this is what this blog will be about. Just a series of Tips on how Christian life is not supposed to be as difficult as we make it seem.
 
Thank You for visiting!
 
 
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