Grace

From a pulpit, they talked about loving others from and then you may fall short: An ideal followed by a fall. Naturally, we could do that, being human. By taking that on board, was someone heading for a fall, by suggestion? Dunno. But what was the remedy? Some people said to me, “You go stagnant there. You don’t grow there.” But there was a thread of good among the dross…learning about grace, for me. But one stills must grow in grace, not leave it sitting still.

Losing religion?

Too much of a good thing? When there is so much grace that one does whatever they feel like. Freedom. I went to go to a ‘contemporary’ church, much on a whim rather than thought-through, which was not into religion or religious people. Someone there, seemingly not concerned, yelled at me when I did not do as she expected in her group. Human nature, I guess. But is it also a belief? God graces me, so I am entitled to treat someone ungraciously, even when it is a mistake? I guess you could feel justified in losing your temper if you have lost religion and got grace. At wit’s end, eh? But should not grace wind you up to better responses? Being gracious, for example.

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Christians and culture

Do Christians go in and try and make converts first or listen and learn the languages and customs of cultures so they can relate the Christian message better to the culture? Or do Christians become assimilated by the culture they are trying to connect with? Mission and outreach is important to Christians. Some Christians may go right in with forthright proclamation of the Christian message and others will learn from the culture in order to better communicate the Christian message to the culture. Some Christians try to use the culture in order to reach the culture with the Christian message. The mission or Great Commission to go and make disciples, and learning the languages and customs of a culture, are both important considerations for Christians in their outreach, as are relationships with people who are not Christians. The Christian faith has always been one where mission and outreach is imperative. That’s because this faith teaches that without Jesus Christ, humanity has lost its connection to the Creator and is forever lost, but in recent times, the message has become increasingly layered, as churches try to reach an indifferent culture in more relevant ways and some have adapted their theology. Is the Christian faith and message still relevant to the cultures it is trying to reach? Many Christians believe Christianity teaches truths about reality and God, so the Christian faith still has a lot to offer.

With God’s power

The sin or base nature is in every human being which can cause a fully blown sin, an act of evil or darkness, something which displeases God. But God can give us the power to overcome. It’s the sin nature in us that can cause us to act out its propensities, in whatever form. The sin nature is inherited through the Fall. The sin nature is a base nature which has come to everyone. But God can help subdue the sin in us when we receive the power of God in our lives. God’s power can anchor the soul away from sin, but we will always have a nature prone to wrong while on earth. God’s power can overcome it, yet it can raise its ugly head from time to time. We can choose to ask for God’s power to help us in those times. With God’s power, we may get strong victories in some areas.