Questions coming someone’s way. Why do you believe you have the truth about things since you believe in God? A pertinent question today when so many voices and opinions abound, but also ones that claim the truth. Is there one singular truth arising from faith in God? Why do people get upset if someone claims that? How would you know the truth? isn’t that arrogant? And when one says, God said it, I believe it, that settles it, why does that statement go rejected by those who hear it, unless you believe? Good questions, almost unanswerable, as there is a logic to it. If one said they held the truth, why should others believe that truth? Shouldn’t they be held to account for imposing their will on others?
I will answer this in terms of my faith which says there is no policy or manifesto to come on board, no one manipulating someone to believe their way. A political or ideological institution may not bring truth that is believed, and lived, with utter conviction.
But Jesus gives his truth freely to those who receive him. His ‘life’ inspires his truth in hearts even to the point of living his truth in their lives, such as to love thy neighbor. Those who have this blessing, should be humble indeed.
The musing said to the aspiring novelist, who was getting no younger: Hope the younger ones do for the traditional publishers that are still going, depending on what they would write for them. Nothing short than…May just find something else. Something better. So, for you, I will keep the possibility of ‘afresh’ avenues open, as should the younger ones. But keep knocking on the door, from time to time.
And speaking of choices, there I was quite innocent and minding my own business, when I was rudely interrupted by a person who wanted to inspire me. With a blasphemy in tow, she advised. I felt quite chuffed that she thought I was worthy of her attention. She even saw me as a future star it seemed. Of course, I would have to change some things, perhaps lessen my commitment to things that would get in the way of living the ultimate life. I would have to cast off the shackles and be free. But, I felt very sorry for this lovely person. She was giving me her time on a risk. That what she said could be rejected. But it was obvious she believed in what she was saying so strongly that she must have thought it would do me some good, so I would go on the path of ultimate outcomes. She was not counting on my steely resolve to stick to my guns. Saying nothing in reply, I deferred to my better judgment, and did not obey, and I went on. Not that the person would have much time for me when I made the ultimate life. If I made my life the way suggested, I would have been on television. I would have been foolish to listen. How often do we hear how bad television is these days.
Reality is, that somebody is going to upset someone. Even Jesus, in the first century, seemed to be aware of this.
Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three against two and two against three.Luke 12:50-51 (NIV Bible)
Jesus seemed to saying here that different people had differing views of who he was and what he stood for, so upsetting the table cart. Some views of Jesus were in opposition to other views. So, that is one reason why there have been different churches.
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The cross that bore Jesus’ death is a mystery of faith, a spiritual mystery, that it has the power to help overcome the wastelands that are filled with the miseries of sin, the deserts of lifelessness in the human experience.