Let God Be God ~ Other Musings

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  I love this comic!

Last night we went to my family reunion, of sorts. My uncle, who lives in North Carolina came into town and we met at a pizza place and had dinner.

It really was a great time.

I often struggle with family, trying to be a light to their world and often times finding myself just assimilating into their world, instead of standing apart.

I don’ t preach the gospel to them as much as I should, I try to let my actions speak. That doesn’t always happen.

But all in all, a great time. My hubby was at a deacons meeting, so he missed out, but my son had a blast with all his cousins he never remembers.

My aunt from the Carolina’s, makes jewelry and she gave me a fabulous pair of earrings.  I made them biscotti.

Here is a great new quiz for you……Have fun with it! 

 

You’re St. Melito of Sardis!

You have a great love of history and liturgy. You’re attached to the traditions of the ancients, yet you recognize that the old world — great as it was — is passing away. You are loyal to the customs of your family, though you do not hesitate to call family members to account for their sins.

Find out which Church Father you are at The Way of the Fathers!

Now on to the post……

‘Some years ago Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote the bestseller

” When Bad Things Happen to Good People.”

He concluded that since there is so much evil and tragedy and suffering, either God must not be all-good or he must not be all-powerful. Opting for God’s goodness, he decided God is not all-powerful.

The rabbi’s mistake was a familiar one-failure to believe Scripture when it teaches things we do not understand. The truth is that God is all-loving and all-powerful and that there are reasons he allows suffering.

We cannot understand all those reasons, though sometimes we catch a glimpse of them. But our lack of understanding does not negate God’s attributes. It only proves what the Bible said all along:

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9).

We need not and must not hedge on one attribute of God in order to preserve another. God cares about the pain and suffering of this world far more than we. One day he will make it all right. Till then we must learn to trust him.”

A quote from www.epm.org

This goes with my 2 Thessalonians study

2 Thess 2:5-10

All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

6God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you

7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.

8He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

9They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power

10on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

Goodness of God

Gotta love the Psalms

Ps 25:7 – Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.

Ps 27:13 – {I would have despaired} unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.

Ps 31:19 – How great is Your goodness, Which You have stored up for those who fear You, Which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You, Before the sons of men!

Ps 65:4 – How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near {to You} To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple.

Ps 68:10 – Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.

Ps 145:7 – They shall eagerly utter the memory of Your abundant goodness And will shout joyfully of Your righteousness.

Power of God

2Ch 20:6 – and he said, “O LORD, the God of our fathers, are You not God in the heavens? And are You not ruler over all the kingdoms of the nations? Power and might are in Your hand so that no one can stand against You.

Ps 66:3 – Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Because of the greatness of Your power Your enemies will give feigned obedience to You.

Ps 68:35 – O God, {You are} awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!

Mr 12:24 – Jesus said to them, “Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?

Lu 1:35 – The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.

How Great is Our God!!

Blessings, Kristina

 

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4 responses »

  1. Kristina, you bad girl, whetting folks’ interest in patristics! We might all become historically theologically aware, for all you know! You now owe me one dirty-look-free quoting of a papal encyclical.

    Ps. 25:7 is very dear to me, mostly because I’m still battling (and not fiercely enough) the sins of my youth. 😛 How great is our God that He delights to glorify Himself in making us holy, conforming us to Christ’s image. Some sneer that He does all things for His own glory, as if that self-centeredness is a sin to Him, but He IS the center (and the source, and the end) of all things. His glory is our best good, thanks be to God!!!

  2. Hey I ALSO scored as St. Melito. You’re gonna be in TROUBLE when they find out you scored the same as me!

    (Of course, the actual answers I would have given were not in the multiple choices provided…)

  3. On “God is either impotent or evil” debate, I would add this possibility: We don’t understand even how to form the question.

    Define “evil”? “Bad things”? The morality of a god?

    If I kill a living plant am I evil? How about an ant? How about a snake? a cat? a dog? a man?

    I agree with your Isaiah quote, but what it is often used to defend is an imperfect scripture. It is assumed the scriptural understanding of God is whole and accurate. I no longer buy that argument.

    I also don’t buy the “bridges” we use to fill in the gaps of scripture where we have no input at all. How did Jesus ascend into heaven? Did he float? Did he take a firey chariot? The scripture is surprisingly silent on the matter–especially surprising when it says he will return the same way.

    Is it possible we don’t have the words or even the concepts to understand the morality of a god? I tend to think so. I think we humanize any picture of a god so we can comprehend him. A god we cannot picture or understand is far too scary for most of us to contemplate, so we end up making him look like a loving, old, grandfatherly figure.

    I’m sticking with your beer belly trucker hat god.

  4. Kristina,

    Found your site in the WordPress tags and must say, I like what I read! You honor Christ with your musings. The one above about ‘tears’ was really special. Keep up the good writing!

    Scott

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