Will of God

  • Democratic process or a few “smart” people

    I remember flying across the US on a perfectly clear day, looking down at the cities, the towns, the hamlets, the farms - the vast variety of life-styles, geography, etc. and marveling. Who dare think they would know what was best for all these people? Only incredible arrogance!

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  • Devil in the details?

    I looked this up, and on http://grammarist.com it explained how this term is used, common to many of us, but that the expression "God is in the details" is slightly more common. Interesting! I suppose, either way, it is saying the same thing. Leaving God out of the details is leaving them to devil, so-to-speak. We don't buy the devil story, but what do we have when there is no light?

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  • God is not looking for yes-men

    The Bible story of Gideon illustrates beautifully that God is not looking for yes-men. Gideon was called to lead the Israelites against their oppressors, the Midianites, after seven years of tyranny. Gideon's response was, "Who? Me? You've got to be kidding! I'm not qualified." The angel messenger, who appeared as a stranger passing through, then gave Gideon a sign: when an elaborate dinner was place before the visitor on a rock, it exploded into fire and the angel disappeared. This convinced Gideon that the messenger was legit, and he followed instructions to break down some of the pagan altars among his own people.

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  • How can God deny a good person?

    In our final recorded section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declares that, to everyone who thinks they are doing good in the name of his Father, but who are not doing the will of his Father, he will give thumbs down! "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." YIKES!

    Matthew 7 - Building upon a rock  

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  • I did not choose to be here. Now what?

    The petulant child may justify himself with “I did not choose to be here.” Truer words could not be spoken. None of us chose to be here! But here we are. Now what? 

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  • Man declaring I am God ultimates in self-destruction

    "Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the throne of God... though thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God..." (Ez. 28) - Ezekiel's message to the prince of Tyrus continues with a prophecy of the destruction of Tyrus, an enormously rich and successful city. 

    This means not much if we read this as ancient history! So how might it apply today?

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  • Mentally trying to make things happen is bad news

    Mentally working to make things happen is using human will-power, and whether you are using Bible statements, or statements from the Christian Science textbook, or sports psychology, or voodoo dolls it is the same stuff. If your motive is to do good, that is better than a motive to do evil, but when it leaves the divine will out of the picture, it is pagan, and ultimately dangerous!

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  • The law to adversity

    If our starting point is a good God which never causes evil, what are we to do with adversity? Let's see now. We could bitch and moan, whimper, or perhaps condemn ourselves for letting bad things happen - OR, we could decide right then and there to get the full blessing from the experience. There is no doubt that the first responses listed here make us miserable and leave us only with a bag of troubles. The latter response aligns us with the Principle of the universe, and invariably leads us to a better place.

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