Posts Tagged ‘belief’

The theology of blessings diminishes God. It puts man in charge. If I do this, think that or adhere to this set of rules and behaviors God will be obligated to bless me. Intimacy with God and those He’s placed around us suffers immensely when we allow this principle in our lives. Keeping up the facade of God’s special blessing will wear you out. We are not in control!

The theology of blessings alienates people that are struggling. Whether it is health, financial, emotional, relational or any other difficulty beyond our control, this belief excludes us when times are tough. The wake of damage this idea leaves behind is staggering.

Is that it couldn’t be more wrong.

Is the belief that when you are right with God, when He is pleased with what you are doing He will then pour out blessings on you. This is a widely held belief throughout Christianity and is taught and or supported by more church leaders and organizations than not.

Faith, hope, belief, conviction, confidence, expectation, reliance, dependence; these words you’ll find in the thesaurus under trust. None of them can replace it but all of them are aspects of trust yet don’t encompass its depth. There are very few things as important to a healthy relationship.

Our oldest son is a senior in high school this year; he and some of his friends have been asking some great questions lately. No longer are they content to just follow along in mom and dad’s footsteps. It’s time for them ask the tough questions for themselves. God loves our questions, there isn’t one that He’s afraid of and we needn’t be either.  It’s a wonderful thing to see these young people forging their own relationship.

Those who don’t believe there is a God often want us to provide a rationale for God’s existence. The arguments we’ve looked at over the last few days have led them to conclude that God is unprovable. But the question isn’t whether I can prove He exists, it’s can I introduce Him to you? You see God is so much more than something we believe in. If the doubter we have the opportunity to speak with sincerely wants to know God rather than just be right, then telling him about the God we know can be the introduction he’s looking for.