Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Children

Innocence and cute little giggles of a newborn is an amazing experience. A good friend lets me know everytime I speak with her that having kids is great becuase it shows us how much God loves us. When I look at my little girl, I know the love that I feel and that it runs deep. God loves us deeply, intimately, and fully. Because of her own good I know boundaries are good for her. Boundaries are good for us. We need to know our limits as well and God provides us with limits as well. Sometimes they look like obstacles or hardships; yet, perhaps they are loving in nature. Afterall God is love. When I look to the Bible for answers that confirm my feeling of the way God is, I find stories like Abraham. Abraham was given a son by God, then told to kill him. This was a test of faith. How much does he love God. Perhaps it was a test of trust. God knew he did not want him to kill his son, but why does God insist on being what seems to be so unloving. Or if God loves all the same and he loves them as I love the innocence and vulnerability of my child, then why does he submit some of his beloveds to death? Especially in the case of other religious faiths? Does God love Muslims? Does he sentence them to death because they do not believe in Jesus? What attribute can we make from this loving God? Is He close or far away? Is he loving or not? Is He is personal or distant? Is He kind or harsh? The best answer is that He is all and both and every one of those.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Prayer

Many people pray to God for everyday things to occur. For example, people pray 'Please God, let him get that job next week!' or 'Please don't let the Bronco's lose again!' However, our approach to the omniscient God is underestimated in this sense. Does one really think they will change the heart of God by prayer? If God knows all before he even created, how is a simple prayer going to change the heart of God? Besides shouldn't He know what we need to begin with? If we don't pray to him, will he intentionally not give us what we need, such as jobs? Praying seems to me more about ourselves than the character of God. Prayer changes our minds. Prayer can be used as a positive exercise for reforming one's own mind. But the reality that God may change his all-powerful mind to help us get jobs or do well on our homework sounds more like a big brother than an omniscient God.