Started by DavidMcClean, December 07, 2018, 11:51:41 AM
Quote from: flaglady on December 11, 2018, 04:17:25 PMGeeze! For a moment there, I thought I'd gone back in time and was in CF! Thanks for the memory, guys! Not very nice but illuminating!
Quote from: Bryan on December 12, 2018, 01:10:48 PMThere's a lot tough pack there David and my attention span is short so I'll try to stay focused on your post.I do honestly empathize with you on a personal level concerning your hurts over family. My two oldest children are autistic and I have also lost 2 children and I cannot tell you how many days and nights Ive wondered just what it all means in respect to my faith and God.Now I'm not as zealous or as religious as I used to be (in full disclosure). I do still believe and do believe that when God is ready for me to do whatever he will lead me to such. So I havent fully went over that cliff so to speak.About your faith concerns, these are all valid points. They really are. How could God have such standards in the OT and suddenly change in the New. I would say something you alluded to. It's Jesus.Jesus became the living embodiment of the Law, the Law which had such strict and somewhat mind boggling commands. That when he died, the Law died as well so that God's grace could flow freely to all. I don't have to fully understand my Creator to know that he exists and has my best interests at heart. Things may not make sense in this life, to be honest, they may never make sense, but we must believe God is acting according to a plan he has set forth and trust him.Children may not always understand why their parents say no or even yes to requests but they usually believe their parents have their best interests in mind and are acting accordingly.Sure God has the power to do anything, heal a sickness, prevent death from a loved one, and he chooses not to do so in a lot of situations, who knows why? Only He does, we can question why, but shouldn't let that affect our faith. And to the person that told you to be glad because your loved one was healed completely, that is ridiculous and you were well within your rights to be upset about such a senseless comment.Lastly, about scriptures being reliable. I have issues with this too. I've voiced in this very forum questions about an exchange Paul wrote about in Romans 9:19-20 about how God uses the disobedient to bring grace to others or something to that effect. When asked why God punishes those who he ultimately uses to bring grace to others, he tells them not to question God.I have struggled with this and still do. How can God punish people and never give them the opportunity to be saved. I don't want to believe Calvinsim but that aspect of it seems more and more likely. So while those who are saved get to enjoy that benefit those who are forced out have nothing to look forward to. I struggle with thatSo finally, I rabbit trailed off to say I'm sorry things turned out the way they did. I truly hope you have found some peace in the days, months, years following your loved ones death and just in your struggles.
Quote from: DavidMcClean on January 12, 2019, 07:49:14 PMThanks for your reply
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