My Journey with God…

Journey-with-God

I bet you didn’t expect me to write something again. Honestly, I didn’t expect me to write again. But I just had a burning desire and here I am. So let’s see what we can unpack on this topic of my journey with God.

As I mentioned in my last post, things changed in my focus that I didn’t think fit with the original idea of this website. The theme of most of my posts involved me writing up something from scripture that most people don’t teach, or debunking traditional church teachings that don’t seem to pass the scripture test. And the topics were usually controversial ones like “Christians don’t go to heaven when they die” or “The Necessity of Baptism for Salvation“. Both got over a 100 comments, and both I can still say I firmly believe what I wrote in those posts were 100% correct.

But as I came near the end of July, I found myself not as interested in writing topics in that framework anymore. I realized as I alluded in the last post, that no matter how many facts we throw at people, people will follow in line with what they feel is right, and gravitate to anything in scripture and their personal experiences that seem to support that feeling. Even if you point out the context of a verse used to support a belief, people will still go with their feeling.

I don’t say this to condemn anyone. That’s just the nature of who we are as humans. You can’t tell me you don’t believe what you believe without having some deep sense of good feeling about it. Even with what I believe to be right in the posts I still stand behind as 100% correct, there is a deep sense of good feeling that I’ve arrived at what I conclude to be the factual truth. Now this isn’t to say that belief in something that aligns with a good feeling isn’t virtuous, it’s just to point out the reality. The prosperity gospel believer is not much different from the orthodox believer. They both believe what they believe in some sense because it makes them feel good.

But to get to the point of why I’m writing again, I find myself on a renewed journey to God in the month or so I’ve been on hiatus. I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer and just scouring through scripture to see how man and God connected with each other. I want to ultimately reach a place of peace and understanding that sustains me through all of life’s thunderous storms. So I hope you’ll all continue along with me in this new journey, and that we all grow in sharing our collective insights with one another.

Peace to all those who are in Christ.

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19 thoughts on “My Journey with God…

    • Hi royalpalmtree. Thanks for your comments. Astute observation with that verse. Though some would potentially counter argue if He’s the way to the father, would that lead to where the Father is, which one would presume is heaven. Just devil’s advocating what another side would potentially say to that. But good verse you brought up, and I hope you enjoy those posts.

      Peace to you in Christ. πŸ™‚

      • Very true, but the way a lot of us think is that we just accept Christ to get to Heaven but then we don’t live like Christians should because we’re only thinking about the future. But Jesus didn’t talk about that as much as He talked about living Heaven on earth now.
        God bless.

      • Where is the Father? He is INSIDE of Jesus and Jesus is Inside the Father, also, I am in Jesus and Jesus is in Me, and thats whay I can do all the works that Jesus did and even greater, cause Jesus left earth and went to the Father and then sent the Holy Spirit down into ME and all other believers, so we could carry on the work John 14 cheers

      • This is all very interesting. Jesus did leave and go to the Father, and said, “I go to prepare a place for you, that where I am, there you may be also”, and “where I go you know, and the way you know”. I’m wondering what/where you believe this “place” to be. Did Jesus not descend, free the captive spirits of the righteous from Hades/Sheol, and ascend to the Father, whose throne is the heavens, from whence He shall return in like manner? What about Hebrews 12:22-24? I do question the notion that we’ll spend eternity in heaven, and I certainly don’t believe the Looney Tunes parodies of bible themes, the earth He has given to men, and He formed it to be inhabited. But where do you think we go in the meantime, the eternal now? Where does the marriage feast take place, from whence do the armies of heaven come at the judgment? Seriously, you have an interesting perspective and I’m curious. Gonna check out the other post….
        Grace and peace bro

      • Hi David. Thanks for your comment. With regards to the first verse you referenced, Jesus was speaking to the Apostles. So I conclude that he was making this statement of them and not Christians in general.

        With regards to Jesus freeing the captive souls, if memory serves me correctly the last time someone mentioned this verse to me, I believe when I looked at the verse it never explicitly stated that they were taken anywhere. I’d have to look at it again.

        With regards to Hebrews 12:22-24, it seems to be talking about the new reality of being a Christian. If you look at the verses before that, it’s contrasting with the previous reality of being under the old covenant with references to Moses, Mount Sinai, etc. And the verses after seem to speak of the duty of one’s present reality.

        As far as where we go after death, all I know is scripture states people will be asleep in Christ, and then when Jesus descends, the dead in Christ will rise to meet Him in the air first. Where that sleep is located in the meantime, we can only speculate.

        I hope my other post offers some more interesting perspective to you.

        Peace in Christ.

      • Ok, just read it. Here we go…the redemption of our spirits is immediate, as we are translated from the kingdom of darkness into His marvelous light. The redemption of our souls takes place through the renewing of our minds, as we are renewed in knowledge, after the image of Him who made us new creatures in Christ. This where we work out (apply in daily life) and learn the application of our salvation with fear and trembling, as grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior. The redemption of our bodies happens at the resurrection, when death is defeated. The dead in Christ are not solely in the ground, just their bodies, as even now we are seated with Him in the heavenlies. What you think?

      • Forgive me if I didn’t clearly see your answer in this writing, but what are you specifically concluding about the destination of Christians after death and on what verse are you basing your conclusion on?

      • One more thing. The apostles were given a unique office and ministry, but “the promise is…to all whom the Lord our God shall call”. God is not a respecter of persons.

      • Hi David. Thanks for your comment. I believe you’re conflating two different things. The respecter of persons line seems to specifically relate to everyone being able to get salvation. This has nothing to do with what Jesus specifically to the Apostles of what He was going to do for them, because as you said, they fulfilled a unique office. They will be sitting on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Judah. Something neither of us will be doing.

  1. Hey bro.. I love your honesty.. very nice.. refreshing. Yeah for sure, we shd be studying the word and then settle into a found set of good doctrine. I loved reading your stuff. You did the work… the study that is… not works! hahaha. I always ask believers if theyve been baptized. It seems pretty important.. Jesus, Paul, Peter and everyone else commanded it.. REPENT ###AND### BE BAPTIZED.. baptizmo.. get dunked… litterally. Why so important? I believe there is a physical thing that happens that is related to going into actual water .. in the body.. Hey, they all repeated it over and over. I just DO it. I find some that have never been under the water, have problems. That’s all Im gonna say. But good an ya for doing the study! Sure is tough trying to explain with words, the stuff that God reveals. But you have a passion and a fire in your belly.. and you must continue to write. I love you bro! Here we are living in constant toxic smoke from fires. pray for us. HUGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hi Jerry. Thanks for the positive encouragement. Yes, it is important we all study the Word and come to the conclusion that the Word gives us. I hope in some small way I’m helping others connect with and understand God more through understanding and living according to scripture.

      Peace in Christ.

  2. The creed we pray every time we go to Mass ends with: “I believe in…the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.” I’ve also wondered about this “straight to heaven” belief. Try the daily readings at pray-as-you-go.org. Sacred reading…

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