And conversely, one man's enabler is another man's blessing. Your spare change might enable that homeless guy to get high or it might enable him to get to a job interview. Are you his parent to decide for him or are you his brother to let him take responsibility?
I do tend to look at God as having so much more than any of us have...thus why can't He be generous?
There was a flood coming but the little old lady was secure in her faith. Water ran down the street and a policeman offered to take her to higher ground but she believed God would take care of her. Water flooded the ground floor, she had to move upstairs and a boat came to the window to take her away but she believed God would take care of her. The water continued to rise, she had to crawl up onto the roof and a helicopter came to lift her off but she believed God would take care of her. Eventually she drowned and when she got to heaven she was bewildered. "I always believed God would take care of me."
God said, "I sent a policeman, I sent a boat, I sent a helicopter...."
Maybe the help you need is there but you're too intent on your faith to recognize it.
quote:Romans 1:22-23 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Claiming to understand God or to commune with God is pretty much like idolatry.
Modern warfare is more horrific and attrocious than anything in Pauls day.
From a moral standpoint, I don't think that's true. Technology has made the body count higher but people seem to feel worse about doing it. For example, we don't butcher prisoners wholesale like the Old Testament prescribes; we consider it a war crime.
quote:2 Tim 3:1-5 writes: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God- 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.
Can anyone argue that this does not describe the life on the streets in any large modern city?
Ringo goes so far as to suggest that satan was given a bad rap. After all, according to some hypothetical stuff that humans made up, Lucifer started a war in heaven. Got beat down and sent to earth. Showed up as a talking snake.
To be clear, the Satan in the Bible is like the Big Bad Wolf in those other fairy tales. The Big Bad Wolf who tried to eat Little Red Riding Hood was not the same Big Bad Wolf as the one who tried to eat the Three Pigs. After all, they both got killed.
Similarly, the Satan who tested Job was not necessarily the same Satan as the one who tempted Jesus. In another story, Satan's role was given to a snake (apparently it was the regular Satan's day of rest).
Satan is a plot device, not an entity. He represents the bad side of us. Interactions with him represent the conflicts within us. There was no historical "war in heaven". There is only a perpetual conflict within us between our good impulses and our bad impulses.
Metaphorically, the lives lived and the characters were actual people.
Metaphorically, yes. Historically, no.
Once you explain Adolf Hitler, or Andrew Jackson, the massacre of innocents, satan becomes more than a plot device.
Using Satan as an explanation for Hitler is just hypocritical. Hitler was an example of what our own evil side can accomplish. Hitler's minions were ordinary people just like you and me. If you want to learn anything from history, the first thing you have to do is throw away excuses like Satan.