world religions

today my professor asked us a few questions. I’m going to process through the thoughts as I answer the questions.

What about the creation of humankind helps us to understand where the world religions come from? Is there anything built into human beings and into the creation that helps to explain the world religions? What about the fall of humans into sin helps us understand the world religions? How does human sin contribute to the development of the world religions?

I’m going to answer the paragraph of questions kind of as a whole. My thoughts are often scattered and overlapping but you will see all the questions touched on in some fashion as I write.

First I want to say that the fall of mankind totally confuses me. If God is totally sovereign and totally holy then the fact that we “choose” or were aloud to “choose” to make our own decision of sinning.. seems impossible? I know He is holy AND sovereign so I just kind of go with it and have put it on my list of things to ask God when I arrive in His presence.  Im also sure we have some sense of free will, we are NOT robots, but I dont think its much. Im ok not really understanding that part of the Bible and story of life.

Next I want to say, however it works, I DO beleive that we are totally depraved, wether its in Adam or not, clearly we are totally messed up in the heart, and the mind. BUT we also have eternity written in our hearts. Ecclesiates tells us that and ive read and heard stories from  different peoples all over the earth by Don Richardson that proves it. We are on this hunt to understand who we are, where we really came from and what the purpose of life is. Some want to find out more than others and some take different avenues to find it, but religion, or the collection of belief systems, cultural systems, and worldviews that relate humanity to spirituality and, sometimes, to moral values that is practiced is LARGELY based on the quest to find purpose.

I dont have all the answers, I dont even have very many but I DO know that the building of these religions is not only a way to find meaning of life but to take part in it. Everyone wants to be someone and so many of us, even followers of Jesus who try to live and preach the message of “it is finished” are still striving to DO, to EARN God’s love and favor. We dont want to BE charity. We want to give to charity.. well some of us.. we dont want to lose our dignity by being given something we thnk we can work for. We want something of our own to stand on. So much of the worlds religions and religious people are striving to DO good, or become something other than what they were designed and created to do and to be.

we need to rest and stop striving. Jesus paid it all.

oops

just realised that the last post.. the one right under this… that the first half got deleted. sorry about that!

ill try to rework it later tonight

 

much love 🙂

 

After I finished my class june 22nd (which I had gotten as an extension from procrastinating) I really wanted to commit to being where I was at. I had been irresponsible to finish my class on time and that really kept me from fully “being” at project. I decided I really wanted to live in the “here and now” to take advantage and use of the place God had brought me. Therefore I didnt make as many phone calls, send texts, write e-mails or blog to those not at the summer project. I really tried to invest myself there.

But now I have been home for about 6 weeks and I am thankful for the rest and transition into a very new season. I decided to take the fall off of full time school (just taking 4 credits online) and working. Thankfully, I got a job 3 weeks ago at a resturant at Rosedale mall called Flame and I am planning on serving as much as I can there until the spring semester rolls around. (hoping to graduate in Dec ’13 after one more full year of classes.)

I am still involved in campus outreach but pretty loosely. I have decided to continue to be lead by an older woman on staff and attended the fun events as I pursue deeper friendships with women instead of “leading.” I also have decided to join a shepard group with 20-somethings at my church (Bethlehem Baptist) which is a small group of about 12 men and women getting together to study the Bible, pray for eachother, the church and the nations as well as build friendships that seek to serve and love one another. I’m really excited to grow and learn with these people and experience new healthy places in friendship with women but men as well.

I would love to share more but so much has happened so feel free to ask and shoot me an email. I have new and changing plans for the future as well as ideas for ministry that were sparked from the one girl I mostly gave my life to this summer.

and now I live to bring HIM praise as I see there is no one else for me. None but Jesus, Crucified to set me free. free from the laws of sin and death that I might live to righteousness. I am free indeed