What a day!

(written by Dane Balia)

T’was a Sunday morning,
when life seemed rather down,
life had no real meaning,
and church – a ritual mound.
Never stopping to think that there was more to life you see,
I stumbled forward on the altar to proclaim I’m free.

Little off my knowing,
Little of my mind,
And a little sprinkling of Jesus to calm the guilty bind.
I didn’t really know him, I didn’t really see,
that my heart was filled with sinful, jealous, simple agony.
Hidden in religion, hidden in its web,
Walking straight and narrow not living, but dead.

The preacher got up that day,
and thus began to shout,
there is a Saviour rich in mercy, simply calling out.
He was crying in the wilderness, you need redemption now,
sinless and imperfect, hell will soon abound.
Reach out now to Jesus and believe He will down pay,
the weight of all your sins, from now to eternal noon day.

Gasping up for air, I soon began to cry,
my heart was drenched in sorrow, as if I was going to die.
I confessed the name Lord Jesus, and His Resurrection true,
and instantly my life turned a leaf; simple and brand new.
I glimpsed up to heaven, and my eyes betrayed me so,
There was standing a glorious, Saviour white as snow.

Eyes of flaming fire, sword of double-edge,
Mighty, magnificent, glorious, a sight to behold.
He kneeled beside me gazing into the depths of my soul,
He took my worldly clothes of, off fashion and design,
and placed on me His riches of heavens paradigm.
Oh what a glimpse of glory, what a rapture true,
To be standing in His presence, BORN A NEW.
I’m destined for Heaven, I’m destined for that land,
not so much for the milk and honey,
but to hold His precious HAND!!!!!!

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Why did God create “flawed” humanity?

LightBulb Moments….

It’s often overheard “Why did God create us humans to be sinful?”. Usually when that question is asked, it’s someone struggling with the character and nature of God, and the blame often goes to God’s failed DESIGN. It’s indeed a tough question to answer, and often avoided or swept under the carpet by Christians. However, recently I re-read a book that just struck me and gave a really good and logical answer.

God initially programmed and designed “creation” (through scientific law and reason). In fact, it was perfect, it was “mechanical and fixed to precise innate laws”. The physical universe did not have capacity to make choice, it would never disappoint Him or surprise Him. However God wanted a self-portrait, as a painter desiring to express Himself, “He fashioned an image of Himself, to extend His own self-consciousness, He formed a being who, like Himself would stand completely apart from nature, above all other creation”. “When God gave way to self-expression, generating the human race, He was duplicating His own independent personhood.Thus when He exhaled his breath into Adam’s lungs it was the end of the Creator’s control. God stepped back, and before Him stood a creature made of the essence of God, an independent, self-determining, personal soul, distinct from all others, including God.” With this came free-will, came choice and it’s expression thereof. So “why did God create the human race to be sinful?”, He didn’t. He granted the embodiment of Himself, on a finite-level, the freedom to act, behave and choose as God-himself would, and what man did with that freedom, was entirely his own, as it was God’s. We are reflections of our CHOICE, not our DESIGN.

References:

All italics and the majority of this thought, is found in the book

By Divine Design – Michael Pearl

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