Friday, December 30, 2011

Confused? & Happy Birthday...

Before I begin today's entry, I would like to say that had my granddaughter K lived, today would have been her birthday.  Happy Birthday, K!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about how I had finished reading the Bible, the whole Bible, both Old and New Testaments, in one year, again.

I also mentioned that some people don't attend Bible study, or read their Bible enough to know and understand what God is teaching them, and/or what He expects of them.  Before closing yesterday, I mentioned that I chatted with a friend, who I knew was very confused, even if he didn't know he was.

This friend, who regularly talks about being a child of God, about being saved, once again made comments that clearly showed he either doesn't know or doesn't understand God's Word. 

The comments related to knowing whether or not we will go to heaven, once we die and leave this earth.

Not wanting to get into an argument with my friend, I didn't discuss the subject, in depth.  I only reminded him, that whosoever believes on our Lord, Jesus Christ, will be saved (Acts 16:31).  After all, the Bible teaches that to be absent from the body, is to be with the Lord, for those trusting in Him.

Still, this friend commented that he didn't know if he was truly good enough for God.

Be still my heart! 

Without being face to face, it is difficult to discuss subjects like this with anyone who doesn't have a clear understanding of God's Word.  Typing on FB, makes it even more difficult.

In addition to have briefly discussed the issue with my friend on-line, I will continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will remove the blinders from my friend's eyes, open his heart and mind, and convict him, to want to know and clearly understand God's Word and His intention for the lives of all who believe upon Jesus.

You see, salvation is not dependent upon how good or not good we have been.  In fact, the only thing it is dependent upon is whether or not we are trusting in Jesus Christ, for our salvation.

The truth is, I know my friend is really mixed up, if he believes that we must be good, in order to be saved. 

We can never be good enough; the Bible teaches this.  The only perfect person was Jesus, himself.  God tells us in His Word, that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). 

And, God cannot look upon sin.  If He could look upon sin, there would have been no need for Jesus to come to earth as a man, and die on a wooden cross for the sin of all who will believe.

You might ask if my friend has received any teaching.  Well, sort of.  While he attended one denomination for worship, he also fellowshipped with another denomination, who doesn't always treat God's Word as gospel truth, but rather varies from it.

Knowing this and knowing that my friend has never really attended Bible study, but rather has relied on what other people think, rather than learning directly from God and His Word, it is easy to see how his, or indeed anyone's thinking and understanding can be confused.

In any case, prayer will continue.

I will suggest that if you have never received Biblical teaching, you may want to do so.  May God bless you, friends...

Until next time...

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