Misery Loves Company
Posted by wordforit on October 8, 2007
For those who contend that Christians are more guilty of committing the very sins that our doctrine speaks against, I would like to point out that:
If Satan is not tempting you, it is because he has no need; he already has you right where he wants.
“If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of this world [Satan] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…” II Corinthians 4:3-4 (Red text=links in new windows.)
It is comparable to how we act in our humanness; if we have not won a friendship we desire or a client who would benefit a business endeavor, we will go out of our way for that connection. However, when it comes to those who already like us, we do not do much more than try to keep them happy. That is how Satan operates; he does not worry and pester us until he sees that we might actually be sincere in following Jesus. Jesus is his worst nightmare; do-gooder that He is, wanting everyone in the New Jerusalem, living in a mansion, no less.
If you do not attend church because of hypocrites, you were going for the wrong reasons.
God is all about free will and allowing us to come to Him of our own desire. Do you want to be forced to love someone or do you try to force your children to love you in return for taking care of their needs? Do you know when your child is “buttering you up” when they want something? Yeah, so do I, but God does not have to surmise, He recognizes when we are using Him and He knows a sincere and contrite heart.
If you do not believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, you have not read the Bible carefully and based your beliefs on facts.
The adage, “misery loves company”, has never been truer than in thinking about how desperately Satan wants followers. He apparently convinced one third of the original angels to follow him , so think how much weaker our human countenance is against an ancient who knows our nature and scripture inside and out!
If you are sure unbelief is the truth, you have no need to disparage the name of another belief system to affirm ‘why’.
I believe in Jesus Christ as the Savior because I have read and do read the Bible, came to my own conclusions and have a personal relationship with Him. No one forced me or brainwashed me; I am certainly not ignorant or gullible. God knows me and accepts the way I react and takes in to consideration the things in life that cause those reactions. That does not mean He does not correct me, but He will not allow me to go through more than I am equipped to handle.
Job is a story I try to avoid. No need to lie about it; I hate to think of ever being tested the way poor Job was. Satan had the brilliant idea to challenge God that he could make Job, a successful and wealthy man, curse God. The troubles that were brought on Job are a lot to bear in just the reading, but Job’s faith was enough that he was immensely rewarded, and he earned every bit.
All Christians are not greedy, money-focused individuals. When tithing is spoken of, it is meant to be taken in a spirit of having the means to proselytize, spread the joy, and take care of His sheep. We that have true understanding are more than a little aware that this is not always the case and some have been duped more often than nonbelievers. “Misappropriating funds” is not exclusive to Christians.
Christians know, nonetheless, to pray for those who are deceived and taken in by the ‘rulers of darkness’. See my post: “Wrestling…I” . I feel bad for those who have repented, but I feel worse for those who have not repented. Hate the sin, not the sinner.
Satan is the god of this world. He knows scripture better than any human and is the author of confusion.
We are not, and should not claim to be, exempt from wrongdoing or wrongthinking, no matter what we believe.
Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, “God, I thank You that I am not like other men — extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.” And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” I tell you, this man (the publican) went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. –Luke 18:10-14
Be careful when you think you are more ethical or righteous than your neighbor! It is not my intention to judge or seem superior; I am saddened by those who are tricked in to pagan beliefs. God Bless You.