Re: What do you feel about homosexuality in a religious view?
Orihinally posted by hawkey
But seriously, why doesn't he just reveal himself to us? Show up in the sky, make it clear he's god, and that way we at least all know. He's revealed himself to people before, right? Does he not want me to love and serve him and accept him into my heart?
If you asked Jesus into your heart earler in life - then he will never leave - even if you deny him.
I was a Christian for 25 years. What was I doing wrong that whole time? When I first started doubting I spent many nights pleading with him to change my heart. Pleading. I wanted nothing more than to be able to believe. I got silence. What did I do wrong?[/QUOTE]
There is nothing wrong with what you are going through. I think everyone eventually has this crisis of faith (as Waza said) sooner or later. Heck, I read that Mother Theresa had crisis of faith for much of her life – but, she would not stop her mission – she would just push through it.
Here is an excerpt of what she was told by a man named Neuner - he gave her three pieces of counsel – first, there was no human cure for what she had (no feeling of Gods presence), so she shouldn’t feel personally guilty about it; second, feeling Jesus is not the only evidence of His presence, and the fact that she longed for God is a “sure sign” of His “hidden presence” in her life; and last, the feeling of absence was part of the “spiritual side” of her work for Jesus.
Mother Teresa responded to Neuner in 1961: “I can’t express in words – the gratitude I owe you for your kindness to me – for the first time in ….years – I have come to love the darkness – for I believe now that it is part of a very, very small part of Jesus’ darkness & pain on earth.”
She later wrote to Neuner, “I accept not in my feelings – but with my will, the Will of God – I accept his will,” according to TIME.
I am similar to WAZA with regards to Church. For me, I tried for years to find the perfect Church / denomination and have discovered that this does not exist. There was always something that bothered me – very long list that I won’t go into. Probably went a year one time where we never set foot in a Church because of this. But, I discovered that I missed hearing the Gospel preached, missed the fellowship, and missed the worship. I tried to just study the Bible on my own, but it just was not the same. So, we started visiting many Churches until we found the one where we felt most comfortable – for me, the Pastor had to be a great communicator – really good at explaining the Gospel, I wanted good music that was not boring, and a good Children’s programs. We did find a good Church – but, I will say, I do not agree with some of what the pastor teaches – I will take what he says in – but, if I don’t agree then so be it – I will lean my own interpretations in the end. I have come to except, Churches are comprised of leadership personnel that sin and struggle, just like me and that the other members are sinners and struggle just like me – as long as I know this, then who am I to judge these people?
PS: About the double throat design, I just don't see your point here - since we have one mouth that is dual or even triple purpose and connects to the "one tube" - unless you have a double throat (which to me would have serious design complications as well) you can't have the two tubes. To me, simple dual purpose single tube is the answer. Going to have to go with WAZA on this one.
Last edited by Aspydad; 01-07-2014 at 08:37 PM.