Doubt

 

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“6 But when you pray, you must believe and not doubt at all.  Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. 7-8 If you are like that, unable to make up your mind and undecided in all you do, you must not think that you will receive anything from the Lord.”

-James 1 : 6 – 8 (GNT)

Whoever doubts is like a wave in the sea that is driven and blown about by the wind. Meaning, whoever doubts no longer has control over his thoughts, behaviors and attitudes, but rather, is controlled by the thoughts, behaviors and attitudes of those surrounding him. Most people probably wouldn’t think twice about the verbiage in this passage, but if you take a minute to comprehend the magnitude of these words, they are truly breathtaking.

Doubt, as defined by dictionary.com:

  1. to be uncertain about; consider questionable or unlikely; hesitate to believe.
  2. to distrust.
  3. to fear; be apprehensive about.

Using the first line of this definition, consider the following:

  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that God created man from the dust of the ground, breathing life-giving breath into him, in order to bring him into being; I doubt God’s creation of man.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that by God’s commandment alone, He created the very earth on which we are living; I doubt the power of God.
  • If I consider it questionable or unlikely, that angels are capable of existing alongside man, even in a realm beyond the one we know to exist, and despite repeated mention of their existence throughout the Bible; I doubt the word of God.

There may be things that we as humans will never be able to comprehend.  Things like the existence of UFOs or the mathematical dimensions of the universe, are pretty vast, and sometimes vague, subjects.  However, if we accept the fact that we are not going to understand everything we encounter in life, and move forward with the open mindset of “what-if?”, then we are already ahead of the game! 

If you find that the mention of any of the above statements, plants a seed of doubt in your heart or mind, then seek out the truth as it applies to your own beliefs, and clear it up! The things we don’t even consider being a hindrance to our faith, are probably the most prominent obstacles we will face. Do not accept things just because someone told you to.  For the love of God, please – UNDERSTAND WHY you are supposed to believe what you are told. Have the answer to any question that might come your way, seek to understand the big picture.  If you get stumped during the process, just ask God for guidance. If you ask, you will receive; if you seek, you will find; if you knock, the door will be opened.  However, do you know what must be done prior to receiving, finding, and having the door opened for you? A conscious and consistent effort on your part for knowledge.

With Love,

nikki | mytwisteddream

“The beauty is there, but you cannot doubt it when you see it.”

Man as House – C.S. Lewis

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of – throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.

~C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Constantine’s Christianity

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I’ve recently discovered the amazing revelations that can be made by taking a look at the best selling book in history, and reading it with new eyes.  What is that book, you might ask?  The Bible, of course!  I know, I know…. it was forced down your throat as a child, especially if you live(d) down south in the ‘Bible Belt’.  You “know” all of the popular stories and parables, as well as the “fact” that it is simply man’s interpretation of historical events with no real application for your life in today’s modern world.  You might also know about the recently found Dead Sea Scrolls and other texts discovered within the past century that, lo and behold, have been excluded from the Bible as we currently know it today.  Okay, so since you already know all of this, I would like to share a story with you, that you may not know…

“Rome Capitole Statue Constantin” by Jean-Christophe BENOIST

Constantine “The Great” was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity, ultimately promoting its tolerance and overseeing its foundation within Roman Empire.  He thought that by unifying the “rebel Christians,” whose varying beliefs were causing many divisions within the empire, and progressively threatening the power of the Roman State as a whole, that he would be able to regain control of the masses by using religion as his political tool.  He aimed to accomplish his mission of unification, by calling the first ecumenical council, the Council of Nicaea.

At the Council of Nicaea, Constantine brought together leaders from various Christian factions, with the objective to standardize the religious beliefs of the time, into one unified Christian doctrine that was to be accepted by all people identifying themselves as Christians.  While he did not actually write the words found in the Bible, Constantine did have final authority over its composition, whose fundamental context correlated with the unified vision of Christianity that was agreed upon at the Council of Nicaea.  Any religious writings or beliefs opposed to the new, “unified” Christian doctrine were eventually erased from history, and people found spreading alternate interpretations were put to death.  Hence the reason we are only today finding some of these ancient, hidden manuscripts buried in tombs with priests, and hidden in caves in clay jars.

Unfortunately, the intentions of Constantine’s declaration and his implementation of a unified Christian Doctrine, only led to further disagreements and divisions among the Church.  Additional ecumenical councils convened in the pursuit of unity, but dissension only grew stronger as time passed, ultimately contributing to the fall of the Roman Empire altogether.

And this, my friends, is the foundation of present-day Christian doctrine – a faith built upon controversy, power over the masses, censorship, division, and disunity.  Which familiarly, are the characteristics of Judaism that Jesus himself opposed, and was historically known to have been put to death in protest of, by the Romans.

Let’s take a look at the words and messages of the Bible with new eyes.  Try to put preconceived notions out of your mind and just read it as you would this article.  Keep an open mind and always cross-reference the New Testament with the Old Testament, as there is great significance in the correlation of the two.  Let me know what kind of new discoveries you make, and we might be on to something, here! 😉

For more on the history of Constantine, Rome, and Christianity’s influence, check out these articles:

On This Day: Constantine Has Christian Vision Before Battle of the Milvian Bridge by Dennis Cummings

The History of Christian Sunday Keeping by Charlie Adams

  With Love,

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Darkness & Light

 

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The purpose of darkness is to cover up light. The purpose of light is to expose darkness. The two coexist cyclically in the physical (or visual) world, but beyond what we can see with our eyes, they are constantly at war.

Our consciences are the voices inside our heads that tell us right from wrong, and therefore, interpret what we cannot see.

Our minds are like light switches that are wired to our hearts – in order to turn light on within, we must freely choose to flip the switch.  We must learn to engage our hearts, so they can produce the energy required to power the light that brightens our minds.

However, because our consciences reside within our minds as part of our physical bodies, they are also part of the imperfect (or fallen) state of man. This means that over time, if light is not produced within our minds through observation & intentional self-study that is guided by the heart, then darkness will gain a foothold.  When darkness holds the majority within our hearts and minds, the amount of light inside becomes increasingly harder and harder to find…..

For more on Light, check this out!

Search for the beauty within, so that you may find the light that you so desperately desire!

Adam And Eve


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article via Adam And Eve by Jack Kelley @ <http://www.gracethrufaith.com

Let me first begin by praising the clarity in which Jack Kelley composes his interpretations of the Bible stories we’ve been repeatedly taught throughout the course of our lives – especially those of us living in the Protestant-rich Bible Belt down south.

In this article, he gives readers the clearest depiction of The Fall of Man I’ve ever heard, and answers the tough questions, further clarifying how the scenario might have actually gone down.  By sharing the cultural and known historical context present at the author’s time of writing, and cross-referencing the original Hebrew and/or Greek translations with present-day Bible versions, we are shown how and why human beings have gotten to where we are today.

I believe that every story, word, parable, lesson taught in the Bible can and should be interpreted as literal.  I believe that the scientific evidence to prove a literal translation exists, we just have to look for it.  You see, I am the type of person who must always test everything in life before I can accept it as “fact,” seeing religion and my self-purpose no differently.  I feel that with enough research and cross-referencing, even the most adamant non-Christians would come to believe that Jesus Christ was sent to our planet to save God’s creation, and give us the eternal life we were originally intended to have.

My journey to this point has taken almost two years, so trying to get it out on paper may take some time.  However, I am happy and willing to do so, and fear no question thrown my way.  In the midst of my “creative revolution,” I have found the Word of God to be the most inspiring and highest motivator when determining the direction in which my path should go.  I hope that by reading this article, or any of my posts to come, light may be shed on any doubt that might be dancing around your heart and soul, keeping you from moving forward.