do bad things happen to Christians?
Shouldnt Christians get a break?
Shouldnt there be at least a little boost here on earth for making the right
decision? How about something tangible to prove your faith is sure Even Mother
Teresa complained that a lack of evidence undercut her faith.
not about God giving blessings to Christians, it's about what we give to Him!
God has already changed our heart of stone to a heart of flesh, giving us life...
true life... eternal life. What else is there?
It's interesting that when
Jesus told people about the kingdom, He never made it easy to become a follower
of Him. For example, Jesus said:
If anyone wishes to
come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me."
- Matthew 16:24
The cross was an instrument of torture. The
word "excruciating" was invented to describe the extreme pain experienced
on the cross. Yet Jesus tells us we are to pick up OUR cross... carry it as He
did... and follow Him. He then went on to explain:
whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My
sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and
forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?"
- Matthew 16:25-26
In 2 Timothy 3:12 Paul tells Christians
to not expect an easy life:
Indeed, all who desire to live
godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. - 2 Timothy 3:12
kind of promises are these? Who joins a group in order to be punished and
persecuted? Does this make sense to you? Why would anyone want to become a Christian?
love, because He first loved us. - 1 John 4:19
anyone become a Christian? It's not about what we get. It's about God... Jesus
is God. He is the one, creator God, who made everything by speaking it into existence.
The God who made you. The God who owns you.
Yes, God blesses some Christians
with great wealth. And God blesses some Christians with great poverty. In both
cases we are to use what He has given us to serve Him in obedience. We are far
from perfect in obedience, but the life of a true Christian (there are many false
believers) will show increasing obedience over time.
What is the evidence
of our faith? What is the evidence that someone is truly following Christ?
It is that they are truly following Christ, meaning obeying Him. We are to become
like Christ and He told us how to do that. We need to do what He said we are to
do. Obeying Him. Loving Him. The evidence is a love for His Word. The evidence
is a love for other Christians. The evidence is a hungering and thirsting for
righteousness. Our ability to do these is a gift from God. These are the good
gifts the Lord gives us.
Here is a comparison, from scripture, of a non-believer
with a believer
Non-Believer (Galatians 5:19-21):
the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality,
idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions,
factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn
you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not
inherit the kingdom of God.
Believer (Galatians 5:22-24)
the fruit [gifts] of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is
no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its
passions and desires.
BTW... the evidence is that Mother
Teresa was not a Christian. That's why there was a lack of evidence. Mother Teresa
was a universalist, rejecting the God of the Bible and imagining a god who brought
everyone into heaven. She wrote in her book book, "Life in the Spirit: Reflections,
Meditations and Prayers;"
If that individual
thinks and believes that this is the only way to God for her or him, this is the
way God comes into their life his life. If he does not know any other way
and if he has no doubt so that he does not need to search then this is his way
to salvation. (Pages 82)
Myth of Mother Teresa (blog post)
Does God Allow Bad Things To Happen to Good People? (Got Questions Web Site)
Does Evil Dominate The World? (John MacArthur Sermon)
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