In self defense classes, especially for women, they teach that fighting against an abductor only makes it easier for him to kidnap you. The kicking and flailing actually makes a person light enough to be lifted and carried away. They teach that dropping to dead weight actually prevents the abductor from completing his crime. What if the same were true for sin?
So if any of you are like me, you have struggled with the whole argument of "predestination vs mans will to choose." I wrestled with this most of my Christian walk. How can our Wonderful, Amazing and Loving God choose only a certain number of human beings to come to heaven, and by that choice hold those He did NOT choose accountable for that decision. That seems fair right? Yeah, didn't think so. Hopefully I can clear up this confusion and set some of you free!
So it has been brought to my attention that I may not have been clear about what I believe to be true about the Gospel, God and who we are in Christ. As I don't want to cause confusion, I would like to take this opportunity to clarify myself.
Some of the most frustrating things in this world to me are those who have opinions for EVERYTHING! "This is a great weight loss program, you need to try it!" - guy weighs 400 pounds and has diabetes. "If you were wise you would invest your money here" - guy living on credit..you get the idea. Those who have all the answers, but never live the life to back it up.
I have been married for 2 years now and this is the second valentines day I've gotten to spend with my beautiful wife. This year I am doubly blessed as I get to spend it with my lovely wife AND my gorgeous daughter (: I'm a happy man!!
You read it right, I said it..I am absolutely 100% perfect! I know what you’re thinking, “HERETIC!!” but what if I could prove it? What if after I prove it, you realized you are perfect too?! Wouldn’t that be awesome?
I got asked a question I think most Christians believe they know the answer to, but just don't quite get it. I don't say that to demean anyone or seem like I'm attacking anybody! I was in that same group of people not a year ago myself.
The question I was asked was "What is the Gospel?" The traditional "church" answer always goes back to 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 which appears to lay it all out. It gives us the perfect answer, Christ came, lived a perfect life, was crucified for our sins and resurrected on the third day and is now sitting at the right hand of God. Sounds good right? It's the perfect thing to write in the little 3 page tract we pass out at supermarkets and restaurants. But is that all it is? Is that all there is to the "good news"? There are those that would say absolutely not, and I am one of them.
I've never blogged before so here it goes.
Well as you can see my name is David Miller. I was born in Baytown, TX in 1987. I’ve got 3 sisters, one older and two younger. I was raised in church, listened to all the right Christian music, went to all the Sunday school classes and memorized all the verses. Church was all I knew. Sunday morning, youth sunday night, and wednesday nights every week for almost 25 years!
The church we went to was “Non-Denominational”, I’m not completely convinced that’s not a denomination, especially these days. It feels like a denomination without an identity. At least when someone says Baptist or Lutheran there is common knowledge of what that means, Non-Denominational just opens up all kinds of questions. But nonetheless we were Non-Denominational and proud of it! A lot of those years were spent pretty blindly accepting what I was told. I went to all the retreats and youth conferences and church camps.
I am married to the most beautiful woman on the face of this planet, Ashley, and have had the privilege of having a daughter, Haniah. I love them with all that I am!
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