Saturday, April 5, 2014

About Christian Expectations


Christians, if they read their Bible, know what it means to follow Christ.   We will be hated because of Him.  (Luke 21:17)   You can see it everywhere…someone speaks out on a controversial Biblical principal, and they are often metaphorically torn to shreds.   We are living in a world that does not agree with us, so we can expect to encounter opposition.    

What we should not have to expect is for follow Christians to tear each other down because they interpret scripture differently.  All Christian denominations should respect each other, and let the Holy Spirit do His job.  I am not talking about blatant sin…the Bible has specific guidelines to deal with that.   It’s just not our job to judge each other.  We are to love one another (John 13:35) so that the world will know we are set apart.   Right now, we don’t always look “set apart.” 

My dear old Grandpappy always said, “Let the Bible interpret the Bible.”    When it comes to the Christian walk, Paul told us to work out our own salvation (Phil.2:12) and there is no way we can do that if we don’t get into the Bible ourselves.   Going to church is great…but that’s not enough to stand strong in the world in which we live today.   Study the written word of God until you start to understand what God is saying to you.  Memorize scripture.  Get it in your heart and soul.  Quit looking around to see who you can judge.  Judge yourself.   

Eagles (Chattanooga Nature Center, Chattanooga, TN)

Snowy Egret (Gilbert Park, Mt. Dora,  Florida)
Snowy Egret (Gilbert Park, Mt. Dora,  Florida)

Elk, Cataloochee Valley, GSM National Park

More Elk,  Great Smoky Mountains

Eyes (can't remember which zoo!)



    

10 comments:

  1. Amen. My Grampy was like that, too. He used to read the Bible to me. He always said that God tells me what to do, all I have to do is listen. People make things so complicated.
    "Be still, and know that I am God."~ Psalm 46:10

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  2. Rather than make a comment on the religious aspect of this post, I'll say that I am very impressed by the natural history shots. The only way animals should be shot is with a camera. Nice work.

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    1. Thank you. I like the idea of animals only being shot with a camera...nice thought. I appreciate your kind comments.

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  3. You are so right, we should each get into the Bible for ourselves. Definitely, denominations should not be tearing each other down.

    I also enjoyed seeing your animal shots. God made such a fascinating world!

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  4. Great variety of animals here. I agree we shouldn't tear each other up over how one might interpret a scripture over another's interpretation. I know my interpretations of scriptures have changed over the years as I've learned more and dug deeper into God's word. I think of course unless it goes truly against something in God's character or nature or against something else in the Bible, we should allow people to interpret as they believe the Holy Spirit has revealed to them. its kind of like the gospels; each is written about Jesus but they are all different, each was written from a different perspective, but all that is written is the truth of him. Its like when I do my medical transcription work. Sometimes I'll get reports on the same patient, one from a cardiologist, maybe another from a pulmonologist. The cardiologist focus obviously on the heart, the pulmonologist the lung. They will be talking about the same patient but addressing different issues. Interpretation of scripture could be like that too (does this even make sense or should I have quit 5 sentences ago?)

    betty

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    1. Makes perfect sense! I especially like the four gospels example.

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  5. I'm Catholic and when I moved to the south I got all sorts of questions, mainly criticism about my faith/church, Really it blew me away that fellow Christians would doubt another Christian.. Unfortunately it happens all the time, sad but true..

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