Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The blame game

I've always heard people, specifically Christians say that God planned this for me. Well in most cases they are probably right. BUT many times they include diseases, sickness and disabilities in this little "package" of God's doing. However there is no truth behind that.

First off, when God created the earth he made everything perfect and wonderful. He made Adam and Eve perfect too. Neither of them had any diseases or disabilities. These conditions only came AFTER they sinned against God. Now this reaction wasn't all out of wrath. They made the choice to make their own decisions and with that came consequences. It's never God's plan to give a person, a child he soo very loves any harmful unpleasant condition. If this was so, I'm sure we would have heard about it from Adam and Eve.

God can take bad things and use them for good. A person who gets raped, that is not God's doing.. it is the evil of man. But God can also use this person to witness to others and help them regain themselves. Whenever something really bad happens, it's good to have a forgiving and understanding heart. To be able to handle what it is and keep good spirit. But never thank God for a disability. I know I've heard one person say that "yeah it was meant to be, this cancer was the path God chose for me and I'm okay with that". That, is complete crap! Never, ever, ever! If this was true... then we would be praying for people to receive cancer... and that is not the case.

Also, I have heard that its a blessing to have a child with a disability... to say it was Gods plan for this child to be disabled. A blessing to have a child with a disability? I think that's insulting to God. He makes everything perfect and in his image... and I am pretty sure that God does NOT have a disability. Anything that is not of good, comes from evil. Think about it. Why would God, send his only Son to come and save us and HEAL us only for God to injure us? Jesus came to heal people, meaning he came to fix what the world/evil had given them. He says "by my stripes you are healed" it does not mean "by my stripes you will be disabled".

Prayer... why do we pray? Because it helps. Why do you pray for people with disabilities? Because it's not what God wants, it's not healthy... it's not fun. God only wants whats best for you. It says in the Bible your earthly father likes to bless you and give what you need, how much more then does your Heavenly Father want to give you what you need, this includes health. If your mother and father would say to you " i think your path should be rough and unpleasant filled with pain along with a disability or maybe a disease... yes a disease that would fit you perfectly my dear" you would think what? Exactly, God does not do this.

I can't explain why some people are never healed, that I do not know. But I KNOW that MY God does not infect, does not harm and does not disable people. Period.

Friday, July 31, 2009

The Christian Lifestyle???

How many times have you heard someone say "oh I know so and so is a christian but she doesn't live the lifestyle", or someone saying "I choose to live the christian lifestyle". Most people, like me are thinking.... *what the heck is a christian lifestyle?*. Is there like a certain list or do's and dont's? Okay so maybe there is, one is called the Ten Commandments. But then sometimes I think it goes deeper then that.

So, you're a christian... good job. Now that Jesus is in your heart it's time to start changing your lifestyle into something glorifying. But where is the line? what if people think I'm a snob? In truth, if you try to live a christian lifestyle most people will think you are a snob. I am sorry, BUT I think it's cool to sacrifice popularity for the greater Love.

First point. The Ten Commandments, the Bible does state that we should definitely follow these... and it makes sense. Usually if you are following Jesus you wouldn't want to anyways, right? So for some this IS the definition of a christian lifestyle. The only downfall is MANY non-Christians live this life as well. So technically you don't have any separation from the way you look and act. With saying this I think there is something way deeper then the Ten Commandments to being in the christian lifestyle.

The general idea. To NOT fit in. Jesus most definitely did not fit in among the people. To a lot of people he was considered a freak, a loser... WEIRDO! With saying that I think he's called us to follow that. But wait! You don't have to TRY and be a loser or freak... if you find the right people they will think you are just the best!

Now, in the Bible it doesn't say "whoever watches movies is a fool"... there are no specific guidelines the entertainment and Christians. But I do believe that whatever Jesus wouldn't watch, I shouldn't either. It makes sense doesn't it? The average young adult will watch anything, say anything, do anything. Movies: okay so movies can be pretty funny right? I can agree to that. There are a lot of evil movies out there, some with demonic concepts... others just aren't tasteful. God said everything you do, let it glorify Him. I'm pretty sure that didn't include watching a sex scene in the movies. That doesn't mean you have to cut-out movies completely, but when it comes to your mind and thoughts you should try and protect it by picking movies that wont challenge your christian opinions.

Music: This also has the same idea, when you listen to secular music what do you get from it? what can you take away with you to help enrich your life? What in common do these songs have with you? If you don't have sex, then 99% of the songs don't mean anything to you. Okay, okay... so there are a few songs out there that have nothing to do with sex... but they are still empty songs. Listening to christian music is so uplifting.. and I know you're already thinking all those songs are sooo boring. But what is boring about them? is God boring?

Speech: This is a big area to cover. dirty jokes, profanity... oy... so much going on! Making fun of people. Okay, so i confess to have done all of these at one point or another. but the point is to try and get away from these things. They do nothing for your relationship with God. I've heard people say, "well swearing isn't a sin, its just rude". Okay so being rude is a good thing? God doesn't want you to be rude. Dirty jokes... sexual, why must you always go there? Why do Christians mock and poke fun at something that was suppose to be so pure? God did NOT create sex so we could be crude and perverted. Making fun: okay this one is very clear to see. Love your neighbors as yourself. Very clearly stated in the Bible, you shouldn't purposely try and bring someone down, and this includes behind their back.

Seriously though, we all need to work on these things. It's not me or the next person that you have to prove these things to. God needs to know that you are willing to be someone extra special just for Him. He is the one watching and judging what you do, see and say. When I think of what He sees of me... I'm very disappointed in myself. Enough to really work hard and be the person I know He wants me to be. If you're not sure if something you want to do goes along with what God has for you pray on it and picture Jesus doing it.

In conclusion, most christians don't live any lifestyle at all. I've failed at so many of them I would be a hypocrite if I said I did. But I try so hard to live a life that pleases God. Drinking, sex, cursing, teasing, music and movies... I'm sure all things God would tell you, you don't need.

Monday, February 9, 2009

I don't care

" I don't care.." is a phrase that majority of people look at in a negative matter. However, there is some truth and wisdom hidden in there! Believe it or not... this can actually HELP you become closer to Family, Friends and most importantly God.

So you're probably wondering what the heck I'm talking about right? haha. It's simple, really. It depends on what you don't care about, the object is more important then the meaning. Obviously when we talk about not caring for people it is truly a negative thought. Material items on the other hand can be sacrificed and tossed to the side.

When it comes to material items, such as you ipod, or your clothes or any other objects that most people become attached to... you just need to stop caring. Not care for, care of. See one HUGE thing between us and God is our love for objects. It's relevant in the Bible that possessions are to not be worshiped. Not that I'm saying you actually get on your knees or pray to your prada shoes...(at least I hope not). But God does imply that items we care more about then Him or REALLY important things is quite close to worship. For example, you cannot LOVE money and LOVE God, it's the truth... you must chose! I mentioned a bit of this in my previous post about letting go of material possessions mainly because you can't take them to Heaven... and most certainly don't get you further on earth. Saying "I don't care" about that bracelet helps you in the future when it breaks, gets stolen....lost. If you've already stated your feelings for this object and how it is not important to you or your survival... dealing with its disappearance will be a lot easier. (and less tears.....boohoo)

Family and Friends is a bit different, it doesn't matter so much to possessions as it does preferences. As we all know, from one person to the other our ideas, opinions, plans and structures change. Aside from our main values and beliefs, everything in the middle is not really all that important. I'm not saying your opinions don't matter, I'm saying they don't help the big picture. When you don't care about tv, movies, music... it's easier to stay focused and more agreeable. It's not just helping your friend out, it's really more for yourself. Believe it or not, but most people can get pretty upset and even sad about those kinds of things... specially when the other person doesn't like it how you like it. If you can tell yourself and believe it when you say "this really isn't a big deal, it really doesn't matter... I don't care" your putting yourself ahead of the herd. Wouldn't it be awesome to not be offended so much? To not worry that things aren't going your way? It can be done... just DON'T CARE so much. It might seem like a lazy approach... but its actually REALLY hard to do!!

Trust me... it's worth trying. And you don't have to answer every question with "I don't care". Just be simple. Maybe give an idea and remind yourself if it's not what others want, just go with it. (or don't, depending on the subject.... say NO to drugs :) If it's really against what you are, enough to still care then stick to it. You don't need to sacrifice your personality... just the minor things.

mmmk? good.