The Pursuit of God

Serious Topics for Serious Christians

Destruction in the End Times: Respecting Ownership

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When humans create movies about aliens attacking earth, the plot often unfolds like this: the aliens attack.  At first the humans cower with fear.  Then, as the destruction continues, human leaders convert their fear into anger and say something like, “Hey, this is our planet.  We’re not going to let these punks take it from us.  Let’s fight back and reclaim our turf.”  Then someone whips out some brilliant bit of technology, the humans launch a counter attack, and our planet is saved.  In these kind of movies, a hatred of the aliens is promoted as very justifiable because the aliens are trying to take something that belongs to us.  Well, this possessive attitude about our planet might work well in spicing up alien movies, but it simply doesn’t fly with God.

Did you create the earth?  No, you didn’t.  In fact, when it comes to creating things, the most you can ever do is manipulate things that Someone Else provides for you.  You are totally incapable of making something out of nothing, and this is why you really can’t claim ownership of anything.  Everything that is belongs to the Gods who brought those things into existence, and those Gods are Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. What God owns, He gets to destroy anytime He wants to, and understanding this principle is going to help us steer clear of snarky attitudes during the end times. Read more of this post

God’s End Time Prophet: Forcing The World To Ask Who

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A tornado suddenly drops out of the sky without warning and mows through a town before anyone can run for cover. How did the funnel cloud form without our detecting it? A few cases of a fatal disease quickly become hundreds. How did the infection start? How is it spreading? A fire breaks out in a forest. How did it start? An earthquake flattens a city. How did so many buildings collapse? How can we improve our infrastructure? In life, when bad things happen, we always ask how. We have whole fields of scientific research that are in endless pursuit of answers to how questions. How can we prevent disease? How can we stabilize economies? How can we protect the environment? How can we reduce crime? We claim to want to know why things happen, but we’ll never find the answer to why as long as we’re avoiding the subject of who, and who is a question we never ask.

Even Christians are so intensely bothered by the subject of who that when a real tragedy strikes, you’ll find many saying, “God had nothing to do with this horrible event. It was just a terrible coincidence.” In other words, there was no who, there was only freak randomness. How very unhelpful of Christians to try and bury the truth when it is most desperately needed. But this is what we do because we’ve all got a major hang up with facing the fact that there is always a who behind every problem in our lives, and that who is a God who is going to hold us accountable for how we’re responding to Him. Ignoring Him, avoiding Him, and acting like His reality ceases to be whenever it suits us—these are the responses which get us into big trouble. Read more of this post

Respecting the Difference Between God & His Prophets

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Because the Church today has made a complete mockery out of the prophetic calling, few Christians understand how it really works.  You see, there’s an enormous difference between calling yourself a prophet and having God call you one.  Suppose you decide to take a tour through Europe just because you want to.  Since the whole trip is your idea, where you decide to go and what you decide to do will entirely depend on what you feel like doing.  You’ll be your own tour guide, and when problems arise, you’ll resolve them however seems best to you.  This is what it’s like for the vast majority of the folks who are claiming to be speaking for and serving the Christian God today.  They’re just saying and doing whatever they want, and then they slap His Name on it. When problems arise in their self-made ministries, they resolve them however seems best to them.  They don’t really care about what He wants, but they do expect Him to bless anything they do in His Name, even though He never approved of it. Read more of this post

Recovering from the Distress of Witnessing Demonic Possession

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Witnessing someone having a demon-induced fit is an extremely upsetting experience.  Once the horror show is over, you will naturally have many questions about what happened and what it all means.  Questioning is a very good thing—it’s how you move forward in your understanding of truth.  The tricky bit is getting solid answers. Read more of this post

Spiritual Darkness: A Misleading Metaphor

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Spiritual darkness is a metaphorical term, and metaphors are always limited, which makes them easy to misunderstand. Spiritual darkness is one of those terms that confuses more than it helps, which is why we don’t like to use it.  But for those of you who are stressing over this term or wondering what it means, we’re now going to explain its usage and limitations.

In the Bible, Yahweh and Jesus sometimes use the concepts of light and darkness to refer to eternal salvation and eternal damnation.  In some of the parables Jesus tells in the Gospel books, you’ll find fictitious characters who represent God ordering people to be cast into outer darkness.  Such scenes are meant to depict God eternally damning people.  Read more of this post

Understanding Jesus: The Bread of Life (John 6)

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To understand many of the bizarre things Jesus says in the Gospel books, you need to start by understanding that Jesus spends a lot of time pushing people who are content with their current religious beliefs to change those beliefs.  To understand how uncomfortable this is, consider how you would react to the idea that God lies, or that He intentionally creates tumors in the brains of some babies, or that He likes Hell, or that He is the One who has helped the sadistic ISIS terrorists pull off countless torture fests without interruption.  You see, once you have an understanding of God that works for you, you’re naturally going to resist having that image changed.  And once you refuse to have your view of God changed, you will reject any new truths about Him that make you uncomfortable.  In other words, you decide that God is only going to function as your woobie—something you value only for the comfort that it gives you.  Today many Christians are in a woobie mentality with God, which is why they get very hostile to any teaching about God which makes Him seem less cuddly than a kitten.    Read more of this post

Understanding Jesus: What does it mean to be born again?

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Do you refer to yourself as a “born again” Christian?  If so, why?  Because that’s what it says in the Bible, right?  But have you ever looked up the passages in which that term is used and studied the original context?  Probably not, so let’s do it now, because it’s really quite interesting. Read more of this post

Comparing Consequences: Why do some people get away with sin?

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Sam and Wendy succumb to the temptation to have sex and it ruins their relationship.  Grieving the loss of the man she had hoped to marry, Wendy doesn’t understand why her friend Amy landed such a good marriage.  After all, Amy and Bill also had sex while dating, so why didn’t Bill lose respect for her and dump her the way Sam did with Wendy?  Why isn’t Amy suffering the same consequences as Wendy when they both made the same mistakes?  Read more of this post

Putting Zion in Perspective: Dirt Is Not Divine

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As a Christian, you might have noticed that there are a lot of Christian ministries, churches, and individuals who are associating themselves with the name Zion. You might also have noticed that a lot of modern day Christians are referring to Yahweh as the Light of Zion or the God of Zion or the something else of Zion.  So what’s with all the talk about Zion?  What exactly is Zion anyway?  Most importantly, is God a fan of our ongoing obsession with this term?  Or is this just one more misguided Christian tradition that we need to move past?  The purpose of this post is to help you get Zion in proper perspective. Read more of this post

Understanding God’s Definition of Success: Encouragement for Chronic Sinners

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Among Christians, the folks who practice constant repentance tend to be those who shouldn’t be repenting at all.  In other words, they’re overdoing it.  They’re claiming responsibility for soul attitudes that they don’t even have and they are striving to appease a God who isn’t even upset with them.  As harmless as this might sound, it’s actually very damaging to your relationship with God for you to be constantly assuming that He’s irritated with you when He’s not. You simply can’t develop the kind of relaxed confidence that God wants you to have when you’re always projecting anger onto Him that He’s not even feeling towards you.  The purpose of this post is to help you get better at recognizing when you are in a good place with God. Read more of this post