The Pursuit of God

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Category Archives: His Judgment & Discipline

God, Evil, & Human Choice Q&A

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What is God’s relationship with evil?  Just how important is human choice?  These two questions alone have been the source of endless debate within the Christian community, and they will continue to cause division until this world is destroyed.  When you’re at a point in your own spiritual journey where you want to start really chewing on these topics, it can be tough to find any serious discussions that don’t just do the usual “God is good” brush off.  Because questioning is a critical part of spiritual development, we enjoy helping you dig deeper into topics that you’re currently wondering about.  The purpose of our Q&A posts is to provide answers to series of questions which are often asked by souls who are pondering certain topics.  God’s relationship with evil and the significance of human choice are the themes we’ll be talking about in this post, so now let’s get into it. Read more of this post

Debunking the Impact of Adam: Unlearning Lies About How God Judges You

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If my father hadn’t been an alcoholic, I wouldn’t be so messed up today.
If the coach had let me play, I would have won a scholarship.
If that stupid doctor hadn’t misdiagnosed me, I wouldn’t be dying right now.

Ever hear people talk like this?  Have you ever talked like this?  Blaming our current problems and miseries on the choices of other people can feel like a satisfying way to illicit sympathy while shirking all responsibility for our own choices.  After all, some jerk raped you, and that means you now have a free pass to wallow in a victim mentality for the rest of your life.  Or maybe you feel you can trace back your current health problems to the fact that your mother tried to have you aborted when you were still in her womb.  Now you can blame her for everything while you play the part of the eternal martyr.  See how it works?  It’s fun to blame other people.  It’s satisfying to point the blame in any direction but towards ourselves and make up all kinds of fantasies about how perfect our lives would have been if other humans hadn’t sabotaged us with their rotten choices or malicious actions.  But here’s the problem with playing the blame game: if God doesn’t agree to play as well, then we’re going to end up in a heap of trouble.  You see, we don’t get to judge ourselves. God is the One who judges us, and that means that we need to get an accurate understanding of how His judgment system works.  Read more of this post

Why You Shouldn’t Gloat When Your Enemies Go Down

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You consider yourself to be a committed Christian.  You’re the good guy.  You’re on the right side.  So when that jerk who has been hassling you suddenly gets hit with some brutal trial which causes him to get off your back, you find yourself wanting to do a victory dance.  After all, isn’t God exalting you by smacking your enemy down?  Clearly when the bad news is being poured out on the heads of the people who oppose you while your path is being covered in blessings, then that means God is for you and against them, doesn’t it?  Not necessarily. In real life, things are a lot more complicated than this, and in this post we’re going to discuss what some of those complications are. Read more of this post

Salvation Q&A

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As a human, you were created by three non-human Beings, who we refer to as Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  These are not three personalities of a single Entity.  Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are three separate and distinct Divine Beings.  They are actively involved in your life today, and when you die, They will control whether your experience of the next life is nice or awful.  Since these three Gods control the quality of your existence, it’s in your best interest to stay on Their good side.  So how do you do this?  Christians would say that you need to obtain eternal salvation.  But what exactly is eternal salvation?  It’s a very simple concept which Christians have turned into a royal mess.  The purpose of this post is to clear up some of the confusion. Read more of this post

You Love God But You Hate People: Why You’re Not a Spiritual Failure

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Can you be a devoted Christian who is greatly pleasing God if you currently loathe other humans?  The modern Church, the apostle Paul, and the apostle John would all say no.  God would say yes. Now let’s explain.

God has always taught that He is to be our First Priority—so much so that we should be willing to lose our relationships with other humans for the sake of honoring Him.  It doesn’t always get to that point, but that is the goal.  You see, God doesn’t just call us to be sort of into Him—He commands us to obsessively love Him.  We are to consider Him our All-in-All, our Master, our Commander, our King.  God is supposed to be the One who we are living to please.  His opinion is supposed to trump all others in our minds.  His approval is supposed to be everything to us.  Read more of this post

Law vs. Principle Charts: Atonement Sacrifices

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The Old Covenant sacrificial system is very poorly understood by Christians, and this leads to a lot of confusion about how God judges us, and how salvation is acquired.  Let’s now learn about the difference between what the laws that God gives, and the spiritual principles that those laws are promoting. (Click on each image to enlarge.)

Law vs. Principle Chart: Atonement Sacrifices (OT)

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Divine Judgment in the End Times: Dealing with a Less Patient God

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During the end times, God’s patience with rebellion will be much shorter.  In this post, we will explain what this does and doesn’t mean.

Let’s start with some basic questions.  How does God judge humans?  When does He get ticked with us?  What causes His infamous wrath to flare up?  These questions are a source of confusion for both Christians and non-Christians, with folks in both camps not understanding what the correct answers are.  When you don’t have an accurate understanding about how God judges you, you spin off into all sorts of problems.  Since God’s wrath is going to be a major theme during the end times, it’s vital that you have this issue of Divine judgment sorted out in your mind.  Once you understand why God gets mad at you personally, you will be able to see how easy it is to stay on His gracious side. Read more of this post

Psalm 74: Asaph Flaunts His Contempt for Yahweh

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The book of Psalms is a collection of 150 different songs which don’t come anywhere close to being in chronological order.  Instead, as we read through the book, we find ourselves leaping forward and back by centuries between various psalms.  The collection begins with entries by David.  But when we reach Psalm 90, we find that it was written by Moses who lived and died long before David was even born.  But between David and Moses, we have Psalm 74—a psalm that was penned after the fall of Jerusalem, which occurred many centuries after David’s lifetime.  So when you’re in the book of Psalms, you need to stay sharp and be on the lookout for clues as to when the specific psalm you are reading was written.

As we’re going to learn in this post, historical context plays a huge role in determining whether a psalm writer was honoring God with his sentiments, or being a mouthy little twerp.  Today the Church teaches you that the entire book of Psalms is Divinely inspired.  In doing this, she is encouraging you to embrace soul attitudes which God says He hates and celebrate those attitudes as God-honoring.  But wait—aren’t we being a bit extreme?  Do the psalms really go so far as to model attitudes which God hates?  Yes, they certainly do, and that’s not something we should be fluffing off as no big deal.    Read more of this post

Ezekiel 20-21: The Sword of Yahweh

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As he compiles a collection of prophetic messages from Yahweh, the prophet Ezekiel occasionally slips in a clue as to what year it is.  Just as prisoners often mark time by how long they’ve been incarcerated, Ezekiel often dates his messages by referring to how much time has passed since he was personally dragged out of his homeland by the fearsome Babylonian army and forced to relocate to the capital city of the empire that is slowly destroying what’s left of his beloved Israel. Read more of this post

Ezekiel 14: Yahweh Stands Alone

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In our lesson Ezekiel 13-14: Yahweh Condemns False Prophets, we made our way through all of Ezekiel 13 and the first half of Ezekiel 14.  In that passage, Yahweh was focused on the issue of Jewish false prophets and the folks who were keeping them in business.  As we learned in our previous lesson, it’s a very dangerous thing to turn the concept of Divine prophecy into a game.  When we misuse Yahweh’s Name and Authority, we end up on the wrong side of His wrath. Read more of this post