Friday, April 18, 2008

god as i understand him

quote from anj:

So I’m convinced your deepest problem is not the cigarettes you smoke or the alcohol you drink in secret. It’s not the slander you speak and the gossip you cherish. It’s not the pornography you pleasure yourself with when no one’s looking. It’s not the baby you aborted; it’s not that you betrayed your brother, cheated on your bride, lied about the whole thing, and retaliated with murder [King Herod]. It’s not even that you slaughtered the Lamb and killed the Messiah. Your deepest problem is that somewhere deep down inside, you believe Jesus the Messiah rose from the dead just to kick your ass, when, in fact, He rose from the dead so you would believe all is forgiven. It is finished! Justice is accomplished. And the Father is pleading, “Come home, come home, come home!”

8 comments:

Kel said...

"somewhere deep down inside, you believe Jesus the Messiah rose from the dead just to kick your ass, when, in fact, He rose from the dead so you would believe all is forgiven. It is finished!"

awesome message in this

Candy said...

I love this, too.

Tara said...

That I believe that I am loved, cherished, wanted, and grieved after. He longs for me! Oh faithless heart hear the love of the Father. Thanks for this very centering thought...I am centered just for today.

pen said...

brilliant, bobbie. really brilliant.

i am printing this for my meeting tonight. thank you for posting it.

Northwest said...

Beautiful post. Reminds me of Marianne Williamson's wisdom:

"We think that if we, or anyone else God forbid, were to see the real truth about us, we would all recoil in horror. The truth, rather, is that if we were to see the real truth about us, we would all be dazzled by the light."

Steve F. said...

Everyone who's watched a football game has seen the "John 3:16" signs being held aloft. Lots of people can quote that one, for sure.

No one seems to think much about the next verse, though...

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (John 3:17, NIV)

That being said, I freely confess having lived with the gonna-getcha-God for years. I understand that concept completely, and I'm glad to see it dying, slowly, after many years of being active and primary in my heart.

Bless you for posting this!

Togenberg said...

"Your deepest problem is that somewhere deep down inside, you believe Jesus the Messiah rose from the dead just to kick your ass, when, in fact, He rose from the dead so you would believe all is forgiven."

I read this last week and I came away thinking that it was one more way that I was screwed. Like, you can't even accept salvation right you piece of sh*t! God ought to torture you for eternity yet he's offering you a way out and you don't get it idiot.
And I got so defensive and angry, first at the message and then at myself, as in, I'm sorry I can't do it right! I am just damned or something. I just can't take any of these painful Christian ideas without getting so upset or wanting to wound myself (this is my problem not yours, I just wish I could make headway)

bobbie said...

t- there isn't a millstone large enough for the necks of those who hurt you.

i'm thankful that you voiced how this sounded to you. damned if you do, damned if you don't. damn.

it breaks my heart and makes me want to understand your story so much more.