Statesboro, GA, USA
I may or may not agree with you
It would be interesting to hear you views. I wouldn't attack you. I've grown to like you. Though I might challenge your views, as you challenge mine. It's good for us both, and may show us where we both may need to consider some other vantage. That's what this kind of forum is for.
Let's say God is a radio station, and the channel you are tuned to is perfectly suited to your needs and your tastes.
That may be where the parting occurs. This analogy makes God subservient to our needs and tastes. It makes us the center, and God our instrument. It's not that I don't believe that God ultimately is the fulfillment for our needs and tastes, it's just that I couldn't come to him on that basis alone. Neither do I think that anyone else can, based upon the revelation in the Bible. I had to accept his authority in my life first. He was Lord and Creator first, personal savior second. Not our terms, but his. Else our needs and tastes will always be frustrated.
I believe Kaoru was asking for a little respect to be allowed to listen to her own brand of music-- or even silence--without the distraction of what you and I both perceive to be the most beautiful music that could possibly exist.
I agree. There is a time to speak, and a time to be silent ... a time to plough and sow seeds, a time to water seeds with nothing more than loving kindness, and a time to let them grow of their own accord. Christians are often bad garden hands, and need correction. Myself included. Her Christian friends very well may be going beyond their proper relation. I've had Christians do the same to me, and the irritation was great. But this I also discovered, in hindsight ... that there was a time, when ANY mention of eternal things was out of place in my mind. Almost any comment, especially about my own salvation, angered me to no end. And I was plain wrong about that. I was in rebellion to God, and my heart was hardened against him. Though in the final analysis, he changed my heart and not those who spoke to me. But I certainly cannot now say that they shouldn't have done what they did. Especially when it was done with concern. I concede that there needs to be more thoughtfulness and gentleness surrounding the transmission of truth ... especially truth that happens to be difficult to receive.
I honestly believe that the most effective testimonial is to be a living testament.
A difficult task, if not impossible.
I agree wholeheartedly. The most painful trial of the Christian is the need to be like Christ, and to shine with his light rather than with the incapable self. But with God all things are possible. I'm glad he hasn't given up on me, or you.
Peace to you, Stephen. I appreciate your consideration
Peace to you as well, Serenity. I will try to be considerate. thank you also for yours.