Christianity. Sept 9, 2005 9:57:53 GMT -5
Post by Vladimir the Solidarist on Sept 9, 2005 9:57:53 GMT -5
I've been having trouble containing myself lately and not only on this forum. I get really ticked off when people claim something that is at best a matter of faith to be the HOLY TRUTH
Yes, because that makes it clear that it is necessary for one to submit to the True Way, which again, some people don't WANT. Such people are not ambivalent towards Christianity (which would be far more logical for them) but actively BITTER.
Christianity hinges on "faith" not archeological or written evidence. Not having "faith" all I have to go on is archeological and written evidence, which IN MY OPINION, does not support the Christian party-line.
Which in your tainted opinion doesn't support Christianity. Remember my JFK Zaptruder film analogy regarding evidence...
Your problem is not in the archeological evidence, it is in PERSONAL evidence which you are lacking, or to put it more correctly, which you are not actually lacking but you are not seeing.
You don't know me. I've done what you describe, for 2 years I've sincerely asked God for guidence, that is saying that I am yielding my will to him. NOTHING. Never asked for anything, just to show me the way: how can I do his work? NOTHING.
Indeed you are right, I don't know you, nor what precisely was going on in your head at the time. See the posting below, I found it just for you.
Eventually I have come to realize that God simply doesn't care about me or anybody else. It was a painful realization and even as I am typing this I have tears in my eyes: the mere memory of that moment is agonizing.
This is a horrible thing to say, that God doesn't care about you. I'd say the contrary, every time God has us face difficulties, including hardships in our faith, He is showing His desire for us to become closer to Him. See the posting below.
By perseverance the snail reached the ark.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Don't do evil, and try to do good
What is good or evil without an ultimate set of standards to judge them by?
February 13, 2005 : Learning To Pray
Sunday, February 13, 2005 Tone 4
The Sunday of the Canaanite Woman
Kellia: 1 Kings (1 Samuel) 5:1-12 Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:16-7:1 Gospel: St. Matthew 15:21-28 St. Matthew 15:21-28, especially vs. 25: "Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, 'Lord, help me!'" How many prayers offered up to God seem to fall upon deaf ears! People ask, exactly like the "woman of Canaan" (vs. 22), and nothing happens. Who has not had the experience? One makes a petition, and there is no result, nothing, as if God chooses to remain aloof; there is no hint that God has heard anything. All that one receives for praying is silence, not even "a word" (vs. 23) of discouragement, refusal, or an order to wait.
When this happens to us, Beloved of the Lord, let us return to this portion of the Gospel, meditate on it once again and learn from the Lord how to petition Him on His terms. It is fair to say that in this instance of a mother crying in prayer, one in which God first appears to "turn a deaf ear," He is, in fact, giving a detailed, step-by-step instruction in how to pray so that one's petition is answered. After all, the Lord did answer that which was desired at the beginning. Let us note that the Lord here revealed Himself entirely faithful to His promise: "whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son" (Jn. 14:13).
We may learn from this transaction between the One Whom we call our "compassionate God" and the other whom we observe praying to Him, but mostly we should learn to direct our attention to that which He achieved within this mother during the exchange. He was leading her to a new, fruitful inner state that would glorify Him and gain her the answer to that which she desired. At each step in the process, two questions press: "What is the state of her spirit?" and, "What does the Lord achieve by His response?" These unlock the mystery of this encounter.
At first the Canaanite woman cries "out to Him, saying, 'Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed'" (Mt. 15:22). As we know, "He answered her not a word" (vs. 23). God does not respond simply because we cry in front of Him, if we are merely whimpering at some plight in this life. The pain generated by our need is not enough. God knows pain, as His Passion proves. He also understands that people cry when confronted with serious dilemmas, as when Judas cried to the Temple authorities to stop the Crucifixion. God looks for more: to move us from crying about situations to being in His presence genuinely. Being oblique with the Lord clearly is inadequate. The woman begins to cry after His disciples when she receives no reply from the Lord Jesus (vs. 23). She still is not willing to be present before Him. Therefore, in her hearing, He says to the disciples: "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (vs. 24). To awaken her to the One to Whom she has come, He makes a remark that appears to have implications concerning her status as a pagan idolater. The effect within her snaps her out of self-pity. Here is the Messiah, He Who is able not only to heal Jews, but also the ills of all peoples of whatever culture or religion, a universal Savior.
The answer of the Canaanite woman reflects the change that Christ accomplished within her. The Lord promises to answer if we ask in His Name, submit to His power and authority, recognize His status as Lord, and acknowledge our dependency on Him. With a change of heart, she becomes direct, enters His presence, worships Him, and says, "Lord, help me!" (vs. 25).
Here was progress, but the Lord was not finished healing her spirit. He cleansed her heart with one more reference to the social gulf between them (vs. 26), at which she casts away her cultural heritage and pride in favor of humility, the queen of virtues (vs. 27). She evinces "great faith" (vs. 28), and so He pronounces her daughter cured, granting the mother's desire (vs. 28).
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who in Thy loving kindness dost regard the prayers of all who call upon Thee with their whole heart, hear our prayers now humbly offered unto Thee.