Saturday, December 25, 2010
December 25, 2010
My Conversation with God
By Bob Weir
I was sitting alone in my room the other day, and I had a talk with God.
Me: "God, why is there so much strife in the world?"
God: "My son, I programmed my children to be complex beings beset by challenges and struggles which would strengthen them and force them to work out the problems of their existence in order that they be worthy of their own complexity."
Me: "But why did you make us to be so belligerent toward each other? Couldn't you have simply made us love each other?"
God: "Love is inherent in all my children, but its value must be discovered and appreciated. Otherwise, it would be taken for granted and ignored like an abundance of toys in the hands of a spoiled child. Love, like life, must be earned through suffering."
Me: "With all the power in the universe, you could, with a wave of your hand, make everyone deliriously happy. Why should we have to deal with any sadness?"
God: "Without the experience of sadness, you would not appreciate happiness. Without the knowledge of pain, you couldn't understand pleasure. Food is most satisfying when you are at your hungriest."
December 25, 2010
Who He Is
By Vasko Kohlmayer
Some two thousand years ago, the man whose birthday we celebrate during this season was walking with his disciples through a region which is today known as the Golan Heights. As they were making their way through those hilly parts, Jesus turned to his companions and asked "Who do people say that I am?"
The disciples told him that many ideas as to his identity: "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets."
Things have not changed much in the intervening two millennia. Today, as then, people hold many notions about who Jesus was. Some say that he was a great moral teacher, others that he was a bold social reformer. Still others claim that he was a wise man or a charismatic leader. If you asked ten different people, it is quite possible that you would get ten different answers.
To get at the truth, we can do no better than to go to the ultimate source and authority on Jesus's life. None of the statements below is a conjecture or a fanciful invention; they all come straight from the Word.
What follows is the Jesus of the Bible. Read More