Finding joy in a gift from God, rather than in God the giver.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy”
1 Peter 1:8 NIV
How is it that I can love someone that I have never met face to face? When I think about meeting Jesus face to face and spending eternity with him, I do feel the “inexpressible and glorious joy” that Peter is writing about; but again, how is this possible?
One of two solutions are possible:
1. I am emotionally delusional – I create emotional connection where non-exists to make myself feel better and provide hope in a hopeless and empty world.
2. I have in some real sense “met Jesus” and am currently experiencing friendship with Him; a friendship that is so far beyond our earthly experience that I find myself missing someone I have never physically met.
If anyone has a third option, or even a fourth, I’d be happy to entertain the theories. Frankly if #2 is not true I have a great deal to worry about and I am definately in need of some help. And if you’re reading this and you think #2 is not true, what are you doing reading the blog of a crazy person?
I’m just back from vacation and instead of writing something for this week’s Theology Thursday I’m encouraging everyone to watch TV, which I know is odd considering I’ve given up television for lent, but this is definitely worth watching.
This week on ABC’s Nightline, panelists which includes Pastor Mark Driscoll, will debate each other and the audience over the existence of Satan.
The full debate will be shown Thursday evening, check local listing for details.
Come back Friday and share your opinions about the debate, and your own beliefs about Satan.
Welcome to the second edition of Theology Thursday.
This week I’d like to share some thoughts on the most famous of Jesus’ parables – The Parable of the Lost Son. If you are unfamiliar with this story, please take the time to read it below, if you are well acquainted with it you can skip ahead.