Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

A Cursing, Angry

God?

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of

wisdom; knowledge of the Holy One is

understanding.”

Prov 9:10

Did God Curse or Punish Adam and Eve?

Was Adam and Eve cursed? What is a curse? If Adam and Eve were not cursed, were they punished? What is your definition of punishment? When you read Genesis 3: 10-19 what happens for you? What are the teachings that linger in the back of your mind? What is the picture you have of God, as He is portrayed in this passage? What lingers in the deep recesses of your heart - that which you would not feel free to admit to anyone, that which brings questions that trouble, but remain unanswered because you dare not ask them audibly? Do you suffer from what psychologists term 'Cognitive Dissonance', when you come to passages like this? Cognitive Dissonance is the unsettling confusion and turmoil that comes  when you hold two contrary beliefs in your mind at the same time. Do you just stuff this down, writing it off to God's holiness; or the fact that He is God so it is okay? He IS God, and yes, there is and will be much mystery because we will never come to know infinity in all eternity, but are our opposing beliefs based on truth? Not just what we were told is truth, but the truth that stands the test of the WHOLE Bible? I thought my beliefs were accurate and correct as the Bible taught them. I believed in a God who is love; He is merciful, forgiving, patient, and good. But He also has a hard-line view of sin; He does not tolerate sin, but that's okay, He is holy and He has done all that can be done so that we can be forgiven. But then circumstances took a turn in my life and my path became ever darker. Though I would literally scream out to God, it seemed my screams fell on deaf ears. When, during this time, Satan confronted me and told me that God had finally walked away from me because of my sin, I believed him. I was ripe to believe him because of the beliefs I held; beliefs which were based on wrong interpretations of things taught, things taught as truth but based on wrong interpretations, misunderstanding of words used, sometimes complete error that was taught as truth, as well as a myriad of beliefs that were formed by associations through the course of my life, as life happens. Do not walk down this path as far as I went, if you can avoid it. You can keep from walking all the way down this road by not stuffing down the myriad of questions in your mind, but rather seeking answers so that you can stand on truth. Jesus said 'seek and keep on seeking you will find...' He also said He was giving us Holy Spirit Who would lead us into all truth. Don't be afraid to ask the questions - ask Holy Spirit, and watch Him lead you to truth; and Jesus said, "I am the Truth." We are in the Christmas season; those of us who believe in Jesus, have His birth in mind at this time. There is much sentimentality, feel-good nostalgia, family times, and happiness for many, but as we reflect on that crib that is so central to this time, let us think of the man that baby became. Jesus said, "If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father." Allow yourself to go to the questions in the back of your mind; take the beliefs that lie at the base of those questions and lay them down beside what the Bible says about Jesus. Ask Holy Spirit for truth and understanding - and remember that Solomon said that "knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Prov 9:l0   Why don't you make it a project for 2018, to really get to know this God you say you worship. Throw out the old, preconceived beliefs about Him and build truth upon truth; truth as being the pure word of God, not someone else's interpretation of His word. May you have a very special Christmas this year as you take a new look at this One you call your Saviour and Lord. May this Christmas be one upon which you will look back and know that a new journey began here; a journey of greater and greater intimacy between you and the One Who laid down His life for you. Intimacy that began when you chose to come out of hiding and be completely open and honest with Him who sees every part of your heart anyway. We will begin to unpack the above questions over the next few weeks.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
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Focus    on Purpose
If I have faith to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing
© Focus On Purpose July 2017

A Cursing, Angry

God?

“The fear of the Lord is the

beginning of wisdom; knowledge

of the Holy One is understanding.”

Prov 9:10

Did God Curse or Punish Adam and Eve?

Was Adam and Eve cursed? What is a curse? If Adam and Eve were not cursed, were they punished? What is your definition of punishment? When you read Genesis 3: 10-19 what happens for you? What are the teachings that linger in the back of your mind? What is the picture you have of God, as He is portrayed in this passage? What lingers in the deep recesses of your heart - that which you would not feel free to admit to anyone, that which brings questions that trouble, but remain unanswered because you dare not ask them audibly? Do you suffer from what psychologists term 'Cognitive Dissonance', when you come to passages like this? Cognitive Dissonance is the unsettling confusion and turmoil that comes  when you hold two contrary beliefs in your mind at the same time. Do you just stuff this down, writing it off to God's holiness; or the fact that He is God so it is okay? He IS God, and yes, there is and will be much mystery because we will never come to know infinity in all eternity, but are our opposing beliefs based on truth? Not just what we were told is truth, but the truth that stands the test of the WHOLE Bible? I thought my beliefs were accurate and correct as the Bible taught them. I believed in a God who is love; He is merciful, forgiving, patient, and good. But He also has a hard-line view of sin; He does not tolerate sin, but that's okay, He is holy and He has done all that can be done so that we can be forgiven. But then circumstances took a turn in my life and my path became ever darker. Though I would literally scream out to God, it seemed my screams fell on deaf ears. When, during this time, Satan confronted me and told me that God had finally walked away from me because of my sin, I believed him. I was ripe to believe him because of the beliefs I held; beliefs which were based on wrong interpretations of things taught, things taught as truth but based on wrong interpretations, misunderstanding of words used, sometimes complete error that was taught as truth, as well as a myriad of beliefs that were formed by associations through the course of my life, as life happens. Do not walk down this path as far as I went, if you can avoid it. You can keep from walking all the way down this road by not stuffing down the myriad of questions in your mind, but rather seeking answers so that you can stand on truth. Jesus said 'seek and keep on seeking you will find...' He also said He was giving us Holy Spirit Who would lead us into all truth. Don't be afraid to ask the questions - ask Holy Spirit, and watch Him lead you to truth; and Jesus said, "I am the Truth." We are in the Christmas season; those of us who believe in Jesus, have His birth in mind at this time. There is much sentimentality, feel-good nostalgia, family times, and happiness for many, but as we reflect on that crib that is so central to this time, let us think of the man that baby became. Jesus said, "If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father." Allow yourself to go to the questions in the back of your mind; take the beliefs that lie at the base of those questions and lay them down beside what the Bible says about Jesus. Ask Holy Spirit for truth and understanding - and remember that Solomon said that "knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Prov 9:l0   Why don't you make it a project for 2018, to really get to know this God you say you worship. Throw out the old, preconceived beliefs about Him and build truth upon truth; truth as being the pure word of God, not someone else's interpretation of His word. May you have a very special Christmas this year as you take a new look at this One you call your Saviour and Lord. May this Christmas be one upon which you will look back and know that a new journey began here; a journey of greater and greater intimacy between you and the One Who laid down His life for you. Intimacy that began when you chose to come out of hiding and be completely open and honest with Him who sees every part of your heart anyway. We will begin to unpack the above questions over the next few weeks.
As you touch or hover over each picture in the four small squares above, they will be magnified in the main square. This demonstrates what happens in our minds; what we focus on becomes enlarged in our minds, to the exclusion of other things. When we get to see a larger frame, and see how the smaller parts fit together, our understanding often shifts.
Prev Next