I have recently read a couple of blogs where the blogger responded to a negative comment from a reader. I wanted to write just a few words about this and hopefully be of encouragement and help to someone. Not that I have all the answers by any means but I know that God does and I hope that in my almost 65 years of living and my 58 years of following Christ, that He has taught me some things that I can share with other believers.
First of all, we must examine what our true beliefs about the Bible are. Do we believe all that it says all of the time? Do we believe part of what it says all of the time? All of what it says part of the time?
I have a friend who took a magic marker and blacked out the parts in her Bible where the scripture referred to a wife's submission to her husband. In her defense, she was a young Christian and I don't think she realized the enormity of what she had done. (In the book of Revelation, it warms about adding to or taking away from God's Word) But b…
Ibelieve from study of the scripture that as Christians we can expect persecution at times.
I don't have time or room enough for background study on this today but you can do your own, if you like--run some references and see if you agree.
In John 16:33, Jesus tells his disciples--"In this world you will have trouble. But take heart for I have overcome the world."
And in 1 Peter 4:12-13 we read--"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you. But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, that, when His glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy."
Scripture makes it clear that he is referring to sufferings for the cause of Christ, not things we have brought upon ourselves through unwise choices or ungodly living.
First of all, we are to take heart.
To me that means to be encouraged, to lift up my head in His name.