Saturday, March 22, 2014

Death is Merciful

I believe that one of God's most merciful gifts to us is death. Eve chose Satan when she ate that forbidden fruit, and Adam quickly followed. The moment they ate it, the world became a place full of sin and suffering. God then banished us from the garden of Eden. Was that a punishment though? I think not. In Genesis 3: 16-19, God tells both Adam and Eve their punishments for eating of the tree. These are the ones about pain in childbirth, etc.. Now later in the chapter (Genesis 3:22-24), God drives them out from the garden so as to keep them from eating of the tree that gives eternal life. God was being merciful, because although human broke the only rule He gave them, He wanted to protect us. He didn't want us to live in suffering and sin forever; therefore, He got us away from the tree of life. Now, when we die, we can go to Heaven and that will be eternal bliss rather than eternal suffering. Earth was intended to be a blissful place like Heaven, but we humans messed it up. Although death isn't a fun thing to think about, God has given us the opportunity to go to Heaven and that sounds like great fun to me! Removing us from the garden of Eden so as to give us death someday is God taking us away from suffering and into bliss. Thanks, God.

Any questions or suggestions, please tell me! Thank you all for reading this!

You are Beautiful.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

God gives us choice but knows our choice? Of course.

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven't posted in so long, but I recently was inspired and therefore will be able to have some more posts. I hope you can learn, grow, or maybe even think slightly differently about something! So, here you go.

I don't know if anyone in your life has ever said something about how "it makes no sense that God could give you choice but know what you choose before you choose it." Well, a LOT of people in my life have told me that; therefore, I thought about it. To me, it makes perfect sense. Okay, obviously you don't know me, so I'm going to tell you a little something about myself so this will make sense. I am in high school and have a 4.0 and am extremely focused on maintaining high grades (Note: I do not recommend having as much heart in grade as I do). Okay, so that quick briefing on a side of me will make this example work. Say you are my teacher, and I turn in an essay. You tell me that you aren't going to read it and I get to choose my grade: A or B. Now, you have given me a choice, but you know that I will choose the A. (So maybe you didn't need to know about me for that, but I figured it would help). Are you as smart as God? Of course not! None of us are. BUT, you still were able to know what I would choose. Also, do you know me as well as God does? Absolutely not! You don't even know my name. Now think about it. If you could figure out what I would choose before I chose it with human intelligence and not knowing me, imagine how well God would be able to know what I would choose.

So if someone ever tells you that it doesn't make sense for God to give you a choice but still know what you would choose, maybe give them this example. It is simple really and hopefully will help someone you know, or even you, with his or her relationship with God.

You are Beautiful.