I was so afraid of hell. So afraid of God’s punishment. I felt so undeserving of any forgiveness and it didn’t give me peace. It made me feel guilty.
"No person in their right mind would run back to an old master. In the 1800's, masters brutally beat and dehumanized their slaves and all the more when captors returned these runaways. In this sudden moment of realization, a truth actualized in my mind: we do the same thing...'
Our ability to be the most effective, the best versions of ourselves, is determined greatly by what we choose to be humbled by.
Who are we to tell the Man Himself, the Holy One, the Creator of the Earth and everything living on it, that He messed up when He created us?
Truth be told, I became comfortable with God. He was the guy who was watching over me. He was the friend I had. He was the awesome dude who gave me stuff and loved me, this I know. Now I’m not saying that these are inaccuracies. Each premise (and yes, each is a song that was in my childhood) has scripture to back it up. But, the truth is, that’s not enough. God is these things, but He is also so much more.
"You might have heard the “love your neighbor” phrase a lot these days being tossed around, so much so that you might even be tired of hearing it proclaimed so shallow from your religious friends. You question their intentions and their true character when they say phrases such as this."
I truly think that it is okay to question God. I mean, come on, even Jesus questioned His Father when He was dying for all of mankind’s sin: “Father, Father, why have You forsaken Me?!”
"why do we fool ourselves into lame attempts at understanding the plan of God?... When we attempt to perceive “God’s plan,” we neglect God’s character, see ourselves out of context, and render God’s sovereignty nullified."