It has been a beautiful last few days here in manitoba Where is actually feels like summer may be here! I love this time of year where you can go outside without a jacket and where everything is blooming and growing! The grass is turning green and the birds are chirping! It prompts one to not want to miss out on life! I definitely couldn’t pass up the chance to write this post outside so here I sit on the young green grass with the sun shining down on my back and a delicious iced coffee at my side. As romantic as that all sounds I’m really just trying to get a tan so I don’t look like a white ghost at my wedding… completely selfish intentions.
I am going to open a can of worms today. I don’t always agree with people. I have learned to shut my mouth and hold the peace most times now because over time I have learned that most people won’t change their mind through a debate. There are right ways to argue our point and there are pointless ways to argue your point. So here I will be presenting an issue and discussing it but I am not going to try and convince you of it. I heard once a pastor say we shoudn’t keep an open mind. As Christian’s we should keep a very closed minds. Now I see where he was probably going with this, we shouldn’t just believe and let in every little thing into our lives as Christians. But I disagree with this in one way. When it comes to Christians being so stanch in their belief that they aren’t even willing to test it against the scriptures thats when a closed mind is very bad.
Reason I bring this up is because I see this often and I don’t like it. People will argue their point to the bitter end, getting nowhere, and still have no scripture to back up what they just said, or its scripture out of context. Context in scripture is SO important! Whole belief systems have been created over one misused verse. Now I also think that there a some beliefs that Christians have that can be very dangerous, in my opinion, and here’s one, that Christians can not lose their salvation. I watched my mom once try to uphold the side that you can lose your salvation with a person in the church, and I have seen a group of people split in an argument about it. My belief is that you can. I believe that our hearts are prone to fleshly desires even after salvation, we still sin, we still need a saviour. Jesus still gives a choice whether or not we will choose him or choose our fleshly desire. The other side says we just were never truely saved in the first place if we just choose to sin all the time; then how can we be sure that we are saved ever?! Its a fine line to walk but I say its a daily death to yourself and choice to follow Jesus. I think it’s dangerous to say the prayer and live a mediocre Christian life thinking its all good and dandy because you can’t get kicked out now. Whether or not I’m right in my opinion I’d still say its better to live a life of abandon and surrender to Jesus Christ, not out of fear, but out of a deep desire and love for him, then to go through life thinking you are good only to be met with “I do not know you.”, on judgment day.
We will fall and fail in life. We will all think somethings right that isn’t at one time or another but always pass it through the grid of scripture in context. I know some very stubborn people and something I really admire is when they can admit that they were wrong and humble themselves. It takes a lot of humility to come to that point but it builds a lot of character. No one can be right all the time. When it comes to beliefs keep an open, yet very decerning mind. Humble yourself and be willing to learn. But never ever back down from the unshakable truths of scripture, that Jesus is Lord of all and unchanging, that he was born of a virgin and died a horrible death where he carried the sins of the whole world on his shoulders. That he rose again after three days and completely conquered Satan and defeated the enemy. He is alive and reigning at the right hand of the Father. That He is and was and forever will be. Those are truths that Christians should never shake on.