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Being Selective

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Greetings:) Truth-Seeking-Reader.

Truth is a value i hold nearanddear (Not a typo). Since youth “Truth” (pursuing/acquiring/living it) has been my main objective, purpose, vocation, occupation!…obsession?-lol;)

For me, and obvious to any Regular Readers (Thanks for Your Time!:)), my priority is Spiritual/Biblical Truth…which trickles to other Truth topics…i.e., Science, health, etc.

Through the years, have had countless conversations with various Folks (the 🙂 and the 🙁 the pleasant, the disagreeable) from all walks of life, all walks of education, culture, religion including Agnostics and Atheists.

Every One is a teacher; for sure. Both positive and negative…conversations aka transmissions of knowledge…teach…(and possible mold).

Who is molding me?

A reocurring concern/cluster…family of spiritual questions bubbling to the surface among thinking, caring, loving people…seems to be:

Why is there evil?

Why would God allow suffering? When will it end?

IF God is all knowing and all powerful, did God “create” evil?

IF my life is predestined…why bother? (changing, trying, etc.)

Hoping this reading i’ve enJOYed (in the past) will help You now (and in the future)…resolve/reconcile…touch these seemingly tough topics of discussion.

Is Your Future Predestined?

Many people believe that their life and future are predestined by a higher power. They feel that from conception to death, we all follow a script already written in the mind of God. ‘After all,’ they say, ‘God is all-powerful and all-knowing, or omniscient, so surely he must know every detail about the past, the present, and the future.’

WHAT do you think? Does God foreordain our life course and ultimate destiny? In other words, is free will genuine or just an illusion? What does the Bible say?

Total or Selective Foreknowledge?

The Bible leaves us in no doubt as to God’s having foreknowledge. He knows “from the beginning the finale,” says Isaiah 46:10. He even used human secretaries to record many prophecies. (2 Peter 1:21) What is more, those prophecies always come true because God has both the wisdom and the power to fulfill them in every detail. Hence, God can not only foreknow but also foreordain events whenever he chooses to do so. However, does God foreordain the destiny of every human or even the total number who will gain salvation? Not according to the Bible.

The Bible teaches that God is selective when it comes to foreordaining the future. For example, God foretold that “a great crowd” of righteous humans would survive the destruction of the wicked at the end of the present system of things. (Revelation 7:9, 14) Note, though, that God did not give a specific number for that great crowd. The reason? He does not predestinate individuals. God is like the loving father of a large family. He knows that at least some of His children will reciprocate His love, but He does not predetermine the number.

Compare God’s use of foreordination with the way he uses his power. As the Almighty, God has absolute power. (Psalm 91:1; Isaiah 40:26, 28) But does he use his power in an uncontrolled manner? No. For instance, he held back from acting against Babylon, an enemy of ancient Israel, until the time was right. “I kept exercising self-control,” God said. (Isaiah 42:14) The same principle applies to his use of foreknowledge and foreordination. Jehovah exercises self-control in order to respect the free will that he gave us.

God’s control of his powers does not limit  him or render him imperfect. In fact, it magnifies his greatness, and it endears him to us, for it shows that his sovereignty truly is exercised not only with omniscience and power but also with love and respect for the free will of his intelligent creation.

Is God to Blame??

On the other hand, if God predetermines everything, including every nasty accident and vile deed that has ever happened, could we not rightly blame him for all the misery and suffering in the world? Thus, upon closer inspection, the teaching of predestination does not honor God, but casts a pall over him. It paints him as cruel, unjust, and unloving​—the very opposite of what the Bible says about him.​—Deuteronomy 32:4.

The Choice Is Yours

By means of his servant Moses, God said to the nation of Israel: “I have put life and death before you, . . . and you must choose life . . . by loving Jehovah your God, by listening to his voice and by sticking to him; for he is your life and the length of your days.” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20) Had God predestinated each Israelite either to love him and gain life or to disregard him and merit death, His words would have been both meaningless and insincere. Do you believe that God, “a lover of justice” and the very personification of love, would act in such an arbitrary way?​—Psalm 37:28; 1 John 4:8.

More Questions:

HAVE YOU WONDERED?

▪ To what extent does God exercise foreknowledge?​—Deuteronomy 30:19, 20; Isaiah 46:10.

▪ Why would God not predetermine everything, including the bad things that happen to people?​—Deuteronomy 32:4.

▪ What will ultimately determine our future?​—John 17:3.

God’s purpose and man’s plan(s)…

By means of the Bible, God is, in effect, saying to us: ‘This is my purpose for mankind and the earth, and this is what you should do to gain everlasting life. It is now up to you to decide whether to listen to me or disregard me.’ Yes, how perfectly God balances his powers of foreordination with his respect for our free will! Will you choose life “by listening to [God’s] voice and by sticking to him”? [excerpted reading AWAKE! 2009, Is Your Future Predestined?]

Tackling evil…

Normally, people want to be peaceable, honest, and kind. Why, then, do we often see violence, injustice, and cruelty? Horrific news reports are common. Is there someone trying to make people act badly?Read 1 John 5:19.

Did God make humans with an evil tendency? No, Jehovah God created humans in his image, with a tendency to imitate God’s love. (Genesis 1:27; Job 34:10) But God also dignified humans with free choice. When our first parents chose to act badly, they rejected God’s example and became imperfect. We inherited the tendency to sin from them.Read Deuteronomy 32:4, 5.

God wants us to resist our bad tendencies. (Proverbs 27:11) So he teaches us how to avoid doing wrong and how to find real happiness. At present, though, we cannot imitate God’s love perfectly.Read Psalm 32:8.

Although evil abounds now, God is permitting it for a limited time to allow all to see its sad consequences. (2 Peter 3:7-9) Soon, however, the earth will be filled with happy people who obey God.Read Psalm 37:9-11

[excerpted Where Did Evil Come From? Bible Questions Answered]

Humans:) we have the power of selection. We can choose to use…any talent, gift, knowledge, circumstance…for the good, better, best.

9/30/18 @ 10:56 a.m.

Peace & Purpose:)..to You Reader.

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Grow Love

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IF we let the wrong things grow… then they get too big to hold, “hand”..le.
IF i let the “things” in my life accumulate, the potential danger IS crowding out the people in my life.

Everyday life is watering and pruning priorities. IF i let the mundane things in life grow too big, then my life is FULL of the MUNDANE! Same with fears and negatives, difficult problems… those weeds have to be clipped before strangling the positives…IF NOT LIFE IS all tangled up and may be knotted in the nots…not helpful, not kind, not useful, not good!

The longer you let a mess grow, doesn’t matter the mess, the longer it could take to clean/fix…depending on how much cleaning and fixing is personally sufficient to the individual…depends on situation and skill level. Not everyone can clean up after themselves.

Discipline and work ethic play parts and organization competencies… it takes mastery over self to work on the more important aspects of life at all times.

Highest functioning is highest organization of GROWING LOVE VERY BIG and simplifying/uncluttering life… keeping a simple eye focused on spirituality and not acquiring stuff.

(The scriptures say God is all powerful and God is love.) …………….

i must (or must i be?) be the strongest girl on earth?? Cause I/i bear the weight of loving (you)…(all).

like how evil would/could i really be…to let you wallow in your?????? (foolishness?????)

impervious

imperfect people don’t always know how to wield/yield their personal power…(don’t hold it against me) like it’s some weakness of yours.

It takes a lot of (tensile) strength to bear the weight of (agape, etc) love and it takes a lot of love to bear life with integrity and dignity.

(Sunday thoughts from the cleaning lady aka me) yeah, in process of further organization of… life.
The more we imitate the God of Love… the more we can successfully carry in life… or carry on in life.

I got stuff calling me to do… 🙂

1/24/18 @ 11:43 a.m.

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Virality Morality

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What does it say (positively/negatively) about our so-called advancements/progression/developments as a whole-modern-day society and technologically-savvy-society of humans when our “North” aka “conscience compass” visually appears/seems solely, at times, guided by the strict parameters of going VIRAL (or not)?!

Among some… content of HIGH-quality or of HIGH-accuracy… is NOT a factor/consideration whatsoever!… Nor IF content is laced with poison for minds in minute form or not.

Going viral is the validation…(for some).

Virality as a value system aka “new” morality… dangerous and damaging to say the least!!… and may be, for some, a mechanism of self-collapse/self-destruction!…the publish button.

When posting anything on-line here or elsewhere i “try” to be discreet and exercise caution. And remember wise-ancient reminders:  i.e., the “writing on the wall”…e.g., “Mene, Mene, Tekel, and Parsin”!!…as well as this

Also sobering counsel…”You must not spread*(Lit., “take up”) a report that is not true. Do not cooperate with a wicked one by becoming a malicious witness.  You must not follow after the crowd to do evil, and you must not pervert justice by giving testimony to go along with the crowd.” (Exodus 23:1, 2)

3/20/18 @ 8:08 p.m.

 

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