Questions and affirmations

Recently, some friends and I were discussing our dislike of eschatology. Too much of the eschatology I’ve heard was fear-based, and above that, too much just doesn’t make sense in the context of the Bible. How is the mark of the beast supposed to be a bar code or microchip–something very visible–when the mark of Christ is never discussed but is left to assumption as the “seal of the spirit”–something not as readily noticeable? My friends paused… I felt maybe they were wondering if I’d gone off the deep end. They let it go, but still, I’d just questioned a widely accepted thought. And I’m no Bible scholar; I have no right to be doing that. Right?

No, wrong. It’s not the first time that I’ve asked a question like that and later discovered that someone else has asked the same thing… someone who has studied and who is a Bible scholar. And at times I’ve even discovered in asking the questions that whole denominations believe the same way I do, but my little corner of the world just sees things differently. It’s okay to ask questions. And definitely okay to look for answers. One more affirmation that questions are okay… and maybe, perhaps, even right.

I logged onto Facebook this morning and found this in my inbox: http://www.equip.org/bible_answers/is-the-mark-of-the-beast-a-microchip- One more affirmation that questions are okay… and maybe, perhaps, even right.

 

 

 

 

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

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