Thursday, November 8, 2012

On Yesterday's Post...

** I edited this post because when I was talking about the verse that mentioned Noah I said the next verses below mentioned the false prophets.  Sorry - those verses were prior to those mentioning Noah.  Not trying to mess anyone up!!  I just caught it and corrected it. 

After my post from yesterday I started thinking some of it probably came across harsher than I meant for it to. I think it was the tiredness talking!  I felt bad about it and was afraid I was misleading.  So this may be the "heaviest" post I've ever written.

I am not a great Bible scholar. I’ve never claimed to be. I didn’t go to Bible College. I don’t know as much about the historical things surrounding the time periods in the Bible as much as I should or would like to know. I grew up in a pretty simple Bible preaching Christian Church and Jay and I now attend another very similar Christian Church. One thing I’ve realized over the years is that, at least in the 3 Christian Church’s I’ve attended, there has never been a lot of talk about the end times. Not that we are avoiding the subject, I just feel like what we believe is what the Bible says – no one knows. Recently our preacher even gave a sermon on it and his take on it is that the only thing he knows is that each day is one day closer.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love the people I work with. It has been great to develop friendships with them and I love having someone that I can have in depth religious discussions with. I just don’t think we completely agree on a few things. I just know one day I got a handout on how God has given us a “calendar” of when things will occur. It had a lot of math surrounding different feasts and years of when Biblical events occurred. I couldn’t get past the first page, especially when the very first verse quoted was the one I had yesterday (Matthew 24:36). To me using that verse at the beginning of what they were trying to convince me of negated the rest of the handout.

After I started feeling guilty about yesterdays post I googled some of this and let me tell you – there is a lot of stuff on the internet about the end times. And I’m just going to say it – most of it was kooky. Something I read yesterday said that people take that same verse in Matthew out of context all the time and then went on to explain how the next part when it talks about Noah tells us God does want us to know exactly when He will be back. But this particular author stopped after talking about the verse that mentioned Noah. So I re-read the whole chapter in Matthew to make sure I didn’t feel like what I had said was me taking it out of context. I think a  few verses above it (Matthew 23-26) are highly important because it talks about not being deceived by false prophets. Hmmmm….

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t understand The Book of Revelation. Maybe it is my own simple mindness that keeps me from understanding (and wanting to discuss) how this means that and when John says this he actually means that, etc. Personally I think it is us being humans and trying to put things in terms we understand because we like things tied up in neat little boxes. But I then again I just don’t know….

But I think that is one of the greatest things about God. We don’t have to know all the answers and the sooner we figure that out the better it is. It is so freeing. So I have no idea if I am right or wrong on any of this, all I know is what I feel. I think we are to wait expectantly and with excitement for His coming, whether that is today or next week or 10 years from now.  Strive to live each day like it could happen in the next second!  I still believe we’ve been in the end times since sin first entered the world – God gave us a way out of it even though we don’t deserve it. And yes, things in this world aren’t perfect and I know better things await me at the end of this life….but as I sit at my desk and look at the beautiful sun shining on the red and gold leaves I can’t help but think God gave us some pretty great things to enjoy in this life. I don’t think He wants us to waste it moaning and groaning about how terrible things are or are going to be or trying to figure out what we can’t understand.

But then again I’m pretty simple…..

Matthew 24