Thursday, March 22, 2007

You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you'll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren't willing to receive from me the life you say you want.
- The Message, John 5:39-40

Why do so many people think we can get or even stay right with God by 'following the rules'?
He even told us that it isn't about the rules. The rules show us errors we make. The rules even help us to do the right things. But life isn't about the rules. Life is about something else.

What did you say? We can break the rules?
Paul answered that very question in the scriptures.
10 points to the person who tells me where.

Update: 5 points for Pablo.
Update: 10 points for Mike V.


Anonymous said...

the lady has no head on her shoulders. Are you that way to and have no head. I bet you wear glasses and bug calvinists that do no agree. Or maybe you have no cash and play cheap games from second hand stores??? Am I wrong? I know people like you have 3 kids and live somewhere in the great south. I bet your a man of statue and chacter. Am I right.

Pablo said...

I'm thinking the book of Romans. No condemnation in Christ Jesus (8:1). Am I close?

Oh, and what's with Anonymous' comment? Is there a "minor" south? What is a "man of statue"? And what exactly is "chacter"? This person displays great spelling and punctuation "skillz".

thimscool said...

I'm thinking that English is not their first language.

Pretty amusing. I imagine that Roland is a man of statue!

Roland said...

Funny thing is, I am from Minnesota. I don't get the great south thing. I know him personally, though. He does have problems spelling. It comes from his cerebral palsy. He's just trying to get me to be a hyper-calvinist. Nice try, Shad.

I'll give you 5 points, Pablo. Your in the right book I was thinking of, and the thought is correct. I was thinking a little before chapter 8 in Romans though.

MIke V said...

You are correct, it’s not the law that saves us but, it is the law that shows us we are sinners in need of a savior. Romans 3:20 “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” and Romans 7:7 “What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet.”

I’m thinking that you’re thinking Romans 6 covers it pretty well.

I just wonder… Do you think that sometimes people point out or get hung up on the law because our lives don’t always appear to show the repentance and life changes that should come when we become slaves to righteousness? I wonder if it is because many of us still act like we are slaves to sin. Don’t get me wrong, even though I’m forgiven and a slave to righteousness, I still fall victim to the sinful nature that occasionally rears its ugly head.

I thought that since we had such fun over at Jeff’s blog I would pop in and harass you here :-)

Roland said...

Awesome Mike V!
That is exactly what I was thinking of.
And harass is not even close to what you do. Your thoughts are well thought out and discussed. I think I remember something about iron sharpening iron somewhere... ;)
That being said, harass away!

Wonder Woman said...

Can I get 10 points just for showing cleavage?


thimscool said...

I feel like a dork for giving Shadman a hard time...

I'm sorry.

Roland said...

Don't worry about it Luke.
I give Shadman a hard time too. We get rather pointed in our discussions about Calvinism. One day we will see eye to eye on it.

It does help to have all the facts before we make judgments. That is what I keep trying to say with my blog. If we all understood each other a little better, we would not rush to make judgments quite so often. :)

thimscool said...

Only God has all the facts.

thimscool said...

I suspect that we can all agree on that point...

Godel's Theorem notwithstanding...

Roland said...

Only God does have all the facts. Now what can we know and understand?
Has He given us some, none or all?
Do you know what He has given us?
Are you sure we can't know something?
Never heard of Godel's Theorem before. Interesting.