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Who is the kingdom of heaven for?

In Luke 8, we see that the kingdom of heaven is for people who wouldn’t first consider themselves to be good candidates for citizenship, like the Roman centurion whose servant was sick. This centurion, a Gentile leader in the ruling state’s army, hears about Jesus and does not hesitate. His influence is so great that he sends Jewish elders to Jesus, asking him to come and heal his servant (v.3). This is not a man who is grasping at straws—this is a man who hears the reports about Jesus, a man who is not from his own culture or his own faith, and believes what he hears.

(He who has hears, let him hear.)

The centurion does not even consider himself worthy of having Jesus come into his house, or to go and meet him on the road (v.6-7). He sends messengers to say, “But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it” (v.7-8, NIV). Jesus commends him for his faith, saying he has not found such faith even in Israel (v.9), and when the messengers get home, the servant is healed (v.10).

The kingdom of heaven is for the downtrodden and heartbroken and weary, like the widow whose only son died (v.12). Jesus draws near to her and has compassion on her so keenly he feels it in the very depths of himself (“he had compassion on her” (v.13) = “esplanchnisthē”, a conjugation of the word “splagchnizomai”, which means “to be moved in the inward parts, i.e. to feel compassion”). The kingdom of heaven is for people who Jesus draws nears to and says, “Do not weep” (v.13). More than that, he brings her son back to life and gives her hope again (v.14-15).

The kingdom of heaven is for people awaiting miracles, and who can recognize that God has visited his people (v.16).

The kingdom of heaven is for those who doubt, even when they are born into a rich legacy of faith. John the Baptist has a crisis in Luke 8, sending messengers to Jesus to ask, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (v.19, ESV). The same John who lept in his mother’s womb when Mary, newly pregnant with Jesus, visited; the same John who declared, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, NIV) when Jesus came to be baptized. Jesus does not shame him for his doubt; he reassures him (Luke 8:22-23).

The kingdom of heaven is for the sinful woman at the end of Luke 8, who anoints Jesus’s feet with oil and her tears and wipes them with her hair as he reclines with a Pharisee. A woman who realizes all at once that she does not deserve what he is offering, yet knows that she is the one who is being offered it regardless of her past and what she may have done. In reward for her act of faith, Jesus forgives her sin (v.48, 50).

The kingdom of heaven is for all of these; more than that, the kingdom of heaven is for all. Jesus does not turn anyone away, and no one can be snatched from his hand.

anonymous asked:

How do you feel about atheists who still like/wear religious imagery?

I think this is a very broad question with a complex answer. There are some elements of various religions’ iconography that have become so mainstream that the average person doesn’t even realize they’re religious in nature and may not treat them as such despite their intrinsic ties to religion (like christmas trees). And there are other things that, while heavily associated with various religions, did not gain their start through religion (like stained glass), though some people may not realize that either. Then there is the fact that some religions have become so dominant within a particular society (like christianity in the west) that escaping their imagery completely is very difficult. Also there’s the fact that many atheists and agnostics were culturally raised with a particular religion, and so while they don’t worship or believe in that doctrine anymore, certain aspects may still bring comfort and familiarity to them. Overwhelmingly, no, this sort of thing does not bother me, especially regarding the religions that are more practiced and so extend a farther worldly reach. That being said it is also important to remember that some religions (particularly indigenous faiths like hoodoo and candomble) are closed and so it is very disrespectful and, imo, violent for outsiders and non practitioners to attempt to turn them into accessories or decorations. In a more general way, it is very difficult and, some would say, nearly impossible to divorce yourself from all religion, never interacting with any derivative of faith ever again. Humans have had religion since we have had fire. Many of the first recordings of ancient languages from all over the world have been creation myths. We saw flowers and we decided that they were once beautiful women trapped by the violence of a god. We saw the great blue expanse of the ocean and decided it was the tears of a grieving goddess. We saw the beauty and the chaos of the world around us and we said “this is why. this and this and this.” We watched the stars move and fall and we made a story for each one. We saw people sneeze and, in a moment of fear and hope, we said “bless you,” which of course was just another way to pray, just another way to say “please don’t die,” just another way to say “i love you.”

“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and save and proclaimed - I, and not some foreign god among you.”

“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God.”

- Isaiah 43:10-12

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Faith is belief in things unseen; things unmeasured, unmeasurable,

Some people reject this,
They call faith, “imagination”,
They call themselves faithless; above it all; unscaleable,
And they find something tangible to believe in instead,
Like science,
Or architecture,
Or philosophy,
Or dreams.

Some people get cross at an imagined God,
For all the nonsense in the world,
If some people could play the flute to make God dance, they would dance God right off a cliff - give Him a piece of their mind,
As He fell back down to earth.

Imagine.  

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WHY JESUS?

WHY JESUS?


JESUS was born,
that I might be born twice.


HE became poor,
that I might possess wealth.


HE became homeless,
that I might have mansions.


HE was stripped,
that I always should have clothes.


HE was forsaken,
that I always should have friends.


HE was bound,
that I might have perfect liberty.


HE was sad,
that I might have full joy.


HE descended,
that I should be lifted up.


HE became a servant,
that I might be a son forever.


HE was hungry,
that I should always have food.


HE was made sin,
that I should share HIS righteousness.


HE died,
that I should never taste Eternal death.


HE will come down,
that I might go up.


All of this – that HE might display in me the riches of HIS grace
and be the companion of God in the heavenlies.


– Author Unknown

Walking on water and doubt

And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

You may know Peter as the other person of whom there’s record about having walked on water. But I did that too earlier this week!

Okay, okay, put those stones back on the ground, I’m just kidding. Technically though I did walk on water, it was just frozen. But I did feel like how Peter probably felt after his little “fail”. 

There I was, going home, usual stuff, but as I was walking up the steep part of the alley my foot slipped, and it caused a wave of anxiety to rush over me. I didn’t fall, but suddenly I realized I was standing in the middle of a frozen angled surface, in heels no less. My next steps were slow and hesitant, there were no thoughts in my head other than “Oh sh*t, I messed up now, Lord, save me!”. Very Peter-like. Well, I didn’t fall, but that incident made me think about the stormy sea. Peter was doing fine, he was headed towards Jesus, unwavering, confident. But when he shifted his attention to the storm around him he began to sink. I was having no problems until I took a moment to look at the ground I was stepping on, and for a second it stunned me, like, how on earth did I manage to walk this far without noticing this ice?! Ignorance is bliss they say, but God says “Keep your eyes on Me.” I’m not saying “trust in God and you can walk from Iceland to Canada through the ocean”, but I am saying that with God all things are possible. You just have to trust Him and move towards Him, and He will help you overcome the dangers of this world! Don’t let the power of your doubt distract you from relying on God’s infinite power! 

“It is hard. It is hard to wake up every morning, and just feel pain. To feel sorrow, and not seeing change. But it is worth it. It will be worth it. One day, everything we have been promised will come true. Everything we’ve dreamed about will become our reality. It may take one year or ten, but it will. Until then, we just have to keep going. Keep feeling sorrow and pain. Keep doing what we are doing. That is the only way to get there. We have to keep giving ourselves to this life. We have to make it through this.”

n.c. // we won’t be here forever