Note to Self: A Really Big Storm is A-Comin’

21 Apr

raining sheets

After bringing the little ones to the zoo today, we all took a nap.  We were awakened by a crazy storm that dumped hail and sheets of rain while lighting up the sky with lightning and booming thunder.  Within a few minutes, the sidewalk surrounding my apartment became a small stream a few inches deep.  In the midst of it all, I put raincoats on the toddlers and pushed them in a stroller to the car so we could pick Logan up from school.  How quickly the world changed completely!

The storm reminds me of the very first rain storm, which was when Noah had finished building an ark and had loaded two of every creature on board.  Everything changed as it rained for 40 days and 40 nights, killing every living, breathing thing that wasn’t on the ark.  A similar event is due to come someday, when the rapture occurs.  Believers will go up and things on earth will get very volatile after that.

Ultimately, the earth’s purposes will be finished and all of humanity will either go to heaven or hell.  And this very thing is what our existence on earth is about.  It’s so easy to forget that, what with the world offering so many engaging distractions.

What would happen if we lived every day with a stark awareness that an eternal tempest of judgment is coming upon everyone who rejects Jesus Christ?  I don’t know about you, but I believe it would help to nudge me out of my complacency and find creative new ways to share the Good News that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for our sins.  And we can pass from this tumultuous journey called life into a place of eternal peace and joy.  There, we’ll probably never have to slog around in soggy shoes.

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“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man.”  Luke 17:26

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5 Responses to “Note to Self: A Really Big Storm is A-Comin’”

  1. boomslang April 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    “What would happen if we lived every day with a stark awareness that an eternal tempest of judgment is coming upon everyone who rejects Jesus Christ?”

    Hi,

    ‘Couple of quick questions:

    – would you agree that in order to reject something, in this case, “Jesus Christ”, that one would have to actually believe that such an entity exists? For example, consider those who don’t believe in “Allah”. Are people who don’t harbor a belief in “Allah” rejecting him? Or is it more accurate to simply say that they don’t believe in him?

    – it seems that at the heart of your above question lies fear..e.g..we should fear the “eternal tempest of judgment” that is (supposedly) coming”, etc. Do you think that God would really be content having people follow him simply because they’re afraid not to?

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    • Stevie McHugh April 21, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

      Hello,

      Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Here are answers to your questions, though there are a whole lot of scriptures that agree together to fully answer these types of queries:

      — As to question #1, here’s this scripture: John 5:24 (NKJ)
      Life and Judgment Are Through the Son

      24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”

      All the complicated aspects you’re alluding to I’m sure are covered by the grace of God because our Creator expresses clearly in the Bible that He wants everyone to live eternally with Him in heaven.

      — #2 There are more scriptures in the Bible about hell than about heaven. So God is simply sensible enough to make it clear that there is an eternal choice and hell is a place to be scared of. But it’s the goodness of God that leads people to repentance.

      Romans 2:4

      4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? (NKJ)

      If you haven’t already made your mind up about Christianity, these scriptures can definitely help.

      Thanks again.

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      • boomslang April 21, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

        “Here are answers to your questions, though there are a whole lot of scriptures that agree together to fully answer these types of queries:”

        Thx for the response.

        As for your response to question 1, the scriptures might work as answers to my question if I were already convinced of Jesus’ existence, and the Bible, “His Word”. And while I spent 2/3rds of life believing just that, I have since changed my mind.

        In any case, I firmly believe that we could(and still can) discuss what it means to “reject” something or someone without referring to the Bible, or Qu’ran, or any other revealed document. Words have meanings outside of religion. To reject something implies its existence. You and I don’t “reject” the Muslim god(Allah); we simply disbelieve in him.

        As for your response to question 2, you say…

        “There are more scriptures in the Bible about hell than about heaven. So God is simply sensible enough to make it clear that there is an eternal choice and hell is a place to be scared of”

        So, okay, you partially answered my question. We should be “scared” of “hell”. ‘Got it. But what I wanted to know from you, is if you think that God would be content having people believe in him solely because they’re afraid not to. If you feel that you can’t hypothesize and answer in your own words, fair enough. I’ll just be on my way, but not before I say that you look much too young to be a grandmother! Wow!

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  2. Stevie McHugh April 21, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    Thanks so much for the nice personal comment. Since my birthday is tomorrow, another sign I’m getting older, I especially appreciate it! (My photo here was taken about a month ago.)

    My personal answers are within the scriptures, really. Cut through all the what ifs and simply IF YOU BELIEVE…for question 1. It’s faith that leads to salvation. This kind of faith comes without seeing. I believe a personal inner journey is involved in every life which leads to either accepting or rejecting Jesus, in whatever loose form that may come (only God knows). I believe it transcends our finite minds.

    And for the second, the answer is also found there in the scriptures in that God is so good and gave up His Son so that we might live, each of us individually. To expound: Salvation is a result of repentance, which means a result of turning away from former beliefs or the lack thereof. Whatever gets you to salvation, even if it’s fear of hell, will end up being okay with God because once you’re truly a converted Christian, God himself resides within you as well as heaven itself. (For instance, I often say that if I would have had to be put in prison to find salvation, I would have been happy to do that.) As long as you end up in heaven and not hell, the road that gets you there is a blessing.

    Thanks so much for the lively discussion. I hope you’ll visit again.

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    • boomslang April 22, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

      You’re welcome, and happy B-day!

      As for the rest, I appreciate it when the believers I encounter say it boils down to “faith”, as in this…..”This kind of faith comes without seeing.”

      I find this much more honest than those believers who insist that their beliefs are founded and sustained on things like “reason” and “logic”. It is not “reasonable” to believe that we can be in a relationship with an invisible, inaudible, non-corporeal being. It is not “logical” that people get up out of their graves and start walking around. These things can only be believed on “faith”. And yes, I understand that “hell” is a fear tactic. However, usually when I point this out to believers, they only want to focus on the alternative..i.e..”heaven”. Talking about “hell” makes them uncomfortable. In any case, I’m merely contending that if there is a Supreme Intelligence, he/she/it would not need to resort to such tactics. Fear tactics are what man uses to get his way.

      ‘Best

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