Monday, June 25, 2012

The Trinity isn't supposed to make sense

Let's face it. The trinity is pretty confusing. It makes absolutely no sense to us. Three separate beings that are one God, even though they're separate individuals. Think about it too much, and your brain might implode.
Many critics and skeptics of the trinity, such as people of opposing religions like Islam or Jehovah's Witnesses, and a few Christian denominations, try to use the fact that the Trinity is confusing, to prove that it's false. But what they don't realize is, that the Trinity's confusing-ness just shows that it's true.

I mean, just think about it for a second.

Here is the God that created the Earth, 

who created the Sun,
(that little blue dot is Earth)

(the size of the sun compared to Earth and other planets)
who created the stars,
(not to mention these guys, who make the Sun seem like a golfball.)

 and created the entire universe.

Not to mention creating time, space, human logic, human reasoning and knowledge, creating light, form, mass, gravity... we can't even begin to comprehend all he's done!! (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
We can barely understand time itself, from how it exists, to what caused it to start. We're also only beginning to understand the universe we're living in, and why and how it operates the way it does. We still have many unanswered questions about everything.

So how can you expect to completely understand the Creator, if we can't even comprehend his creation?
I mean, if trying to understand time travel movies makes your head hurt, then totally comprehending everything about God, and everything he is; will make it explode.
It's like trying to squeeze 120GB of music on an 8GB iPod. Our minds are too limited to completely understand a God who isn't limited by time, space, and the laws of physics. I can't even picture that, and neither can you. God is just too big, and too awesome for us our minds to really grasp.
That's why other religions believe in things like the Father, Son, and Spirit being separate Gods; the Father being God, Jesus an angel, and the holy spirit only an active force; and God being God, Jesus only a prophet, with the holy spirit not existing.

Despite none of that being found in the bible, people believe it, because it makes sense to them.
They can understand it, and that's what they see as the truth. While that's their decision, and we should all respect it; God is not limited to human logic. He can be anything he wants to be, wether it makes sense to us or not. 
Saying the Trinity is false because it doesn't make sense, or because it's "illogical", is saying that God can only be something if it makes sense to us. That's a lie, because God isn't limited to what we can think. He created our ability to think. God is not limited to anyone, except himself.
Like my friend tweeted a while back: "God is a God who can do anything and everything. Stop putting human limitations on him."
That includes being three persons, but one God.

From here on is by Hannah ;)

      Like Langston said, there is no logic behind God and how He operates. We're like ants trying to understand something so much bigger than us. I believe that Jesus is who he said he was, Lord. God says that we should believe like little children, without question. Proverbs 3:5-6 explains it all. Lets just trust in God and not lean on our own understanding. People say that just because it's confusing and doesn't make sense, it's not true. If you ask me, I think that the Earth banging into place, and people coming from monkeys doesn't make much sense either ;) The Trinity isn't supposed to make sense. We're just supposed to have faith and believe it. Like Langston said, God can do whatever He wants. God CAN. I heard someone say awhile ago that "God can't do it alone, He needs people." The words "God" and "can't" don't belong in the same sentence. I think if you rephrase it and say "People can't do it alone, they need God," it would make a lot more sense. Lets just trust the Lord and have faith in Him. He will make himself known to us.

Friday, June 22, 2012

When People are Big and God is small

We did this awesome teaching in my youth group and I just wanted to share some stuff from it with you :)

    Do you put people ahead of God? Do you try to please people more than God? Do you care what people think about you? Do you try to be someone else to fit in with a group of people? Do you sin and disobey God to be accepted by others? If you do, then you are making people bigger in your life than God.

    Galatians 1:10 says "Am I trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I still trying to win the approval of men? If I were trying to win the approval of men, I wouldn't be a servant of Christ." It's hard, but we can't worry about what people will say when we tell them about Jesus. We cannot be people pleasers and God pleasers. If we are a friend of the world, we are an enemy of God. If you know that you're pleasing God with what you're doing, then you really shouldn't fear anyone.

    Here are a few examples of people who try so hard to win the approval of other people:

    Sophie asks Emma if she wants to spend the night at her house. Emma is already spending the night with Carly, but she doesn't want to disappoint Sophie. Emma wants to please both Sophie and Carly, so she lies, and tells Sophie that she's free to sleep over. Now, apparently, Emma is going to find a way to spend the night with Sophie and Carly so she doesn't disappoint anyone. See? Sometimes we lie so we can gain the approval of people, which is clearly not what God wants.

         Sarah stands in front of her closet, and can't decide what shoes to wear. Anna always wears flip-flops, so maybe Anna would like her if Sarah wore them, too. But, Megan loves converse. Maybe if Sarah wore converse, Megan would accept her. Sarah finally decides on flip-flops. Anna isn't at school, so now Sarah feels depressed. Now, Megan won't like her because she's not wearing converse, and Anna won't ever see her awesome flip-flops. But do Anna and Megan really care what shoes Sarah wears? This is another example of someone who lives for other people's approval, instead of living to please the Lord. Who cares what people think!!! Let's relentlessly pursue God, and let's share His incredible love with others.

     Is it easier to go on a missions trip to Peru and tell someone about Jesus? Or, is it easier to go to school, and tell your friends about Jesus at lunch? Honestly, you're probably never going to see that guy from Peru again. You're going to see your friends at school everyday. Why is it so hard to tell people about Jesus at school? Are we afraid of rejection? Are we afraid of being made fun of? Are we afraid of being labeled as the nerdy, narrow-minded, church kid who won't shut up about Jesus? If we are, then we are afraid of people. We make people bigger in our lives than God. I know that myself, and everyone, can grow in this area of being bold, and having confidence in God. What man should I fear? What can man do to me? (Psalm 118:6-9)

    Try to make God big, and people small in your life. When you put all your trust in people, they're going to let you down. People aren't perfect; they aren't God. Let's put our trust in God and let's have confidence in Him. God won't let us down when we put our trust in Him. Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you're living to please people, or God.

   Do you live for the approval of other people?

   Do you put others down so you'll feel better about yourself?

   Do you put all your trust in other people?

   Do you care about what other people will think if you preach the gospel?

   Do you live for compliments from other people?

     If you answered yes to some of these questions, then you might have the problem of making people bigger in your life than God. Living for compliments from other people is one that I struggle with. I play sports and sometimes I just live to hear a compliment from my coach. It's great to encourage others, but lets not live for encouragement from others, but lets live to please our Father. Colossians 3:23 talks about working hard and cheerfully in everything we do for GOD, NOT for other men. In everything we do, lets give the glory to God!  Father, I pray that you will help us not to fear people any longer. I pray that you will help us to live for you, and not for others. Amen!

        The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. –Proverbs 29:25




Monday, June 18, 2012

Confidence from God

1. Marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or prideful.
2. Showing deferential or submissive respect.
3. Low in rank, quality, or station; unpretentious or lowly.
1. Arrogant; disdainful.
2. Highly pleased; elated

1. Marked by assurance, as of success.
2. Marked by confidence in oneself; self-assured.
3.  Very bold; presumptuous.

      Christ's humility in the Bible is incredible and he calls us to be the same way. But can we be humble and confident without being prideful? The answer is yes, if your confidence comes from the Lord, and not from yourself. Being humble is realizing that you are second and God is first. 2 Corinthians 3:4-5 says "Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. NOT that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God." As Christians we should have confidence in the Lord and not in ourselves. If we have confidence in ourselves, then that turns into pride. If we have confidence in ourselves, then we trick ourselves into thinking that we can do it on our own, and we don't need God or the Holy Spirit's power to help us. We become prideful and have confidence in our own ability, rather than in God's ability.

       Philippians 2:3 says "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." If we boast about how humble we are then it's not humility at all but pride. God hates pride. Why wouldn't He? Do we really have any right to be prideful? We deserve death after all but the Lord was gracious enough to give us the gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23). If anyone had a right to be prideful, it would be Christ Jesus who was and is PERFECT! But instead, He was humble and hungout with sinners. Instead of taking pride in ourselves, let us take pride in the Lord and what Christ did on the cross. Since we have confidence in God through Jesus Christ we are bolder (2 Corinthians 3:12). We can accomplish nothing on our own, at least nothing that matters. But God can accomplish some really great things through us if we have confidence in him, and not in ourselves. We can be humble and confident, if our confidence comes from the Father. We should have no fear of man because our Father is with us, and our help comes from the Lord.

       If we have a very high self-esteem and think highly of ourselves, that is pride. If we have a low self-esteem and think lowly of ourselves then that is, also in a way, pride. Really it isn't about us or how we think of ourselves. It is about our great Father who cared and loved us enough to send his only Son to die for us. In John chapter 15 Jesus calls us his friends!!! Really!?!?! The God of the universe calls me his friend? That's crazy! It is the goodness of God that draws man to repentence. To turning away from sin and evil and turning towards God. It's the goodness of our Father that attracts followers like a magnet. Isn't God awesome? Lets not take pride in what we do, but in what God does and can do. That's what confidence in the Lord is all about. Staying weak, and relying on him to get the job done.

A new voice for Finding your way in Christ.

Hey people!! It's been a good month and a half since I've posted anything on here, and it feels pretty great to be writing on here again. But, that's not the reason I'm writing this post. 
I'm writing this, to introduce you to my friend Hannah, who will be the new writer for Finding your way in Christ. (or FYWIC, for short. xD)

See, over the past few days, I've been working on some future posts because I was planning to come back on my blog soon. I thought I was ready, but I guess I'm not, because God began to convict me about it, basically telling me to just stop everything and wait on him. Which probably isn't surprising, just because I get ahead of myself real easily and can become a little overenthusiastic at times. But yeah, I'm going to be stepping down, and let Hannah take the lead, to be the main author for this blog. 

She's a good friend of mine, is incredibly on fire for Christ, loves God, and just has a lot of amazing God-inspired writings, testimonies, and just amazing things to share with you guys. If you want to see what I mean, check out her testimony, which she posted last night.

So yeah, I'm stepping down, and making room for Hannah to step up. God has still leading me in a different direction, but he still has plans for Finding Your Way in Christ, and Hannah is a part of that epic plan. :] Yes, it's still technically my blog, but I'm giving it over to her, because I know God's going to do something awesome through her, something that only he can do. For the 6 months this blog has been up, it's just me and God. But now it's time for a different chapter, with a different voice, and a different face. Don't get me wrong, I'll still be here, I'll only be playing the background, and letting Hannah take the lead.

So now you know what's going on. xP Hannah may or may not choose to post/finish some of my old drafts, so if she does, keep in mind that blogger will probably say "by Langston" instead of "by Hannah." (she'll probably let you know that she published the post though)

But yeah, that's it. Just wanted you guys to know exactly what was going on here. :]

Have a great day and God bless!!