He sank the sub!

A group of kids were gathered at a naval port to watch their friend perform his ritual and speech cloaked in his despising of anything Godward. This man hated God, and he had a mission. Amid laughing, jeering, cursing, applause, and just plain silliness, the display of ignorance, arrogance, petulance, and theatrics was like  a weekly bonfire of jubilee.

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There was orange soda, potato chips, and a ream of twizzlers, all adding to the levity in waiting for the clock to strike high noon, as retired Commander  Tiaranstein plied his craft of daring the Creator. ‘Stop me from sinking this sub if you are real,’ he would shout to the excitement of his followers, ‘there IS no God!’

The older man had a captive audience in the youth, as it was his passion to purge their minds of any thoughts toward God. The youngsters found him entertaining.

Yeah, a real sideshow, as the former submariner was rather proud of his abilities under the seven seas. He lectured the boys on covert ops, stealth, the improvements and tactical advantages of titanium over tried and true steel, he spoke of range and depth, pressure within and without, and the general need for all the crew to be on board with a single purpose, for dwelling in tight quarters for extended periods of time could wreak havoc on a mind.

Yep, a true evangelist.

So there he was at twelve o’clock as he pulled out his pea shooter (a 7 inch Wendy’s straw) and blew his first puff at the iron whale. ‘Bam, got it!’ to the thunderous roar of the kids, and the waters began to churn around the football field sized sub.

Chips were passed, pop was gulped as another pea was shot. ‘This thing will go down,’ as the commander reached for more words: ‘The submarine while looking fearless, can be very weak and prone to attack, and one must be always on guard against lurkers, especially those in uncharted waters.’ He always sprinkled in a few morsels of facts with his oratory of unbelief. The boys just about worshipped the Commander, but there were a few who knew otherwise.

Pffft, he snorted out another pea. The sound of the sub got louder, the waters rose, and the massive iron lung started to disappear after 5 more shots of the Commander’s peas. The boys went nuts: ‘He did it again, all praise to the Captain,’ and of course the old man looking up toward heaven and seeing nothing but blue sky and clouds,  gnawed his teeth: ‘aye, where are ya, ye sailor in the sky?’

Immediately, a young voice from afar was heard: ‘But Cap’n, can’t you see the dust of His feet?’

Ignoring this stunning answer, the old seafarer is proud once again, as he dismissed the Creator with seven puffs of his pea shooter. He sank the sub!  With his own hands and breath, he with a plastic straw has sunk the steel fortress with a few beans. Oh the strength of man.

Yeah, this is what your attempts look like Mr. Skeptic, as you try to dismiss He who made your hands, He who gave you eyes, a conscience, the very breath of life, and provided the elements and resources for the sub, this is how weak your case is, how small you appear to others who know better.  So you can sink a submarine with a pea shooter eh? So you think you can dismiss the Creator with a few paltry insults? Ha!

Be careful that ye offend not one of these little ones. (and isn’t it strange that the waters also cannot keep the submarine below, he WILL rise again)

 

(EDIT NOTE 4.18.17  if you want, comment at re-blog)

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57 Responses to He sank the sub!

  1. atimetoshare says:

    Amen! God cannot be defeated. He proved it on Easter morning. Blessings to you and yours.

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  2. Wally Fry says:

    @Kathy. Yep, He proved it for sure…Amen and more amen.

    @Colorstorm. Pea shooters…loved that.

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  3. archaeopteryx1 says:

    This man hated God” – What a faulty premise – a man could no more hate a god than he could a fuzzy pink unicorn – how could one hate a non-existent premise? And the author didn’t even mention which of the thousands of non-existent gods the man hated.

    Has anyone ever noticed just how coincidental it is, that the god of wherever you’re born always happens to be the “true” god?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      That’s interesting arch- never knew a ‘unicorn’ that could compete with God who created the sun and the moon.

      But the Commander at the pier ‘knows’ the God he shakes fist at. Why do you think he is looking ‘up…’

      There is only one true God who is ‘Above all,’ and I may add, you know it as well.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        …never knew a ‘unicorn’ that could compete with God who created the sun and the moon.” – In terms of non-existence, there IS no competition, all are equal.

        Why do you think he is looking ‘up…’?” – I truly don’t know – we’ve been to the moon, and sent rockets with cameras to the very edge of the solar system, and found nothing worth shaking a fist at – in fact, once you leave earth’s gravity well, “up” ceases to be a direction.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Question for ya arch-

          When people die, WHY do you put them in the ground? With no disrespect, why not just put the ‘carcass’ out to the curb for weekly pick up?

          By the way, we ‘look up,’ because it is wired in our conscience that someone is Above us. It is an undeniable proof.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          By the way, we ‘look up,’ because it is wired in our conscience that someone is Above us. It is an undeniable proof.” – No, we look up because that’s where lightening and thunder comes from. It’s no coincidence that our earliest gods were storm gods – Zeus, Thor, Amurru, Yahweh, just to name a few.

          When people die, WHY do you put them in the ground?” – I suspect odor has a lot to do with it.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Here I was hoping you would have said ‘respect for life, as well as the dead.’

          Much is revealed as to how a man treats the dead. Why should I be surprised at your answer…..

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    • Tricia says:

      “This man hated God” – What a faulty premise – a man could no more hate a god than he could a fuzzy pink unicorn – how could one hate a non-existent premise?”

      I guess the same way a man does who continually argues against such “non existent premises” by commenting on blog posts from people he’s never even met and by all reason should care less to bother with. Why go to the trouble unless such hatred is rubbing, perhaps unconsciously, a deep area in that person that needs to reevaluated?

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  4. Well done. Your post reminds me of a description of Captain Ahab and his white whale, “he’s a grand, ungodly, god-like man.”

    In the movie Ahab once speaks of God or perhaps he really speaks of his whale, but he says, “malicious or indifferent… you don’t know which is worse. Such a thing cannot be allowed to live.”

    God is not indifferent to us, nor is he malicious, but that is how we must perceive Him in order to justify our own pursuit of non belief. The very fact that people need to try and justify non belief in the first place, speaks to His existence.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Well, at least somebody worked in Ahab, I must have been out to lunch.

      PURSUIT of unbelief. Well played, yes indeed. The lengths earthlings travel (the seven seas lol ) to snuff God out from His very oceans.

      I also agree that the massive efforts to dismiss He who is Above all, is proof enough that the I AM truly IS.

      I liked the little fella with the ‘dust’ observation, and he was given a ‘nice little boy, but this is talk for adults’ Ha!

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      The very fact that people need to try and justify non belief in the first place, speaks to His existence.” – Spoken, IB, with logic as convoluted as a Mobius strip.

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  5. Peter says:

    What has puzzled me is why it seems God does not honor the prayers of the faithful. As an example in the early 7th century king in Britain, King Aethelfrith massacred 1200 Welsh monks while they were praying to God for victory in a battle against him.

    I know people who have confidently claimed God’s promises for healings and yet the person prayed for died.

    The odd prayer does seem to be answered, but no more than could be attributed to the normal laws of probability. Jesus talked of prayer that would move mountains. Yet we see whole Christian communities decimated despite prayers to support them.

    North Africa, Syria, Turkey and Arabia were once majority Christian communities. The Christians in Japan were slaughtered by the Samurai. Did God not hear the prayers?

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    • Wally Fry says:

      Peter,

      I saw this comment here and felt I had to say something. Based on what you have revealed about your background, you know the answer to that question. You know that God is not a cosmic candy machine designed to give to us just because we ask it. You surely know that His will is the primary objective, not our desires.

      I am sure you learned during your life in the church that prayer, as much as anything is designed to bring us to a comprehension of God’s will, not to simply get what we want.

      Why are you searching so hard for the problems, Peter? If you believed, keep believing. It’s not God’s word that is changing here, it’s you.

      Bless you friend.

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      • Peter says:

        Hi Wally. You are correct I do seem to be focussing on problems. I suppose that is a fair commentary about where I am at now. I have said to you elsewhere I don’t want to be a hypocrite but in my heart I feel I am one. I led an Easter Service today, I preached to people from John 20. This makes me a hypocrite. But people would not know of my issues from what I preached.

        I have over the years noted various difficulties in the Bible. Every scholar admits there are difficulties, but is as though the genie is out of the bottle. I am no longer able to rationalise them away. I am now seeing that the explanation that the Bible is a flawed human creation seems to better explain the document we have than it being a divine creation. I am continuing to read the Bible but am now noting the preponderance of issues that keep coming up. I think it is pointless to list some of them here as apologists have been very creative in finding ways of explaining away inconsistencies. If you try hard enough you can always come up with reasons to explain issues, no matter how implausible.

        People have been able to explain away the clear conflicts between Matthew and Luke’s gospels even though they directly contradict each other. For example Did Jesus appear to his disciples in Jerusalem or Galilee after the resurrection. A plain reading says conflict, but a person of faith says that is impossible so they search for another explanation and conclude both are true and the complete story is told between the two. That explanation is not impossible but it is unlikely and we have unlikely on top of unlikely. John even has the Jesus crucified on a different day. How many hours was Jesus on the cross 3 or 6? Matthew’s story of Joseph taking Jesus and Mary to Egypt contradicts what Luke says. In Matthew 10:23 Jesus said his disciples will not even finish going through Israel before he returns. In Mark 5:13 the pigs rush down the hillside into the sea, yet the location Mark mentions is 30 miles form the sea of Galilee. Luke mentions a census at the time of Jesus’ birth of which the Romans authority kept no record and no other historian refers to.

        The story that Jesus tells of the sheep and the goats in Matthew 25:31-46 is an interpolation from the apocalyptic Book of Enoch. In fact the Book of Enoch influenced the new Testament writers more than the Old Testament did.

        The above is just the tip of an iceberg of issues. At what point does one say that the best explanation for these issues is that the Bible is not divinely inspired?

        This is why I focussed on answered prayer. If God is shown to be clearly honouring his promises in the Bible then one can accept these difficulties. But in the absence of God appearing to honour the prayers of the faithful what should one conclude?

        I know I could be totally wrong. But I have trouble putting faith in a book that I see as a very human rather than a divine book. So much of the Christian teaching seems derived from Zoroastrian.

        I should stop at this point, my mother would literally roll in her grave if she knew what I am writing. She had been awarded Christian of the Year in my State by our denomination some years ago. She would be very sad. She would not tell me about Santa when I was little because she said she wanted to ensure I believed her when she told me about Jesus.

        The problem I have Wally is that once I considered the possibility the Bible may not be from God I saw it in a new light. All these problems and issues suddenly made sense to me. I don’t know if I can ever look at the Bible the same way again, I really do need a miracle. Perhaps God will provide one. That would be merciful and gracious of God.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          Well Peter

          All I can say is you know the truth. You seem in a very concerted effort to reject God’s Word. My question is your motivation. I mean no insult by this, but in my experience when believers choose to reject what they know to be true, it is because there is something else they want more.I.e there is some thing or behavior they are liking and if they can disprove their own faith then they can continue. If that is not true for you, I apologize.

          You seem to be strong in your belief that God exists. Go with it. Why Peter are you suddenly full of questions? Think about your motivation, and I suspect you will find that your questions have nothing to do with God, and plenty to do with you.

          Preaching this morning? That concerns me a lot Peter. Enough said on that friend.

          Blessings to you in this day when our Lord Arose.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          …when believers choose to reject what they know to be true….” – What it’s rather clear that Peter is saying, Wally, is that he doesn’t know it to be true.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          What is rather clear is that you seem to think you can speak for another person now, Arch.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          It’s only fair – you seem to think you can speak for a perceived deity —

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Soooooooooo, you would just as much say a carpenter did not build his house, accusing him as creator of fabricating a lie so you can live comfortably, as you would accuse God of not providing the tree for the wood.

          Things made require a maker. Common sense 101.

          You cannot sink the sub with a pea shooter, try you may, and puff all day.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Things made require a maker” – So who made your god?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          You ask all the wrong questions.

          God is not a THING thank you very much. Your pea shooter is a thing.

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        • Wally Fry says:

          Nah He spoke for Himself in The Bible you know

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Peter:

          God’s word is the eternal anvil which has wore out every hammer against it. Your concerns are nothing new, and are the very issues scripture easily defends. Could it be possible that you are reading the very answers you seek from God as a confirmation to dismiss your doubt?

          What is this this miracle you seek, when God says ‘an evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign?’ What more could God say than that which is written? It does appear as Wally said that your affections have been simply replaced with something more dear to you.

          Unbelief is dear to many people. Atheism is dear to many people. Neither of these has the least bit of appeal to me. To a spiritual person the eyesight changes, and we know that ALL things have a purpose, whether we understand or not.

          God can be trusted with our doubts, but rest assured, there are no defects in Him, and neither in His word. The so called contradictions are no such thing. Spend more time in the scriptures than in Zorroastrianism or Tontoism, and all the other isms which are simple assaults on the word of God, and ALL your answers will be met.

          The sub cannot be sunk with a pea shooter!

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        “Ask and it will be given to you”
        ~~ Matthew 7:7 ~~

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        • Wally Fry says:

          Arch

          Two things are a problem here.

          One, anything at anytime wrenched from the context which it belongs in can be made to mean anything.

          Two, arguing theology with a person who believes it is ALL false in the first place is pointless. You don’t have a dog in this fight.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      ‘God does not honor the prayers of the faithful?’

      How about man does not understand the devastating effects of sin against a holy God?

      God is Holy, just, perfect, and not a pez dispenser. Hebrews chapter 11 (read the whole) kinda explains God’s all seeing eye.

      He is perfectly aware of a plane flying into a building; in spite of what we think, life is but an inhale and exhale, but God and His word are settled forever in heaven.

      Sounds like your complaint is not whether God hears the prayers of man, but that God does not give man exactly what he wants.

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      • Peter says:

        So if Christian mother prays to God to provide food and shelter for their starving child in light of the promise in Matthew 6:25-34 what should they expect? If the child dies they should have no complaint? Are you saying God hears the prayer and says no you don’t need food, clothing or shelter for your suffering child, that asking for such is just a selfish prayer?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Peter-

          I have seen your comments at other sites; so I’m not real anxious to address your seeming insincerity.

          I will leave you with this: God’s word is not a menu. It contains ALL that pertains to life and Godliness.

          If you have ‘preached on this,’ then the answer is obvious. That is, if you believe it. If you do not believe it, than any I give will be irrelevant.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Carter’s Law of Prayer:
      “As time goes on, a person learns to pray for only those things which will likely happen anyway.”

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Translation:

        Archx1 admits he can sink the submarine with a pea shooter. Well done.

        He that sitteth in the heavens laughs at the insolence of man.

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  6. Arkenaten says:

    It is interesting, though not unexpected, that here we have a formerly devout Christian who I will bet my bottom dollar is more knowledgeable about the bible than Colorstorm, Wally and Eliza put together obviously going through a major crisis of faith and immediately the hounds begin to bay for his blood.

    Wally, for example, who has demonstrated time and again he is a novice when it comes to biblical exegeses, weighing in with one asinine comment after another, merely illustrating what a poor and ill -informed example of his religion he truly is.

    But it is well worth noting, that if someone such as Peter can lose faith there is every chance one of you lot might be next.

    Though right now you will vehemently deny there is any possibility this will ever happen.
    But if it does…. if it does imagine what sort of response you can expect from the other two?

    Ten will get you one that it won’t be long before Peter is accused of never being a real Christian in the first place.

    Ark.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      I just pressed the ‘sigh’ button.

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      • Arkenaten says:

        Well, you would ‘sigh’, as when confronted with the truth where can you possibly hide?
        Christians are notorious for slamming and shunning deconverts. and heaping the most vitriolic scorn upon them.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Now THAT is funny. You sir, have left a trail of destructive comments black as darkness, yet, yet, yet, God offers GRACE to you………………………………………

          THAT is truth.

          But go ahead and make a teaspoon of dirt, then we can talk further about truth.

          You would rather have rocks fall on you than face the piercing scrutiny of the truth of God and His word.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          I have never shunned a deconvert.

          Your pedantic analogies betray perfidy, and are simply ponderous pontifications that are parsimonious their honesty and puerile in their delivery.
          Koko has more humanity.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          You as an apostle of athesim have a habit of not addressing the content of an essay.

          You may find that tactic useful elsewhere, but not here. Re-read your initial comment and see if I am spot on.

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        • Arkenaten says:

          As for not addressing the essay.
          I often find with some blogs – especially Christian blogs that the comments betray more of the blogger’s intent than the post itself.
          In your case, I generally don’t have a clue what your posts are about as they are simply so analogous that only the anal shines through.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          But go ahead and make a teaspoon of dirt, then we can talk further about truth” – Actually, teaspoons are made of metal, of minerals of which dirt is composed, so that’s been done already. Possibly another metaphor would be in better order – this is one of the reasons I suggested you take writing classes.

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      • Peter says:

        Hi ColorStorm

        My last post was a bit disingenuous. I apologise for that. It reflected my frustration at what I felt were ‘pat’ answers you had provided to the past matters I had raised.

        The essential issue I am struggling with is ‘how do we know the Bible is truly the Word of God’. The fact the Bible says that proves nothing, because I could write a book and say the same thing. For us to accept the Bible as God’s Word we need more than that. So it is pointless quoting the Bible to me unless we can show that the Bible is truly God’s Word.

        We talk about the Holy Spirit witnessing to our heart. But I have learnt that the mind is complex and our feelings are unreliable. Human nature has a tendency to attribute emotion to the Holy Spirit.

        Assuming the Bible is God’s Word then I would expect it to pass a few basic tests:
        1) to be internally consistent without error;
        2) to provide promises that can be relied upon;
        3) to be scientifically accurate;
        4) to teach upright morals;
        5) for its predictions to come true;
        6) for its history to record what actually happened.
        Now I admit that God being God, does not need to bow to my logic. I also expect that you will argue the Bible meets each of the above conditions. I used to think it did. However I am increasingly now of the view that it does not. That is the dilemma I find myself in. I really don’t know how to get out of it. Wally tells me just to trust and believe.

        It may well be that I am deluded. In which case I ask God for help. I started this journey a couple of months ago and virtually everything I have come across since has screamed at me ‘God is not really there’. That is where I am at.

        The Bible tells us, not to put God to the test and that it is an evil and adulterous generation that asks for a sign. We are told blessed are those that believe without seeing. What am I to do? Should I accept that God has divinely inspired a book that I now see as containing internal inconsistencies, inaccurate history, flawed science, questionable morals (in some cases), failed prophecy and promises that don’t seem to be honoured.

        I realise this sound damning. I say to God, if only you can she me I am wrong then I will go to the ends of the earth to show this to people like Ark and Arch.

        It is not that I am angry at God. Rather I doubt God is there. If God is there then being a natural coward I would grovel at his feet for mercy. But at some stage I need to accept what my mind tells me.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          The battle you are engaging Peter is one of the ‘proofs’ you seek as to the validity and reliability of the scriptures.

          If the submarine here is the indestructable word of God, then ALL of your concerns can easily be met.

          How can God’s word have ‘flawed science’ when it is not a science text?

          What, an iron head that floats is somehow unscientific? Questionable morals? From whose point of view……………..

          Inconsistencies? Perhaps you haven’t looked hard enough for the correct answers, or, looked in the wrong places.

          Doubting God? You are not alone. Remember Thomas? Doubts are evidence of a stirred mind, and answers are always within reach.

          Failed prophecy? Ahem, look at the moon, and the perpetual promise of Jeremiah 31.

          As to your last line, do see 2 Cor 10.5 in context. The wisdom that comes from above is FIRST pure…..

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          In other words, Peter, the Bible is true because it says it’s true (EDIT: Please do not quote me incorrectly, that you may try to gain an advantage)

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        • Peter says:

          CS, thanks for taking the time to respond. I doubt we are likely to come to agreement on these matters.

          Isaiah 6:9-10 talks of God acting on the heart, ears and eyes of people to stop them turning to Him and being saved. These verses are quoted in all four Gospels and Acts in the New Testament. I puzzle over such texts. Is it God who has closed my heart to His Word?

          ‘How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!’ (Romans 11:33)

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        • ColorStorm says:

          You disagreeing with me is meaningless 😉

          It is God with whom you have to do. The very fact that you are contemplating the deep things of God in sincerity at least to me, shows evidence of a divine spark, even if it seems dim. The scriptures are sufficient, and contain ALL that pertains to life and Godliness.

          Your last line: Do the searching.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Ark – you left out, “and hating god”! According to the likes of these, we all hate a non-existent entity.

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      • ColorStorm says:

        Yep, by your nature as well as your words, you have tightened the noose.

        This is true, for you spend a lifetime trying to dismiss Him. So yea, hatred is probably far too kind a word.

        Selfish man hates the very Fact of sin, and that God’s clear trumpet sound, written oh, a few thousand years ago, is perfectly true, and just as convicting in April 2015:

        ‘Let God be true, and every man a liar.’ Trying to sink the sub with your pea shooting assaults on anything godly is proof enough.

        Non existing deity? God says this:

        ‘They hated me without a cause.’

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