Hard sayings

Bear with me if you will.

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The existence of God is evident and obvious, a simple matter of fact. Blood, air, water, dirt, vegetables, marriage, clean animals, unclean animals, night creatures, sea life, stars, mountains, memory, insects, the brain, the conscience, the heart, the soul, male, female, man, woman, time, children, love, hate, sweat, tears, space, laughter, matter, earthquakes, thunder, lightning, rainbows, hail, snow, arithmetic, words, color, music, sound, all things having a grand design, and hardly worthy of crediting to a big and fat vat of purposeless nothingness.

God is, for indeed, these are the easy issues of the facts of life. But there are some things that defy explanation, yep, some really hard sayings.

If a thermos keeps water hot or cold……..how does it know??

When your cotton pant legs shrink in the dryer, where does it go?

Why does the other line always appear to move faster?

Have you ever seen a turtle in a hurry?

A really good baseball catch is not ‘unbelievable.’ Niagara Falls running uphill would be unbelievable.

Would you purchase an American flag not made by Americans?

And now for a change of direction, and something of a more difficult nature.

How can a just and all holy God, who is an all-consuming fire, justify sinful man, without compromising His own intrinsic eternal perfection?

How then does the judge of all the earth adorn the miscreants of a world gone sideways with a robe of righteousness without insulting the honor of the court which demands that payment be rendered for verifiable, undeniable, and proven trespasses?

How then does this holy, just, and true judge pronounce a verdict of ‘not guilty,’ while at the same time inviting the lame, the maimed, the blind, and the halt to the inner chamber for a feast of feasts? How can God make right they who have committed treason against heaven?

Well now, scripture easily explains and defends HOW, but what is dazzling in thought is WHY the Creator should do such a thing, and thus are the pearls of the throne of heaven and the eternal glory of God revealed and displayed. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.  Tetelestai is a clue.

And the ultimate point? We major in the insignificant and ambiguous, and ignore what is relevant and crystal clear. We hold in esteem the so-called great minds of fallen man, and ignore the truth of God; we ask the wrong questions and chastise the correct answers. We strain at the gnat, and swallow the elephant. We seek water from empty wells.

We create God in our image, then blame Him for the defects of man; we make God appear as small and ruthless, while we pretend to be so large and benevolent. We blame God for allowing a building to fall, while ignoring the fact that we all deserve the building to fall on us, yet we have the audacity to chastise God for His perfections. Not too smart.

The day is fast approaching when time will cease. Our thermos will rust, but the temperature of scripture remains perfectly consistent, revealing both hot and cold, and satisfying all honest questions.

(Btw, much to be learned from the slow paced turtle)

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30 Responses to Hard sayings

  1. Amen to the turtles of the world!!
    A wonderful post–humbling and inspiring—and ever mindful that truly–He is the Creator and I, we, me is but the created. . .
    thank you CS
    Jules

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Yes, that subtle smile of the little fella tells us he’s on to something; kind of like the cow who chews the cud, or the porpoise who always seems happy 😉

      But nothing against jogging.

      Tkx J, and hope all is well as can be.

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  2. archaeopteryx1 says:

    Have you ever seen a turtle in a hurry?” – Yes, he was being chased by a roving gang of snails.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Unfortunately, the snails were disappointed when they caught up with the fella, only to find out it was an army helmet being controlled by a three year old kid with a remote.

      Deception is a tough pill to swallow; fortunately, God gave us eyes to see, and ears to hear………..if we are willing..

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Awesome word brother just awesome

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    • ColorStorm says:

      God and turtles………………and questions………and everything else……………

      what is man???????????????

      tkx Wally-

      hav a gr8 day too

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        what is man???????????????” – that thou art mindful of him? He is the author of the Bible and the inventor of gods, he is imperfect, yet he knows that for his kind to survive, he must improve, and so he does, little by little.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Sorry on this one arch-

          The knowledge in scripture is humanly impossible to pull off; it kinda points to the facts of inspiration, as in ‘God breathed.’

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Nonsense.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Yep, the same ‘nonsense’ that was pleaded day in and day out……………until……………the great day of Noah came to a close, and the people wished it were not such nonsense. You share a common heritage with professional mockers.

          You cannot in a thousand lifetimes diminish the worth of scripture.

          (as to your other comments on ice, yeah, like the one that insults Daniel………….please send them elsewhere)

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          the great day of Noah came to a close” (EDIT)

          Good bye there arch, for the reasons below as you already know. Please harass someone else today, or you could actually contemplate this post. Others have.

          “Poor taste is always a matter of opinion, and one man’s princess is another man’s witch. Say what you will, but please do not cry ‘free speech’ when your pics, vids, and links of insolence toward the name of Christ are trashed. In addition, assassination of the word of God will not get free PR at my expense. Profane and vain babblings? they will be shunned.”

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Just curious, Wally (EDIT)

      Sorry arch, not relevant here, you may want to send an email to Wally, this isn’t ‘the view,’ where cackling chickens run amok.

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  4. atimetoshare says:

    Turtles and cows and snails OH MY!

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  5. ColorStorm says:

    Ha, a moose on the loose wearing mukluks.

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  6. Elihu says:

    The other line appears to move faster because it was the line not taken…

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  7. Such profound words of wisdom, Colorstorm, one hardly knows where to begin! Well done.

    Just that one word, tetelestai, can send you on quite a treasure hunt. It was put on receipts when a debt was paid in full, but it was also sometimes said when a great artist finished his masterpiece, or when a builder completed construction, “according to plan.” It is the finished work, a great masterpiece, a debt paid in full, a mission accomplished. It’s interesting, but in the modern world our version of tetelestai is often, “thank God!” And we will sometimes say those words without awareness, almost compulsively, an utterance that just pops out. We feel it, we know it, we speak the words almost instinctively.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Nice return, good catch. Indeed, it has been, it is, and it always will be finished.

      I’m smiling here because of the top shelf comments, seriously good insights and well reasoned. 😉

      Then there is the ‘signing’ of your artwork ib22, that special touch that signifies completion, but in God’s case, it is truly humbling that He is more than satisfied to clear such debt.

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        You’re smiling because you’re getting ‘attaBoys‘ from your cult members, after all, that’s what you live for —

        What does your Bible say about pride?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Treasure hunts tend to make people smile arch-.

          If you understood the ‘finished work,’ perhaps you would smile too.

          Cult members eh? You mean like Daniel, Abraham, Peter, James, John, Sarah, Ruth, Naomi, Nathanael, etc etc etc.

          Daylight is also attractive to a sound mind.

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        • Citizen Tom says:

          @archaeopteryx1

          There is such a thing as fellowship. With Christians share with each other the gifts of God, that is fellowship. When we combine our efforts to give glory to our Maker, that is fellowship. When we give each each other ‘attaBoys‘ for finding our joy in glorifying our Father, that too is fellowship. Our pride is in the One we serve. He is worthy.

          Think about we you call fellowship. Think about the conversations you have with the people who share your beliefs. Are they joyful or full of wrath?

          What do your criticism actually accomplish? Look deep into your heart. Does what you say make you proud?

          Who do you serve? Is he worthy?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Tom-
          This is awesomely framed. Beautiful. Thank you.

          Arch-
          Please take heed who is worthy.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          I don’t serve anyone – I did, when I bartended for a year.

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  8. Tricia says:

    Wonderful post CS. I feel like I say that a lot, but if the words fit, why try and say otherwise? True too what you often say about the high quality of comments, as I feel I learn so much from them. Good creates more good me thinks.

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