So when you meet HS tonight tell Him not to knock on my door but use a sledgehammer.
I like God's sledgehammers. Get to see one every once in a while yet, since having become an adult, if I'm not in too big of a hurry. Ever seen a plant start plowing through the sidewalk or through some other form of cement or concrete? Day by day, millimeter by millimeter each week, depending on the light and water it's getting and perhaps the growth of other plants within a few feet cheering it on. Proximity to God's Promises in His Word starts the process. Stay where God's Word, particularly the promises of His Word and of His Spirit are paramount, and you'll be stunned the day something is just sooo clearly Him.
"A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, until he sends forth judgment unto victory." Matthew 12:20
One of the reasons I've been running as fast as I can back into the principle of the seed that God started my spiritual life with is because His gentleness is overlooked in UR circles. I knew that before coming into UR when I'd be studying and sharing anything in the Word that wasn't ET or left behind/tribulation related. I guess the trigger for me going back to what in some circles is called the Word of Faith message is because of the Postmillenialism that God's been talking to me about for three years where God's conclusion of world history and of each believer's faith won't necessarily be cataclysmic, but it'll be that little twig pressing against the cement with the Gospel prevailing in every heart; bruised reeds not being broken, and smoking flax not quenched until He's snuck up on everyone with the biggest hug.
Seriously.... Every post I've written on this forum, wrong or right, is just based on the same human reasoning I would use for the quaran or a manual for a toothbrush. But I would like it's true what you suggested. I'm gotten a bit curious after all those posts here on TM.
Well, everything around here has been pretty basic for about a year since some of the boards got pulled. Even before then it wasn't much to speak of.
But where do those writings come from? Just some speculation? Or interpretation of some verses?
Some of it is that, some of it is just the layering upon layering of traditions that someone said that someone said that someone said, while other stuff is occultic mysticism that a lot of Jews got into during the Babylonian captivity. Not all of them stayed with some of the Biblical basics as understood by Daniel and his friends in the book of Daniel. That's why God was judging them with letting a foreign power oppress them. I get leery of writings that came out of a time when people really weren't where they needed to be with God and God was kicking their backside over it at the time, but allegedly they really stumbled upon the secrets of the universe while their hearts were far from Him. Like a broken clock, probably 100,000% right twice a day, but mixed together with so much bull. I'm not discounting the parts that some believers have found so meaningful, but I genuinely question how discerning they are regarding some of the rest of what they're reading or if they think they're finding validation of many things they've been in error about regarding their understanding of the Bible because of bad translations that for all we know may have even come from previous millenia of devotees to these very writings in question rather than necessarily exclusively forcing an opinion of Biblical interpretation into the translation.
BTW our big leader Martin mentioned such a limited period to. Think it even less than 11 months (3?)
I'm genuinely not sure if I ever mentioned that. Might be confusing me with whose username at the boards was SotW 'cause he held to a one day theory of afterlife punishment. I sincerely don't remember much of what I share at these boards. When I get a chance, I'll go to my profile and try to dig through my older posts to see if I can find what you're referring to and if anything sparks any memories of having referred to this or that that I was reading at the time, or perhaps being inspired to have added something to what someone else was saying. What I might have cited was something from Jan Bonda's book "The One Purpose of God: An Answer To The Doctrine Of Eternal Punishment" where he mentions Hell being about a year in Judaism, or about 11 months or so. I'll try to find my copy of that book this weekend and see if that's what I was referring to.
BTW our big leader Martin...
I'm not a leader. Just someone (actually a nobody) hanging on to God for dear life wanting the revelation/manifestation/transformation/mercy/grace/whatever that'll let him have his heaven. Sorta selfish, I guess, when you think about it, but if you ever have God to someday give you clarity about something once in your life, it's not the kind of thing that'll easily be pried from cold dead hands. It's going to be a pretty busy day today, but I'm going to try to stop and smell the flowers and remember the meaning of real beauty to me. There was a sci-fi during the 90s and early part of this decade that never did catch on as well as it should have, and that was likely partly a marketing failure. But nothing else really gives me the illustration quite like the television program Sliders
. I keep opening these interdemensional portals between parallel earths and I'm just trying to find the one that takes me to heaven. What's heaven for me. And everyday's just a different slide and a different Twilight Zone reality for me until time, chance, probability, or whatever, perhaps divine mercy, gets the right window opened. But I'm genuinely sure I'm not a leader. I can reevaluate my potential or whatever when the right vortex opens and I'm at least seeing a mirage if nothing else.
If I genuinely help anyone along the way, then perhaps God was orchestrating the Slides along the way and me just being me happened to matter at that moment. But I've got a pretty big claw in my face and have genuinely been desperate to hear how things have been going where my heart/treasure is.
And for the record, I'm pretty sure you're not dying this year.