Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. You show a strength and maturity greater than mine. Although educated to post graduate level, I am not a scholar of the scriptures, and it has been educational reading your posts. I think it would be fair to say that I am not the 'average Christian' and hold what some would describe as 'weird' ideas, an idealist by nature. However, life is a learning process and earth a foreign land. Heaven is my home.
I include part of an e-mail that I sent to my nephew recently. Someone may wish to discuss parts of the content, and thatís fine with me I do not claim it is correct. But it is offered here in an attempt to demonstrate where I am coming from.
If you wish to be challenged then seek the atonement (at-one-ment) and ask yourself why (and this is reflective to myself) with all the knowledge that is within His presence, which can be ours, when we are in our rightful-place why!....oh why do we refuse to accept. Challenge. Yes we 'like' to be challenged. It inspires us, it drives us on. Perhaps on occasion we even put ourselves into temptation's path for the challenge it can offer.
But Change? Created in purity we gave up our right to be perfect - we changed. Now challenge is easy, that's related to development which takes place in time, sometimes we use it for good and at other times for evil. But change back? That has become foreign to our nature, for it takes place in eternity not in time. Oh for a glimpse of its glory. Change back, the very idea could be considered regressive. But there are times when we have gone so far down a path that we need to retrace our steps in order to follow a different direction. Thank God for the cross that saves us the journey. Christ was challenged by the cross 'Father if it be possible let this cup pass from me.' In other words 'If there is any other way ...' Challenged by the cross, as he hung there he challenged back "Father why have you ...."
Challenge by its very nature is in conflict, created by our imperfect being. We challenge people to Salvation, but the Spirit changes them to perfection. Challenge has its time and place, but change ... "And I John saw .... and there was no more crying or dying ...... for the former things had passed away." Boltted from the very existence of God, they did not exist.
I challenge myself to change the challenge and accept the change.
M*****, may He find us all worthy and keep us safe until He comes or calls
PS I know gramatically I should have typed a full-stop after " ... keep us safe until He comes or calls" But let's face it, that's the begining, not the end.
In Him we have the Victory