Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Purgatory


Why do people after youth, or after bible college walk away from God? Why are the numbers so high? Why is our faith seen as a drug to be on a high for a while but when life hits we just surrender and become nominal…Why is there no difference between what we do and what the world does? Why does the church fail? Sooo many of these questions are now on my brain. Is it the lack of discipline in our ‘evangelical’ churches is it the lack of disciplines such as: prayer, fasting, solitude, simplicity, tithing, chastity, fidelity….Do we have too many quick answers and too little of hard nosed disciplines of getting down and dirty? If we have everything on earth, if every pleasure is met, every desire given, why want God? Jesus promises the opposite, simplicity will keep us from wealth, chastity will keep us from gratification, tithing will keep us from illusions of being a self made man/woman. Which on paper seems great but how many of us turn wealth or gratification down? In fact the whole Jesus thing promises persecution hate and abuse in this world…Why would any one want that when we can gratify our selves, be gluttons and enjoy life? The truth is I know there is no simple answer…The problem is only when we give simple answers. People fail, fall, disappoint and lie…The only truth is that God is good and faithful even when we are not…all we can often do is pray and fast for our friends…I will pray for you my dear friend…God has not left you, even though you are trying to leave him…

5 comments:

Gil said...

Well said. The problem is we don't know how to look for any kind of answer other than a simple answer. I don't have much to add. Jesus' words about it being difficult for the rich to enter the kingdom of God ring pretty true. Who else but the rich could come up with the distractions that make discipleship difficult.

Paul Morgun said...

So the question is how is my wealth in the west effecting my walk? because ultimately we are rich in Canada....

Janet said...

Timely questions and difficult to answer. Well, maybe not difficult...perhaps "painful" would be a better word. To answer to the thoughts you present requires deep, honest, intense self-evaluation and self-recrimination. We may ask others to hold us accountable, but we find real and often painful truth we we hold ourselves accountable to the standards we hold for ourselves and for others. And you're right, it is hard to walk away from gratification and wealth and all those "feel good" things. So why have we come to rely on those things to make our lives complete? Do we try too hard to live up to others' financial and wordly standards because they're tangible and attainable, but spiritual standards by comparison seem nebulous and impossible?

You've posed great questions, Paul. I appreciate your wisdom and insight. You are a very gifted young man.

Paul Morgun said...

Thanks Janet...I apreciate your wsidoma nd thoguht in this. I am more and more understanding the words of Christ: "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!" Mark 10:23...peril of wealth is that we tend to need to give earthly things up...so gaining hope seems far and not tangible.

Anonymous said...

wow pavel how insightful, i dont mean to break the seriousness for a moment but i didnt know that you and gil correspond via the internet too!