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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Monday, April 18, 2005
Defining God, and other wasteful efforts.
We are all familiar with the picture of a rodent running endlessly on a squeaky metal exercise wheel. Likewise, those of us who have spent any time in the word of God are also familiar with the passage describing men who, in the last days, are always learning, but never seem able to come to an understanding of truth.

Jesus said that He is the truth. The legitimate Christian experience is the pursuit of truth - that is, the pursuit of Jesus Christ. There are some zealots even today however, who rather than pursue a living relationship with Christ, instead pursue a dead relationship with theology. That is, they spend tremendous effort defining and fine tuning their faith - yet the very faith they zealously coddle and nurture - is almost entirely useless because they have built their faith on knowledge rather than obedience.

I hope I am not misunderstood. It is crucial for all believers to know scripture, and to pursue knowledge of God. I do not say that a believer should disengage their intellect when they study scripture - I simply point out that knowledge of God comes through fellowship with God; whereas knowledge about God comes through personal study of scripture.

I love scripture, and have a wonderful passion for anything theological. Yet for all that I have no interest in doctrine for doctrine's sake. There is room for Christian apology - I do not deny it, but I have no great respect for a man's theology unless it produces a deeper walk with God.
posted by Daniel @ 5:06 PM  
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