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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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Friday, December 19, 2008
Lead me not into Temptation.
Have you ever had to follow someone in your car - I mean, they know where you are supposed to be, so they are going to drive ahead of you, and you are going to follow them? Before cell phones were growing out our ears, this sort of thing carried some significant stress. In dense traffic, people will cut in between you and the one you are following, and you may loose sight of the one you are following - and you may even get lost if you are in a city you don't know, etc. etc.

Imagine that you have come to a city (where cell phones didn't work) you are not familiar with, and imagine that you are hungry and can't find the restaurant district. Dejected and hungry you pull over and sit on the curb. Eventually a cop passes by, and you flag him down. He pulls up and asks what the problem is. You lament that you do not know this city, and that you are hungry and you want to find a restaurant where you can eat, and ask him if he can lead you to one. He agrees.

Now imagine that you have no intention of following him. You just asked him to lead you because you know that is the sort of thing you should do. So when the cop drives up ahead, going slow, so that you may follow - because you never had any intention of actually following him - you simply put him out of your mind and turn off quick as you can and thereby continue in your hunger and misery.

The only reasons you would do that are because [1] you don't really believe that following the cop will deliver you out of hunger and misery, or [2] you are not really desirous of being delivered - that is you revel in your misery, or perhaps it is a little of both.

The solution is not to try and make yourself want to follow the cop - the problem is either you don't trust the cop, or that you only trust yourself - but either way, the problem is a trust problem.
posted by Daniel @ 7:35 AM  
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