THE SEVEN THUNDERS, on Jan 19 2009, 12:30 AM, said:
wellspring, on Jan 18 2009, 08:59 AM, said:
For me, I'm very selective to whom I share these thing with, because most people are just freaked out and can't handle it. And they are not necessarily non-Christians; there are some Christians I know who just want to hear happy-go-lucky stuff and none of the pending horrors of prophecy. Needless to say, it surprises me.
I'm with diversteach on this one. He's got all the charisma and following you'd expect. If nothing else, can we agree he's a type and shadow of the AC to come?
On a side note, most people I know (especially my family) think I'm waaaay too interested in current events and the end times stuff. Does anyone else get that from people they know? How do you handle it?
It comes down to our basic interest in discovering the mysteries of God.
Some people like to fill their lives with petty trivial jargen, stuff said purely for the pursuit of instant gratification, but with no true value at all. Many cannot recognize Truth or even understand the value of it, instead they wish to hear anything that will make them "feel good".
But we are not hear to speak to people the words they want to hear, we are hear to speak the truth, and if they cannot receive the truth, then that is a decision of theirs, but still we should stick to our own duty. It is hard, I know, I have no friends who wish to hear anything about anything, many times I have been rejected as a "stupid Christian" even by those I once considered close friends, simply because I would not involve myself in sinful activities or take pleasure in slander, and many things provide instant gratification but are bad for the soul.
From these things I walked away, and because of it, many turned against me.
But if I had stayed amongst those who sin, and did their works, then what good have I done? I have only justified their sin by my partaking of it.
Instead we are like sheep amongst wolves, we are examples, we are not here to "make everyone happy", we are here to do the Lords work. The world may hate as, because they also hated he who came before us, they reject the truth and they hate our example because it is a testimony to the vanity of our old ways, the ways those who reject Christ still cherish above God.
Much of my relief is here, in this forum, here I am made friends, even if our relationship is much different to those i once considered friends. The Words I share and receive here are meaningful, and I am brought closer to the Lord through my experience here.
Now my relationship with my friends is different, they no longer have the power to speak against me, for I am with the Lord and there is none who have power to speak against the Truth. Those who once came upon me to cause me pain and have me fall from my way, now avoid me, not wishing to do their works in my presence, they wish to hide from the truth, and they have become blond in their sin. But those the Lord brings to my attention, they have a desire to be saved, they embrace the truth spoken through me, and they become my true brethren in Christ. Now is my family true, because those who are my family are together with me in Christ, and the Words we speak edify each other.
How do I handle the Words spoken against me by those who deny Christ?
I perceive only the truth, and their empty words are like a brass horn in my ear. They have no meaning, because they are vain words, empty words, words that cease to exist once they are spoken, because I give them no place to rest in me. These words instead will fill he who spoke them, and so his words are only against himself, and it is his soul he hurts. If I am afflicted, it is only because I have pity for those that speak against me.