Can we trust that He is the God of Life, not the God of Destruction? Can we join Him in seeing that creation is good underneath the horrors of tragedy?
Forrest is a graduate student in Boston, MA, where he studies Philosophy. He's a lifelong reader of everything from ancient history to modern poetry. He thinks music is one of the most important things in life and he loves trying to cook with his family. Forrest is obsessed with ideas and loves how interesting people are.
On October 31, 1517, German monk Martin Luther nailed a large document to the doors of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, igniting the Protestant Reformation. Or so the story goes. Many historians think that the famous scene didn’t actually happen.
Judas was one of the twelve disciples, which meant he was essentially one of Jesus’s religious apprentices. How did a man with such a close relationship with Jesus, a man who followed Jesus and saw His miracles and good works firsthand, betray his Master?
Living against Him just makes things miserable. It wasn’t what we were created for, and it isn’t what He desires for us. We become petty, selfish, myopic, and destructive creatures without Him. Stubbornness is vicious.
He made us deeply relational creatures. He created us to be people of the earth, intimately connected to the land we live on and the communities we live in. By staying too busy, we could be failing to live up to the potential fullness of relationships with friends or family.
Surrounded by mountains and creeks, I began to find a special peace doing things like sitting on my back porch to watch a sunset. I started going on hikes on Saturday mornings, sometimes with friends and sometimes alone. These were ways for me not only to escape my newfound concerns and anxieties but also confront them more calmly.
We need to trust God to help us resist temptation and the appearance of evil. He will protect our hearts if we rely upon His strength. Rules are helpful, but it’s God’s power in the end that keeps us from sin.