Wednesday, 20 February 2013

What We Need to Know 2.

The Bible says to love God.
How can we love God if we are afraid of Him?
Fear expels Love.

There is nothing to fear.
God will not punish us.

We wish to experience God.
Pray to God.
Love God.  Give your heart to God.
Love your neighbor.  Love those around you.
Contemplate God.
Cry out to God in your distress.
He will hear.

We have been told that God has a right hand where we see the worthy and a left hand where we see the condemned.
This is not so.
His right hand helps and prompts us.  His left hand reconciles us.

Rewards and punishments are human constructs, not divine prerogatives.

We should never fear God.

"'Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.'"  Matthew 7:7 (NRSV)

God is real.

Seek God's face.

(Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission.  All rights reserved.)

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