- Dear LisaYou wrote:> Michael, while reading your post, I could almost feel the dark waters rising up around me.The dark waters must have been the devil's weapon in order to prevent you from seeing the light of the gospel of Christ:"The god [i.e. Satan] of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God." (2 Cor. 4:4)> I hope your path takes you to wonderful places in your personal search for Love and Light and Truth.Love is revealed by telling someone the truth. Without the truth, there is no love. "Love ... rejoices with the truth" (1 Cor. 13:6). And the truth of the matter is that all of us are born with a sinful nature, following after idols and made-up gods. The devil's lie to us, since the beginning (Gen. 3:5), is that we are "gods" and are inherently good. But in God's sight we are evil (Gen. 6:5). But at the same time, His grace (i.e. His underserving mercy towards sinners) abounds. He has provided for us the Saviour of the world: the Lord Jesus Christ. And how we need a Saviour!But Lisa, if you do not see yourself as a sinner, then you reject Christ's work on the cross. "Whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him" (Jn. 3:36). That is not what I say, it is what God says.Michael.
- Dear LisaI apologize to you if you took my message as a personal "attack". I said, "If you do not see yourself as a sinner, then you reject Christ's work on the cross."The operative word here is "IF". I never said that you claim to be perfect or that you reject Christ. I said "if". My main point is that Jesus had not come for the "healthy", but for the "sick" (Mk. 2:17). In other words, those who acknowledge that they are a sinner before God, and repent and turn to Christ have been called by God. Those who claim to be without a sinful nature, do not see a need for a Saviour. "Why do I need a Saviour when I am not such a bad person - I am a good person", would be the unbeliever's response to the gospel.Maybe I should have replaced the word "you" with "one" or "we". I am sorry again.Michael.----- Original Message -----From: "lisastephzim" <lisastephzim@...>Sent: Thursday, January 31, 2002 9:07 PMSubject: [anthroposophy] Re: Att: Lisa> Michael,
> Gosh...and to think, I was worried that I may have sounded too harsh
> in my previous reply to your post! Thank you so very much for
> setting my mind at ease.
> I am just blown away...
> The 'dark waters' I referred to was the sludge and condemnation
> seeping from your words....YOURS Michael, not God's.
> You did not approach this list in the manner in which someone wishing
> to spread the Word of God...with the desire to REACH out to others
> with an embrace of Love would do.
> >The dark waters must have been the devil's weapon in order to
> prevent you from seeing the light of the gospel of Christ:<
> I do see the light, better the question would be...do YOU? An
> approach with the Gospel on your part would be received better by
> anyone, I should think. Instead, you came out with your guns firing.
> And why? Just what WAS your intention in posting? Your post felt ,
> to me, like an ALL-ASSUMING attack on those who frequent this list.
> What on Earth, or Heaven for that matter, gives you the right or
> justification to assume that no one on this list could possibly have
> Christ in their hearts? As you should well know, each individual's
> relationship with Jesus is only accountable to HIM not to you or any
> other person on this Earth
> >But Lisa, if you do not see yourself as a sinner, then you reject
> Christ's work on the cross. >"Whoever rejects the Son will not see
> life, for God's wrath remains on him" (Jn. 3:36). That >isnot what I
> say, it is what God says.<
> ?!?!?! Where did you get this? When did I claim perfection and void
> of a sinless nature...or rejection of Jesus?
> I am sorry Michael, you really are coming from left field here...
> If you wish to continue with this 'discussion' in a nicer way, feel
> free to email me at lisastephzim@... -so as not to fill this
> list with off topic discussions.
> Have a good day, Michael.
> Best Wishes,