She’ll be fine. What in the hell were you just talking about?
Humility is perfect quietness of heart. It is to expect nothing, to wonder at nothing that is done to me, to feel nothing done against me. It is to be at rest when nobody praises me, and when I am blamed or despised. It is to have a blessed home in the Lord, where I can go in and shut the door, and kneel to my Father in secret, and am at peace as in a deep sea of calmness, when all around and above is trouble.
Young the Giant - Cough Syrup
Anonymous asked: If God is all-knowing, why does he need to test us to see if we'll sin or not? Even if we have free will, it seems like he should know us, his creations, well enough to know if we're going to sin or not without having to let us be tempted. Further, why doesn't he destroy the Devil so there is no temptation to sin? (Sorry if this is simple, but I wasn't raised Christian and am genuinely curious.)
The only way we would reach the state in which we would be closer to God is through tests. God does know what we would do in every instance, but there is a difference between a potential reality and actualization. See, it’s not a question of what God knows or doesn’t know, but rather it is a question of our own state of being before Him.
God’s judgement is not self-satisfactory. It all focuses on ourselves. Hell and Heaven are not seperate realms that we are thrown into based on what we did in life, but rather they are both experiences of the same reality. Heaven and Hell are both in the full, complete presence of God. Those who have rejected God perceive it as pain, and those who accepted God and have come close to him (through the temptations, hardships, tests, etc.) find the greatest happiness, joy, and beauty.
So it’s not a question of what our souls would have done, but a question of what our souls have done, and what their state of being is as a result.
As for destruction of the Devil, well that will not get rid of temptation necessarily. God only allows the Devil to act in such a way that we may still resist, and for the purpose of tests. Temptations themselves are a natural product of the fact that we have free will, and by fighting against them we become stronger, and we come closer to God. By all means, they should be seen as something that can bring us closer to God (if they are resisted, of course!)
Everything Varangoi has said is true. But, perhaps can be explained another way, since the idea of “tests” might seem capricious. Rather, think of them as opportunities for our soul to grow or “learn.” Essentially, one can only learn the virtues by practicing them. Thus, in order to learn courage, we must have the opportunity to practice courage, which necessarily means we will be faced with circumstances in which we will need to be courageous. Thus, God doesn’t run tests like a scientist, as if he’s trying to prove a hypothesis for his own satisfaction. Rather, God gives tests like a teacher, in order that we, His students, might learn the virtues for our benefit.
I know God is real because I see Him in the small things: the way the sun rises and sets every day, the way birds know to migrate, our fingerprints, the way the leaves change colors, the way caterpillars turn into butterflies. Nature is too perfect to be created unintentionally.
Shut It Down
Title: Shut It Down
Category: The Mentalist
Word Count: 500
Spoilers: Post ep 6x13 Black Helicopters.
A/N: What is happening?! I haven’t written these morons in ages. Basically, blame tunneyful and allstartstofade. (No seriously, I’m sorry about this, but it was in my brain and…) Title taken from the Luke Bryan song of the same name.
Summary: All day she’s watched her colleagues grab a part of their past…
Art is the Weapon
I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST CRAYONS BUT THEN IT WASN’T
IT’S A WEAPON OF MASS CREATION