'I Had No Sense of Purpose'
In college, I felt my faith in Jesus slipping. But he found me--with help from some U2 music.
09/05/2006 09:17:56 AM
God works in mysterious ways. His ways are not our ways, and this thoughts are not our thoughs. The Holy spirit Got him, and convited him of his sins. One more for Jesus and heaven bound.
08/28/2006 09:45:49 AM
As if for the first time, I stopped looking in the mirror, and I looked at the world. I saw tremendous, shocking, and inexcusable suffering. In the end, is this story really about Jesus or conversion to Christianity? No. Anyone, of any faith, could have written this. For those of us that have chosen a different path, Jesus isn't the answer. It's not in the Good Book either. The answer is in ourselves. The answer is in how we choose to respond to the suffering we see around us. Material wealth isn't a bad thing, nor did Jesus say it was. It helps us ease the pain and suffering of others, if only we're courageous and generous enough to share it.
08/15/2006 01:22:34 PM
I agree with those who say that we need to be seeking things of the next life and abandoning thing of this life. Worldly items and riches are not what Christ had in mind. In fact, what most evangelicals do, Christ opposed, praying in public so that all can see how good you are, donating money and advertising it, mocking or belittling those who do not follow your beliefs, are just some examples. I could go on but I have a tasty lunch awaiting...
08/15/2006 09:53:54 AM
One more...remember the rich man who wanted Jesus to tell him what he must do to inherit eternal life? Sell all you have and give it to the poor and follow me, he said. And the man went away, because he had many possessions and wouldn't give them up. Now, how many of us actually do that? Of course we don't, I'm making point that it is prosperity of the soul, not the bank account that Jesus Christ lived and died for.
08/15/2006 09:17:01 AM
Also, Jesus made it clear that this life is not just for us, it was given to us for the glorification of the Kingdom of God. He who would save his life will lose it, he who loses his life for the sake of the kingdom will find it. Indeed, what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world (money, cars, recoginition,etc) and loses his own soul? Will you give all that in exchange for your soul? In the book of James it says that religion undefiled is to feed the poor, care for widows and orphans, and keep oneself unspotted from the world. I could do more but you get my point.
08/15/2006 09:11:42 AM
Of course there is nothing wrong with abundance, the spiritual kind. And there is nothing wrong being comfortable in this life. Jesus himself said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. Jesus had minimal prosperity in His earthly life. If you can call traveling around preaching the kingdom, staying with others and having no home to call your own (the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head), living on the means provided by your followers and having enemies at every turn prosperity, go ahead. Church leaders driving Porsches to services and parking in reserved spaces and living in gated communities because of their sense of entitlement need to eat a little humble pie, ie the Scriptures.
08/15/2006 08:52:58 AM
Scott, I hear you. I think what is problematic is when Christianity is an all about me and Jesus thing, with no/little concern for others in the world. The other perspective has to do with those who are very faithful but do not receive material blessings-we in N. America seem to equate God's abundance with material blessings. Comments? Lolo
08/15/2006 05:07:09 AM
Do you believe that there is something wrong with prospering in the Abundance of the Lord? The Life that lives us all IS Abundance. Christ Jesus lived a life of health and prosperity every day of his earthly ministry and told us all that what he did we could do. This is so often looked upon as something that may happen in some afterlife or just completely overlooked. Did he mean what he said? People who claim that prosperity consciousness is somehow wrong, or goes against the teachings of Jesus are cutting themselves off from their True Inheritance. The Spirit of Life which Jesus called the Father IS Abundance. Prove the Law. Prove me wrong by scripture. This Life is for my Good, not against me. I prosper in the Abundance of the Lord, now and forever, and accept that as my Divine Inheritance. I don't care what Bono say's even though I enjoy his musical talent. Love, Scott
08/15/2006 12:55:25 AM
Bono is christian in action rather than in words. His message is for all those and not just christians. He is good man and God bless him.
08/14/2006 07:08:10 PM
Amen there. That whole "gospel of prosperity" thing is what turns people off Christianity. It sets itself up to be lampooned. But to truly follow Christ, to take up the Cross and do the tough work in the world that needs to be done, it quite something else. And Bono is a Christian figure whom I have always admired. I also have listened to U2 and been inspired to found my faith renewed. If only other Christian celebs, if there are any, would take up their Cross and use their fame and power for a holy force in this world.
07/05/2006 12:08:32 PM
NOW THAT IS A REAL CONVERSION. IF ONLY ALL THE MILLIONS OF NORTH AMERICANS WHO HAVE CONVERTED TO TELE-EVANGELISM AND THE 'WHATS IN IT FOR ME, PROSPERITY AND EASY STREET' SCHOOL OF CHRISITANITY COULD GET THE SAME DOSE OF REALITY AND LOVE WE'D BE INTO A REVIVAL WORTH HAVING. GREAT STORY. TOO BAD ONLY A FEW CHRISTIANS HAVE EARS TO HEAR AND HEARTS TO RESPOND.