Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Procrastination – Just a Thought

I posed the question online a while back with no real feedback: Is procrastination a sin?
Today I’m asking myself if procrastination is a form of laziness, lack of concentration, neither, both or something else?
I think most people would agree laziness is a sin but how is laziness defined? Is it OK (and therefore not sinful) if a person were to be lazy occasionally when they work hard the rest of the time?

I’m not really sure why this popped into my head and I don’t have definitive answers for any of this I just wondered if anybody else had an opinion.
If so, feel free to comment below as always.

***UPDATE - 12/09/2010***
I just thought I would come back to this topic as I've been discussing it a bit on Facebook with my friend Josh; he pointed me to this website --> www.openbible.info/topics/procrastination but I'm not completely convinced that all of the verses listed on said website are relevant unless taken out of context

Friday, 20 August 2010

Blinded Understanding

Ever wondered why God would stop people understanding his message, as told by his followers? I have. I thought it all seemed just a tad counter-productive on his part but I trusted that he knew what he was doing, after all, who am I to question his actions?
I understand now and it makes perfect sense; it’s good when God just shows you something isn’t it? (The irony here is just beautiful)…

God, of course, isn’t malicious - he’s not going to stop people hearing a life saving message if they were going to believe it. It is, in fact, his graciousness that stops them from understanding a message they would reject.
To put it another way, imagine God in his role as judge, when someone comes before him having broken laws they didn’t understand or know about they will be treated less harshly than someone who knew the laws, understood them and broke them anyway.
God, in his amazing wisdom, knows who is going to accept him and who is not so this is his way of helping out even the people that don’t accept him by mercifully sparing them partial punishment.

This blows my mind a bit, how much God loves even those that will never accept him (keeping in mind how we all reject him at some point in our lives).

[Verses relating to God stopping people understanding his message i.e. blinding their eyes deafening their ears and hardening their hearts: John 12 vs 37 – 41 / Isaiah 6 vs 9 + 10]


***UPDATE - 21/11/2010***
I've just found 2 verses that I believe support my previous conclusion -
John 15 verse 22: "If I had not come and spoken to them they would not have been guilty of sin..." // John 15 verse 24: "I did works among them that no-one else has ever done. If I had not done these works they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen what I have done, and yet they have hated both me and my father"

Monday, 16 August 2010

Pure Evil? - Just a Thought

I always see these big media headlines about criminals – murders, rapists and the like – labelled pure evil and while I no way want to downplay the severity of what these people have done I can’t help but question, from a Biblical point of view, if such titles are accurate.
I mean, are there degrees or levels of ‘evilness’? The implication of saying it’s possible to be completely evil is that, on the other side of the coin, it’s possible to be a little bit evil or moderately evil and it’s not too often you hear people described in those terms.
Is it a case of evilness or sinfulness – are they the same thing? Non-Christians will no doubt have different views on this to believers (the theistic point of view being that everyone is sinful). I’m not sure if all Christians would agree that everyone/anyone is also therefore capable of such great atrocities as those mentioned before but I guess what really matters is how God sees things.

I could say a lot more on this as it’s such a huge topic to think about but for now I’ll let you draw your own conclusions; Feel free to debate below.

Friday, 13 August 2010

Amazing Grace

I cringe every time I hear Amazing Grace covered by yet another secular artist who doesn’t even know what Grace is. Its popularity also put me off playing it during personal worship.
I always think after you’ve heard something so much you start to pay less and less attention to its message. I later discovered the sincerity of its message when I heard about the back story of its writer (John Newton).
(As far as I know, this story is told to some degree or another in the fairly popular film of the same title. I must admit, I am yet to watch it…)

I do believe it was the line about being a "wretch", gloriously saved by God that stopped me singing along to Hymns for years before I gave my heart to God. I mean I knew I was bad but I refused to believe I was bad enough to be called a wretch and I wasn't about to sing something I didn't agree with. Little did I realise how accurate a description it was!

When John called himself a wretch he wasn't joking! As a worker on, and later captain of, a slave ship he saw many under his watch abused and even killed, (thrown overboard if suffering from a contagious condition).

Glory to God for working miracles in the most misguided of lives!

You can read more about John's story here.


***EDIT/UPDATE - JANUARY 2012***
My love for this song has grown a lot in recent months.
Having now watched the movie also, I really recommend it - although, it doesn't tell as much of John Newton's story as I first thought... Seriously, go watch it! Peace out.