Monday, December 29, 2008

A Message of Life or Death

I received a very disturbing comment from a reader who is very angry at my recent posts regarding the current situation in the Middle East. My message regarding the sovereignty of God in the midst of the Arab-Israeli war was not well received by this reader:

Curse your God and his "scriptures". People are suffering and all you talk about is "God's will". The world will not stand by and watch as Israel rapes Gaza. Call me Satan if you will, for even though he does not exist as an entity, he exists in the minds of the angry; and we are growing stronger by the hour. Each drop of blood spilled fills our hatred until one day, the state of Israel will burn. - Anonymous
Now I must state unequivocally that no sane person can take any solace in the death and destruction of human life. A Palestinian life lost is no less valuable than an Israeli life lost. However the issue here (as always) is what is this issue within God’s context? God’s context is always life! Not death. This blog is about putting things that transpire in our world within the context of God. The issue however is that these messages will be received in one of two ways. Here’s how the Bible puts it: But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. (2 Corinthians 2:14-16 NLT)

Christ died for all Palestinians, just like He died for all Jews…and for every reader of this message for that matter. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (Romans 5:6-8)

2 comments:

LisaShaw said...

Keep writing Peter because it's important for all of us (Christians) who are here now to read and become aware of what the BIBLE says as it relates to the world's issues/events and then when we are no longer here (rapture of the Lord's people) then those who yet remain will prayerfully be led back here to see the LIGHT that is found only in JESUS WHO IS THE LIGHT.

I pray that all who are living deceived by satan, caught up in his anger, oppressed and in bondage by his hand will surrender their lives to CHRIST as the HOLY SPIRIT draws them.

May the heart of the angry commenter be changed by the POWER AND MERCY of JESUS CHRIST.

LisaShaw said...
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A God who sends people to Hell?