Been doin’ a lot of thinkin’ lately. About things spiritual. How and why things are the way they are. And I’m starting to once again redefine my beliefs and thoughts. Perhaps redefine is too strong, how’s about fine tune and sharpen?
It all started with a song I sang (the one with BT and BIL) called Cry Out to Jesus. Something pulled me to that song but I wasn’t sure what it was. Perhaps the simplicity. Then, #1 buys me this book called Ragamuffins or something like that. Again, about the simplicity of God’s plan.
The questions have just been flowing, most without answers of course, but flowing nonetheless. What is salvation? What is forgiveness? I’ve long seen the Pharisaical approach the church has taken through the centuries, in my opinion we’re in the same boat today as we were when Jesus first appeared on the scene. I’ve thought that I was bucking the trend in my own way until I came upon this paradox: which came first? Forgiveness or repentence?
Best I can tell (lately) is that we were forgiven first. Yet most of what we hear in church takes the opposite approach and teaches us that we must repent, THEN be saved. Check out the “sinners” prayer: please do and please show me where that is in the Bilbe. I’m waiting.