Good Friday – “It goes here, it goes there” (my 2 yr old helped name this)

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Another reason today was "good".  We haven't had good snowman building weather like this all year.

Another reason today was “good”. We haven’t had good snowman building weather like this all year.

It’s Good Friday!  So this is the anniversary (sort of) of the day Jesus died; I guess that’s good.  I had this conversation with my 4 year old today.  It makes perfect sense to her.  “If Jesus died, then we can go to heaven, but if he didn’t die, then we can’t.”  What can be better news than this?  I mean, it sucked for Jesus, clearly; so it seems kind of weird too say, “hooray! they killed Jesus!”  But that’s pretty much what Good Friday is all about, isn’t it?  On the other hand, what’s done is done; shouldn’t we appreciate what he went through for our sake?

One more thing I want to share today.  This was shared by Ravi Zacharias on Facebook.  A blog post titled, “Is Richard Dawkins leading people to Jesus?”  That made me smile.

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3 thoughts on “Good Friday – “It goes here, it goes there” (my 2 yr old helped name this)

  1. Bestillandknow

    I’ve often felt that the rise of vocal atheism has been one of the best things for Christianity. Since salvation can only be found through true belief in Christ and not through forced adherence to Christian tenants, the increase in professed atheism has allowed people to examine themselves and admit that they do not truly believe. The large amounts of former Christians who now profess atheism may seem very sad at first glance but in fact these people were always lost, they are only now admitting it. From there they can, and hopefully will, continue to examine their lack of faith and then find reasons to come to true belief. The increasingly large, and vocal, number of non-believers also serves as a wake up call to those of us who know the truth. It shows us that we need to do more to show the world the truth. I think many Christians have done an admirable job in taking up this challenge. Also I find it cool that most of our best apologists are former atheists. It makes perfect sense of course, since they would have very solid reasons for their conversion to Christianity, they are the perfect people to try to help others. Pretty cool none the less. I’ve sometimes wondered if Mr. Dawkins and Mr. Hitchens ever found out how many people they helped, in some way, to find faith, how shocked would they be and would it have any affect on their own beliefs. When I heard about Mr Hitchens’ death, I grieved for a lost soul, but could not help but wonder if he found out then how many people he may have inadvertently helped save; and if, now that he new the truth, he was relieved for them, or just bitter. A useless thing to ponder over, but sometimes I can’t help it.

    • I’m not sure how to feel about this. I can see some benefit from the challenge of growing opposition, but it seems like there will be little benefit until the pressure is intense enough to really separate the wheat from the chaff. When Christianity has a very high cost, nobody will dare to pay it unless they are committed. And with churches undiluted by cultural Christians (ie. hearers but not doers), the Church will become a much more powerful force (not politically, but spiritually).

      On the other hand, it seems like real damage is being done by the philosophies of our culture. There are real casualties, individuals who are sucked into vacuous thinking; lost in a world of relativism or Atheistic fantasies, because they didn’t develop the tools to perceive & enjoy truth. How would they have fared without opposition to the Christian worldview? We can’t know, but my intuition says probably not much better.

      It’s hard to welcome suffering, even when you know it will produce greater good. I guess it’s like going to the dentist.

      It seems to me the best thing for Christianity is blood. Where persecution reigns, the Church thrives; and where the Church reigns, it declines. But who can wish that on the next generation? Then again, what is the alternative?

      • Bestillandknow

        A large part of the problem lies in the tendency for the church to become big headed and or lazy where it reigns. It starts to think that believers will continue strong faith into the next generation and the one after that just because it says they should, failing to provide those generations with strong, compelling foundations for that belief as it did with the first. Also in holding the hearts of a large number of people you have political power whether you want it or not. ideally the church would exercise that power only inadvertently, but of course the saying “power corrupts” did come about for a reason. I don’t believe power has to corrupt, but it usually does. The first generation or two of a strong church might succeed in resisting that corruption but once again those first generations would have to work diligently to instill a strong foundation of true belief into the next generations before they could safely hand off that power. So the alternative to having a reigning church that only declines is to have a church that is spiritually strong enough to resist falling into the these sinful traps, and smart enough to continue to work diligently with the up coming generations to make sure that that spiritual strength continues. (Yes I enjoy composing very long sentences when I wright, maybe to make up for my tendency to be when speaking). Sadly I fear that this is just an idealistic fantasy that will never be, but since it is something for future generations I can at least try to do my part and dream that it will work.

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