I don’t mean that I love Valentine’s day or empty flattery in relationships. I despise what Hollywood has turned romance into. I don’t mean that I have dreamed about my wedding day since i was five. In fact, there were times in my life when I wasn’t even sure i wanted to get married. I don’t mean that I believe in love at first sight or that everyone should marry their high school sweetheart or that The Notebook should be an example of true love for anyone.
When i say I am a romantic, I mean that I believe my God is a God who loves deeply, who longs for me as a bride, and so I have begun to see the beautiful things in life as gifts from the one who is ravished by a single glance from me. I mean that one day, if I have children, I will be overcome with joy and the beauty of it all, of a person growing inside of me, will be enough to bring me to my knees. I mean that sunrises and flowers and the idea of finally being able to hold hands with the one God has given me to walk this earth with makes my heart race. I mean that I see the violence and depravity of the cross as a proposal to come closer, that the blood of my Savior is more beautiful than any diamond ring could ever dream of being. I mean that when He calls me “friend”, when He calls me “daughter”, I am often moved to tears. I mean that I am finally grasping at the fact that when I say “You are beautiful,” He is repeating it back to me seventy times seven times and multiplying its meaning in a way I will never understand. I mean that the God I serve is the epitome of beautiful and I will waste my life showing others what it truly means to be a romantic, what it really means to be in love, what it really means to encounter beauty; and I will pray that every breath carries even the smallest glimpse into what His heart has to say for the people around me, that my own beauty will only be a reflection of His, that I would never again try to fit into the world’s standards of “love” and “beauty” and “romance”.
“A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.”—Clive Staples “Jacksie” Lewis (via bombinabirdcage)
I haven’t even noticed that it’s been two years that I have been here on tumblr. For the past two years, it’s been truly awesome. I’ve met lots of people who have been real blessings in my life. There have been lots of changes as well. Tumblr has changed. I’ve met new people and there are those who have left as well. In those two years, I thank the Lord for tumblr because it has helped me in some of the lowest times of my life, and has shared with me my joys. Most of all, I thank God for the people I’ve met here who inspired me to seek the Lord even more. You guys are so amazing. You have also expanded my horizons. I’ve learned lots of things through the people that I’ve met here. I hope to learn more from you guys and I also hope that I’ve shared good things to you. God bless you all. :)
“Are you in a place where you’re just barely hanging on, waiting for God to come through with a blessing? That’s a tough place to be, but how awesome is it that you’re still hanging on? You say just barely, I say barely counts! You’re sticking with God in this moment when every molecule of your being is screaming for you to go the other way. Can I just celebrate you right now? Yeah, you’re tired and cranky, heck, you’ve earned it. Oh, and that blessing is coming, why do you think this time of preparation has been so intense?”—Unka Glen (unkaglen.tumblr.com)
I received a question from an Anon that I thought would be easier to make into a post. Here’s the message:
Hello! Where does it say in the bible that Jesus was God? Did he ever say that? Another question, how come there is always new testaments? If the bible was the word of Jesus, and if Jesus was dead, how come there are new testaments? Thank you. I am not trying to be offensive in any way, just curious. Bye! :)
Hello Anon! I’m glad you’re curious and I encourage you to keep asking questions! I’d be happy to answer any you have (though it does take some time for me to do so, haha).
From what I can tell there are three different questions here, so I’ll separate and answer each one!
1. Where does it say in the Bible that Jesus was God?
There are quite a few places in the Bible where Jesus is called God, I’ll try to cover most of them. Here goes:
This is a verse from the book of Isaiah, it’s a prophecy concerning Jesus.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Another from Isaiah:
“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.
In this verse from Isaiah God the Father and God the Son (Jesus) are mentioned. Anything in parenthesis is my own addition:
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel (God the Father) and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts (God the Son): “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
In Isaiah 44:24 God says that He created the world by Himself, and then there are these verses that say Jesus created the world, making Him God:
For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Peter called Jesus God:
To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:1
John called Him God:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. …And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Paul called Him God:
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
1 Timothy 1:15-17
Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.
1 Timothy 3:16
Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.
But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
Hebrews 1:8-9 (Hebrews may or may not have been written by Paul, I’m unsure)
There are probably a bunch of others verses that I didn’t cover, and if anyone knows any please feel free to let me know and I’ll include them.
2. Did Jesus ever say that He is God?
Obviously the fact that the Apostles and some Old Testament prophets called Jesus God might bring about some skepticism—how do we know that these guys are telling the truth? Did Jesus ever call Himself God?
He sure did.
But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”
This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
In this passage the Pharisees are upset because Jesus is healing on the Sabbath. At first it doesn’t seem like much, but the Pharisees recognized the claim to deity here. Because Jesus here claims to be Lord of the Sabbath, He is able to work just like His Father because He is God. Jesus also calls Himself the Lord of the Sabbath (Matt. 12:8, Mrk. 2:28, Lk. 6:5).
The following verse is also a claim to deity; Jesus not only claims to be ever-living (saying that He existed before Abraham was even born by saying “I am” instead of “I was”). But “I AM” is what God called Himself when speaking to Moses in the burning bush (Ex. 3:14).
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
“I and the Father are one.”
The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.”
Can’t forget doubting Thomas:
Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”
Here Jesus says that He has the keys to Death and Hades—meaning He rules over hell, something we know only God can do:
When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.”
God stands beyond the universe’s beginning and its end as Sovereign Creator and Consummator, the first and the last, the Alpha and the Omega (Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12), and that’s what Jesus calls Himself:
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
Here Jesus says that even King David called Him Lord:
Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
“The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand, until I put your enemies under your feet’”?
If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?”
Jesus also asks us to pray to Him, notice He says that He will answer our prayers, something only God can do:
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Jesus also forgives sin, something only God can do:
And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”
Jesus called Himself the “Son of God”, and so did others, which I would argue is another way of saying that He is God. But that argument is for another post entirely! Let me know if you’d like me to actually write that up. As for now, here are the verses:
Others call Jesus the Son of God: Matthew 8:9, Matthew 14:33, Mark 1:1, Mark 3:11, Luke 1:35, Luke 4:41, John 1:34, John 1:49, John 11:27, John 19:7, John 20:31, Acts 9:20, Romans 1:4, 2 Corinthians 1:19, Galatians 2:20, Ephesians 4:13, Hebrews 4:14, Hebrews 6:6, Hebrews 10:29, Hebrews 7:3, 1 John 3:8, 1 John 4:15, 1 John 5:5, 1 John 5:10, 1 John 5:12-13, and 1 John 5:20.
Jesus calls Himself the Son of God: John 3:18, John 5:25, John 10:36, John 11:4, and Revelation 2:18.
Again, there are probably so many more that I’m forgetting. If anyone would like to share some more verses, please feel free to.
3. If the bible was the word of Jesus, and if Jesus was dead, how come there are new testaments?
When we call the Bible the “Word of God”, that doesn’t mean that every word in there was spoken by God, but that it was divinely inspired by God. The Bible is considered the Word of God, technically making it the Word of Jesus as well—but the words Jesus spoke during His earthly ministry and when He appeared to some after His ascension to Heaven, are written in red letters in most Bibles, making it easier for us to know when Jesus is directly speaking to someone.
Concerning “new testaments”, I’m assuming you’re talking about the New Testament? It’s the second half of the Christian Bible and was written and complied after the death of Christ. Why do we have it? Well, the first four books of the NT are the Gospels written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These four books give an account of Jesus’ life and ministry. We wouldn’t know what Jesus taught or did without them. At the end of Jesus’ ministry He says this:
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
I believe this statement explains the Gospels (the teachings of Jesus), because Jesus says after He leaves the Holy Spirit will be sent to remind them of what He’s already taught them. This also explains the other books of the NT (the teachings of Paul, Peter, John, James, and Jude), because Jesus says that the Holy Spirit will also “teach them all things”, that includes His own teachings and other things as well.
Jesus also says that there is much more that He wanted to teach them during His ministry, but that He couldn’t because they couldn’t bear it yet—and that the Holy Spirit would come after He left and teach them all things:
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
So, in short, the reason we have the New Testament is because Jesus promised that He would send the Spirit once He was gone to remind us of all that He’d taught throughout His ministry and to teach us much more.
I hope I answered your questions, if you have anymore please feel free to ask. God bless you and keep you!
Would you change your religious beliefs to marry the person you love? Why or why not?
If I had to change my religious beliefs, I would not marry the person that I love because the first person that I love is God who created me and I have my faith and my principles and this is what makes me who I am. And if that person loves me, he should love my God too.
Creation itself is an expression of His awesome care for us. He designed this earth as the perfect habitation for humanity and provides us with the necessities of life. But the highest expression of His love is manifested in His provision for our eternal needs. He sent His Son to redeem us from sin so that we could be forgiven and reconciled to God—and then live with Him in heaven forever.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”—Matthew 7:7-8 (via taylorcthomas)