Apocalypse

Supper.  That great…. slow…. time with my children, who just refuse to eat any faster than barely-not-at-all.  But, it breeds some interesting discussions with my five year old philosopher, Judah.  As out of no-where, save his own head, comes the following:

“Mom, when is the end of the world?”

“When ever God decides buddy.”

“What’s going to happen then?”

“Well, it’s going to burn up, and then the Lord will create a new heavens, and a new earth.” (See 2 Peter 3:10  “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up” along with Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.”)

“Well, who is still going to be here?  Are people going to be on the earth then?  Will it hurt?  And, where will we be, when we are waiting for the new earth?”

And into persecution discussions I go – might as well prepare him – the day is coming, much sooner than we think, when Christians, worldwide, will suffer for their faith (like they are not already in many places)…. Judah, you may suffer, but God is worth it…..

“Well Mom, I had a dream about the end times once.”

“You, pardon me?”   Eye contact with Daddy – this seems like the sort of thing I would like to know when it happens….  My parents have both had apocalyptic dreams, so have I… I am never scared in them, but Judah was.  Ah, a chance to explain we do not need to fear, if we love our God, and are covered in His blood.  And, a chance to pray – the Hannah type prayer…. God, whatever they (my babies) may be in life, may they be mightily used of You, as vessels of mercy and not of wrath.  May they be strong in the Lord…. May they not fear the days that come… May they glory You – speaking in grace and truth…..

Judah professed a need for Christ, and experienced His forgiveness in May of this year – and I love seeing his God-ward thoughts that come, unprovoked, so often….

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Question #5

When do you think the last original thought was?

Another question of the day….

Does God give “part marks”?  Like gymnastics? 

Here’s my context – I know a situation, at a church that loves God, and believes Christians must be emersion baptised to be members there.  Someone, who previously went to a different church, was baptised by being sprinkled, because no tank was available.  This person does not want to be re-baptised, even though they understand that God commands emersion baptism in the NT, because they do not feel wrong about their first post-conversion baptism. 

So – does God ever say “no, that’s okay, I understand it was too cold to go to the river, sprinkling’s good.”  Or, is does He say “This is my command, and partial obedience is full disobedience.”  (See 1 Samuel 13)

My analogy is just that – feel free to comment on it specifically, if you would like – but I really am curious as to your thoughts on a general level.  And, to be clear, we are not talking salvific issues….