This is a guest post by Michele Schmidt – “Probie.” Michele is a part of Soma and is growing spiritually in tremendous ways!
I was talking to an old friend the other day or rather facebooking about Jesus. This was all brought up by one simple happy post. “A seventh grader told me he wanted to get baptized… This made me smile.” At first I was aggregated, “Why is she trying to ruin this? Why can’t she ignore the problems like the other friends who don’t believe?” then I realized I was being an idiot. I should be happy she’s asking questions and at least thinking about this stuff. Here is something I discovered while trying to figure out what to say.
First Eve is a GIANT idiot. I mean she got to hang with God everyday and she screwed it up! She had all the time in the world and I would do anything just to see Him face to face for one second!
Eve did many things when she took that fruit she introduced sin, disease, and death. Pain and hate came to be because of this action. This covers many of her questions but here’s a biggy.
Why did God give us a choice? She was asking why would He let us choose between heaven and hell. Well… because he wanted us to chose between following Him or not that’s what it comes down to. Do you want to live for God or not?
Now to be honest I was still annoyed about all of what was going on. She began to throw in little insults and at the end completely stated that anyone who believed was dumb. Well… Ahhh! I wanted to scream I didn’t insult you for not believing so what was she doing?
I was done no matter what I said she wasn’t going to LISTEN. (stupid typo sorry) She was going to continue to argue until the day she died. So I said believe what you will and I’ll do the same.One thing that stuck with me was a comment about God being a parent.
It said something like: if you love something let it go. He love us so much He gave us a choice to follow Him or deny Him there is no alternative. The full quote I believe is:
If you love something let it go. If it doesn’t come back it was never yours. If it does it’s yours forever.
God does this don’t you see?