The word discipleship is gotten from the word disciple. Since this is a bible study, it’s very important we understand the keywords used. As such, there is no way we can talk about discipleship without understanding what a disciple is. The aim of this study is to help us understand the 7 steps we must take on our journey of discipleship. At the end of this study, readers should be able to understand the costs and the gains that come with being a disciple of Jesus Christ. Now let’s see who a disciple is. Who is a disciple? The word disciple has its origin from Latin and it means to learn or to be a learner. Google has the following definitions for us to consider. Student or follower of some doctrine or teacher.One who embraces and assists in spreading the teaching of another.*One who submits his or herself to the discipline and teaching of a leader or way.
I just wanted to draw your attention to this 4-page essay by Joe Manzari, which is the best darn summary of the state of the art on the problems of evil and suffering I have seen. The problem of evil is an objection to the existence of God based on the presence of evil or suffering in the world. The arguments basically infer that if God is all-good and all-powerful, then there should not be any evil or suffering. There are two kinds of problem of evil. The Logical/Deductive Problem of Evil: The first kind is called “the deductive problem of evil” or “the logical problem of evil”. An example of evil would be Saddam Hussein murdering some journalists who told the truth about him. This version of the problem of evil tries to introduce a logical contradiction between the attributes of God and the presence of evil, like this:
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I have heard is said that it is better to rule in Hell than to serve in Heaven. Some picture Satan being the King of Hell, there to punish all the humans in his torture chamber. While I believe Satan, the demons, and those humans who have chosen not to follow Jesus with all be there, I think we have the role of Satan in Hell wrong. It was created for Satan, but not as a gift, but as a punishment.
2 Peter 2:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
Jude 6 King James Version (KJV)
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
Are they torturing sinners all day and night in hell?
As mentioned above, hell is a prison for demons. It is also clear from scripture that demons like torturing humans. What kind of prison would it be, if they got to do what they enjoy for the rest of eternity?
Yes, the Devil and his demons are bad news, but the world’s portrayal of him is not the real one, but a caricature.
Another issue with demons ruling hell is justice. God is a God of justice, how just would it be to let Demons hand out the punishment for sins? I can’t imagine the very demons that thought up ways to torture people who were at least loved by their parents being fair in their punishment in Hell.
What does justice have to do with spending an eternity in Hell you ask. I will cover that in my next blog post.
2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV)
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Don’t be fooled by the world’s version of the Devil and his demons. Read the entire Bible to find out who he is!
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Many people had Grandparents that they were able to visit at least a semi-regular basis. Your Grandparents then probably started trying to catch up on all the loving they wanted to give you while you were apart, which included expensive or too many toys, way too much sugar, letting you leave your spinach on your plate, by the time you came back home your parents, no matter how much they missed you, secretly dreaded bringing you back home. The reason for this is that your grandparents had spoiled you rotten! Many kids favorite phrase for weeks afterword was “But grandma and grandpa let me…!”. Your grandparents could afford to spoil you, your parents could not. If you didn’t eat properly most of the time, you would not grow up to be healthy, if you got all the toys you wanted all year, you would never learn the value of hard work and a dollar. or even appreciate Christmas or your birthday. If they said yes all of the time, you would not be able to handle it the first time your boss said “No”…
If by some circumstance you had to live with your grandparents permanently, instead of your parents they would have to start treating you like regular parents pretty quickly, or you would not succeed in life.
Many people seem to think that God is more like a Grandfather, rather than a father. Name your blessing and claim it, just like you did with Grandpa. However, he is our father. He gives us rules, because he loves us, and knows what would happen if he gave us everything we want. We would be spoiled rotten! We have all seen or heard of kids that grew up in the lap of luxury, with few rules or expectations put on them, who never heard the word no. Many of these kids stay kids well past their 18th birthday and are objects of ridicule to many. God knows that a huge portion of us would end up the same way if he gave us everything we want. He does not want us to be objects of ridicule, he wants us to be responsible adults who work for his kingdom. So he isn’t a Grandfather that lets us name it and claim it.
When we are with him in Heaven we will be mature enough to handle a grandfather in heaven 24/7 but not now.
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Where Is God When It Hurts? by Philip Yancey
A book that every believer should read. If you are not facing hard times now, you will at some point. If you have already read this book, it will make the tough times a bit easier to bear.