Monday, August 14, 2006

update and escaping corruption

Just a quick update and scripture/thoughts on it. Sorry, it's been a few days since the last post. We have been pretty busy and I really didn't have anything to post until now. Now, I have a few ideas but for some reason the photo loading feature on the blog is not working right now. Once it starts working, I will have some pictures and some funny stories to share.

2 Peter 1:3-4-His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

We have everything we need, this is the truth. It is also true that we can have God's presence and we can try to be like Him. We have this thorough his promises. What has He said in His promises? That he'll never leave us. That we have been given abundant and eternal life. That we have been given the strength to live the new life. This is the thing, that strength comes from God, it doesn't and can never come from ourselves. It is the chief desire in Buddhism or in Eastern thought or religion to do what the last part of this verse says-about 'escaping the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.' While that is a noble goal, it is really impossible to do in our own power. We can't do it through our own strength, we can't do it through meditation or even by getting in tune with the universe. The only way these things can occur is if we have an inner change and that comes from God, not from ourselves.

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