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Crisis of faith

May 21, 2011 came and went, and there were no catastrophic earthquakes, and the earth did not cease to exist.  The earth is still spinning on its axis, and life as usual continued to go on for most people.  For those folks who followed the teachings of Harold Camping and were loyal to his “end of times” prophecies, they are now experiencing a crisis of faith.

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No matter what you may say about Harold Camping, he has been loyal to the study of God’s word.  I do not know much about Harold Camping, and I probably only know about him, because of his failed attempts, at end time prophecies.  The Bible says that when you tell the world, “thus says the Lord”,and the event does not come to pass, you are a false prophet.   Those folks who were loyal to Harold Camping are now living on the other side of their crisis.  Their faith in what Harold Camping has been shaken and maybe their loyalty has waned.  

My pastor reminded us as a congregation that the folks who are suffering from a crisis of faith, are going to need the believers of Christ, the true church, to be there for them when they need us the most.  How many of the loyal followers of Harold Camping, liquidated all of their life savings, or gave away the money in their checking accounts, fully believing the end was near? What are they going to do now?  How will the church respond to their needs for compassion and mercy?  Will we laugh at them and mock them for following a false prophet or will we extend mercy and compassion? 

No matter how much we think we know about the bible, there is always more to be learned.  I believe that the bible, is the word of God, and that you could spend a life time of studying it, and still only scratch the surface.  I know that there are more folks in this world that are much deeper scholars of God’s word than I am.  Nevertheless I believe that I understand enough of the basics.  I believe that I am to love God, with all of my heart, mind, and soul and love my neighbor as myself.  I am not to judge my neighbor. I am to show my neighbor the love , compassion and mercy of Christ as much as it is within me.  I am to extend forgiveness and comfort to my neighbor, in their time of need.  Does that mean that I am to enter in to a life style of sin, or support bad life decisions?  No, I do not believe that at all. 

I also do not believe that I have a license as Christian to beat up people with Gods word.  My job is not to beat people up, they can do that by themselves.  My job as a Christian is to encourage them into reading the word of God for themselves and to pursue their own relationship with God.  The bible says that if I were to lead people to the cross that God can take care of the rest.  My pathetic attempts at changing people will only mess things up even worse.  God is in the business of changing people from the inside out.  God is in the business of redeeming souls.  God is in the business of bringing people out of sin and darkness and into his glorious light.  To God be the glory, forever and ever. 

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