That passage is so rigid. Is it impossible for a non-christian to be with a christian and have a healthy relationship? I find that some of the text in the bible is a bit extreme. For example, in the above passage, unbelievers (hate that word because you can be a believer but not a christian) non-Christians are described as lawless and dark. I haven’t done a survey or gathered statistical data on the issue, but I’m sure that there are some really pure at heart non-Christians in the world. Some even purer that Christians (thunder crackling).
So I asked someone to explain this strict passage and they said that when you’re in an unequally yoked relationship (a christian and a non-christian), though the relationship might be great, you [the christian] will not grow “spiritually”. For example, when the christian in the relationship is falling short in faith, what can the non-christian do? They will not be able to offer that spiritual support rock that the christian needs. The non-christian cannot intercede on their partner’s behalf because he/she lacks the spiritual conviction needed to do so. Hmm…
So I was invited to church today. The last time I was at church was … I can’t remember the last time I was at church — bad, I know. I had my reservations about going, but I went nonetheless, albeit kick and screaming … in my head.
It’s a nice way to start the week. A change to my normal modus operandi. Most of us have a lot to be thankful for. My primary reason for not going to church though, was that I am of the view that you don’t have to physically attend a place of worship to give God (or whomever you worship) thanks and give praise. A relationship with God (or whomever) is not and should not be restricted to a building.
Suffice it to say, it turned out quite well. Today’s lesson was about sex — one of the many topics I am passionate about. The guest speaker described the body as “aesthetically appealing” for unmarried couples — a beautiful thing to be admired at a distance. And for married folks, she stressed the importance of pleasing their spouse. For married folks, their body is “aesthetically pleasing”. The husband’s body belongs to his wife and vice versa. Wives should always try and please their husbands and so too must the husband. Its a partnership.
As I there sitting in the pew observing, I realized that not much has changed though since my last visit. The congregation was quite vocal and passionate when it came to singing and the pastor did that thing where his altar call speech sounded like it was written with you in mind!
Did I mention that it rained when I got home? A sign maybe? 🙂 😆
It is not what happens to you that counts as much as how you perceive it. You can either be a victim of your history or a master of your destiny just by changing your perspective. One of the greatest discoveries in human nature is that you change your life by changing your perspectives and attitudes of mind.
— Dr J Demartini
They say everything in life happens for a reason and there is a lesson to be learned from each experience. I’ve had a few hard experiences that caused me to wonder what kind of lesson I could learn from them, but looking back, those experiences contributed to who I am today.
Do you have any similar experience that seemed like hell in the moment, but actually helped you some way or another in your life?