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Friends Indeed, or, Answered Prayer

Sometimes I wonder about whether praying makes any sense. I pray to understand God’s will. I also pray for things. If I pray for things that are already God’s will, surely they will happen anyway? And if I pray for things that are not God’s will, surely they will not happen?

Matthew 21:22

Either way, an answered prayer is a good sign. And right now I am amazed at God for answering.

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WDJD: What does Jesus do?

Recently I have been thinking about what the meaning of being saved by Christ is. What is the meaning of being made right before God if my sins still hurt those around me?

What kind of power does God have to save us? What kind of power does God have to make us righteous? Even if we really really want it – doesn’t the decision to do and be good ultimately lie with us? Then, what does Christ do for us? Why do Christians still do bad things? Is Christ just a ‘model’  or ‘inspiration’  to do good? What does Jesus do?

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The Omnipotence Paradox

When I was younger, I remember hearing a question that was something like a riddle, or perhaps a koan. It went like this: if God is omnipotent, can he create a rock that is too heavy for him to lift? The point being, of course, to illustrate a paradox: an omnipotent being cannot limit its own omnipotence.

Recently, however, I noticed that God has done exactly that. God has blown the omnipotence paradox to bits. If before I was unsure of God’s omnipotence, I am now fairly sure that God is at least more capable than I thought. Of his absolute omnipotence I remain unconvinced (as in the manner of many Unificationists).

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