Surrender the Brownies

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The Person Behind The Brownie Pan

Hi! My name is Tatiana Emilia (but a lot of people call me Tanichca or variations thereof) I am 21 wonderful years old, I have a HUGE Catholic family, and I go to Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.

 

What else do you need to know about me? Well, first, I’m a Catholic. I love God, I love the saints, and my dearest wish is to go to heaven one day. I love praying the rosary, reading the lives of the saints, and I am never happier than when I am at adoration. I cherish my time with God more than anything else.

I also love to create things- I draw, write poetry and prose, make up songs, design buildings, you get the picture. But my favorite thing to do is WRITE, especially about God. I’m currently working on a degree in writing.

I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.  My health isn’t all that great, and I’m in pain pretty much 24/7. But I believe that God gave me EDS to use as a way to evangelize. I believe in joy, I believe in heaven, and I believe strongly in the combined powers of prayer and ibuprofen.

So, anyway, welcome to Surrender the Brownies, where I’ll share my musings to a hopefully nice audience. I’m glad you’re here!

Love to all!

-Tani

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38 responses to “The Person Behind The Brownie Pan

  1. Evelyn says:

    I read the whole thing. Oh yeah, be impressed. LOL It really wasn’t that boring, even though I knew everything on there.

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  2. Matthew says:

    Hey Tanichca,

    You may remember me from BYC. I had a question about something you wrote here. Do you know for sure, 100%, you will go to heaven when you die?

    Matthew

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    • Tanichca says:

      Of course not. I am a human being, and therefore fallible. The terrifying truth is, I could be so proud in believing that I would make it to heaven no matter what, that I might miss getting in. But I believe that in living my life according to God’s law as presented by the Bible and the magisterium, and through the help and mercy of God, I can attain heaven. 🙂 What do you believe? Do you believe you will get to heaven?

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  3. Matthew says:

    Hey Tanichca,

    Here is what I believe.

    Humans are fallible, and all us have sinned fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). One of the standards God has give us is the ten commandments. Go through them and see if you have fallen in any. Have you ever lied, stolen, disobeyed your parents? Even Jesus said that whoever gets angry with his brother has committed murder in his heart (1 John 3:15). We are all guilty and deserve to go to hell.

    From what I know of Catholics, don’t you all believe that (sorry if this is totally non-technical and a little off) that if you are “good” enough, you will go to heaven? Or if you do enough good things and confess your sins to a priest you will go to heaven.

    That ties in to what I mentioned above. Since we know we have sinned, we know we must go to hell. In the Bible (Revelation 21:8), God says that all liars, thieves, etc. will have their part in the lake of fire. We all deserve hell and there is no way to redeem ourselves against the standards.

    That is where Jesus Christ comes in. He died on the cross for our sins so that our sins could be forgiven! Please, I mean no offense at all (I heard someone say this once and it rang true), but by saying you are not sure you will go to heaven, that is like saying you do not believe Jesus dying on the cross was enough to reconcile you to God.

    There are two things you need to do to know you are going to heaven. They are “Repent” and “Trust in Jesus.” Repent of your sins, tell God you are sorry and that you will change. Then trust in Jesus Christ with your life and let Him lead you.

    Does that make sense?

    Matthew

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    • Tanichca says:

      I agree. But even though Jesus died for us, WE can still sin enough that we lose our chance to get into heaven. Jesus dying does not automatically give everyone a “get into heaven free” card. That would be rather unfair, right? God is a God of mercy, but also of justice. If I got into heaven, and a murdering child rapist who never repented also got into heaven, where is the justice in that? Jesus died so that sins may be forgiven, but we have to want to repent of them.

      I do trust that with God’s help, I will sin no more. In the much misunderstood sacrement of Confession, I say that in one of the prayers, the act of contrition. “Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, who are all good and deserving of all my love. With your help, I will sin no more, and avoid all near occasions of sin.” And doesn’t everyone believe that if they follow God’s law, and be “good enough” (though we never can be “good enough” to merit heaven, but only attain it through the mercy of God) we may enter heaven? If we tithe, give alms, practice the 14 works of mercy, we are “good enough?”

      Heck no! God is God, perfect and just and in all things good. I am a human, and because of original sin, I now have the desire to sin and the weak will that lets me do so. I will fall, I will be imperfect, and only that which is perfect can see God. But, through the catastrophically huge mercy of God, I have the chance to redeem myself, to get back up, to fight against sin once more, and maybe, just maybe, enter heaven.

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      • Matthew says:

        When you become a Christian, God will give you a new heart with new desires (Ezekiel 36:26). You will have a passion to serve Him and do good. When the Holy Spirit comes into you, you will want to do good.

        Tanichca,

        You will sin, it is inevitable. But how many Christians would there be if everyone lost their salvation after they sinned. There would not be any. Christians sin just like everyone else, but God extended His grace to us so that we can know we have eternity with Him in heaven.

        No, that is not what I believe. We can never be good enough. We can never attain heaven on our own, that is where Jesus comes in, to pay our fine. If you have sinned just once you are guilty of the whole law (James 2:10). No one in the world is “good enough,” except for Jesus. He was the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

        God is just. That is totally true. Let’s look at a real-life example. If you are in a courtroom and guilty of breaking God’s law (which we have already established above), a just judge will find you guilty and sentence you to jail (hell). Jesus’ dying on the cross is like someone walking into the courtroom and saying, “judge, I will take the sins of this man upon myself.” When that happens, the judge can let the man go free, because His sins have been paid for. His sins have been covered by the Redeemer.

        There is no biblical basis for losing your salvation. But John 10:28 says this:

        “And I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

        In this verse God is saying clearly that you cannot lose your salvation. Instead, He is holding you in His hand, watching and caring for you. You still sin, yes. You still need to repent, yes. But He will never let you go.

        Matthew

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        • Matthew says:

          Sorry… that formatting messed up some. I hope it is still coherent 😛

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        • Tanichca says:

          I agree 100%, sir, with your views on God’s mercy. But is it right for a person continue to be evil because he thinks that God will let him into heaven no matter what? If this is not what you are saying, I apologize, but this is what it sounds like you are saying.

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          • Matthew says:

            Romans 6:1 says this:

            “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?”

            The answer Paul gives to that is important… and long.

            “How shall we who died to sin still live in it? Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin.”

            Though this passage of scripture is pretty self-explanatory, it makes the point that Christians will not desire to sin, in a sense. I mentioned above that when you are “born again” you have a new heart with new desires to please the Lord. You will stumble and fall often, yes. But you will want to ask for forgiveness and do good next time, instead of continuing in sin.

            Paul says in a different translation, “may it never be!” We will not still live in sin.

            I would make the case that if someone was living in great sin like you are talking about, he was never saved to begin with and needs to come and know the Savior. Harsh, but true. A prayer does not, and cannot, save you. It is not biblical. Only God can save you and you need to have true repentance of the heart.

            Make sense?

            Matthew

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  4. Evelyn says:

    *Munching popcorn* We can always rely on Matthew to stir the pot…

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  5. Tanichca says:

    🙂 Thank you, BTW, Matthew, for making me think about these things.

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  6. Mike says:

    “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” – 1 Cor 6:9-10

    Think of that for a moment. Now, Matthew, as far as your beliefs are concerned, would you say that if a person has faith, he will be saved undeniably?

    If the answer is a yes. answer me this question: is it not indeed possible that someone, believing in Christ as his Lord and Savior, could still be guilty of such sins? And if he is guilty of one or many of these, would not he, despite his faith, go to Hell?

    Take me for example. To make things a little awkward, I used to be into porn. No lie. Yet even during those unrepentant times of serious sin, I did–most undeniably–still have faith. Would I be saved, or wouldn’t I?

    Look now at another quote from 1 Corinthians: “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” Pause on “if I have not faith, etc…”

    Paul here affirms that one can have faith, even faith to move mountains–which, if I’m reading you correctly, implies automatic salvation–and yet despite this faith, one can lack love. If the person saved, or not?

    In Revelation 3, the Lord speaks about “the one who is VICTORIOUS” (3:21), which implies an ongoing struggle, not a one time deal.

    Also in Rev. 3, Christ says that a man’s name can be “blotted out of the book of life” (3:5). If it needs to be blotted out, that means that it is in their currently, yet at a future time might not be.

    Salvation isn’t a one-time thing.

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    • Matthew says:

      Hey Mike,

      No, I do not. Faith is not the only thing you need to attain Salvation. As I mentioned above in my second comment, the two things necessary are trust in Jesus (which includes Faith in Him), and repentance.

      Trusting in Jesus Christ, as mentioned above, includes faith. Believing in Him and what He has done on the Cross. This is really important.

      Repenting is the other part of salvation, and a very important one. If you do not first acknowledge you are a sinner, you cannot grasp the true reality of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, and not attain Salvation. You mentioned sins you have committed in the past. While I cannot know your heart during that time, and therefore whether or not you are saved, I do know God sees all the same way while we were yet sinners. Jesus said (Matthew 5:28) that if you look with lust at someone, you have committed adultery of the heart. Name one person who has not committed that crime. We have offended God greatly and deserve hell. It is only by His grace we can know we are saved and can go to heaven.

      Earlier in Revelations 3, you see it is being written to the church at Laodicea. The writer is talking about the concept of being “lukewarm.” The Christian life is a battle, I think you would agree with that. Hebrews says (paraphrasing), “I have run the race, I have finished the fight.” Though we struggle and fight throughout life, with the Lord we will in the end be victorious. But only with Him.

      Salvation is a one time thing. But then the fight against the evils of this world start, and we need God’s help to attain victory.

      Matthew

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      • Tanichca says:

        Well, you also need good works, Matthew. As James 2:17 says, “So also faith alone without works is dead.” This is where the concept of doing good deeds helping one to merit heaven comes from. The devil has faith in bucketloads,and he ain’t leavin’ hell!

        Repenting is good, yes. It is a battle, I agree. That’s why we need to wear the “armor of God.” (Ephesians 6:10) Actually, I find myself agreeing with a lot of what you’re saying, except the whole “you only need faith and repentance” bit.

        Finally, Mike, I know it probably took a lot of courage to tell us what you told us, and I greatly admire that you did so. Praying for you, amigo! 🙂

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        • Matthew says:

          Tanichca,

          I do not believe works are necessary in order to get to heaven. But faith alone without works is dead. Let me explain.

          How can we ever reconcile ourselves with a Holy God when all of our works are like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)? There is no way our works can somehow assure us of heaven since we have already sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.

          I know I keep pounding this point, but when we are saved God gives us a new heart with new desires. Therefore, if you are not serving Him or desiring His glory, and not your own, you are most likely a false-convert. So it will become something you want to do to serve your Lord and Savior. A sign to those around you that you love and trust the Savior.

          I understand I have said this above also, but by trying to reconcile yourself before God you almost like saying what He did on the cross was not enough to pay for your sins, and you need to work to finish what He could not.

          I hope I made sense 🙂

          Also, do you want to move this to a different area?

          Matthew

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      • Mike says:

        Amice, (I’m Latin obsessed),

        Alright, firstly: THANK YOU. It really bothers me when people claim to believe in faith alone, yet won’t dare deny that love is necessary. That is not faith alone. So thank you for, in that respect, being a sensible fellow.

        Secondly: Unfortunately your lack of belief in sola fide, smart though it is, makes my job more complicated. So before even beginning to reply further, I need to know exactly what beliefs you follow. Considering your beliefs regarding salvation, I can only assume you’re some type of Protestant, but if you don’t believe, at least nominally, in faith alone, that sets you apart from the rest. Do you go to a church or do you just go by the Bible on your own interpretation? Basically, where does your authority lie?

        Christus benedicat te,
        Mike

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        • Matthew says:

          Mike,

          Latin brings back a lot of memories for me. Mainly chanting, “amo, amas, amat…” I am going to try learning it again this fall.

          All of my beliefs would be too long for here. But what does matter is that Jesus Christ is my authority and Lord. A little more information is that I attend an expository Bible teaching church, but also listen to different preachers and do some private interpretation (which I know you do not believe). If you had to put me in a denomination, I would probably be close to a Baptist… but I do not agree with all they stand for either.

          Who is your authority?

          God Bless,
          Matthew

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          • Mike says:

            Oh yeah, and the lady on the tapes with the terrible voice, right?

            Out of curiosity, what Scriptural evidence is there that Scripture can be privately interpreted? That leads to subjective truth, yet I’m sure you would agree that God’s truth is objective. Private interpretation leads to countless truths, but if Paul is right, there is “one faith” (Ephesians 4:5). Who determines which interpretation is correct?

            My authority is “the Church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Tim 3:15). That would be Catholic Church, which, I’m guessing, has been largely misinterpreted to you. Tell me if you’ve been taught one of the following:

            Catholics worship Mary
            Catholics worship statues
            Catholicism is a cult
            Catholics aren’t allowed to read the Bible
            Catholicism has no Scriptural basis
            Catholicism is the whore of Babylon
            The pope is the anti-Christ
            Catholics aren’t Christians

            Is it fair to say, in light of your beliefs on salvation, that you believe in some form of predestination?

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  7. tm091096 says:

    I’m not trying to change the subject–a huge fallacy in argumentation–but I’m kinda confused regarding where to begin. Your beliefs sound almost Calvinist, which is to say, God individually picks who gets saved and then makes certain that it happens every time.

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  8. Matthew says:

    Hey Mike,

    I am moving it down, as to make it easier to read. Yes, exactly!

    For your first question about private interpretation, I am going to quote a writer and his thoughts on the subject:

    ~
    “[L]et us see what the apostle Peter meant by saying that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. To do so, we must open our Bible and read that verse in its context and employ the familiar rules of language to discover its meaning. In other words, we must interpret the Bible for ourselves! The apostle Peter writes:

    Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20-21).

    The verb “is” in verse 20 is the translation of the word ‘ginomai’ which according to Strong’s Lexicon means, “to cause to be, to become, come into being.” Hence the sense of this verse is this: “no prophecy of Scripture ‘came into being’ by any private interpretation.” The apostle Peter is here speaking about the process by which the Scriptures came into being, namely, their origin, and not about the understanding of Scripture already given.

    Peter says that no scripture came into being by ‘private interpretation’ – that is by one’s own explanation. Whom does he have in mind? Is it the reader, or the men who penned the Scriptures? Since Peter is speaking about the origin of Scripture, it seems likely that he is talking about the prophets themselves. In other words, Peter is saying that the Scriptures did not originate in the prophets’ own understanding. This could be confirmed if we read the following verse since the apostle Peter gives the reason why scripture did not come into being of the prophets’ own understanding, “for” he continues, “prophecy never came by the will of man.” The prophets did not invent the scriptures. Rather, they were God’s instruments to write his Word: “…holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

    So, this verse does not discourage us from reading and understanding the Bible for ourselves, but it give us full confidence why we should trust the Scriptures. Though written by men, the Scriptures do not have their origin in the human mind but in the mind of God the Holy Spirit. The Bible is the Word of God!”
    ~

    The Bible confirms itself, Mike. There is only one conclusion in the Bible, and anyone can find it out for themselves by reading His word and seeking Him.

    I have not heard most of those myths or I know they are not founded “myths.” There are a few in there I agree with… especially the first one. I have heard Catholics saying they do not really worship Mary, they just respect her. But when you look at the Catholic catechism and some of the Catholic prayers, you see that it cannot possibly be the case. Let’s look at one prayer for now.

    “Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping, in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”

    The Bible says that Jesus is our “go-between” between God and us. This seems like Catholics are taking out Jesus and instead inputting Mary. Mary was a young woman whom God chose to bring His Son into the world, but she is not to be worshipped or receive any honor.

    When I read this prayer, it seems as though Mary is being equated to a leader, your life, your hope, your intercessory, your advocate (capitalized). Those are all roles Jesus Christ fulfills. Not Mary. There is no biblical evidence to show that she is anything more than a Godly woman.

    I know you will not like this answer, but predestination and free will are minor points in the Christian theology. They are important, but they are not an issue of which we need to come to terms with before we are saved. I personally believe in predestination, but I have Christian brothers and sisters who believe in free will.

    Do you really believe baptism is essential for salvation?

    Let’s look at this from a totally different angle. According to Catholics, am I wrong? According to Catholics, will I go to hell when I die? You can answer honestly, it will not hurt my feelings.

    Also, may I use some of our conversation to discuss Catholicism online with a group of Christians? If not, that is fine 🙂

    Matthew

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    • Mike says:

      That quote doesn’t answer my question. Sure it gives the context of the verse, but I am wondering where in Scripture anyone says, “You’re free to come up with your own conclusions”.

      Let me say one thing: the Catholic Church, contrary to what it may seem like from the Protestant perspective, is actually VERY open to the free usage of ideas and such in the reading of Scripture. There is, however, a stipulation, and that is that no interpretation can CONTRADICT objective, divinely revealed and established truth. However, any number of interpretations of Scripture are allowed if they don’t contradict (from Latin contra dictum, said against) the Faith.

      With that said, if a Catholic has a valuable insight he is, by all means, able and very probably encouraged to share it. That’s part of why I enjoy reading Scripture. I love seeing what inferences can be drawn from any given passage, and that, too, is one of the beauties of the the Word of God. It can apply to so many situations and have so many meanings, depending on one’s situation in life. But again, they can’t contradict what is known to be universally true.

      Regarding the Salve Regina:

      The conclusions you draw here stem from what is, no offense or insult intended, a very limited view of the word “worship” with its meanings and connotations. For you, I’m assuming you’ve been taught that worship is due to God alone, honor due to God alone, glory due to God alone, etc… Any “worship”, “glory”, or “honor” given to anyone besides God is, from your viewpoint, heinous idolatry and is directly contrary to the first commandment.

      But there are actually levels, “layers” as it were, of worship which I’m guessing you’ve never even heard of before. In fact, the majority of Catholics don’t know they exist. Worship is divided into two categories, adoration and veneration. For the modern Christian, “worship” tends to be absolutely synonymous with “adoration”. Adoration is, to quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge Him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful Love” (CCC 2096). It is not worship in the strict sense of the term, but ADORATION which is due to God only.

      For the sake of what seems to be ecumenism, the distinction of worship types has been largely downplayed in recent years, and worship, even among Catholics, has become synonymous with adoration. If adoration is what you’re referring to when you talk about worship, we agree wholeheartedly: anyone who offers adoration to someone besides the God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, is an idolator and commits a serious sin.

      But the Bible does actually use the word “worship” in reference to creatures (obviously not referring to adoration, but some lesser, acceptable type). 1 Chronicles 29:20: “And David said to all the congregation, Now bless the LORD your God. And all the congregation blessed the LORD, the God of their fathers, and bowed down their heads, and worshipped the LORD, and the king.” Obviously the king is not being adored, but the word “worship” is definitely being used here.

      Or Lot in Genesis 19 who, seeing angels, “bowed his face to the ground” (19:1). He is worshipping the angels. Not adoring them, but worshipping in some sense.

      Giving honor to Mary does not take away from honor due to God. The Catholic view is concisely laid out in her own words: “My soul magnifies the Lord” and “From henceforth all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:46, 48). It is not because of her, but precisely because she magnifies God that she is due honor. We’re just fulfilling her prophecy. We are, in fact, calling her blessed.

      I don’t know if you think that any exaltation given to a creature is idolatry. If you don’t. OK. If you do, lemme point out something: who, in Revelation 4:4, were sitting on thrones, surrounding the throne of God and the Lamb? Twenty-four elders. The Lord Himself gave them these seats of exaltation, and yet this doesn’t go against the first commandment.

      I’ll stop here for now. This was a mouthful. But I know that many Protestants think along the lines of “Gloria Deo solo!” While that’s true, it depends on how you mean.

      Deus benedicat, Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus,
      Mike

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      • Mike says:

        Notice something no Catholic ever says to Mary: “Have mercy on us”. We always say “Pray for us” which, I’m sure you’ll agree, is an entirely acceptable request.

        Paul does indeed tell us that Christ is the one mediator between God and man. This stems mainly from the fact that He is Himself both God (John 1:1) and man (John 1:14). This does not prohibit some form of subordinate mediation, though, and Paul even tells the Colossians about his “filling up what is lacking in Christ’s sufferings” (Col 1:24). Paul is being what? A MEDIATOR.

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  9. Matthew says:

    Hey Mike,

    I think I have misunderstood what you are saying to an extent. To me, “Private Interpretation” means that you can read and understand the one and only Ultimate Truth in the Bible for yourself, without someone having to tell you. What you are saying seems to me that you can come up with truths the Bible states, unless it contradicts the Catholic Church. Men are fallible, and the church can be wrong. You are, in the end, the one who is responsible for what you believe. That said, while there is no biblical “proof” for either way, 2 Timothy 2:15 says this.

    “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

    In my last comment, I said that there was only one truth that could be correctly reached through reading the Bible. You can twist scripture in a lot of ways, but truthfully it is up to you to interpret the Word correctly with the Holy Spirit’s help.

    As for the “Mary” discussion, I am aware there are different “types” of worship, though I will admit I did not know them by name. But through Scripture you can clearly see that men and women, even angels, are not to be worshiped to any extent. One writer puts it this way:

    “Acceptable worship takes place only when the true God of heaven is worshipped. God seeks “true worshippers” to worship Him (John 4:23). Jesus plainly told the devil, “… it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10). In this regard two New Testament examples are crystal clear. First, when Cornelius fell at the feet of Peter to worship him, Peter refused to allow such action, saying to Cornelius, “Stand up, I myself also am a man” (Acts 10:25,26). Second, when the apostle John prepared to worship an angel, the angel strictly forbid him with these words: “See thou do it not; for I am thy fellow servant … worship God” (Revelation 22:8,9; see also 19:10).”

    Matthew Henry in his commentary says that in the passage you quoted David is joining with the congregation praising the Lord. Throughout history, you see examples of kings being worshiped or forcing their subjects to worship them. In almost all of those cases it has been wrong and they should not have been worshiping that person.

    You know, Mike, I think we could debate each other all day. You are very knowledgeable in what you believe and I am sure we could debate circles around each other , and we could both win different minor points in the Catholic and Christian faiths. I am happy to do that and enjoy learning of any sorts. If you would like to talk to me further please email me anytime at matthewsjourney516@gmail.com.

    But, through all of this we may never reach the heart of the issue. Where will you spend your eternity? How can you know?

    Mike, though I have only known you a short time, I care about you and where you will spend eternity. I am pretty sure if I ask you if you would sell one of your eyes for a million dollars, you would say no. Why is that?

    That is because your eye is precious to you. How much more your soul, Mike. I know I have said some of this above, but it is worth repeating.

    God’s standards are the Ten Commandments. Mike, have you ever told a lie? Have you ever dishonored your parents? The Bible says that whoever breaks one of his commandments is guilty of the whole. We are wretched sinners, Mike, and deserve hell and damnation before God.

    No works can reconcile us to Him, neither can any amount of worship or promising you will not do it again. If you are in a court of law and you have stolen millions of dollars, you might appeal to the judge saying, “But judge, I promise never to do it again!” If you do that, he may feel compassionate, but still has to judge you according to what you have done and give you a sentence.

    Since we have established there is nothing we can do on our own to attain salvation, we need to look at Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. When He died on the cross, He took our sins upon Himself so that we could reconcile ourselves to God.

    Mouthing a prayer and saying you are saved will not save you. You need genuine repentance. You are sorry you have broken God’s law and want forgiveness since there is absolutely nothing you can do on your own. If you then truly believe that Jesus died for your sins and is the Lord of your life, you will become a true born again Christian.

    I hope to hear from you in the future, Mike. You truly are a unique, well-informed person. If you have not already, I will be praying you will find the True Light, Jesus Christ, and make Him your Lord and Savior.

    God Bless,
    Matthew

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  10. Mike says:

    I’ll send you an email.

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  11. E says:

    Ohhhh, Tani… 😀 You have been stuck with the Very Inspiring blog award. 😉 http://defeatingdragons.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/apparently-i-am-very-inspiring/

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