Conversations About Things That Matter To God

By Raymond Cooper

The nature of God is a vast topic. Most cultures have a belief system in otherworldly beings that are involved in human existence. Anyone engaging in conversations about things that matter to God will probably not share the modern philosophy that everything we see and are ourselves is a product of chance. For Christians, a discussion would have to build on a definition of the nature of the Lord, a consensus on how and if we can know it, and what is important to Him.

There are a couple of ways to narrow this down. One is to look inside oneself and find what makes sense, what feels right. This is probably a universal trait, anyway; people tend to make everything subjective to a degree. However, some people are more comfortable with a belief system of their own making. They accept what they like about ancient teachings and philosophy and discard the rest.

Even those who accept much of a doctrine, say Christianity, may reject the rest. Take the matter of hell as a place of punishment when a proscribed code of conduct is broken. There are many who like the God of love portrayed in the Bible, but cannot accept that such a one could condemn created beings to torment. They deny the existence of hell, which is mentioned in the Bible more often than heaven. This lessens the necessity for a savior and a sacrifice and may also dilute the difference between right and wrong.

There is another approach, which involves letting God speak for himself. This necessitates the studying of sacred writings. For example, the Lord of the Bible sets forth rules of conduct, reveals himself to his people in many ways, and binds himself with promises if certain requirements are met. There are millions of people who find comfort in letting holiness define itself. This, of course, involves belief in the Bible as the word of God.

There are many who point to archaeological proof for the Bible as history and it's preservation as witness to it's special character. Others are skeptical that anything made by man can meet this standard. There is a wide division between those who stand on scripture and those who find it irrelevant. This can spark great discussions if people can 'keep their cool'.

Two or more are needed for a conversation, and they have to share some ideas. A person who embraces the mystic power of crystals probably won't be interested as much in what matters to the Lord as in what matters to them, what will enhance their life. It will be easier for two believers to talk about spiritual things, since they will agree on many basic concepts.

Scripture is a way to let God speak for Himself, to see what He commands His followers to do, and to learn His will. Some things are easy, like feeding and clothing the poor or caring for widows. Some are harder, like how to show mercy, give forgiveness, and live a holy life. Discussing these precepts can help reinforce the rules of conduct and strengthen the resolve of those who want to honor the Lord. For those who have no fellowship, christian talk radio is a great resource.

The Bible teaches believers to talk about the things of God. The Book of Ephesians is full of guidance about what constitutes worthy discourse. If spiritual life is important to someone, he or she won't be loath to enter into discussion about it.

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