Saturday, February 21, 2009

Paragraph that bothers me....

Was attending sermon last Sunday in CBC. The content wasn't that engaging, although it was good enough for me not to fall asleep. But there is one verse (or section) that caught my attention and troubles me for the whole week -

3:1 But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 6 For among them are those who creep into households and capture weak women, burdened with sins and led astray by various passions, 7 always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and disqualified regarding the faith. 9 But they will not get very far, for their folly will be plain to all, as was that of those two men.
2 Timothy 3:1-9

Ask my good brother Berto (a Bible expert although he could be sleeping through most of the time) on what the verse is trying to say and the context. But seriously, whatever the context and the interpretations, doesn't really take away the 'fear' and 'troubles' within me.

It seems to me the paragraph describes a person that is so much like me. It seems this verse is directed to me by God. It troubles me greatly that there is a small voice within me that keep yelling at me...telling me that I am exactly that kind of person as described.

  • " .... having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power.."
I do have the appearance of being godly, let see. Everyone around me know that I am a Christian. I say grace during meal. I attend church weekly. I am not ashame in telling people about God. I take painful care about projecting a Godly image and behaviour, with the hope that people will take notice and perhaps one day, they will open up and I will get the opportunity to share the Gospel. The fact that all these efforts are painfully 'orchestrated' and projected does bothers me. I am confused whether these behaviour are the outward flow of the inward faith OR am I trying to coverup what is lacking internally through the external projections of faith?

Why would I suspect the latter to be the case? Simple, there are many times where I just don't believe God will intervene. These occasions of disbelieve usually occurs during prayer time at the church or cell. So tell me, isn't this considered as - "denying its power"...?

Sad and worried.

  • "... always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.."

Yes, I read books. I could stay at Borders and read books at the Religion section for hours. I am seriously attracted to apologetics although I can be lazy at times. I am very much a beginner but I have never let go of opportunity to learn more. But there are many times where I felt that as much as I have gain in knowledge, my wisdom (if you could measure that..) has barely rise a mil (mil - millions of an inch). By the way, if any of you reading there would like to buy or lend me this Book, I would appreciate greatly, whoa hahaha.....

sigh, it will take some time before the above para slowly fades away from my mind. In the meantime, these two verse will constantly hovers around my head ....

4 anak ayam bother to comments:

Hedonese said...

Hi Bro, feel you... i try not to orchestrate any signposts that are explicitly 'religious' maybe my problem is hiding my lamp under the bushel... but i do try to setup signposts that are more like caring for the poor, environment, social justice, thinking thru the big questions of life... hopefully will find openings somewhere :)

Btw for apologetics, i'd not recommend brian mclaren's generous orthodoxy unless someone is already firmly grounded in the Word. I'm serious :) but i'd recommend an earlier book of his called Finding Faith which is a better book on how to help seekers find God thru tough issues. I think someone who is new to theology wud be better helped by John Stott, JI Packer, John Piper etc

Chicken Feet aka KaKiaYam said...

Hey brother, your advice is important to me. I have read about 20% of the book at Borders and find it very very engaging. Of course, as with all these popular writers, i personally feel that my Bible knowledge has not increased/expanded at all. Maybe all the while I am confused and assume that gaining knowledge of the 'religion' and knowledge of the 'Word', to be the same. Or maybe, theology is just too dry and boring. :P

I have read the Finding Faith. It seems that the later version of the book is split into two books and I happen to only read one of them ('a search for what is real'). Can't find the other part of the book, guess i will have to find the earlier single volume book.

I have got some past notes from my brother who is attending some Bible Studies Fellowship. The Bible commentaries is very good. I guess I should spend time on that and leave books by Phillip Yancey and Brian McLaren to some later dates (or maybe when i feel bored ..hehe). Like you say, I should be firmly rooted in the Word before exploring further, however innocent or harmless it may seems to be.

But seriously, JI Packer and John Piper books are very very dry, at least to me. sorry, i know you are a fan of john piper....hhehehehe...

KaKiaYam

thepplway said...

good blog,more infomative

Chicken Feet aka KaKiaYam said...

"I have read about 20% of the book at Borders .."

i mean the book, Generous Orthodoxy....hahaha....