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Assumption

röntgenbild kopf mit zahnrädernI think most of us know the street definition of assume and I believe most of us who have fallen into that role has come to determine just how accurate that definition is.

However, according to my statistical course in university, it seems that most of us believe in a sale of goods that has been sold to us assuming that the deliverer of the sale was someone or something was telling us the truth.  As a result, we never ran the numbers or sought out the reasons ourselves. We were graded in our class as to our ability to pull data spouted by reporters to back up their stories and find the missing links – in other words – critically think through the process, ignoring the sales job.  Stunning is the best word to describe our analysis of the class results – horrific realization that we are a gullible and naive people.

No different to how we perceive God.  We think we know Him, most of us think we are good enough to get into heaven.  Most of us think that the God of love will make it so for all of us and find the good in all of us so that we make it in.

Religious leaders have done their job well in selling us that same bit of information, pulling a verse from here and there to make us believe.

Remember the story Jesus gave of the woman whose husband passed away, then according to custom at the time, she married the brother.  He passed away, she married the other brother and etc. until she had married and buried seven brothers.  The question of the religious leaders was simple enough – when she dies, who is her husband in heaven.

They didn’t even stop to think that maybe none of them would be in heaven.

Everyone felt that just by following the law, they would all make it into heaven.  So to them the question was fair, to Jesus he had to remind them what happens at the resurrection is such a powerful transformation that only those who are accounted worthy can attain to the resurrection they were talking about.  They knew about the resurrection but failed to understand what it takes to be a part of it.

In our walk with God, we need to ensure that the religiosity of that walk is shed, be transparent, come and lay it all on the line – allow God to be our God.  For on the day, when we meet Him face to face, He will be our bridegroom and we will be His bride.  Today, its our day to enjoy the engagement, walking hand in hand with Him.

 

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“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emman′u-el” (which means, God with us)." Matthew 1:23 RSV
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