Hey Doubting Thomas, this is for u bud :-)
I also believe that it is a good thing to question God. There is a Jewish saying that says, "You can either be for God or against God, but not without God." As we wrestle with God, and question God, we enter into dialog and even into a more mature relationship with God. By holding God accountable and finding that God always holds up with flying colors, we see how God calls us into relationship where we are. God does not expect us to be saints, but rather finds us where we are and loves us where we are. God then does his amazing work of working in our very souls, and we are then called to God, by God, for God.
if am not mistaken this is my first reply for this post...am not going to write much since everything i would ask or say was already said.
just wanted to ask one question thoo. about what u said:
Quote from: desertnurse on Today at 21:51:16
God does not expect us to be saints, but rather finds us where we are and loves us where we are.
yes God doesn't expect us to be saints but doesn't He love us to be with Him as He paid our dues for us?!!!
also of course He loves us....that's why He saved us.....but wouldn't only be right to be with Him where He is instead of where we are?!!!
I think that in that light I might elaborate: God finds us where we are. That is not to say that we have no where else to go. We then begin to grow. It is a statement of how God comes to us. In Protestant Christianity, there is a deep feeling of God doing all the work. Even our faith is a gift from God. Our faith is not our work, but a gift from God and therefore God's work. God then finds the sinner where the sinner is and calls, "Come, follow me." It is at this point that many of us fall into relationship and communion with God. There is also a feeling that God allows us to suffer but suffers with the sufferer.
Please add your thoughts!!