Monday, April 08, 2013

(A-Z) God with a capital G.




G is for God

WARNING:  This is that terrible God stuff that you may not want to read. 
Do so at your own RISK. 



Yep I am one of those people that believe in The Big Guy in the Sky. I believe in it all. and I call Him, God.

I haven't always believed.  (As a teen and young adult, I "dabbled" in everything) After I had my first born son,  I thought I was being punished,  because he was born with a birth defect - severe form of dwarfism.  Then years later, he goes to a bible club, gets saved and starts evangelizing his mother at the age of 8.  Bless his heart.   I did my own research and made the choice to believe.  It was right for me and I have never turned back.  

 What totally burns me, is when others try and minimize my belief - they make fun of me, or get downright rude and vicious,  all because I believe in my God with a capital G.  My niece, who will soon be marrying a Muslim man from Somalia used to call me a freak.  I know she loves me but she just doesn't get it. Her dad, is a non-practicing Muslim from Iran.

One of my good friends is a Atheist. She tries to "evangelize" me.  I frustrate her I know.  She constantly sends emails about articles, she wants me to read.  I read them.  It doesn't change my Faith or Belief.  On the other hand, I do not evangelize her or send her emails, because she will get boiling mad at me.  See?  It's not always a fair game here but being the easy-going person that I am, I just leave it alone.  One of her arguments with me, is what if I am wrong?  What if, when I die that's it? My answer is, oh well.  It didn't hurt me any believing in this life. No harm was done. But I do believe. That's it - final.



Then I ask her, what if I am right and she is wrong?  Of course she won't even go there with me. She gets mad and stomps off.  I love her anyway.



Now who is evangelizing who?  What is the BIG DEAL, if I CHOOSE to believe?  How is it better for them?   I just don't get that!  I thought we all loved diversity.  I have never seen the radical atheists come after Jews or Muslims like they do the Christians. What's UP with that?



____________  G O D _____________

By the way, I want to educate some Christians about something.  I didn't know this, until I married my husband.  When you read something from a Jewish perspective and God is written as G-D or L-ord, it is not meant to be a slam or blasphemy. Quite the contrary:

  •  *The custom of substituting the word "God" with G-d in English is based on the traditional practice in Jewish law of giving God's Hebrew name a high degree of respect and reverence. When written or printed, God's Hebrew name (and many of the stand in names used to refer to God) cannot be erased or destroyed.

  • There is no prohibition in Jewish law against writing out or erasing the word "God" in English. However, many Jews have afforded the word "God" with the same level of respect as the Hebrew equivalents. Because of this, many Jews substitute "God with G-d so that they can erase or dispose of the writing without showing disrespect to God. Some Jews also use G!d in the same way, utilizing the exclamation point to convey their enthusiasm for Judaism and God.*

* reference: http://judaism.about.com/od/judaismbasics/a/Why-Do-Some-Jews-Spell-God-G-D.htm


28 comments:

  1. I'm a Pagan and I'm good with anyone who's good with me. It's when they come to my door (usually at what the hell o'clock on a Sunday) and start telling me I'm living my life all wrong that I get a bit tetchy. I'm pretty sure they wouldn't thank me for coming to THEIR door in the wee sma's and waking them up to tell them they're beliefs aren't valid!

    Sorry, had some door knockers this weekend who arrived at 7.30 and couldn't take a polite hint.

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    1. That's okay - I'm with you there on that. I don't appreciate any solicitors that come to my door.

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  2. I love how your little boy led you to God!!!!!!
    I think it's really annoying when atheists try to evangelize.. I don't try to push them to become Christians, so why can't they just leave me alone? I had to remove an otherwise friendly mandolin player from my social networks because of that, excluded another one from my Facebook feed because of the same thing. It's not that what they write will change my faith but it's just annoying.

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    1. Many times their "evangelism" is downright hurtful and always blasphemous. I just can't sit there and observe pictures displayed of my Lord and Savior, in crude and rude ways. So I hear ya!

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  3. I am a Christian and believe in God and His Son.

    And yet, I am amazed at some of the shit going down today as well as in people's hearts who claim to be Christian. It's appalling, the hate. Really appalling.

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    1. I think it is heartbreaking. Thank God, He always has His remnant. I pray I have what it takes, if the persecution continues and others fall away to because of social and cultural pressure. (those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness) Bottom-line - The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Amen!

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  4. I enjoyed reading this post and liked the little tidbit of info that you put at the end about why the Jewish people put G-d instead of God.

    What we've had the most fun with is people who think we (or more specifically my husband) need to "get right with G-d and then he wouldn't be in "that" wheelchair. They seem to have no understanding that G-d has his reasons for what he does and is not always for us to understand (in fact often times not).

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    1. That is downright RUDE! My oldest son was born with a birth defect and we got that as well. It is a downright miracle that I did find God. Because I was always confronted with those judging statements how the sins of the father. No I totally believe my son was a blessing to me and not a curse. Because it was him who led me to see God.

      People just don't THINK. I guess they mean well?????? But I could do without some of their well meaning!

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  5. I get frustrated when people assume being religous means they're following God. They condemn others and tell them how they need to live in. How is that sharing God's love and grace? I have friends and patients who are every walk of life and all sorts of beliefs. They know what I believe because I tell them and show them. I get the most criticism from my so-called Christian friends who can't believe I would associate with THOSE people. Kind of reminds me of Jesus, though, so I'm in good company.

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    1. As long as those associations don't rub off on you - and remember Jesus associated with tax collectors and whores. He did not cross over to their way of life - they changed theirs by listening to Him and observing Him.

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  6. I don't think this was terrible God stuff at all! It's never going to be fair, no one will ever live and let us live. Remember Jesus said, "If the world hates you, remember it hated me first". People are hateful to even the most peaceful of Christians, but it's mostly because they don't understand. Instead of correcting them in love, many of us (me too) are guilty of getting on the defensive and not representing Christ welll lol!!

    Maybe your friend who is always "evangelizing" is really struggling with her own belief. If not, she wouldn't have to do so much anti-God reading. I don't spend my time reading literature that "disproves" atheists or Muslims or Hindus or anyone else (unless you consider the Bible disproof!). She might just need a prayer that maybe God will open up her heart. One of these days, she's going to read something that really gets her questioning something seriously and who will she go to? Her patient, Christian friend. Let the Holy Spirit lead you my friend! He will guide you in all truth!! :)

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    1. I was being sarcastic - seems these days you have to put a disclaimer or some get all pink and pushed in. Oh I totally believe she is struggling. She was a Catholic that grew up in Poland. She saw how they worked it - and saw a lot of hypocrisy. But then she did admit, when her mother died, she found a lot of comfort in the church. There is HOPE for her. I believe her husband is the one fueling her.

      I totally believe all that you said. She would come to me. I know that!

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  7. I personally am agnostic but I never push nor preach my beliefs on others. Just as I absolutely can't stand it when people do it to me. I always try and remain respetful of others beliefs. Sort of like when I was a vegetarian. I never once ranted or raved of or anything to someone who eats meat. But it seemed like every single non-vegetarian I encountered was taken aback and offended by not eating meat. Again without me ever saying why I was one or telling them they should be one.

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    1. I was a agnostic for years - I just didn't know what to believe.

      Ha my friend the atheist is also a vegan. I get to hear all about that as well. :-) Thanks for your comment Melissa - I appreciate it.

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  8. One of the reasons I stopped going to church was all the judging that goes on in them. I'm sure they're not all like that, I just haven't found one yet. Funny, it's the other Christians that give me the worse time with the judging. Drives me nuts. And some of them are in my very own family. Maybe that's why I tried so hard to raise my girls to not be judgmental--at least, as much as humanly possible to not be. You also make an excellent point about the double standard. It's everywhere.

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    1. Yep it sure is. I struggle finding the perfect church but then again, if they take me in, I can assure you it would no longer be perfect. lol.

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  9. This post is really good. I'm so glad you found me so I could find you. I have a shirt in Janie Junebug's Tease at CafePress that says ATHEISTS DO IT ALONE. My children claim they are atheists. I'm confident they will recover from this young adult fantasy and return to their faith.

    Love,
    Janie Junebug

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    1. Train up a child in the way they shall go, and when they get old they will not part from it. Notice it says, when they get "old?" I think many have to find their own way. My sons are believers since they were little but they don't attend any church or have any christian friends, so there is no growth. Although, when they hear on the news about Christians being persecuted for their faith, they get very protective of the body of Christ so there is HOPE for them.

      So nice to meet you too.

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    2. Thank you. Arrive early and stay late. You are welcome at my bloghouse.

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  10. I enjoyed your post. I'm not sure what I believe in to be honest. I used to go to church when I was younger and have been the last two times at christmas for evening mass, both times I just felt like I needed to go. I have good friends who are very religious and others who aren't.

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    1. While the church is not perfect, I still believe it is better than not having faith. When my son died, nearly 10 years ago, I saw what FAITH and belief in God will do. It wasn't easy, but I can't imagine, going through all of that, not knowing the God of the universe. Just my humble opinion....

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  11. A very excellent post. I support you.

    An article in a local paper announced that one of the leading atheist organizations is comigng to my town next year for their convention, and during that time they tried to rent a billboard that mocks the local, predominant faith. I can't tell you the mix of amusement and disdain it creates in me. It's one thing to not believe--it's another to mock others for their belief.

    Keep up your faith; we need more people like you in this world.

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    1. Wow - about the atheist group coming to town. Don;t let them kid you - they are a "religion" - Like I religiously brush my teeth every morning. They are religious in their Atheism. You keep the faith to Daniel. Times are not going to get any easier!

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  12. I enjoyed this post very much. I believe what I believe but i never would push it down anyones throat...ever. I respect that in others.

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  13. It looks like we were on the same wave-length. I enjoyed your post. The double standard is amazing, and all in the name of "diversity". It is so precious that your sweet son led you to God. The Jewish perspective of not spelling out God was very interesting.

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  14. If someone asks me, "What if you're wrong?", it doesn't matter. Believing is a choice that we all get to make on our own. It's not debatable. I don't defend my faith. I believe...period. Good post.

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  15. I am so glad you visited my blog so I could find yours. Can't wait to read more. Good luck with the A-Z Challenge!

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  16. I often wonder if the reason athiests seem so desperate to convert believers to their cause is because deep down, they have doubts?

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Comments are good - I admit, sometimes I don't respond back, in time for a dialog. I bad! I will TRY and do better. Thanks for understanding.

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