Tuesday, February 12, 2008


was listening to the radio again last night on the way home from YACS. There was a sermon playing entitled "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors" (Listen to it here! http://www.haventoday.org/audio/021108-64k.m3u ) It was an interesting concept and I was really agreeing with what the pastor was saying. That is, I was really agreeing with what the pastor was saying until he said something to the effect of, "One day, we will know Christ as He knows us." *Tires screeching to a halt*
Excuse me? Did I hear that right? Did he really just say that one day we will know everything there is to know about the Lord Jesus Christ? Houston, we have a problem.
But seriously. I do have a HUGE problem with that statement. We are finite beings, and I believe that we will always be finite in some capacity. Even in our new bodies, we will have those finite limits. I don't believe that, once we finish this life and go to Heaven, we'll be able to fly or read minds or walk through walls or any of that crazy stuff. Heaven is the city of God and it is made of physical materials such as gold, pearl and precious stones. There is water in Heaven that flows from the throne of God. What bothers me about the statement that one day we will know everything about Christ is that Christ is God, and God is infinite. As finite beings, we can never fully understand and infinte God. It's simply impossible. If finite beings could grasp everything about God, then He couldn't be infinite.
I looked up the definition of "infinite" on www.m-w.com. I found the result to be quite interesting. ": extending indefinitely : endless 2: immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible 3: subject to no limitation or external determination." My favorite is the second one. "Immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive."
God is not only infinite. He is infinitely immutable. He does not change. (Hebrews 13:8 "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.") Therefore, if God is now infinite and God is immutable, then God has always been and will continue to be infinite. There will never be an end to God. If there is no end, then how can we discover it? If there is never an end to God, then how can we ever know all there is to know? I believe it is impossible for us to know all there is to know about God, and it will always be impossible. For if we could fit the entirety of the infinity of God into our finite beings, then there would be no infinity because there would be an end. An end means that there can be nothing further and therefore negates the possibility of infinity.
Yikes... my head hurts now. Did that make any sense at all? I'm really interested to get feedback on this, I've already spoken of it with one of my coworkers (who also happens to be a good friend) and we disagree on the matter. Let me know what you think!!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Beyond the call?

I'm discovering that things they say on the radio are good food for thought. Or debate.. Whichever. Lol
Anyway, I was listening to the radio one the way to work this morning and they played a feature that they play every morning called, "Beyond the Call." This feature is about a minute long and tells brief stories about people who went "beyond the call." I really enjoy the feature, but this morning, when I heard the title something struck dischord in me.
Beyond the call? As Christians we are called to live our lives as living sacrifices. We are called to care for the needy (Deut 15:11 "For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, 'You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'") and the widows and orphans (James 1:27 "Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress...") We are called to love even our enemies (Matt 5:44 "'But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.'")
My question is, can a Christian go beyond the call of Christ? I don't believe so. The call of a Christian os so far beyond human capability. Only with the power of Christ can we "press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Phil 3:14). The world's view of things is so different than God's (Is 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.") and what the world may see as "going beyond the call" is really simply trying to fulfill the ultimate call.
There is nothing a Christian can do that would be "going beyond" what Christ has called us to. Even those who have died for the sake of His name did not go beyond the call. They merely followed and obeyed, even unto death, and that was the call. They couldn't go beyond because God expects the utmost. There is no beyond when it comes to the call that is on the life of every believer.