Bullying

 

 

bullying

This morning I read something that really upset me.  I was reading a Caring Bridge entry by a friend, whose daughter has been fighting cancer.  This child has gone through more in her life than most adults could ever imagine going through.  She has been fighting, and surviving cancer and surgeries and complications like a true warrior.  I have never met this amazing teen, but I feel like I know her, and her story has been so incredibly inspirational to me.  

Today, the update was about the tumor in her head, and what the scans showed, and what the next few months will bring for her.  Her mother (who is just as strong) ended the entry with a request for all.

“I do need to say this, to my fellow parents out there. Please talk with your kids, about how saying hurtful things can hurt so bad emotionally. We have had some kids say awful mean things to her, and texted to her, tweeted about her. Some regarding her hair, which obviously she can’t help due to radiation and some just plain ridiculous. Like for instance, *&!*  is not fat, far from it actually. She obviously not ugly, nor is she stupid or any other terrible things that people have called her! Realize that she has enough to deal with battling cancer! So please understand that enough is enough. There comes a point in time in ones life that they can only deal with so much. So I ask you please, speak with them, your sons and daughters, older and younger. She needs support! Nothing else! Sorry if this doesn’t apply to you, that’s why I saved it till the end. “

This end of the post was tear inducing. This child has been such an inspiration to so many, what can there possibly be to fear that such mean things are being said.  I wanted to know what the bible had to say about bullying.  A quick search brought these verses to light, and I hope that you will find the time to share these and talk about these verses with your children.  

Ephesians 4:29 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

James 4:11-12

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

Leviticus 19:18

You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

For those of you that are bullied, I found a great blog posting by Jesse Rider @ http://fervr.net/teen-life/7-ways-to-respond-to-bullies  

 

To the sweet child in the caring bridge update today, please remember:  You are loved, honored, and respected by the One that matters the most.  You are very blessed with loving family and friends, and a whole cyber world that is praying for you daily.

Is there a Hell?

hell

Recently, I have been challenged with some questions.  I knew in my heart the answer, but was not able to put that answer into words.  Actually, it wasn’t a question at all, but a statement, that I was unable to address at the time.

“I do not believe that there is a hell, our God is a loving God and could not put anyone in such a miserable place.”

I have been trying to study revelation, and it is amazing to me that after all these years, I am finally able to read it and study it without fear.  I actually feel more at ease knowing what is coming.  I have a hard time tho, believing that there is no hell.  If I question this, then don’t I have to question everything, from Genesis through Revelation?

If I have nothing to fear (hell), then why would I make it a priority to believe that I am saved of my sins because of the sacrifice that our Savior made for us on the cross.  In fact, what would He even have been saving me, or you from?  If there is no hell, then there can be no Savior.  Why would Moses have brought the 10 commandments to us, if we had no reason to follow them?  I agree, our God is a loving God.  He loves you and he loves me.  I believe that it pains him when we reject him.

I found this by author Dr. J Carl Laney~

” When someone questions the fact and reality of Hell, he’s actually questioning the authority of the Bible, and the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. The Christian faith is all tied up together, and when it is attacked at one point, it becomes vulnerable at all. It holds together beautifully.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if we didn’t have to worry about being cast into the fiery pits of hell?  But, I know that it is a very real place, and thankfully the Holy Spirit has filled my heart, and he is there to stay.  I believe that because of the redeeming power of the blood of Christ that there is hope for all of us. Revelations reminds us that during the tribulation there is still hope to be saved.  Will you go with the rapture, the great multitude?

Last night I had the opportunity to be watch a show by Sean Emory.  He is a christian illusionist.  Was it chance that the words he used during his show were addressing the exact thing I have been working through?  Sean was passionate about the fact that yes in deed, there is a Hell.  He used scripture from Matthew chapter 7 to illustrate his beliefs.

13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

We all have a choice to make, do we follow what is easy and maybe even considered the “norm” and go through the gate that leads to destruction?  Or do we choose the narrow gate?

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Now, thanks to my amazingly talented sister there is the ability to comment on these posts, and I welcome any comments, I am still a toddler in my Christianity and learning every day.  I have asked the Lord to open up my mind and grant me the focus that I need to learn His Word, in the way He meant it to be learned.  I am open to spirited discussion on this topic.

God Bless~

Tanja