What Question Do You Ponder Most?

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  1. Jeff_Bartel

    Jeff_Bartel Puritan Board Graduate

    We may have certain theological problems with Barth, but with this answer touches on one of my most pondered questions about God.

    How can he love me?

    I know it is only because of Christ, but why me, and not another? Sure, in theology we can say cause it was his good pleasure to do so, but why me???

    I'm not looking for an answer, but reflecting on this helps me appreciate the great gift of grace I have been given in Christ.

    What great questions about God do you mediate on?
  2. Richard King

    Richard King Puritan Board Senior

    yeah... Why Me?
    Has to be the biggie of all the questions.

    Reminds me of the Kristofferson song:

    Why me Lord,
    what have I ever done
    To deserve even one Of the pleasures I've known
    Tell me Lord, what did I ever do That was worth loving you
    Or the kindness you've shown.

    Lord help me Jesus, I've wasted it so
    Help me Jesus I know what I am
    Now that I know that I've need you so Help me Jesus,
    my soul's in your hand.

    Tell me Lord, if you think there's a way I can try to repay
    All I've taken from you
    Maybe Lord, I can show someone else What I've been through myself
    On my way back to you.

    Lord help me Jesus, I've wasted it so
    Help me Jesus I know what I am
    Now that I know that I've need you so
    Help me Jesus, my soul's in your hand.
  3. Laura

    Laura Puritan Board Junior

    "What is truth?" (John 8:38)


    Yeah, yours will do, Jeff.

    [Edited on 10-21-2005 by Laura]
  4. Saiph

    Saiph Puritan Board Junior

    How do the machines know what Tasty Wheat tastes like ?
  5. SmokingFlax

    SmokingFlax Puritan Board Sophomore

    Certainly why me is a good/difficult question...but the one that constantly dogs me is:

    What is my purpose/vocation here on earth??????????????????????????????????????
  6. Bladestunner316

    Bladestunner316 Puritan Board Doctor

    I would say more so then the vague "WHY?" is why does man even christian man still fight for sovergnty till the very end? God is in complete control. He has created all things. Everything has its purpose. His redemptive purpose is being fulfilled.

    So why do I a man made in the image of my creator still wrestle with my creator over control of my life through a so called "free will"?

    Ive come to accept that I will freely serve the Lord in whatever capacity he so chooses to have me glorify him whether it be in heaven or hell and that now though I know HE is in control I will Pray for mercy to be allowed to seek a life of glorifying HIM by seeking after HIM. Lord Willing.

    In Christ,
  7. Jeff_Bartel

    Jeff_Bartel Puritan Board Graduate

  8. bradofshaw

    bradofshaw Puritan Board Freshman

    It would be difficult for Barth to understand HOW Jesus loves us, let alone why...

    I've often pondered the fact that I'm me, with all my unique thoughts and feelings and perspectives, chosen by God to be born, to live, to be redeemed. No one else will ever be me, and I will never be anyone else. Not now, not for eternity. To top it off, the ultimate reason for my life is to glorify God and share in the surpassing greatness and glory of Christ.

  9. C. Matthew McMahon

    C. Matthew McMahon Christian Preacher

    "How might I please God most?" "Am I self decieved?" and the "Why me?," questions are of equal weight in my own walk.
  10. alwaysreforming

    alwaysreforming Puritan Board Sophomore

    In a somewhat similar vein as "Why does God love me?" is the question that was posed by one of my brothers a few months ago:

    "Do you feel that God LIKES you? We all know that God LOVES us, but for you individually, do you think God LIKES you?"

    In fact, I would love to see what some of the answers to this are since I've wrestled with that question ever since I heard it, so I'm going to post a thread topic with it to get responses without distracting from this thread.
  11. Peter

    Peter Puritan Board Junior

    Are you hungry and weary? Christ offers himself to those, therefore you are Christ's.

    Another assurance might be found algebraically:

    faith = justification + sanctification. if you can see sanctification in yourself you may reason that you have faith + justificaiton.
  12. ChristopherPaul

    ChristopherPaul Puritan Board Senior

    Why do males have nipples?
  13. gwine

    gwine Puritan Board Sophomore

    What makes our brain work the way it does?
  14. youthevang

    youthevang Puritan Board Freshman

    It is the same question for me because I am the only Christian in my family. So, I ponder the question "Why me" alot.

    "But by God's grace I am what I am...." 1 Cor 15:10
  15. bond-servant

    bond-servant Puritan Board Sophomore


    I guess that'd have to be:

    Why do twinkie's never spoil?

    Why can't we have three really,really excellent homeschool days in a row?

    and ditto Joshua's question,, 'why me' or in my case, 'why me and not them, or 'not them too?'' as I have many family members of the Jewish faith that are "really nice people" and of course, not believers. <sigh>

    The answer is obviously God's providence, He works all things for His good and His glory, this is the outworking of God's plan since time began.. etc, etc.. but it occasionally gnaws at me...
  16. Laura

    Laura Puritan Board Junior

    Savor your ignorance. :-/
  17. JohnV

    JohnV Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    That's been on my mind too, since childhood. But it happened one day that a couple of JW's came to the door on a Sunday, and Dad handled them with decisive and firm, yet respectful dignity, firm in the knowledge of God. It struck me to think, "If they were both born in their theologies, how can one know one is right and the other wrong? How can one know if his own is wrong?" There had to be a way to get beyond what you're born believing in, depending upon your parental or cultural background. It wasn't just my own individuality, but the fact that something existed beyond that under which I was to be ruled in my beliefs. I could not imagine, after that, a religion dependent upon me in any way.

    In one word? Certainty! If God's Word is true, how can I know what He says to me with certainty. I am a person, and God is a person; He's saying things to me, and I need to know what He's saying, not what I think He's saying. Certainty!
  18. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    If a politician tells the truth in the forest, does it make a noise?
  19. gwine

    gwine Puritan Board Sophomore

    I think you meant to say:

    If a politician tells the truth in the forest, is it still a lie? :bigsmile:
  20. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

  21. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    That too! ;)
  22. JohnV

    JohnV Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    C'mon guys, that's no mystery. A politician doesn't speak unless he has nothing to say. And that's all it is, noise. The only difference is, it sells. That is, its buys votes.
  23. govols

    govols Puritan Board Junior

    Things that make you go, Hmmm.?

    How do fuzz bunnies actually form? Why do they like congregating?

    Why do your "drawers" ride up against gravity?

    Who was the first guy to eat the mushroom from a cow patty?
  24. Herald

    Herald Administrator Staff Member

    Josh - what is in that pipe you are smoking. Has me wondering.... :um:

  25. Peter

    Peter Puritan Board Junior

    Is that real smoke fuming from Josh's pipe or digital smoke?
  26. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

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