Minnesota Undercover – A short story – Part Three

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Minnesota Undercover – Part Three

Tim D. McConnaughy Jr.

 

 

Jacob assured me he would be glad to help should the need arise.

“Thank you.” I told him feeling grateful for his help.

I still had questions I wanted to ask her. Did she have family in the area? Where was she headed to before we were forced to evacuate the airport? And none of us knew her name.

Jacob interrupted my thoughts. “So you’re a Christian?” he said directing his question to me. I sensed an air of disappointment in his voice.

“Yes I am,” I said. “But I need to clarify the word Christian because it means different things to different people.”

I wanted to clarify what I meant in detail but still wondered what he meant by saying he was more Jewish so I decided to ask.  “I am curious about what you meant when you said you were more Jewish? More Jewish than what?”

Jacob seemed hesitant to answer. “Um, that’s a good question…..” he paused for a moment, then continued. “I believe in God from the Torah, but there are things in the Bible I don’t believe.” he said.

“Like what?” I quickly responded.

Traffic had been steadily crawling on the interstate for some time now, but at least we were moving—even if it was only about fifteen miles per hour.

Jacob continued. “Well, like the Messiah—Yeshua as mentioned in the New Testament. I don’t believe He has come yet despite what you probably believe.” he said. “The Jesus mentioned in the Bible makes outrageous claims about His deity which I just don’t see as possible. There are other things I don’t know but we can discuss them if we have time.”

Russell quickly spoke up. “Well to me all the religions are a load of bunk.” He said sounding irritated at the direction of the conversation. “Especially when they teach that if you’re not a follower of them you must be killed.”

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Roseburg Shooter’s Hatred of Christians: Where do you stand?

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There are those who possess true hatred of others which manifests itself through murderous, destructive actions such as we have seen in recent school shootings, homicides, beheadings, beatings and suicide bombings.  But there is also the attempt by some to disguise hatred for others simply for a belief in one person, namely Jesus Christ.  However, whether the hatred manifests itself in the form of ISIS terrorists, Islamic murder, torture or imprisonment, general Jewish and Christian persecution, school shootings, pro-life issues and Biblical marriage bashing, the hatred is the same because it is directed at the same God.  His name is Jesus Christ, who is the one true God and Lord, who we find in the Bible and who the Bible is written about.

Before I continue, I must first mention a different kind of hatred.  There is such a thing as righteous hatred which all persons should possess.  In fact, we would have true peace on this earth, if we all possessed this type of hatred.   This hatred is directed toward what is evil and toward what is called sin (the breaking of God’s moral law – see the good person test).    We all need righteous hatred but that will not be possible without repentance and faith/trust in Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, sin-filled hatred is the one we all have from birth and as I mentioned already, is directed to none other than the One who we actually need for salvation from His coming judgment of sin.  Therefore our relationship with God has been broken and the consequence is that we all will face God’s judgment of sin someday.  However, this problem of us having a broken relationship with God didn’t always exist.  Let me explain.

In the Garden of Eden (found in Genesis, the first book in the Bible) when a man named Adam and women named Eve lived, there was harmony and right relationship with both their and our Creator, God.   Adam and Eve listened to Satan who is God’s Arch-enemy and broke that perfect sinless relationship they had with God.  They sinned against God and so do we each day–naturally.  If you don’t think so, take a look at the moral law also known as the Ten Commandments and see how you do.    Now, since we have a natural hatred toward God and are enemies of God by nature, the only way to remedy our broken relationship with Him, is to have someone without sin fix our problem.   Therefore the only one holy, who is without sin and perfect in every way who can fix us is God Himself.   He made the sacrifice on a cross in the person of Jesus Christ His Son.  God became flesh and paid the penalty for us breaking His law (the Ten Commandments – See the good test).   He completed the transaction when He rose from the grave defeating death.   With God’s loving provision, we have the only way of escape from sin, and Hell judgment.

“God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  Romans 5:8

“God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”  1 Timothy 3:16

So, a good question for us to ask ourselves is whether or not we have hatred of sin within ourselves or do we have sin-filled hatred for others?  Christians know the one we should possess but hatred of sin only comes from God once we have repented and put our trust in Him to do the work in us.  If you haven’t already find out more at www.areyougood.us

“All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him [Jesus] the iniquity of us all.”   Isaiah 53:6

 

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