Monday, August 3, 2009

At what point in time do we go from learning to tie our shoes to knowing what is destined for us in our lives?

At what time in out lives do we acknowledge that we earn enough credability to determine (without a doubt) the presence or absence of a creator or eternity or life on other planets or reincarnation etc., when we can't even control the time of our next bowl movement.

At what point in time do we go from learning to tie our shoes to knowing what is destined for us in our lives?
I could actually write a book on this topic! When you believe in God, and pray to him for guidance, he has ways of letting you know what your destiny is. Many, many times I have prayed to God and asked him to show me the way, and he has never let me down. This guidance may come in the form of a feeling I get, through something I read, through timely advice from a friend, and various other ways. A none-believer may call it coincidence, but I know without a doubt the Lord was guiding me. Sometimes God calls me to do something I don't want to do (examples are teaching a class when I am an introvert who dreads public speaking, and giving up persuing a career to raise foster children). I have found that when I ignore God and go after my own desires, I'm not nearly as happy as I am when I submit to his will. He has designed us for a purpose, and he knows better than we do what will bring us true joy.

As a side note, science shows we have a specific part of the brain that is only activated during prayer. Some scientists say this is why we believe in God - because this part of our brain is tricking us. Others argue there must be a God who created this special section of our brain especially for communicating with him.

If you doubt the existance of God, put aside that doubt for just a moment and use that special part of your brain. Give him the benefit of the doubt and pray to him to reveal himself to you. Try it just as an experiment, but ask whole-heartedly. Then open your heart and mind and see what happens.
Reply:When God calls you to Jesus and your receive the Holy Spirit. It is God who makes that determination.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, Ephesians 2:8

For instance, look at what was reported about John the Baptist.

"But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared." Luke 1:13-17
Reply:I think it's different for different people. How old are you? Maybe we can see when you do!
Reply:Well, supposedly, Einstein never did learn to tie his shoes!

But seriously, unfortunately, parents themselves do not often know the answer to these grander questions of life and its purpose, and how it should best be lived. Some of them not only don't know the answers, but haven't even asked the questions! So they are unfortunately not in any position to teach this to their children.

So those who do ask and seek or find answers to these types of grand questions usually do so on their own, I think, unless they come from a particularly philosophical family and /or culture.


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