Confessions of a screwed up middle aged man: the dark ages


For those that are unfamiliar with history. The dark ages is the time that occurred upon the fall of the Roman Empire and truly did not end until the Renaissance. With the Renaissance it must also be noted that the Reformation took place as well. In all actuality they are truly tied together, but most will deny this. The dark ages was a period in which much blood was spilt and boarders defined as human sought to have governance over other humans. Simply man seeking to rule and control his own life instead of submitting himself to God.
All humans go through their own dark ages. Some never emerge from the darkness. Other go through periods of light and then once again return to darkness. Some never emerging into the light while others do.
I have been going through my own dark ages of late. Thus the absence of my blogs as of late.
Once again as light starts to shine upon me. I again start to see the glory and wonders of God through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Have I fully emerged into the light? No, nor do I think any of us truly ever do. Due to our corrupt bodies we are forced to occupy in this temporal existence.
Once again I am certain that humans can and do lose their Salvation. Am I saying this has happened to me? No. For I know due to my desire to please God that I am still covered in the blessed salvation of the blood of Christ.
It is this longing to love and serve God that is a sign of true salvation.
Yet, I know there are those that will challenge this very statement. For I have heard them with my own ears. It is made clear within the Bible that we are to place God at the center of our universe, which is our life.
This is the realization that came to being within the Renaissance. For before this most believed the earth to be the center of this solar system and the universe beyond. They learned though that the sun is the center of this solar system. As time has gone on humanity has learned that not only was earth not at the center of it all. They also have learned that we are not even in the center of the galaxy, yet off on the edge. They have since learned that this galaxy is not even at the center of the universe, bur off toward the end of an off shot off to the side.
When someone truly accepts Christ and desires to follow the teachings of the Bible they come to realize that their life. Their desires. Their wants. Are of no importance.
Millions go about saying they are a child of God. Yet at the core of their universe is themselves. This is not salvation, nor is it anywhere near being called that. In fact it is called hedonism. Again, many will challenge this.
However, if they really seek to examine their lives they will see that it is not God that they think of but themselves. Their lusts. Their desires. Their wants. We all suffer from this affliction, and when it occurs we enter into our own private dark ages.
What is important is to come to acknowledge this. But how can it be recognized when many are taught that once they accept Christ all is will. That they are saved, and can never lose their salvation.
Yet this is not what the Bible itself teaches. (John 15, 2 Peter 2, Revelation 3) You can be broken from the vine, which is Jesus Christ. You can be led away from Christ. Your name can be blotted out from the Book of Life, which is why you are blind and naked before God.
Yet many refuse to accept this truth.
The other day I mentioned this very point; about being broken off form the vine of Jesus Christ. The person changed the subject because they did not wish to face the reality of the evidence from the words of Jesus Christ Himself.
We are to follow ALL the teachings of the Bible. We are not live in adultery. We are not to steal. We are not to tattoo our bodies. Yet many that call themselves “Christian.” Do all these things and think they are one with God. For when they commit these sins they are thinking of only one thing. Themselves.
We all do this. We all enter into darkness, which we must address, confront and then end with the help of God through Jesus Christ.

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