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You Are STILL Here

Monday, November 20, 2017

(This question is a follow-up to “You Are Here”)

Thank you for your prompt response.  You were very clear and left no room for misinterpretation.  I am, however, concerned with the phrase "get used to it".  You are saying, if I understand you correctly, that not only do I exist without my consent, I am also subject to "authority" without my consent as well as confronted by only a singular resolution to this tyrannical situation.

If I am correct in this interpretation, then this 'being' I exist as would be little more than a prisoner, born unfree, to remain unfree, and to become free only in death.  Everyone else who has ever existed and will ever exist would also be 'prisoners'.

If you could answer another question, I would be very appreciative.  What objective reason exists for me to procreate if all I would be doing is choosing to doom my child to the same imprisonment that I myself suffer?

Sincerely,
Wish I Wasn’t Here

Dear Wish I Wasn’t Here,

You are a prisoner as much as a child is a prisoner of the parents that raise it.  There are always two ways to look at things.  You view life as “I don’t want to be here, and God is forcing me to exist and serve Him”.  We view life as “What a blessing that we can move and breathe and exist; God is so awesome for giving us life”.  You are only a prisoner in this life if you choose to view it that way.  To answer your question – if you are a prisoner and trapped in this life… you probably ought not to procreate.  However, we believe that it is a blessing to be made in the image of God (Gen 1:26) and that life is inherently good.  When Adam and Eve sinned, they introduced sin and death into this life, but God designed this world perfectly and gives us hope for a better future in Jesus (1 Cor 15:22).  We here at AYP don’t believe that God being our Master is a bad thing – we enjoy the blessings of having a loving Father to care for us.  Just like you would have rules for your hypothetical children, God has rules for us… rules that are meant to protect and bless us (Heb 12:9-10).

Struggle For Life

Friday, November 17, 2017
What if someone who is struggling with a sin and continues to fall but tries so hard… dies?

Sincerely,
I Try So Hard

Dear I Try So Hard,

When we die, we will be brought before the judgment seat of God (Heb 9:27).  Those who go to heaven will do so because they were faithful (Eph 2:8).  Being faithful doesn’t mean you have to be perfect – everyone has sinned (Rom 3:23).  However, a faithful life tries to remove sin and conquer it (Jas 4:8).  We couldn’t tell you what God would say to someone who struggled but continued to fail at defeating a sin because that isn’t our place to judge.  What we can tell you is that sometimes we fail to remove sin because we don’t really work hard enough to remove it.  Other times, sincerely faithful people struggle with the same sins their entire life.  The only safe thing to do is to keep trying and do whatever you can at whatever cost to exercise self-control and bring your life into subjection to God (1 Cor 9:25-27).

You Are Here

Thursday, November 16, 2017
How do you explain the fact that I exist involuntarily?

Sincerely,
Wish I Wasn’t Here

Dear Wish I Wasn’t Here,

Everything is created involuntarily – get used to it.  A house has no say in whether it is built, a baby doesn’t get to decide when it is conceived, and a car doesn’t get to decide what model and make it will become… all of those things are decided by their respective creators.  One of the biggest problems with today’s society is that we believe that we are the masters of our own lives and that we should have a say in everything, but that simply isn’t true.  Everyone has masters they are subject to, whether it be an employer, a parent, or the government.  Everyone must accept that they have authorities that they are accountable to.  God is our Creator (Col 1:16-17), and we are subject to His laws and His standards.  We should be grateful that our Creator is such a loving, merciful, and benevolent Deity (1 Jn 4:10).  You have no say in when or where you are born – God appoints your days (Acts 17:26).  However, you do have a choice as to what you will do with your time here on Earth.  Choose the Lord and be blessed (Josh 24:15).

Find A New Habit Pt. 2

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Under the question marked "Find a New Habit", do you think there is any hope for this person? And what if he doesn't tell anybody?

Sincerely, Looking For Hope

Dear Looking For Hope,

There is always hope as long as someone is still alive (Eccl 9:4). Until you die, you can still repent and turn to God. It is only when someone dies without turning to God that any chance of redemption vanishes (Pr 11:7). People who love God enough can find a way to break addiction and keep His commandments (Jhn 14:15), even if that means exposing their sin and enduring the humiliation and shame.

Now, the second part of your question deals with what happens if the person won’t tell anybody about that sin. We can’t tell you what exactly will happen if someone doesn’t use the Bible’s cure for addictions and entrenched sin. Some people may succeed in beating an addiction without seeking help – but we don’t know of any cases. God didn’t intend for people to struggle through this life without help from others. The church was specifically designed by God to build people up and strengthen them during their weakest hours (Heb 10:23-25, Eph 4:12-16). If we want to grow, we need to use the tools God has given us to grow – that includes other faithful people (Pr 27:17).

Find A New Habit

Friday, October 27, 2017
I’m so torn up inside!  Why can’t I stop sinning?  I really do try, and I succeed for a while, but then I fall right back into it.  I feel as if I’m slowly escaping this sin, but I still feel burdened by it, and I’m scared God will stop forgiving me.  I know it says in the Bible that God’s grace is endless, and that’s the only thing that leads me to succeed when I do.  I refuse to give up, and feel I am slowly winning the battle, but when I fall, I feel soooooo terrible.  Any advice?

Sincerely,
Repetitive Sinner

Dear Repetitive Sinner,

When a sin becomes so entrenched in your life that you are enslaved to it (Jhn 8:34), you are dealing with an addiction.  Addictions are formed by habits, and habits are formed by repeatedly making the same choices.  James describes this process in Jas 1:13-15.  All sins begin with a mental decision.  If you want to remove an addiction, isolate the choices that are putting you in the position to commit that sin.  If you change the environment and circumstances that lead you to a sin, you change the future playing field.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to let someone else know about your struggle (Jas 5:16).  There is strength in numbers (Eccl 4:12), and exposing a sin takes its power away (Jhn 3:20).

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