The biggest challenges for me as a Pastor are convincing non-believing people that God does exist, and then, guiding those willing to accept the journey to the right place to find God.
These few words could be the most undervalued words Jesus spoke, and the most misunderstood.
Be honest with yourself; you don’t fear the existence of a God, that is, any God in any form, because you don’t believe it is possible for such an entity to exist based on facts, science, rational thought, and so on.
Paul said, “stumbling block.” He chose his words very wisely, as always. He didn’t say we’re doomed by simple behaviors. He meant that sometimes the simplest of acts, even as innocuous as eating, can trip you into places that you didn’t expect you’d go. He was talking about being “mindful”. Western religions don’t overtly speak in terms of mindfulness. That’s a very eastern understanding of spiritual development.
Humans have accomplished great things in the humanities, sciences and arts. We also unleashed many errors. Our varying cultures are well and good, like the practice of gift giving on Christmas, but more important is our spiritual right to Gods great love and the receiving and union with the Spirit that is Holy, all of which has been made possible by the birth Jesus of Nazareth, The Christ.
In therapy I had this woman who was extremely smart and professional. I went in like an artist and thinker, a punk who needed to grow up. I was preposterously defensive. (It’s hysterical looking back at yourself).
You connect with God in your being by the manifestation of The Spirit of Love, inside and around you, coming from and received by you.