13 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — John 4:1-42

  1. Heresy! Heresy! It’s all Heresy! NOPE! JUST KIDDING! IT”S ALL GOOD!

    Jim,
    First thank you for the “thumb” thought. It produced a wonderful God Spot. Hope you don’t mind me sharing http://37stories.wordpress.com .

    Then, the rethink on the woman at the well is wonderful. I am blown away every time the Spirit visits and provides new insight. The Word never goes stale. It always drives us to Him.

    Revelation always demands action. So, the question becomes what will the application of knowledge be in the revelation of the “woman at the well?”

  2. Jim,
    Although this has nothing to do with the blog, I have a question. What is your take on a “believer” who goes through life following after Christ and then something happens that dramatically draws that person even closer. Maybe one could describe it as a “great awakening” for lack a better term? There is a profound difference between experiencing God before and after the event. Any thoughts?

    On a side bar: I’m a “once saved. always saved” kinda guy. The “great awakening” is experiencial and I am trying to get my arms around it.

  3. I think if a person has a tremendous “experience” with God, resulting in a deepening love, devotion, dedication and appreciation for what He has done for them, then I wish it happened more often. We call our commitment to God a relationship. As such, it should have the same vicissitudes as any other relationship. Naturally, the immutability of God remains the same; only we are changed. And why not?
    Remember, Archie, you asked this question of an ordained Pentecostal minister. I believe in a definite experience of a filling with the Holy Spirit as repeatedly happened in Acts. Life with God is not just faith, commitment, obedience and the hope of eternity. It IS experiential, in that it is real, knowable, touchable and yes, even measurable. Hence the parables about producing 30, 60, and 100%.
    Regarding the “once save always saved remark.” I’m not proponent of this line of thought. “Experiencing” God and His commitment to our free will eliminates that probability for me. That, and the parable of the unmerciful servant (Matt. 18:23-34).
    Anyway, those are my thoughts. Thanks for asking, and I look forward to a continuing and stimulating dialogue.

  4. Oh no! A Pentecostal minister! At this juncture, I am to take my Bible and run! Sorry, another example of my odd sense of humor. We all tend to take life a little too serious when it comes to religion. I really don’t care who or what credentials one has. I am all about truth. Being Pentecostal does give me a point of reference. Thx. 🙂

    Off to church. Chat more later.

  5. A Pentecostal minister who used to be a monk who was saved in a Baptist church, no less! I call myself a Bapticostalic. I don’t want to leave out any particular tradition or denominational influence in fear of offending someone (You can tell from my writing how afraid I am of offending people…).

  6. I think a major problem is that we are programed to believe what ever we are thought by the preachers and teachers at are church. We need to learn to start studying GOD’s word for ourselves. We don’t need a pastor to feed us. We have grown lazy and so dependent on the teachings of others not knowing that many are feeding us poisonous lies.

  7. Not all teachings are “poisonous.” I doubt many pastors or teachers have taken the time to look further into Scripture, but many have. Furthermore, numerous people in church are still infants in the faith and need to have a pastor feed them until they are old enough to feed themselves.

  8. This story of the Samaritan woman has always fascinated me. I’d felt there is more than that which “meets the eye” for this one (as with every other story). This was a very new look at the same “old” story. Thanks for sharing this Jim.

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