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  • Where’s the Line between “Let It Shine” and “Do It In Secret”?

    Pastor Ray Comfort has been promoting The Evidence Bible on Facebook (a regular Christian Bible with "proof" of various doctrines provided), and that promotion kind-of-inspires me to 'draw a line' between "the God who personally cares about each individual privately" and "the God who wants what's best for the current world."

    First, I think we Christians should make clear to atheists ... something that's not exactly clear to Christians either, because it requires 'looking beyond ourselves to see the big picture and -because it's kind of a 'two-sided coin' (something you can't really examine one side of without 'putting the other side away for a moment'): that God doesn't care how many people get killed as long as the survivors are within his will.

    And I hope we don't get sidetracked on a 'What is God's will?'-tangent, because that 'not caring whether we die' shows something about that line between 'private' and 'public.'

    I think--as Jesus tells us that we are 'surely-heard by God if we pray private, secret prayers'--God loves us individually IN PRIVATE, Sure, the indirect fruits of that love (material wealth, good relationships, victory in battles & arguments) are PUBLIC; but only because we 'planted the seed' and 'kept IT HIDDEN from the world!'

    So 'Give God the Glory' (not necessarily the "credit," but rather 'attribute him as the source of all the power & grace that gave you those fruits'), but keep your prayers between you-and-God PRIVATE (or else God will assume that the nearer hearers are the ones whom you were praying-to.)
    MichelleVL