Filled With Fruit

When certain people cannot convince others to follow their way of believing or living by example and patience, they sometimes resort to terror and violence. 

My hypothetical question to all who believe in force:  “Who died and made you God? When did God/Allah/Jehovah get off His throne and assign it to you? What makes you think He needs your help?”

If you truly had faith, why would you doubt God’s strength and omnipotence and insert yourself in His place (especially in respect to judgment)? Abraham tried to force God’s hand and “help” Him, which resulted in misery. 

When someone comes to this country, they have the liberty to practice whichever religion they choose–with only one qualification:  Do not harm people not like them. Our citizens have the exact same responsibility. Any person even can choose to practice no religion, at all. 

I honestly believe there are good, honest, humble followers of Islam. The radical component is completely separate. In this country, some hate groups claim they are Christian, but that is a lie, as well. People find others who swallow their lies, if they try hard enough. Jesus said that we very easily can tell who is a believer and follower of God:  

  Mat 7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
  Mat 7:16 “You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
  Mat 7:17 “Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
  Mat 7:18 “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor [can] a bad tree bear good fruit.
  Mat 7:19 “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
  Mat 7:20 “Therefore by their fruits you will know them.”

If you fill your heart with hate and a lust for violence, you are nothing like God. He defines Himself with one, simple word:  Love. And God loves the entire world. He knows who is evil and who is good. He will dole out whatever punishment He deems necessary. No one is higher than God. All religions admit this. He does not need my/your help. He also does not need our permission to love whom He chooses. Whether we like it or not. Whether we choose to love them or not. 

No one “owns” God. It is God who chooses to own us. As unworthy and frail as we are, He has everlasting love for His human children. He, alone, knows who deserves His hate and wrath. He gives every opportunity to turn from our wickedness. He does not ask our advice–because He does not need it or desire it. Whenever any person puts himself above God, cruelty ensues. In the end, God sees that the evildoer eventually slips up and is stopped. Oh, that original sin, found in the heart of the Devil–foolish pride and self worship. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. God is the One to do the cutting and burning. This is a metaphor and illustration, not a call to arms. 

If we reflect the love and compassion of God, people cannot help but be drawn to us and engage us in dialogue about how we have such peace and joy in a troubled world.

If God does not choose to hold us hostage or torture and kill us, why would anyone believe they have that right?

This kind of mental illness knows no boundary of ethnicity, faith, or education level. This is the bad, rotten fruit. If we do not allow God to prune our wild branches with His love and instruction, we will produce rotten fruit. And no one can live a good life on a diet of rotten fruit. The poison will infect us and make us sick. 

Forgive us, Father. We are so proud of our own fruit and do not admit that any fruit that is not planted by You is rotten and we need to throw it away. We are infected with a love of sin in all its ugly forms, including hatred. Prune us, Father. Fruit trees that are pruned by the Master Gardener grow fuller and more beautiful, so that all who see them can tell that the fruit is healthy and desirable. 

John 13:35:  “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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~ by saginawrobin on April 22, 2013.

2 Responses to “Filled With Fruit”

  1. I completely agreed with this line: “Whenever any person puts himself above God, cruelty ensues.” This concept has been on my mind a ton lately. Thanks for sharing.

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