part two

Posted: January 30, 2009 in 364871, life
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questions four and five. i feel that i rambled enough for one post in the last one. and these might become lengthy too… 

the rules, again: 

•Leave me a comment requesting an interview.

•I will e-mail you five questions. I get to pick the questions.

•You then answer the questions on your blog.

•You should also post these rules along with an offer to interview anyone else who e-mails you wanting to be interviewed. 

•Anyone who asks to be interviewed should be sent 5 questions to answer on their blog.
•It would be nice if the questions were individualized for each blogger.


and the questions… 

4. What’s the nicest compliment you’ve received recently about you (as opposed to a compliment about something you’ve done). 

even after all this time.. you know me so well. i don’t take well to compliments about me whereas, something i’ve done? well, that’s easily brushed aside, shrugged away, ‘no big deal’-ed. 

i remember saying recently ‘that’s the nicest thing you’ve ever said to me’ but i don’t remember who to, what about or if it was sarcastic/ironic in tone and intonation. 

i think that the nicest compliment about me recently would have to be ‘you’re a better leprechaun than me. you dance better too.’ or a paraphrase thereof of those sentiments. thanks phil. 


5. By your reckoning, am I, Gordon Strachan, going to hell, and why/ why not?

hmphf. well, i had to know that this question would appear in some form. something to do with religion. and thats ok. and i’m going to try my best to answer it fully and honestly. 

the disclaimer to all of this us that i am  not a judge- there is no one qualified to judge a mans heart but God. but i guess you’ll see that as a cop out. 

as it stands, right now, with the information i have (you don’t believe in God, or Jesus as your saviour, you don’t have a personal relationship with God/Jesus etc) as far as i understand from what i know of the bible and from the fact that i hold it to be true, bearing in mind that none of us know what will happen on judgement day and that ‘he does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent’ (2peter3.9b), yes. and also i don’t know. i really don’t know. there’s no way that i can know. 

i realise i sound like a fundamentalist and the worst, most confused kind at that, but there’s no really good way to answer that. 

from all i know of God through the bible and through personal experience, he doesn’t want you to go there, but that fact is that every single one of us ‘sins’. (by that i mean anything that hurts God. and since you don’t believe in God, you don’t believe in sin either, i’m guessing. broad strokes, but these are big concepts, and sin is a useful word here.) because God is good, he cannot tolerate anything less in his presence. because he is love, he wants us in a close relationship. because he is just, there must be punishment for our wrongdoings, all of which are equal in his eyes, since he is without any wrong. but because he is mercy, he has made a way for us to finally measure up. a free gift. when God looks at his children, those who have accepted Christ are seen as He is seen, pure and spotless. 

in the old testament, the old covenant required the shedding of blood for the sins of the people. the blood would be shed from an animal, a creature that had had the sins of the community put upon it. 

inside the Tabernacle- the place where the priests communicated with the Lord, where his presence was, there was an ark. a box in which the commandments were kept. the ark was a symbol of the covenant God had with his people, where they could repent from their sins with a costly sacrifice. the important thing about this ark was that it had a cover, called the atonement cover. whenever God looked down on the ark of the covenant, the sins of the people were obscured by the atonement cover, God no longer saw them. 

in a similar way, we are covered by the sacrifice Jesus made, so that when God looks down at those of us who have accepted his Son, he sees us as clean by proxy. of course, we still have to admit to sin and ask forgiveness. part of the relationship that we have as part of the new covenant (Jesus on the cross) is that we will, as we grow closer to God want to obey him more, want to do things that are pleasing to him rather than upsetting- exactly as anyone would in any new relationship.

Jesus is the new sacrificial lamb, taking on our sins on his sinless self. so that instead of having to offer a multitude of animals for the multitude of sins that we all commit, there is a once and for all sacrifice. Jesus is the new covenant, the new relationship between us and God, our intercessor. he gave himself wholeheartedly to a relationship, a relationship of love. this quote is a good descriptor of why i believe. of how i hold the tension of my imperfect sinful self and the knowledge of who Jesus is and why i love him. 

so although this a long answer, i’m trying to be as honest as i can, i don’t want to hurt you, but i also don’t want to lie to you. but its hard not really knowing anymore where exactly you’re coming from. so i’m sorry if i’ve offended anyone and i’m sorry if there was a more grace-filled path i could have taken, but didn’t. 


anyway, those were the questions and these are my answers. eeek.

  1. Dave says:

    Suzi, question me…. you know you wanna :P

  2. Nodders says:

    4. Davus and I had this talk about how it’s so unfortunate that people discuss so infrequently about how people ‘are’ and how they think and feel, instead of what they have done.

    5. I gotta say, I already knew the answer to this.

    No, I’m not offended at all, and for the record, if you’d said otherwise, I’m not sure I’d have believed you were being truthful anyway, so thank you.
    No, I don’t believe in sin; well, not in your sense of the word. Morality is of course incredibly present in my life, and I have a very strong idea of good and bad being present to the extent that it can be quantifiable. However, I know these quantities to be measured and regulated by man.

    As for God, I can’t dismiss him, insofar as I must accept that in an infinite list of possibilities, what you believe is bound to be one of these possibilities. I realise though that this isn’t much of a concession, and well, there we are.

    Besides, I take issue with the paradox of God’s relation to ultimate right and wrong – is something wrong because God says it’s wrong (so if God says it’s ok to kill babies, then it’s ok), or does he say it’s wrong because it just is (in which case, God becomes irrelevant)? The thing is, I’m fairly certain you’d say God wouldn’t ask me to kill a baby; but why not?

    Actually, I could go on – the circular reasoning of The Bible being the word of God really sticks in my craw – and the inherent requirement to disown science is something I cannot and will not do.

    So I’m going to hell? Ah well, I’m comfortable knowing that I’m a swell guy who has provided more happiness than I have sadness in this world – any god that doesn’t see that isn’t one I care to have a relationship with in the first place.

  3. Nodders says:

    Now you gotta interview me :)

  4. Nodders says:

    Well, you don’t gotta, but you oughta :)

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