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cam

Anyone dealing with those 2 really "hard" sayings in John 14: 1-14 --
"No one comes to the Father but thru me..."
and
"Whatever you ask in my Name I will do for you?

They both make me quite uncomfortable - I could easily ignore them...but, I think that would be irresponsible.
If you have thoughts, lemme' know! Thanks!

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Marj Creech

thanks for the Clapton song--I didn't know it was about his young son.
Will use it on an overhead Sun.
As for "No one comes to the Father but thru me," yes it can be a hard teaching in this pluralistic world we live in. I know this won't work for everyone, but I go at it sort of backwards: everyone who finds or knows God, no matter how they got there, also knows Jesus, though they may not know his name or his history. I truly believe in something like the Trinity--Jesus is God Incarnate, and thus if you get any one of the God-persons, you get them all. This may be insulting to people of other religions, but since I respect their right to believe as they do, I just say I don't mean to be insulting, but the Jesus I know is God, or it is what I call God sometimes.

As for everything being done when prayed for, first we must ask in faith in Jesus. Then I guess I do an eternal time thing versus physical time. the thing is done in the spiritual realm, and the physical realm has just not caught up yet. I think that is how resurrection happened: physical time sped up to show what Jesus's physical body would become in eternity--the spiritual realm. Since this is too out there for many people, I tell them that stuff is happening in the spiritual realm even if the physical realm is pretty stuck and nothing seems to be happening. When we pray we add our voices to the angels and the universe shifts in favor of the Good. Even if the person we are praying for dies, they join the forces of the Good and we will truly see them again and join with them in the greatest Love.

Mary

Life is short and Jesus wants us to focus in on eternity, which is way longer than this sin filled life. What we ask in His name will be done in his timing if it has to do with His agenda. He IS God and therefore his agenda IS the only one that counts. We must line up our desires with His. If we pray with a selfish motive, or a prayer against His will, He will not answer it the wy we want Him to, It could be answered :no. Jesus didn't have to be politically correct, that is our invention. Jesus just told the Truth. He said to Nicodemus in John 3 "I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again" Read the entire chapter to get correct context. Jesus said He is "the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me" (John 14:6) Pray and ask Him to explain Himself, that IS a prayer that He will answer, and that is a prayer that will bring abundant life to you.

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