I have started a new blog. It is entitled 'Enjoy the Cross-Centred life.' It aims to be more focused than this blog and in particular to help those who might be interested in exploring the Christian faith. I will continue to post on this blog and there will be a lot of overlap between the two blogs. The following is the blogs explanation of itself.
'God created man for nothing else but happiness' (Jonathan Edwards, 1703-58). Does that sound strange to you? What about Jesus' call to take up our cross (Mark 8:34)? Jesus calls us to deny ourselves so that in giving him control of our lives we might know life in relationship with him. That is life in all its fullness (John 10:10). He calls people to the joy of obedience, to live for a cause greater than ourselves and to know that he is with us even in our sorrows.
Sam Storms explains that 'Christianity forbids no pleasure save those that lead to temporal misery and eternal woe ... God has forbidden you nothing that is conducive to your ultimate satisfaction and delight.' He then explains that, 'Sin is the misguided and selfish determination to seek happiness in places where ultimately only emptiness and disillusionment are found.' Similarly C. S. Lewis spoke of how, in living for sinful pleasures rather than enjoying God, we are 'like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea.'This blog aims to point you in the direction of enjoyment in God. It is only then that you will truly give him the glory that he deserves.