17th July 2018

Satisfaction Through Comparison Becomes Dissatisfaction 

“Dearly loved friends, I had been planning to write you some thoughts about the salvation God has given us, but now I find I must write of something else instead, urging you to stoutly defend the truth, which God gave, once for all, to his people to keep without change through the years.”
Jude 3 (TLB)
 

A good car salesman will always try to give a potential customer a test drive, The reason is that the person will be driving an older car than the one they are considering buying, and driving the new or newer car they will unconsciously be comparing it with their present car. Until they drove the new car they were satisfied with the one they had. But the newer car will be smoother, quieter, perform better and look so much smarter than their existing car. So now they are dissatisfied with the car they have because they are comparing it to something newer and better. The principle in our headline does not just relate to cars. To be blunt, it applies in marriage too. That’s why adultery is such a dangerous sin. All too often marriages or partnerships break down and end in divorce as a result. So it’s a very serious matter.

But did you know it applies to faith as well? For many, the Christian faith seems boring, unexciting and constantly focused on sin. So we see the growth of what is called the new age movement, in which all sorts of weird ideas are turned into an apparently more exciting faith. People bought up in a Christian country compare new age religion, Spiritualism, Mysticism or even non-Christian faiths such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others; which they find more interesting or satisfying then old fashioned Christianity. Alternatively they reject God altogether and become atheists or agnostics. So this too is a very serious matter.

To some extent, Christianity is to blame, when different Christian denominations argue their doctrines and beliefs are right and others are wrong. But why the dissatisfaction with the Christian faith? In part because we live in an instant world. A crime, often a murder, is solved in an hour or two hour TV programme. The local supermarket provides an amazing choice of food instantly, far quicker and more exciting than growing your own and only eating what is in season. There is the problem with the Christian faith. Like growing food, it takes time and patience to build a relationship with God. To understand the Bible is a lifetime’s work—it is a book which constantly expands our understanding of God.

Christians don’t float through life in a bubble of peace and righteousness: they face all the same challenges as other people. But whatever the trials and troubles of life, a true Christian will find complete satisfaction in the Christian faith. When properly understood nothing can compare with true Christianity.

Prayer
Loving Father, protect our minds from the empty distractions of this world, and help us to grow a deeper, more satisfying relationship with you
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Amen 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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One Response to “17th July 2018”

  1. Simon Williams on July 17th, 2018 8:45 pm

    Great post Keith!

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