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Chris and Joni had known each other since Joni was a toddler.  As long as Joni can remember, Chris had been part of her life.  In Junior High, they made their relationship official; and in High School they were completely inseparable.  They even went off to college together, to strengthen their relationship.

 

One day, Chris asked Joni to become his bride; and she readily accepted.  A year went by, during which time Joni spent a lot of time looking at dresses, picking out China, and reading Bride magazine.  But Chris never gave her an engagement ring.  Joni just figured the ring must be something really special; and Chris has some mysterious plan for giving it to her in some spectacularly romantic way.

 

Another year passed; and for Joni’s birthday, Chris produced a ring with a low-grade, ¼ carat diamond wrapped in a bag marked “Big Al’s Gun and Pawn.”  Joni was disappointed; but she just figured that Chris was wisely saving money to put toward the incredible future he planned to give her.

 

Five more years went by.  Joni was no longer excited about the wedding; but she was committed to the relationship with Chris.  Because he had promised her that the life they would have together would be extra-ordinary.  She dreamed of the house in the quiet neighborhood, the laughter of their future children, the vacations; and most of all, the love and happiness of their family.  Chris had often comforted her with these thoughts during her periods of doubt and frustration.

 

Twenty more years went by.  Joni had passed the age where she was able to bear children.  She would never hear their laughter, or walk them to the school bus stop.  But Chris continued to promise her the bright future she had dreamed of since childhood.

 

Do you think, maybe, that Joni would be justified in leaving Chris?

 

If so, then you’ll understand why I (John) left Christ.

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On 1/19/2019 at 12:15 AM, TheRedneckProfessor said:

Chris and Joni had known each other since Joni was a toddler.  As long as Joni can remember, Chris had been part of her life.  In Junior High, they made their relationship official; and in High School they were completely inseparable.  They even went off to college together, to strengthen their relationship.

 

One day, Chris asked Joni to become his bride; and she readily accepted.  A year went by, during which time Joni spent a lot of time looking at dresses, picking out China, and reading Bride magazine.  But Chris never gave her an engagement ring.  Joni just figured the ring must be something really special; and Chris has some mysterious plan for giving it to her in some spectacularly romantic way.

 

Another year passed; and for Joni’s birthday, Chris produced a ring with a low-grade, ¼ carat diamond wrapped in a bag marked “Big Al’s Gun and Pawn.”  Joni was disappointed; but she just figured that Chris was wisely saving money to put toward the incredible future he planned to give her.

 

Five more years went by.  Joni was no longer excited about the wedding; but she was committed to the relationship with Chris.  Because he had promised her that the life they would have together would be extra-ordinary.  She dreamed of the house in the quiet neighborhood, the laughter of their future children, the vacations; and most of all, the love and happiness of their family.  Chris had often comforted her with these thoughts during her periods of doubt and frustration.

 

Twenty more years went by.  Joni had passed the age where she was able to bear children.  She would never hear their laughter, or walk them to the school bus stop.  But Chris continued to promise her the bright future she had dreamed of since childhood.

 

Do you think, maybe, that Joni would be justified in leaving Chris?

 

If so, then you’ll understand why I (John) left Christ.

Nothing is impossible with God, except for the things which are impossible for God. 

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1 hour ago, Tripqing said:

Nothing is impossible with God, except for the things which are impossible for God. 

And "all god's promises are 'yea' and 'amen'", except the ones that don't come true.  Those are all just part of god's mysterious plan.

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Ugh, this post just triggered my memories of sitting through so many "bride of christ"/parable of the ten virgins sermons -  sermons I actually just tuned out of altogether.

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8 minutes ago, TruthSeeker0 said:

Ugh, this post just triggered my memories of sitting through so many "bride of christ"/parable of the ten virgins sermons -  sermons I actually just tuned out of altogether.

Glad I couldn't help.  😎

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On 2/9/2019 at 1:08 AM, TheRedneckProfessor said:

And "all god's promises are 'yea' and 'amen'", except the ones that don't come true.  Those are all just part of god's mysterious plan.

https://support.biblegateway.com/hc/en-us/search?utf8=✓&query=Mysterious

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