Greetings My Friends;
I do not write some of the things that I do, in an attempt to defend God. He does not need me or anyone else to do that. I just try to pass on thoughts about things I was puzzled by, or just happen to think of. As I said before on several occasions, my interpretations are not biblical, they are just my thoughts. I hope they help understanding.
If you listen to enough people, including preachers and authors, you will find that there are two main opinions about Jesus and the early church.
Jesus teachings brought people to him. The people were not used to hearing about love and mercy, or forgiveness of sins. All they ever heard in the Temple, was condemnation. I doubt that they ever heard anything about love or mercy. They were all so bombarded with the rules, regulations, and tradition. Jesus was like a cool breeze on a very hot day. Many were also led to Jesus by the Holy Spirit.
A second opinion says that it was the miracles that led people to Jesus, and that without the miracles, not too many would have listened. The part usually left out is that in working miracles, Jesus practiced what He preached. Love, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness, were all shown in His healing miracles.
Maybe there is yet another way to look at it. This one is my opinion, and not biblical. Jesus preaching and his miracles work together. Not everyone believed in spite of what they saw or heard. Not even the people that were healed, remained faithful. Some stopped believing.
In John 9:3, a blind man from birth came to Jesus. Jesus told the apostles "neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him".
A lot of people take this verse to mean that God made this man blind. Not so, satan did. I believe since satan didn't know what God's plan was, he afflicted countless people in order to get them to blame God.
Jesus came along as in this verse, and used the blindness that satan put on this man to have the opportunity glorify God, by healing him. So it looks to me, that satan outsmarted himself, and gave Jesus many instances to glorify God.
All through time, the Holy Spirit has been working. He led people to Jesus, he was the power behind Jesus miracles. He is alive and well today. He is still leading people to Jesus and working miracles through believers. So the next time you hear someone say that God put some kind of disease or sickness on them in order to be glorified, check your Bible, and you will find out, what I said was true. satan is the one who afflicts people.
Remember Jesus loves you
Yahweh bless you and keep you
Yahweh causes His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you
Yahweh lift up His face on you and appoint unto you peace
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