Have You Seen Enough?

“Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand. But the passages that bother me are those I do understand.” ~Mark Twain

Our senior pastor, Scott, yesterday highlighted this statement by one of the most quoted atheists before his awesome teaching on John 6:60-71. Most Christians have at least one passage in the Scriptures that makes them uncomfortable, bothered. It may be something you just don’t get, or like Mark Twain, something you understand perfectly, but have a hard time grasping.

Jesus had just finished telling His disciples that unless they eat his flesh and drink His blood, they had no life in them. Now, it’s a whole other discussion to talk about what Jesus meant, but suffice it to say He’s not advocating cannibalism.

On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”…From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. (Jn 6:60, 66)

Then Jesus turned to His inner circle of disciples.

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.” (Jn 6:67-69)

They had seen and heard enough to know the Jesus was the Holy One of God, the Messiah sent to reconcile us to Himself. This teaching certainly made them feel uncomfortable. But they decided to trust Him.


What is it that you are having a hard time swallowing right now? Is it a passage of scripture, life’s circumstances? Have you seen enough of Jesus to know that He is the Holy One of God? Will you turn back, or follow Him even when you don’t understand?

I have had a relatively smooth walk of faith so far. I know I will get to a crossroads where I will have to decide to trust like I have never trusted before. Hopefully, I will remember to say to Jesus, “Lord, to whom shall I go? You have the words of eternal life. I believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”

If you feel comfortable sharing, would you tell something that you are or have been “bothered” by? How did you deal with it?

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Comments

  1. Lynnae (From Under the Clutter) says:

    My husband and I had a really rough year in 2001. His mom had quadruple bypass surgery and healing was slow. We got pregnant after two years of trying, only to lose the baby. My dad had a heart attack. My mom was diagnosed with leukemia. Finances were tough. My husbands stepmom got really sick and passed away early in 2002.

    There were times when we wondered if God cared, though deep down we always knew He really did. At the time I questioned if my faith was strong enough. We got through the time by staying plugged into church, the Word, and by turning to our Christian friends for support, even when we didn’t feel like it.

    Looking back, that was a time of intense spiritual growth for both my husband and me. It didn’t feel like it at the time, but each time we’ve faced a terrible challenge since that awful year, we’ve been able to weather the storm better. And I know it’s because we learned so much about God’s grace and provision and ability to see us through the tough times that year.

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  2. Eric - A Servant of God Wannabe says:

    Good post. I can tell it was an awesome sermon. I do have experiences I would like to share, but I’ll have to take time to write it when I get home. I’ll refer back to this post when I’m done.

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  3. MorningSong says:

    Great thought! Along our journey there have been scriptures that were hard to swallow. But after a few big victories, along my walk with God, I do not feel the pressure to ‘get it’ now. I pressure myself less and less to get it straight away! I realize that my walk with God is like any other relationship. It is a process and somethings will be easy for me to do and other things will require a change over time. At the beginning of my walk I held myself to such a high standard that I would often wonder if I were even considered Saved. If I messed up that much I must not be! A few years down the road and I finally got it – it is a heart issue not a perfectionist one! That freed me from the constant guilt over little defeats I had during my day.

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  4. I was perhaps in the darkest moment of my life. We were in a foreign country, my husband was wrongly accused of a horrible crime, we were running from the police until our lawyer could work out the details, and people I had trusted and given my life to had turned against us. A friend of mine started to sing a song that says, “I’m gonna believe that You are up to something good…” based on Romans 8:28. As she sang it I realized that I had to make a conscious decision if I was going to believe that no matter what happened it was going to be used for God’s glory. Did I want that? Did I trust Him? Ooooh boy, it was hard. I had to put the rubber to the road about everything I had been preaching and teaching. I think it was that experience that turned my candy-coated faith into something real for me. I’ve never been the same.

    Needless to say, my husband was cleared of all charges. We had to leave the country, though, due to death threats against him and God brought us to an even better place and even better ministry for us. I would never ever have thought He would give us such a promotion, and now I have the tools necessary for it thanks to that terrible time.

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  5. melody is slurping life says:

    Thought provoking post. I have my moments and like another reader, need a bit to think it through and write it out. I love coming here to read because you always uplift and challenge me to take my faith deeper.

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  6. SingForHim@RealLife says:

    Wow, guys! All I can think of is the scripture in 2 Cor 12:9 : But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” God is so good!

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  7. As with anything else, I think when we hear or read something that makes us uncomfortable, its time to listen, because we are about to learn something new.

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  8. SingForHim@RealLife says:

    Jan, I think I remember that instance. Was it in Ukraine? I remember praying for someone from our church who got thrown in jail. I just can’t imagine being in that situation.

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