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I was recently mocked and made fun of because I spend alot of my spending money on teaching tapes due to my passionate love for the Word of God. How should I respond to such mockery?

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 ---Donna9759 on 12/4/06
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How would people know what you spend "a lot of" your money on? If you make it their business, they will too. But that said, ask what they suggest you do with YOUR money? Then find out what they do with theirs? Sharing and caring....
---mikefl on 10/29/08


Because these people are selling you the same sermons over again.They are not mocking you. Are the tapes helping you in your walk with the Lord? I don't know how much money you are putting out but who is all of this money going to? The poor and needy could sure use some of it. Why not read your bible , take notes and stop spending so much money on these tapes. Your passion can be pursued through reading the Word of God(your bible).
---Robyn on 7/13/07


Rabbi_Dean: That's the way the early Christians grew the vine/church - without the church concept they have today. Todays churches are just chock full of sermons, entertainment, activities, sports but no time to develop a true relationship with God. That's why it's important to observe the Sixth Commandment - especially in today's highly hectic world where people are plugged into ipods, computers, cell phones, video games, TVs, every minute of the day and never stopping to listen to the whispers of God.
---Steveng on 7/12/07


Steveng- I agree. One of the major problems with the Body of Messiah in America is that we have made a very important word a dirty word, almost our little dirty secret. The word is "DISCIPLESHIP". We get them to say a prayer, then run over them to get to the buffet. We have got to come to the point where mature believers are caring enough to disciple (ie mentor) young believers and help them to grow. Understanding and integrating Faith through the Word of God does not come by osmosis.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/12/07


Rabbi_Dean: "...the think they have it all down pat."

If they had it down pat, they would be doing miracles greater than Jesus. Unfortunately, they get tied of it. They are only hearers of the word, not doers. Most of what they hear are things they want to hear. They get tired of listening to Easter and Christmas sermons. Most Christians (including Christians who have been going to church for over twenty years)don't know more than 10% of the Bible.
---Steveng on 7/11/07




Steven, It took the Master 3 years to say what is recorded in the Gospels, Rav Sha'ul (Apostle Paul) approximately 20 years, and Shimon Petra (Simon Peter) said it was "difficult to understand what Paul has written". God's word starts as milk and ends in a steak dinner...it takes time, effort, growth, and an undying love of His Word to understand what is written for us to apply to our lives.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/10/07


Steven- The problem is most Christians cease to learn more of the Bible approximately six mon ths to two years after their conversion...the think they have it all down pat. Next thing they know their over their heads in sin (see the progression of Psalms 1). This belief of all-knowingness also leads to spiritual stagnation. There is no treading water with God, you are either swimming towards him or drowning.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/10/07


Johannes: "You must be one extra ordinary super intelligent person..."

Not really. Anyone can do it. It's just a matter of reading it and believing averything that is printed. Allow the Holy Spirit guide you in understanding. Read the Bible through the eyes of a child. Don't allow worldly interpretation get in the way. (people, including Christians, today are just too intelligent to truly understand the Bible)
---Steveng on 7/9/07


Johannes: How refreshing! finally someone who realizes that studying the Word of God is not a 20 meter dash, but a lifelong marathon. I talk with people who run to "Bible Codes", and now "Bible Pictures" (each letter of a word in Hebrew paints a picture of what the writer really was meaning)and get excited. Let's read the Word of God for what it means. It will take three lifetimes to understand the total depths of God's Word, and seven lifetimes to implement it all.
---Rabbi_Dean on 7/9/07


Steveng : You must be one extra ordinary super intelligent person that you comprehend all that is in the Bible in just 3 years of reading it. I find that amazing to say the least why don't your blogs reflect this knowledge?
---Johannes on 7/8/07




Chances are many of these would also mock you for spending any amount of time reading the Bible. I find teaching tapes to be very useful if the speaker is good and knowledgeable, and they are often not that expensive when compared to other forms of "entertainment". How much do others pay for movie DVDs, music CDs, movie nights out, etc.?
---lorra8574 on 7/8/07


Stenveng; I get a better understanding if I read the scriptures myself, rather than someone read them for me. So I read along with the Pastor, to be understand the word being taught. Some people need to hear the word being preached, and if they do so by using tapes, then so be it. At least they are learning and are willing to learn. While my husband was in the Police Academy, going to and fro he'd listen to the bible on tapes. He was learning as he was driving.
---Rebecca_D on 7/7/07


Rebecca_D: "the best way...is simply ignore them."

On the contrary, think about what the other person is saying. Maybe God is using the other person to bring a truth to you. If you haven't learned the Bible in three years then you are still a weak Christian, you haven't developed a strong personal relationship with God. The only way to mature in Christ is to get rid of all those books and start spreading the gospel. Enough of the book learning and sermon listening, become a doer.
---Steveng on 7/7/07


Matthew 5
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Luke 6
28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

Make sure the tapes glorify Jesus & not some ministry.
---a_servant on 7/7/07


Study tapes are an excellent way to log study time if you do a lot of driving or have extra time at home are you could waste your time on the radio or TV. I drove about 6 hours a day 5 days a week for 30+ years and used it all for Bible study time what better investment of my extra time is there.
---Johannes on 7/7/07


the best way to deal with this is simply ignore them. If buying tapes and stuff of that nature helps you grow in God, then so be it. spend on if you are able. Don't worry about what people say and think. Maybe their jealous because their not as passionate about the word as you are.
---Rebecca_D on 7/7/07


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Are you putting anything away for a rainy day? Retirement may come. Family, friends may be looking out for your best interests. Tapes are comforting in the car or when you are "Home Alone". Until you snag the big Marlin, better stash some cash. :-]
---R.A. on 12/6/06


I suppose there's no real difference between buying books and buying tapes.

But some discretion should be exercised.

I know one man who was into every "lo, here" and "lo, there" that came down the pike.
---Jack on 12/5/06


If you are a Christian and you've had the tapes for over three years give them away and don't expect anything in return. I figure that if you don't already know God after three years, and have a strong relationship, then you don't need another book, tape or magazine. Now is the time to go out into the world without script and spread the Good News. don't only be hearers, but doers. Why spend thousands of dollars when all you need now is the Holy Spirit to guide you.
---Steveng on 12/5/06


I'd tell them that it is some thing you like and think is worth the money you spend on them. and then not worry about it. Don't judge them, and I wouldn't get into a discussion on theirs vs. your spirituallity, just calmly and lovingly let them know you think it's worth the money.
---Jared on 12/5/06


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maybe theyre letting you know that they wouldnt be interested in case you tried to engage them in conversation about the Bible or Jesus.

resist offense and ask them pleasantly what they prefer to spend their money on. but dont mock or judge them on it.

you have the love of God in you and they dont. show that love and rely on it to forbear the unlovely behavior of others.
---JaeR on 12/5/06


Helen, read my post below...I have given people tons of my teaching tapes (loaned them to them) and not one person ever returned them back to me. Why is that? Now I got smart and tell them "they are my treasures," "Buy your own." LOL
---Donna9759 on 12/5/06


Maybe you could offer to loan the tapes to the people who are mocking you!
---Helen_5378 on 12/5/06


mike, people know because I have such a zeal, a joy in my heart for the word, that I tell them, "Guess what so and so said?" They can tell how excited I am when I share new revelations with them. Then they ask me to borrow the tapes, I did that in the past and have never gotten any of them back. The one person who mocked me said she bought over 200 movies on DVD, that they minister Spirit and Life to her. Well good for her, but I hate movies. (Except true story ones)
---Donna9759 on 12/5/06


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Tell them, "O you all of little faith, I have no care for your acceptance, and I am unimpressed by your undisciplined immaturity."
---Eloy on 12/4/06


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