Many Ways To Skin A Cat
For years anxiety ruled my life, always fearful that I was not handling problems in the only, exact way God would approve. Now I am thinking the truth may be that there are MANY right ways to solve life problems, which would allow me peace, but I cannot find a Scripture that supports it. Is there one?
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---Geraldine on 5/11/11
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Why don't you just make a list, in plain English of what scripture, according to "god" tells people to do? It would end the confusion caused by emotions, and make it so much easier for people to lead "godly" lives. The task seems like an appropriate one for you since you have always seemed so certain that you know what scripture means and how other people should live their lives.
---atheist on 5/19/11|
geraldine--The Word of God does not tell us the exact solution for our every problem. The Bible is far to small to address every dilemma that may come up in our lives. How often I have wished that the Bible, or the Holy Spirit, would furnish me with a detailed plan to address all my difficulties.
God's Word tells us what the Godly attitude should be....and that is enough.
It is up to us to apply scriptural principles when we tackle life's problems. Then follow through with prayer.
There may be many Godly ways to solve a problem and enjoy a sense of peace. No need to be anxious. God WANTS you to succeed in righteousness.
---Donna66 on 5/18/11|
tom2 - Your comments on how we treat truth are very helpful. I very much need to apply it to my situation. Thank you.
---Geraldine on 5/15/11|
geraldine,thruth is truth,the many ways you speak of usually is emotions interfering with scripture. many christaians today believe as you are thinking,but it just aint true,there is truth,and scripture plainly sets the guidlines for living and making choices,the real issue is we all at times dont like the truth.
---tom2 on 5/15/11|
//Since you brought up the referral to OCD, I have CDO, //
sounds like you need a DOC.
---aka on 5/15/11|
I think sorting the initials of OCD alphabetically is a textbook example of OCD!
Of course, just look at some of the Psalms whose verses are in alphabetical order - each verse starting with a different letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Was David obsessive/compulsive?
---StrongAxe on 5/14/11|
\\but get to PEACE WITH GOD FIRST, and then handle the problem. I will try that-- thanks.\\
Now you're getting it right.
Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/13/11|
There are MANY differents ways to solve some of the same problems. As long as the Law of God is not violated in the process
---francis on 5/13/11|
The Lord appeared to us in the past,a saying:
I have loved you with an everlasting love,
I have drawn you with loving-kindness. (Jeremiah31:3)
Having the love of God in us can heal us of any afflictions that we have including all the negative emotions.Because the perfect love of God cast out fear (1 John 4:18).and if we still fear despite God's love-we need to recheck ourselves.Maybe we need to know and experience God more
---mj on 5/13/11|
Bill willa - I think you have hit a basic flaw in my handling of problems: I should not handle the problem and then stew over whether God approved, but get to PEACE WITH GOD FIRST, and then handle the problem. I will try that-- thanks.
---Geraldine on 5/13/11|
If you found two scriptures to support your solving life's problems, would you be "killing two birds with one stone"?
---1st_cliff on 5/13/11|
Hi, Geraldine (c: You're one person who is actually here to read what we share! Good to see you, God bless you (c:
I have seen how a cat bit a chipmunk, injuring it enough so that at the cat's leisure it could play cat-and-chipmunk. Cats are predators who can charm you, rubbing up to you because they consider you to be their property.
Geraldine . . . handling the problem a certain way, in order to then have peace > this is backwards. First, we need to pray until we get into God's peace, then do what He has us do with Him (Matthew 6:33, Colossians 3:15, 2 Corinthians 12:9-15) . . . like how David did > 1 Samuel chapter 30.
---Bill_willa6989 on 5/13/11|
Paul - If you have never performed this task it is quite hard and people over time have derived different methods to skin them.
We don't skin them where we live, just clean them up, dip 'em in egg then flour and fry them up. They have no scales to remove. So you are right, there are many ways to solve lifes problems.
Sorry to go off topic.
---cjmybad on 5/13/11|
I always thought of a feline.. But skinning a (live) cat would be quite a feat, too!
These blogs show that Christians vary a great deal in how they solve problems. Some follow a certain verse word for word, While someone else cites another scripture that seems to disagree. One will paraphrase a sermon they heard.
They seem equally faithful and passionate about their faith...yet they disagree, sometimes implying that their answer is the only correct one.
Rom 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
I think God knows us as individuals, guides us as individuals. Does any one person know all the ways to glorify God?
---Donna66 on 5/12/11|
Cuny, Since you brought up the referral to OCD, I have CDO, (same thing only in alphabetical order)
---1st_cliff on 5/12/11|
\\but I cannot find a Scripture that supports it. Is there one?
Could I point out that the Bible is not just a box of magic bullets you can take out of their contexts to feel good about something?
Pardon my badly mixed metaphor.
Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/12/11|
\\The term skin a cat refers to the arduous task a skinning a cat fish.\\
The version of the folk proverb I was brought up with is, "There's more than one way to kill a cat besides choking it with butter."
---Cluny on 5/12/11|
Thanks for the Scripture references you provided, I think they will help a lot. As for the "skin a cat" used by the Moderator in the title, a little gentle humor never hurts, and it led to learning the catfish angle for some of us!
---Geraldine on 5/12/11|
I agree that God does not micromanage but Paul who obeyed God did not have peace. God is about his glory not your comfortablility. Paul went from town to town and was under attack continuously.
God thoughout the Bible talks about not being passive. God gives small hints and small directions to his plans for you not the big plan layout like we want.
The first words God spoke to man was "You are free to ..." Gen 3. If God is silent on an action (that is not a sin) try it.
---Scott on 5/12/11|
if we skin Cluny's Cluny,
it will become an inside-out joke,
and neither Cluny will be laughing.
---aka on 5/12/11|
\\Sorry Cluny we'll get you some Fancy Feast!
---John on 5/11/11\\
Would you prefer Beneful?
Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/12/11|
Paul, Cluny is his cat's name.
So its an inside joke.
Sorry Cluny we'll get you some Fancy Feast!
---John on 5/11/11|
Did the computer pick this title?????
---KarenD on 5/11/11|
The term skin a cat refers to the arduous task a skinning a cat fish.
If you have never performed this task it is quite hard and people over time have derived different methods to skin them.
---paul on 5/11/11|
Therefore, trust in Him and in Him alone in all things. Trust Him to be faithful to you. Look to Him in all that you do and in all that you experience, even when it is difficult. Remember, faith is only as good as the person in whom you put it. Since we Christians serve the true and awesome God of the universe, our faith, our trust, will not be wasted.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (King James Version)
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
---Lea on 5/11/11|
Phi 2:12b ...work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Rom 14:2-3 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not, and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
1Cor 9:22-23 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all [men], that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with [you].
1Cor 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
---micha9344 on 5/11/11|
I like cats. Why does the moderator want to skin them?
What you are describing is called "scrupulosity". It's the spiritual manifestation of OCD.
God is in control of my life. It does not follow that He micromanages it--or wants me to hold up every little thing for His permission.
Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/11/11|
Look up all the scriptures on Grace in the bible. In your concordance.Read and reread until you understand what Grace really is. We as christian do not have to have a scripture for every move we make in our lives,either. If God is quiet on some things in the bible,we are at liberty to use our own spiritual wisdom. If you understand one scripture. It will carryover and apply to other areas of our lives. How I resolved my dilemma was: understanding "Grace" and letting go of the "shoulds" in my life.So much bad teaching has been doled out for years. Loving God and serving God is beautiful when we truly understand what we are called to. Understanding is the key.
---Robyn on 5/11/11|