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Discussion in 'Forum for Polls' started by LadyEagle, Jan 11, 2006.
that you didn't keep?
I don't really expect much discussion on this thread.
Don't worry, you probably won't get much response-
Don't know - I have always tried not to make a vow to God, but not sure that I never have.
I dont remember if it was specifically a "vow", but there have been things I have said I would be willing to do or wouldnt do as I was praying, then when it came down to it, I really wasnt willing. So, thats probably a yes.
Yes. 62% (8)
No. 8% (1)
Don't remember or don't know. 31% (4)
That's exactly right. You explained it better than what I was going to say.
I have been in that same unfortunate place and I think that not living up to a commitment, even to the Lord, is common to Christians.
"The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak", is it not?
It is, or Jesus would be a liar. But we have to be careful and not let that become our "copout." Falstaff explained his low-living fat, drunken leacherous life by taking that verse and adding, "For as you can see, I have more flesh than any man, and therefore more frailty."
On the other hand, it's also a copout to never resolve to do anything in the first place. Should be break our word occasionally, or never make a word to break?
I was not trying to make excuses for Christians, but rather to show that this is an area where all Christians fail to live up to.
Two people on the poll said that they had never broken their word to God.
I was merely pointing out that we all have.
Paul, himself, said that he did the things that he did not want to do and did not do the things that he wanted to do.
No excuses given by me, only an explanation of why 100% of Christians, at sometime or another, have let God down after we committed ourselves to do otherwise.
I was one that voted no, but I read it as broken a promise or vow as in "Lord if you do this I promise I will do such". The question was "Have you ever made a Promise to God that you didn't keep?" I have not. If the question was, have I let him down? Then the answer is YES.
That's what I figured, even though I didn't know who voted that way.
Perhaps we should have all had the same concept of "promise" before we voted. I wasn't even sure of what the orignal poster meant by "promise" when I voted, so I had to just go with my own interpretation of it.
That is what I thought, and why I responded "I don't know" and explained that I don't think I had ever promised God to do anything.
Failed Him - of course.
Most of the time I tell God I will 'try' to do something, with His help. This could be a copout (leaving room for failure or 'backing out').
I have made a couple of financial 'pledges' that I was unable to keep and felt very guilty about.
Actually, isn't just stating something the same thing as a promise?
Our words are to be true whether we are merely stating, promising, vowing, pledging, or swearing...
But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Just some food for thought,
That is why I have never, to the best of my knowledge, made a vow, promise, oath, etc to God.
That's my difficulty with annual "pledge cards" or "commitment cards," and why I refuse to sign those things and turn them back in. Ever since, 2 decades ago, I made a 'pledge' for a small amount given regularly to support a worthwhile organization, and failed by negligence to keep it all, that has been my policy.