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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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Friday
May082009

« The Lie's Been Told »

People ask me … why it is I believe.
They say life is cruel and hard … haven’t I been deceived.
But the lie’s been told … there on the other side.
True love is something that cannot be denied.

It hurts sometimes … sometimes it hurts real bad.
Feel like a stranger down here … and it makes me sad.
But a suffering servant … led the way for me.
There’s peace in times of trouble for a man of humility.

The lie’s been told.
The lie’s been told.
The father of lies, he mocks the streets of gold.

They tell lies about Jesus.
They sure enough tell lies.
“If they hate me they’ll hate you,” he said … “and that ain’t no surprise.”

Many a reason here not to believe a thing,
But there’s love to be found, and there’s a reason to sing.
There’s beauty in this world, and it wouldn’t be here …
If it weren’t for the one who takes away all of my fears.

In my darkest hour and in my innocence …
I didn’t have a way to turn. I cursed my ignorance.
Supernatural peace … I couldn’t understand.
Reached down and took my trembling, trembling hands.

The lie’s been told.
The lie’s been told.
I recall my faith as a child … as I’m growing old.

It served me then;
You know it serves me now.
I don’t need to listen to a fool’s words anyhow.

Folks say Jesus was just a man.
They tear down the faith of the nations, if they can.
The Jews have the law, well, what about me?
I’ve got the word in the flesh to take me into eternity.

Scientists say Eden is in Ethiopia.
They say all the races of men came out of Africa.
That makes us all one, coming from one man.
The men of division will try to tear it down if they can.

The lie’s been told.
The lie’s been told.
Say Jesus didn’t rise up, but settled down and grew old.

But he went to the cross
Believing he was God’s son;
If he was a sinner man he couldn’t do nothin’ for anyone.

The lie’s been told.
There are lies been told.
They say I’m the one who lying, as they laugh and scold.

But I know better:
It’s too beautiful not to be true.
He said he would do it, and that’s what he’s gonna do.

— rcg

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