Monday, 26 May 2014

MY HUMBLE RETRACTION



Many times, rather unfortunately, we speak loosely and allow ourselves to be controlled by our rage and anger, such that we behave/ speak in a way that is not meant to be for us as Christians. The tongue is a powerful thing, as is explained in James 3.6: "The tongue...is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire...".

We are all bound to make mistakes in life, and later on, in retrospect, we look upon the things of our past and regret them whole-heatedly. I, too, shall be BRUTALLY HONEST WITH MYSELF and speak against the first article that I ever posted on this blog.
An article I have come to later disagree with strongly. It goes by the name 'The Grand Delusion'. (Please read it, but nevertheless, I shall paraphrase it below).

Basically, in summation, that article is on how messed up society is, and it holds my then beliefs that we shouldn't do good to those who do bad to us. We should 'exercise fairness' and treat them with contempt.

Nonetheless, I stand before you today to set asunder that state of mind, and preach to you a totally different ideology than that of 'hate' and 'contempt'. I stand before you, having had my eyes opened, and my heart softened, to speak on God's love for us, and His expectations about us.

In The Grand Delusion (henceforth TGD), I said that "It is no longer we who live but the irrational animal instincts in us!". However, now I speak the language of Galatians 2.20: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
When we accept Jesus into our lives, "...the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" (1 Corinthians 5.17). We are allowing Him to rule our lives and to control our very thoughts and ideas. He died on the cross because He loved us. Who are we to selectively choose who to love or hate? Did He choose as He bled on that cross? Did He not die for the very people who humiliated Him before the world? Did he decide to only save those who pitied Him? No! He died for each and every one of us! For all of us sinners!!

Let's be honest here! If God were to treat us with the 'fairness' that I spoke of in TGD, He would not have sent Jesus to die on the cross. This is because "All men have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God" (Romans 6.23). If God was to get rid of all evil-doers on Earth, the whole world would be vacant! It's the fact!
It simply doesn't make logical sense that a person would sent His only Son to die on the cross for the sins of people who rejected Him. It doesn't! It didn't come to God as a surprise that the Jews of Nazareth rejected Jesus! God had already revealed it to His servant Isaiah in Isaiah 53.3: "He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem." God knew that His Son would be rejected yet He still sent Him. Not out of hate for His Son, whom He loves (John 3.16), but out of His mercy towards us.
Let's be brutally honest, if we were to work on logic, there wouldn't be any Christians! We work by faith! Check Hebrews 11.6: "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."

God loved us so much that He sent His Son to come and die on the cross for our sins (John 3.16). And we are now commanded to love others with that very love. Read 1 John 4.19: "We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen." Also, for those who want it said, just as is said by Jesus: John 15.12: "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.".
Additionally, in TGD, I asked the rhetorical question: "So I’m expected to believe that if I treat somebody better, the world will change?" As for this question, come, let's reason together. In Matthew 5:11-12, it says: ""Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." Jesus tells the people who suffer for Him that their reward is in Heaven. Their reward is in Heaven. Which means, that the reward of those who stay in Him, as He stays in them (John 15.4) is in the afterlife. To the same extent, the 'reward' (read 'punishment') of those who fail to stay in the Lord is in the afterlife. In hell! You don't believe me, read Colossians 3.25: "Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism." There it is! In black and white! There shall not be any favoritism for those who did wrong, towards God, and towards others. No favoritism!
Even more, in 1 Thessalonians 5.15, the verse lays out the truth against my past article TGD as such: "Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else."
And so, in closing, I wish to retract my comments made in the aforementioned article and state and declare that yes! This is a dog-eat-dog society, but we, as Christians, died in the flesh when we accepted Yeshua of Nazareth into our lives. As it says in Romans 12.2: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will ishis good, pleasing and perfect will".
We, as Christians, ought not to involve ourselves in the things of the world as they are only passing. Earth is not our home; as our home is in the shamayim of gold! In Heaven! "What we want in this world is what is not in it!"
I shall leave you with the words of Luke; verses that very few know, one that I didn't know, but now I do. Luke 6.31-36 (NIV):
"Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
"But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

May the Lord's Name be praised, for His love endures forever!

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