In our present world of technology, we see improvement of products made possible by research and development department. I remember when the first video camera was made, it was heavy. Eventually it was made lighter and smaller. However it was later replaced by digital camera.
What does this got to do in a Christian blog ? As Christians we also need to undergo research and development also known as submission to God, confession and repentance and doing works worthy of repentance. There is a temptation to be content with where we are, or how we are. As my pastor encourage us to finish strong, then comes the need to submit to God, and listen for instruction from the Lord.
Our own research and development need to be Spirit led because if we rely on ourselves, we could mess us up even more by self condemnation.
This research and development is also called sanctification. Again this should be God initiated and God implemented. How about our role ? i believe we need to cooperate with God. Let go of our ways and let God show us His ways.
In the physical world there is genuine and there is imitation. Genuine are made by the original or official maker, designer and they are more expensive while imitation looks genuine but of lower quality and material. Some may not be imitation but we buy them because they are cheaper. They will do the job but it will not last long.
In the spiritual realm, the truth is actually free but we have to look at the best source.God's enemy who is satan (used to be named Lucifer) keeps us from the truth, tries and even succeeds in giving us counterfeits.
How do we know the truth from the counterfeit ? Again let us look in the physical world. We test them with the criteria of the official maker. If they pass then most likely they are genuine. We apply this in spiritual matters too.
Let me share what I believe and what many who came before me believe is true. The Holy Bible is true, the stories really happened.
Today is the opening day for Special Olympics in Los Angeles. Just in case somebody does not know what special meant , it is about athletes with disabilities yet they exhibit passion and enthusiasm like all of us.
As I watched the celebration or opening day,and observe through television the performances, parade and entries of the participants, delegates, coaches,etc I can't help but experience emotion of joy expressed with tears.
What happened was through what I saw I sensed also the possibility of what it will be like when we enter the "coliseum" of heaven sometime in the future. Like when the saints go marching by (as the song says), I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching by.
It seems to me that we Christians used to have disabilities too (sin) or still do but thank God through Jesus Christ we have victory over sin and death.
Soon too we will have our Special Olympics grand entrance to the portal of heaven.
Praise the Lord for His love and mercy and salvation.
Before i share what I believe are three important things, I hope we will agree that God is the source of good and perfect gifts. We humans can not produce good apart from God. Since we are creatures, our source is our Creator. According to the book of Genesis our ancestors starting with Adam and Eve partook of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil which polluted us.
From our view point now, I am suggesting three important things. That we find and believe the true faith. That we live and practice the true faith. And that our God or the true God approve of our faith.
So the real or main point is what is the true faith ? Faith on the true God, is it not ? So everyone on this planet earth have to answer this question.
For me Jesus Christ who Himself is God who came in human flesh, shows us the way, the truth, and the life to the Father who is God.And we believe in Jesus through the help of the Holy Spirit, who is also God.
Herein is one of the mysteries of God, being three yet one, but that is what the Bible reveals.
Being a Christian, I can't help but see the many Christian denominations that we have. Are all ok ? Are all true ? When we try to convince other Christians, other Christians try to convince us.
I like to write short blogs so i will go straight to the point. What matters most is how God sees us, don't you think ?
Pride is a no no, it is hard to get rid of pride but it goes before a fall, the Bible says. God through the Bible says He is pleased with humble , broken spirit. The Bible contains the word or verse, Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up in due time. Are we humble ? God is the Judge.
For His disciples , Jesus said " Love one another, by this will all men will know you are My disciples, by the love, you have for one another.
Humility and love are the hardest I would think, but it is livable when the Holy Spirit helps us and we walk in the Spirit. Let us pray for that, and we can do that through Christ who strengthens us.
When it comes to religious beliefs I believe there are truths and there are errors. Let us see how we can distinguish between truths and errors.I believe to know that we need standards. If our standard is wrong or erroneous then we will come up with error.
Some says the Bible has errors or corrupted and they avoid it. However several people attest to the accuracy of the Bible. I also have the belief that the Holy Bible is God's word and is true and accurate.
Let us go back to the title of this blog. Faith is the substance things hope for, evidence of things unseen. Deception can be defined as teaching or believing something that is not true.Sometimes it takes time to distinguish between true faith and deception, but when we really desire truth it will be given to us or we will find it.
Jesus in Matthew chapter 24 warned about false Christs, so we need to watch out.
Jesus said to His disciples and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
Are we seeking truth ? By the way Jesus said He is truth and so when we find Him , He will set us free. The Holy Spirit also is the spirit of truth.
Dictionary defines blind spots ( with respect to thought or belief) as subjects or phrases of thought in which one is unable to be objective or critical. Perhaps we need to define objective too. Objective as representing things as they are; unbiased by thoughts, emotions , and opinions.
Let us try blind spots as spots we do not see. Is that ok with you ? Perhaps we can try blind spots as spots we have not seen yet. I don't believe we can call spots or truths we do not want to see as blind spots.
In Christian faith, are there things which are blind spots, or truths we do not want to see ?
Perhaps cars can illustrate blind spots better. The side view mirrors can not show everything. That is why we have to turn our heads before changing lanes. Even backing off, we can not just rely on rear view mirrors. Some cars are equipped with cameras and sensors.
What is the point of this blog ? Well just a reminder to once in a while review what we believe and also try to see the truth that is out there.
Seek and pray for truth and verify what you think is truth and if we really find truth , pray too that we will be able to tell it to others properly.
Judgments ? probably no one wants to hear of judgments. Yet in the last 40 or 50 years, almost every year we hear of possible rapture ( taking of believers to heaven before the great tribulation) or judgments. Looks like these are failed prophecies or judgments, is it not ? or is it ? Could it be God keeps extending or delaying judgments, waiting for more people or souls to come to Him ?
The Bible tells about the story of Noah, a man who found grace in the eyes of God. Noah was told judgment was coming but judgment did not come till the ark was built.I believe the ark took about 120 years to build, plenty of time for people to repent and turn to God.
In our modern time, Jesus came to earth in human form about two thousand years ago to sacrifice His life to save people from their sins. His coming is a type of Noah's Ark, where people will find safety.Jesus said He is coming back.
I do not want to scare people but I do not want to say that there will be no judgment .
But the question is what will we do ? live as if nothing will happen or go to Jesus (or believe in Jesus) and abide in Him ?
When it comes to turning to God, it seems not everybody has the same desire. Perhaps some think they have so much sin that some think that God can not forgive them or accept them. Perhaps they think there is nothing good in them or us to offer to God.
Maybe some have not read the Bible to see that God loves us and willing to forgive us and takes us back.
Let us say one has not read the Bible or heard about God's forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
In today's world we have gone through industrial revolution, where man has learned to harness the physical world. Let us take a look at thermodynamics , a study of heat, its characteristics and its transfer from one object to another. Do we know that heat travels from a hot object or higher temperature to a cold object or cooler temperature ? Put in another way, cold does not give off heat to a hotter object. What does this have to do with God ? Here is why or what, God is holy and we are not, God is righteous and we are not. Therefore we can not come to Him on our own but here is hope for all of us.
Jesus Christ came down from heaven, in His holiness and righteousness, and paid for our sins, like heat giving to a colder object. By means of Jesus Christ death, burial and resurrection, we who are dead in sin and trespasses are given a way out, a way to be accepted by God by wearing the robe of righteousness of Jesus Christ.
But here is another truth , when we come to God through Jesus Christ then we should stay with Jesus and His Holy Spirit will help us live a life pleasing to God.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through Him.