I love to share my faith with non-believers and seekers alike, who have questions about the Christian faith, what we believe and why we believe it. In light of the postmodern perspective that many people adhere to these day, I would like to give a biblical perspective as a contrast to those who say that there is no absolute truth. I believe that the truth can be found in God's word the Bible. http://media4lifeministries.com
Turning on the TV today, can make one down right upset. There is the
unrest in the Middle East and other places. People protesting, hating
and killing one another. The economy is in shambles, many are without a
job and can't find one. The government is making promises it can't keep
and wants the people to rely and depend on the government to fix
everything in due time. Many people have lost their hope.
world seems to have become a dark place and is getting darker every day,
as many are suffering in this time of uncertainty from a variety of
circumstances. Is there a way out? Will this world ever get better? How
much longer can it go on like this?
The world is struck with
perplexity, just as the Bible tells us. Everyday, there is something
reported in the news media that confirms that. The world has changed and
is changing by the minute. The world as we know it is dissipating right
before our own eyes.
Many people around the world are suffering
and the joy that once existed or what is left of it seem to go down in
flames. We are finding ourselves in a downward spiral. There seem to be
more questions than answers. There are more and more politicians with
their rhetoric proclaiming that they have the answers. Not!
Christian's today find themselves in the same dilemma as those who are
of this world. They have lost their joy in life. They seem to be
hopeless and are suffering because of it. Of course I realize that
Christians face many of the same problems as others do. Unemployment,
financial problems, health issues and many other things that come with
living in the 21st Century.
Here is my question in all of this,
are we as believer in Jesus Christ exempt from all the problems that are
in the world? Are we somehow shielded from all things? I think not, but
are we to lose our joy in the midst of all the suffering?
of all, let me say this, believers in Christ and His word should not be
surprised at all when looking at this world. Jesus was very clear about
how things will be in the last days. We as believers should be very
aware, seeing the signs of the time, that the end is near.
"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." Luke 21:28.
do see many of these things starting to happen, the birth pangs are
more frequent every day. The world is struck with perplexity. We are
getting closer. Look up!
"And there will be signs in the
sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of
nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; "men's hearts
failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are
coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken." Luke
In the meantime, we as believers should not
lose our joy. This world and it's pleasures and problems will fade. We
as believers have already eternal life, because we believe in Him Who
laid down His life for us. That is something we should and need to
rejoice in. This world is passing away, so why worry about these
temporal things, we need to see the eternal picture. We need to see the
world from God's perspective.
Of course we will have trials and
tribulations, our Lord told us so. But in the midst of all this
suffering, we should not lose our joy. Paul suffered a lot as did many
of the others that went before us, but they never lost their joy or
purpose. They had eternity in view.
"In this you greatly
rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been
grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being
much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire,
may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus
Christ, whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him,
yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
receiving the end of your faith; the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter
"For I consider that the sufferings of this
present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be
revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly
waits for the revealing of the sons of God." Romans 8:18, 19.
"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8.
are so many passages in the Bible, that speak of the joy within the
believer. We need to rejoice, even in these dark days with all its
suffering, both personal and in general. The joy of the Lord needs to be
in us on our journey to the promised land, the path that leads to
Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10.
The book of Philippians is also called the book of joy. Read it and see how Paul rejoiced in the midst of suffering.
The News outlets featured a story today about that Jesus may have
had a wife. There is nothing to support that claim, the text is only
partial and the sentence that starts with "Jesus said, "my wife..." ends
there. This ancient text is probably part of the gnostic writings and
But, to my point, I don't see Catholics or
Christians protesting in the streets, rioting and killing people,
burning the American Flag and storming the University which examined the
text and came out with the statement. What a starch contrast to the as
Hillary Clinton put it the other day, "great religion" of Islam. Great
Religion? One stupid YT video can bring forth death, hate and
destruction to a whole region. One little remark about Muhammad or a
cartoon of him leads to suicide bombers, and the killings innocent
One remark leads to hate, the killing of four Americans
and the threat of the radicals to kill more Americans. That is anything
but a peaceful religion. Where are those who normally come out and speak
out against Christianity, the Hollywood elite and Atheist like Bill
What if we as followers of Jesus Christ, would go out
into the streets killing and rioting every-time someone says anything
against Jesus, Who is used a swear word everyday, Who gets spit on by
liberals and Atheist everyday? How come that Christians don't react like
radical Muslims to a depiction of Jesus in the series of South Park?
Or what about the paintings about Jesus? One that was very offensive,
named "Piss Jesus"
was displayed in an art gallery in the 90's. Yet there was no
retaliation towards the artist. I could list many more offensive remarks
and insults that are made against Jesus and Christians everyday, but I
think you know them already.
Christians are not called to hate
and kill people who may offend them. Jesus and His teachings, Who in my
opinion is the total opposite to Muhammad and the teachings of the
Koran, told us to love your neighbor as yourself. We are to love, even
those who hate us or offend us. That is what makes Christianity
different from Islam. We do not by force convert people or kill them if
they do not want to follow Jesus as Lord and Savior. We turn the other
We do not repay evil with evil. Love will always triumph
over evil. It was Jesus, who Muslims regard as a prophet (obviously not
heeding any of His teachings) that taught us:
"But I say to
you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who
hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
"that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun
rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the
unjust." Matthew 5:44, 45.
As Christians we do not follow a
doctrine of Jihad or Sharia law, we follow Christ and His teachings of
love and forgiveness. As we see these unrest in Africa, the Middle East
and beyond, let us as followers of Jesus not turn to hate. Let us pray
for the Muslim world and for the radicals that one day the would have their eyes opened and that they will see that Jesus is the Messiah.
suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade
itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but
rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are
prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease;
whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part
and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then
that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a
child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became
a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly,
but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as
I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the
greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians chapter 13.
That is what Jesus and His Apostles taught past generations and us today, love your enemy and do not hate. Be wise, but not foolish. Do not seek revenge. Vengeance is mine says the LORD, I will repay.
sure that many of the radical Islamist have never even read the Koran.
Many have not even seen that dumb YT movie, yet they go out and riot.
They listen to radical clerics and Imams that use the Koran and Muhammad
to further their agenda and ideologies. They are blinded by this
religion of antichrist. Let us pray that they will see the light one
day. God is doing a mighty work in the Middle East and surrounding
areas. We may not understand everything, but His purpose will be
fulfilled. God loves the Muslim world and He wants them to return to
Him. the true and living God.
And in closing, just for those who
teach that the God of the OT is different from the God of the NT, here
is what Jesus was quoting: "You shall not take vengeance, nor bear
any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your
neighbor as yourself: "I am the LORD." Leviticus 19:18.