Posts Tagged ‘Jesus’

World Peace, My Perspective

September 21, 2009

I noticed Peace Day videos on YouTube, so I decided to give a few thoughts on it.

World Peace is a very nice goal to aim for. However, given how things are, there is no chance that the human race can obtain World Peace by their own means. Let me start with the basic facts:

The human race is evil by nature. Ever since the fall of mankind, people everywhere have what is called by some the “sinful nature”, by others, “the flesh”. Mankind had been given dominion over this planet thousands of years ago. However, our rebellion gave that rulership over to Satan. In some portions of the Bible, especially in the New Testament, Satan is referred to as “god of this world”. Unfortunately, the kingdom takes after the king. Our nature naturally draws closer to evil than it does to good. Now, I ask you a question. Can true peace come from an evil nature? Matthew 7: 17-18 says this:

“Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.”

This brings me to my next point. What if I promised you great power? Your automatic response would likely be “Yes! Gimmie! Now!” Well, maybe not as dramatic as that, but chances are you would not turn down that deal, with the assumption that I was not lying. That is another great hurdle to peace: mankind’s lust for power.

Now, I’m going to go through some rough territory: religion. Try your best not to misunderstand me here, but the religious spirit is indeed an obstacle to World Peace. So, this statement may lead to people questioning my claim that I am a Christian. I have an answer for that. First off, the religious spirit is a counterfeit to Christianity. As far as talks of religion are concerned, the world tends to group Christianity in with the rest of the religions. Christians who have walked enough with the Lord know that Christianity is not a religion. Religion is basically “You have to do these things in a particular pattern each week, and you have to believe certain doctrines, etc. if you want to achieve peace.” Christianity is not that at all. Even we Christians have made the mistake of making a religion out of Christianity. The outline of the whole story since Creation is that mankind fell since Adam, and ever since the death of Christ on the cross and His resurrection, the price for the sin has been paid. All we need to do is accept the Lord as our personal Savior, and we are no longer citizens of Satan’s kingdom. 1 Corinthians 15:22 says this:

“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”

So, what happens after we have accepted Jesus as our Savior? We still have our duty on our to witness to those who still have their citizenship in the kingdom of darkness. But, there is one more thing: we enter into a relationship with God. For more information on this, see my blog on the religious spirit.

Anyway, getting back to the whole religion thing, ever since man’s fall, Satan has been trying to lead us away from a relationship with God through religions. Have you ever heard the saying, “To hide a tree, use a forest”? That’s exactly what happened here. Even today, Satan has camouflaged Christianity with religions so cleverly, some of us Christians end up getting deceived into thinking we have to do this and that to get saved. And I kid you not, I was one of them. So, how can we tell the real deal from the big fakes? It is very simple: imagine us as trees and observe our fruit. Galatians 5:22-25 explains very well the nature of the spirit as opposed to the sinful nature:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

So, how do I know my Lord exists? I have testimonies to prove it, and the ones on my blog site are only some of them. But there is a way you can find out that God exists. All you need to do is ask. This is the promise given by Jesus in Matthew 7:7-8:

“”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”

The only factor remaining is faith. Faith comes in where if you believe that if the Lord exists, He will surely lead you to Him. A better way to think about it is “seek and you will find”. You cannot find what you are not seeking.

One final thing pertaining to religion. I do not respect John Lennon’s “Imagine” song in any way. When he mentioned religion, the thing that was on his mind was Christianity. Here is a quote from him: “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right. We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock and roll or Christianity.” If only he realized that without Jesus, only the chaos that comes from the sin nature will remain.

Getting back to the fruits of the Spirit, notice that one of the fruits is peace. When we are born again after accepting Jesus as our Savior, we obtain the spirit nature. Put in the simplest manner, there is only one route to true peace: Jesus Christ. That is my perspective on World Peace.


Dangers of the Religious Spirit

May 8, 2009

I understand that this blog’s title and possibly the blog itself is going to turn a few heads and may lead to quick judgment, but bear with me, here. I am not passing judgment on other Christians or anything of the sort. This is basically saying what is the factor for determining your status as a Christian. If you’ve read and understood the gospels, this should come across as nothing new.

Ok, first off, let me talk about how this got started. I’ve been suspecting that one of my friends may not really be a Christian as he claims to be. This got me nervous, because I hate being judgmental. I did, however, start praying that he will grow in relationship with the Lord and desire wisdom. However, this prayer cannot work if he does not have a relationship to start with. So, I never said anything about it to him until last Sunday, when he revealed to me the truth. He said he was technically agnostic, so I asked him if he basically chose a religion and stuck with it. It hurt to find the answer just after, as he said “yes”. That was when I told him, first in a roundabout way, then directly, that he isn’t yet a Christian. Then, he started lashing out at me some, because he thought I was being judgmental of his decisions and beliefs. A good friend of mine, who was with me at the time, also was angry at what I said. He thought that I was being judgmental on people’s stances on science, despite that I never used the term nor implied it in any way. I told him that being a Christian starts with basically, “Yes, Jesus. I am a sinner. Please, be my personal Savior.” However, I do not know if he understood.

Now, I want to talk about Jesus’ death on Calvary. There were two others next to Jesus: one was a murderer, and one was a thief. The murderer mocked Jesus in a similar way as the people around the cross did. However, the thief realized his actions and believed in his heart that Jesus truly saved people from their sins. So, he said to Him, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Now, this man had spent his life robbing from others. He didn’t spend his Sundays in the Temple. He didn’t give his possessions (not the possessions he stole, but his own possessions, if any) to those in need. He didn’t say the Lord’s Prayer 100 times, or anything. He didn’t get baptized. He was, without a doubt, a sinner. Jesus spoke to this thief. “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43)

Let me lay down the bare facts on salvation. First off, going to church does not make you a Christian. You could go to church all of your life, but it will not make you a Christian. Don’t get me wrong on church. I love it. I would not miss my church time even if there was a video game I would badly desire to buy that day. I love enjoying fellowship with my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I love to worship my Lord. However, those things did not get me saved.

I have my own beliefs regarding political issues and stuff. We all do. And most, if not all of them, are different. I don’t wish to talk about them, because politics is my least favorite subject to talk about, ever. However, my beliefs on certain stuff do not save me, nor do they condemn me.

I love to give. I made sure I give my 10% worth (and a little extra) each week. One time, I was about to drive from work to lunch, and a man came up to me, because he did not have any bus money. However, I made sure I gave him more than he needed, because he may have needed that money some time in the future. That did not get me saved, however.

“For it is by grace you are saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Ephesians 2:8-9

“All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.”
Isaiah 64:6

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23

It is not by doing certain works or by believing certain things that gets us saved. It is when we allow Jesus to be our personal Savior. We realize and admit that we are sinners and that only through Jesus can we be saved from those sins.

Be careful! The religious spirit that makes us think that we are Christians solely by the works we do is deceiving. To believe that spirit is a dangerous mistake! It gives us a false sense of security and brings another evil into the mix: pride. It hardens our hearts and keeps us from following God’s Will for our lives. Also, to those who are already Christians: make sure that your heart is in the right direction when you do acts of kindness. These acts of kindness are your faith being put into action, and they are for God’s glory. Before I go on, I want to admit something. Whenever I give my 10% to the Lord each day, I make sure not to get tempted to say how much I put in, for fear of pride. My Lord does not want me to give my tithe in a prideful manner. It is not about “Ok, I want to make sure I remain the person who gives the most money to the church.” I treat it as a physical way of saying, “Thank you for this awesome relationship. Continue to guide me ever closer to You.” Anyway, moving on. The best way to remove the religious spirit from you is to pray to the Lord and ask Him to point to you what actions you are doing is religious rather than as reverence to Him.

One more thing I want to point out. I have mentioned earlier that I have been attempting to read the entire Bible. I have to admit, that was definitely a religious action in my life within the past year, along with prayer. I wanted to make sure I read my Bible and pray for at least a half an hour every night. When I stopped doing both for a while, I thought I hit a dry spell, so to speak. Recently, I learned that these acts are religious, because I was trying to make sure I did those things each day, to make myself feel good. However, even though I do not read the Bible each day, nor do I pray every night, at least when I do, I know I am doing them for the right reasons. I read my Bible so that I can learn more about Him and gain wisdom, as well as learn about the lives of those who followed the Lord long before me. When I pray, it is when I truly desire to speak to Him, especially when I have something that I really want to talk about. So, I thank the Lord for those dry spells, that He used them to bring me closer to Him.

Walking By Faith

April 17, 2009

The credit for this blog goes completely to my Lord. Then again, when should it not, when He has inspired me to type my other testimonies and things, as well? Today, at 11 in the morning, I realized that I had not prepared a blog for this week. I pondered about it, but then I decided, “Why won’t I just let my Lord decide this blog?” So, I lay on my bed and prayed, waiting for an idea for a blog. A few minutes later, I got hungry, so I got up to fix some lunch. As I was heating up some lunch in the microwave, I glanced at the cover of a magazine on the kitchen table and read the phrase “How the [economic] crisis has changed you.” I thought to myself, “Faith was involved… wait. Faith…”

I then remembered an experience from last year. It was June 2008, and I gave up on college, as I had no passion. I was merely drifting, getting college credits as I go. My parents were heading to Galveston, Texas, on vacation, so I decided to use the opportunity to fast, because I was desperately looking for an answer to my problem. On the second day of the fast, I read from the Book of Matthew. Matthew 6:31-34 caught my attention:

“So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ for the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

I figured it was then time to end the fast, since I found my answer. I placed my faith in my Lord since that day. On August 2008, my pastor and principal took me out to lunch. They knew I wanted to use the time off from college to work as a teacher. So, this year, they made me a full-fledged teacher at Restoration Christian Academy, and as I worked there, I discovered my passion. I also worked as a private tutor, to help those who were struggling in Math. Despite the trials that required patience to go through successfully, like days when I had trouble getting the students to settle down, I loved my job.

January 2009, I reregistered as a student at the University of New Orleans. With this new passion, I wanted to go through college and graduate. My Lord has definitely been there for me, the whole time I was in college, because half the credits I had obtained from prior college years worked with the curriculum.

Despite any situation that may occur, I know that if I put my faith in my Lord, I do not need to worry.

“Any my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:19