Posts Tagged ‘sin’

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.


The War Within the Man, Part 2

April 23, 2009

Previously, I talked about the problem known as the sin addiction and shared my own sin addiction with you all. Today, I am pleased, to say the least, to make a sequel to the blog. It has been almost precisely a year since I first started battling the sin problem. Of course, though, I’ve had the sin problem for years. Last year was when I decided to fight it. And now, I truly believe that the war is over.

Since the first part of the blog, I ended up falling back into sin a few times. Usually, when I do, the problem stays on the surface for up to three days. The last time I fell into the sin problem, I was so disgusted by what I went through, that I truly HATED the sin, from then on. I don’t think that was the deciding factor of the battle, though. Remember what I said about two natures fighting against each other within us, the flesh and the spirit? The spirit has a clear advantage.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

2 Corinthians 4:16 (NIV)

This verse can be a bit tough to understand. When I saw it, I wasn’t sure to use this verse in my testimony. Then, I got questions about the Bible verse. What is renewing our inner self? Or rather, who? I believe that the Holy Spirit renews our inner selves daily. The flesh cannot be renewing us inwardly day by day. That would mean that, by being in the flesh, we’d have to be outwardly renewed day by day, as well. I believe that as I was fighting the sin problem, the sin problem kept getting weaker, while the Holy Spirit was continually restoring me and strengthening me. The Holy Spirit, obviously, will not restore the sin problem. The war was a war of attrition. As the flesh and the spirit waged war against each other, the flesh was steadily losing ground, while the spirit was continuously being restored. It doesn’t take a mathematician or military strategist to realize that the flesh was fighting a losing battle.

This passage came to me as I was typing this testimony.

“but those who hope in the Lord

will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

they will run and not grow weary,

they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

I still get tempted. I still slip. But, I have not fallen. I understand that I will still slip at times, but I will never return to the same fall that I have felt many times before.

So, now that the war is pretty much over, I have desired to pray for a girlfriend. I felt that the defeat of the sin problem left me with a void to fill, and I want to fill it with something the Lord approves. I’m hoping this is a sign that I will soon be meeting my girlfriend. May this testimony forever be the shout of the final victory over my sin problem.

Good Friday: The Good of It

April 10, 2009

I understand the topic title might sound a little strange, but that is what I want to focus on, today.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, My Lord prayed at the Garden of Gethsemane, for He knew that His time had come to do what He ultimately came here to do. Being human, the knowledge of His coming death was stressful, painful, and frightening. However, my Lord refused to run away and gave Himself to be put to death on the cross. Judas, one of His disciples, betrayed Him, and handed Him over to Pilate for 30 pieces of silver. He was laughed at, mocked, beaten, whipped 39 times, and even had a crown of thorns thrusted on His head. And, even after all of the pain and public humiliation, He carried the cross, with His severely weakened body, up the hill to Golgotha (some might call it Calvary). There, His hands and feet were pierced by nails, driven through His flesh into the wood on the other side. Within what might have been a few hours, He died there.

What was the good part of that, you ask? Ever since Man’s fall, sacrifices had to be made for the atonement of sins. However, the priests were imperfect, and the offerings were imperfect. Not a man could ultimately redeem the sins of the people. Then God sent His Son to take away the sins of the world. He was made man so He could be made a perfect offering to God.  He was God, but He was also a man, and as a man, He was tempted in every way, but He was without sin. By dying on the cross, we no longer have to make continual sacrifices to God. Even better, we are all made heirs of God, because of His Son. Jesus, as a priest, made the ultimate sacrifice. Being a priest, He is also the connection between God and Man. He, as the Lamb of God, sacrificed Himself to remove the sins of the present, but the sins of the past and the future, as well. The veil of the temple tore in two from top to bottom, because when the sacrifice was complete, we are now able to approach God’s throne through our Lord Jesus. And that is just scratching the surface.

I consider this day, together with Easter, as the most important holiday, with Christmas close behind. We need to thank the Lord, this Friday, for without Him, we would not have been saved.