Love in a World of Anger

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We are living in an increasingly angry world. Wars are raging from distant lands to the innards of homes. Violence and vitriol are being acted in more frequent insolence and spurted in boisterous words with greater intensity, and societies in general are becoming more and more desensitized to them. Just look at some of the popular contemporary entertainments through the venues of tv/phone screens and paperbacks – the channels, games, and pages are brimming with hate, revenge, lust for blood, anger, etc. Look at the plethora of newspapers or television news. Look around. The domino effect seems to have no end; anger begets more anger. And all generations – not sparing the young ones – are exposed to them.

Wherever you are in the world, even in the confines of isolation, this evil spirit of anger will accost you, or is already doing so. There is an invisible enemy that seeks to steal, kill, and destroy (Jn 10:10). And there is no other hope in the world apart from Jesus, the Prince of Peace according to God’s Word (Isa 9:6).

It is fascinating to read that at the end of His earthly ministry, when Jesus was betrayed and arrested, one of his disciples came to His defense and cut off the ear of one of the captors. Immediately this disciple (Peter) was rebuked by Jesus, saying, “No more of this! Put your sword back, for all who draw the sword will die by it.” He then touched the man’s ear and healed him. (Mt 26:50-56, Mk 14:44-50, Lk 22:47-53, Jn 18:7-11) This touch of love, peace, and hope continues to work in the lives of many angry men and women today. I’ve witnessed and read so many personal stories and societal histories of how only the power of God’s justice & love exposes the evil of the human heart, washes away the sins of those who ask Him to be their Savior and Lord, and transforms angry & despondent individuals and groups to being the most loving & caring.

Indeed some will say injustices have been or are being committed in the name of Jesus (e.g. Inquisition, Crusades, etc.), but that is clearly not what Jesus exemplified and taught for His followers to do. We cannot judge a philosophy (e.g. Christianity) by its abuse or misuse. (I hope to blog on this some other time). But rather Jesus always showed and spoke truth and love! He uses the sword of truth and not of violence. And through His eye-opening, life-changing Word myriads have been transformed from angry introverts, vulgar talkers, and violent crooks into ambassadors of unquenchable love. Nothing else can arrest that anger but Jesus Christ alone!

Anger points to more deep-seated issues within the human heart, primarily our very own need of God’s forgiveness. When Jesus Himself was arrested, mocked, brutalized, and crucified by the angry world, and while nailed at the cross He said, Father, forgive them for they know not what they are doing. Do you know what you are doing? God has poured out His love for mankind through the cross (Jn 3:16-21), and only by His mercy & grace can we break free from all bondage and live in peace and love – with God and with the world.

Recommended Books:
Transformed Lives (Thuvan Dang Nguyen)
Tortured for Christ (Richard Wurmbrand)
Secret Believers (Brother Andrew & Al Janssen)
I Am Second (Doug Bender & Dave Sterrett)
Twice Freed (Patricia John)
The list is inexhaustible … but I can lend some of mine if you’re interested.
Friend, I encourage you to get a Bible and start reading from the book of John, and on and on. Read it with an open heart, seek God, and it will surely transform you inside-out.
Share to all that Jesus is the only answer.

 

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The Heart of the Problem

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If God doesn’t exist, then there’s no objective and absolute standard for good. If there’s no good, then there’s no evil. If there’s no evil, then there would be none of its felt reality — that is pain, suffering. Yet we are increasingly being aware of pain and suffering and evil that accost us, day-by-day from place-to-place.

Every world problem can be traced back to a problem in the human heart. That is the heart of the problem. Since the fall of man (recorded in the biblical Genesis account), we have been sliding down the slippery slope of human life because of rebellion to God. Wars, famines, diseases, and even private torment of individual souls — all these are effects of our sins. Even nature has been on a steady path of denigration, deterioration, devastation. We see increasing frequencies and intensities of natural calamities. The authoritative Word of God had diagnosed this very hearty problem lo….ong ago, but He did not leave us abandoned to its effects. The paradise was lost in Genesis, and the paradise is regained in Revelations; everything in-between is the great story of redemption. JESUS came to identify with our humanity, and although being perfect and sinless, took our sins and ultimately suffered at the cross as the perfect atonement. (John 3:16) He paid the price we ought to pay but could never. And after 3 days He rose again! Now He calls us to a resurrected life, and those who believe in Him will receive redemption and restoration. He came not to make bad people good; He came to make dead people live.

Our pains and sufferings are pointers to the reality that we are dead in our trespasses, and that we need a Savior. Jesus, with His nail-pierced hands, has conquered the sin & the grave. And He has promised hope and life to us who believe, even as we sojourn this broken world. We need Him. The world needs God!

Why does suffering still exist?? Because evil still exist, and Jesus is still drawing people to Himself. But the DAY is fast approaching, when finally … “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Who Created the Creator

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“If the universe is created by a Creator, then who created the Creator (referring to God)?”

Have you been asked this question before, or probably you’ve heard it somewhere? Or maybe you’re also asking this? Nothing is wrong when you’re honestly seeking the truth behind the thought, but most of the time this Q is asked by “cynic” people (those who’ve already made up their minds despite the arguments you present, w/c is quite different from the “skeptic”).

To begin with, look at the hidden assumption within the question: “God is a created being.” The goal of the cynic is to end up with what we call an ad infinitum argument, where there’s an infinite regress of asking “who created who?” So we’ll never stop asking the question and no one can boldly claim that God is the First Cause. The assumption is implicitly saying God is limited (because He is created), and that’s the problem. That is not the God that we worship. The God that we worship is not affected by time, space, & matter (called continuum in science) because He dwells outside of it. He’s above and beyond and in and through it; He’s unaffected by it. He is timeless, spaceless, and immaterial. He is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Because if we can fit God in our 3-lb brain, then He’s definitely not worth worshiping.

To simply summarize how to answer: [1] Point out their wrong assumption that God is limited (created), and then [2] Point out that the God whom we worship is powerful unlimited (not bounded by space, time, and matter).

More questions can follow up from this, such as “Why can’t the universe create itself?” But we can answer it on a different thread.

In the beginning (time), God (First Cause) created the heavens (space) and the earth (matter). – Genesis 1:1

Through the Dark Night

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Some can snore past through the night
While some can’t even sleep,
Haunted by an unknown fright
So lost in it so deep.
But there is ONE who’s called the Light
In search for all His sheep,
And through the dark and stormy plight
He comes to save and keep.

For none can ever separate
From this firm yoke of love,
And none can ever suffocate
From this new life to have.
A love and life that captivate,
A love and life from GOD above.

#JesusIs #ShepherdOfMySoul

Our world today is at its darkest hours, with so many broken hearts searching for hope but at the wrong place(s). Everything of this world is but a momentary pain-killer, and the groaning returns in the morning. If this truth is tugging your heart, just take heed of these words from Jesus – He who came to seek and save the lost, for eternity. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy & my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

[Psalm 23:1-6]

Please reach out.

Before You Stand Again

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Men occasionally stumble over the truth (sometimes really hard and painful!), but most would pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. This failure (or maybe pride) to recognize the fall and to realize the fault is the doom that darts them to a much worse stumbling. It is inevitable, and the backlash is more reprehensible. Nobody wants that, aside from the devil.

I’m not saying that the antidote would be to dwell in the ugliness of the past. By all means forget the past, but don’t forget what the ugly looks like! And on the way back up to your feet, understand what led you to defeat. For no amount of sobbing tears or fleeting words promises that the lesson has been learned. None!! But only time will tell of the fruits of the heart – be it of repentance or of defiance/arrogance/ignorance.

Whether 1 week or 2 months or 3 years ago – learn from [personal] history. NO EXCUSES. Get the message out of the aged mess. Please don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.

Good Evidence vs Unbelief

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If There is Such Good Evidence for God, Then Why Don’t More People Believe?

by Ronnie Littleton

 

Surgeon General’s Warning: Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, and May Complicate Pregnancy. These alarming words are rarely disputed by normal thinking people. The evidence overwhelmingly proves that smoking leads to cancer and other illnesses. Even cigarette makers acknowledge this. Still, people choose to smoke. They treat the warnings like hoax or are blinded to the facts that they are addicted to nicotine. Some even smoke because they think it makes them look cool. They choose popularity over evidence.

The evidence for God’s existence is strong as well. The cosmological argument tells us that the universe began to exist and must have a cause. The moral argument teaches that there must be a moral Law Giver, or else there would be no moral standards. The teleological argument informs us that the finely tuned universe shows that there is a Designer. Other arguments pose equally convincing evidences for God. So the question remains: Why don’t more people believe?

The basic cause of all unbelief is a sinful heart. The Bible says we are all dead in our trespasses and sins before we come to faith in Christ (Eph 2:1). This means unbelief is our native condition. Belief goes against the grain and happens only when God makes us alive through faith (Eph 2:5). The question remains, with so much evidence for faith, why do so many people remain in unbelief?

One reason may be ignorance of the evidence. This is why it is important for Christians to study the evidence and be prepared to present it in a logical, gracious way. The Bible commands us to “always be ready to give a defense” (1 Pt 3:15) as you “go … and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19).

What about those who have heard the evidence but still don’t believe? Are they somehow smarter than believers, able to see holes in our faith? NOT AT ALL. When told about the gospel, some people realize that a life given to Christ will result in sacrifice and serving others. The idea that they have to give up their sin compels them to reject God no matter how good the evidence is. Still others say they reject God because they’ve seen Christians act sinfully. This amounts to using the sins of others to justify your own sins and unbelief.

Belief is a two-sided coin: on one side is the evidence; the other side is the will. Just as some people continue to smoke despite the evidence, some refuse to believe in God even when they know the evidence. Others remain skeptical, because they are steeped in a worldview that does not allow them to evaluate the evidence properly.

God gives us the freedom to choose or reject Him. It is important for Christians to live lives devoted to the truth of the gospel so unbelievers can see Christ in us. Also, we must study to know the most effective answers for the hope that is in us. There will always be unbelief in the world. Live in such a way that you can be used to overcome unbelief.