REFLECTION AT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR
We are aware of the fact that we are creatures of habits. Even when we remove the “h” from the word ‘habit’; we still have a bit. We further remove the letter “a” and still have “bit”. Then we take away the letter “b” and we still have “it”.
Just goes to demonstrate how difficult it is to break a habit. Habits can be good or bad.
Traditions become our pattern of life. We grew up hearing, seeing, tasting, feeling, smelling things a certain way and we simply accept that is how they ought to be without questioning their origins or even more their legitimacies.
The same applies to politics. A person grows up in a home that traditionally supports a particular party and remains loyal to that party regardless of whether or not that political entity is actually serving their interest. It is just a typical mindset of the human mind: the fear of change.
When we consider such popular Western Christian holidays as Christmas, good Friday, easter, etc: we grew up in societies that observe these and we simply continue the practices without doing any investigations to determine if they are really Christian or otherwise.
At this time of the year, much of the people acknowledge good Friday and easter Sunday/Monday. Even the secular world may pause from their secular activities to celebrate these events.
It is amazing how on these religious holidays, many would go to religious services, abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and then on the very next day after return to the old way of life.
This is certainly not how the Christian Bible portrays the lifestyle of a follower of Jesus Christ. The Christian life is RADICAL. It permeates EVERY aspect of one’s life. Not just some days but every second of the Christian’s life should be about imitating the Person whom he/she calls Master.
Unfortunately, most of the Christian world has lost the TRUE CONCEPT OF CHRISTIANITY.
The professing Christian world has adopted a Waterdown religion that has no Godly effect on their lifestyle.
Christianity calls for drastic and radical change. That was what Jesus Christ did when He lived on this earth. He was a revolutionary. He radically changed how the religious leaders of his day practiced their religion. For this He was so hated by the religious sects of his day.
Most of the professing Christian world need to dig deep into history and learn about the likes of Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Huss and others. These reformers were radical in their quest to validate truth. The made great sacrifices for the faith that they accepted.
The present day denominational congregations like the Lutherans, Methodists, Baptists; etc; would be greatly surprised as to just how far removed they are from the what their founders believed and taught.
These reformers fought fearlessly against a system that was and still is hell bent on suppressing the truth. A system that for almost 1 260 years tried its very best to prevent the ordinary man/woman from having personal access to the Bible.
Most professing Christians today prefer to listen to what a preacher says rather than taking the time and effort to study (with a prayerful mind) what the Bible says. To allow the scripture to interpret itself rather than fallible man.
The Bible states that in the last days knowledge shall increase. Indeed we are presently in the last days. Definitely knowledge has increased. However, with increase knowledge there is no evidence of increase wisdom. The wisdom that would lead to healthier lives, loving one’s neighbors, alleviation of sicknesses, poverty, crimes, wars, etc.
Instead, we see the opposite happening all over the world. The Christian Bible teaches a religion that is a lifestyle; that would radically change this world just as Christ turned upside down the time in which He lived.
Most of the Christian world will be shocked to know that the majority is deceived. Then again, why should this be so since Christ Himself warned that there would be many deceivers and the many who will follow the deceit.
The preachers water down the teachings of Christ. They cause the people to follow traditions of man and reject the simple commandments of God.
As you reflect on the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ: do some introspection: Some pertinent questions that we should ponder and seek answers to are:
1. Why am I here?
2. What really happens after death?
3. Why does God allow suffering?
4. How important are the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ to me?
We are living in some serious and amazing times. Humanity gropes in the dark for light; searching for hope from the physical tangible things of this world.
A Master Creator has set before us two paths in this life and pleads with us to choose His path. No bribes, no compulsions: we are given that dangerous blessing of free choice.
Look around us; observe the choices we have made and the consequences. It should be pellucid that turning and going the other way (God’s way) would present different ( and better) results. However, mankind’s heart is evil and loves evil. Hence, the majority will continue to go down the wrong path even to our demise.
Yet there is still hope. The death and resurrection of the God man provides this hope.
The choice is ours to make: To accept this hope or reject it.
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