Questions coming someone’s way. Why do you believe you have the truth about things since you believe in God? A pertinent question today when so many voices and opinions abound, but also ones that claim the truth. Is there one singular truth arising from faith in God? Why do people get upset if someone claims that? How would you know the truth? isn’t that arrogant? And when one says, God said it, I believe it, that settles it, why does that statement go rejected by those who hear it, unless you believe? Good questions, almost unanswerable, as there is a logic to it. If one said they held the truth, why should others believe that truth? Shouldn’t they be held to account for imposing their will on others?
I will answer this in terms of my faith which says there is no policy or manifesto to come on board, no one manipulating someone to believe their way. A political or ideological institution may not bring truth that is believed, and lived, with utter conviction.
But Jesus gives his truth freely to those who receive him. His ‘life’ inspires his truth in hearts even to the point of living his truth in their lives, such as to love thy neighbor. Those who have this blessing, should be humble indeed.
A question this gets put forth is why didn’t Jesus show how much he loved people by enduring in this world longer? Didn’t he just pack up his bags and go? He showed his love for a few years and then left? Is this a God of love? I thought about this for a moment and I understood the concern. We show love by how much we hang around. Love spells time, as they say. But, didn’t Jesus die, then? And that was that? But, then, I realized, that Jesus was human. I think he would not have died if he wasn’t punished. He was unable to die naturally. So, to answer the original question, Jesus could have hung around as it was. He could have stayed, I think. But Jesus had another destiny, to be human, to die in a human grave, and to be seen risen from the dead until he went back to heaven from where he came. I guess Jesus could have stayed longer here, but he was leaving the rest of his work to his disciples and he did not leave them. As, effectively what Jesus done when he died and rose from the dead (theologically speaking which I cannot explain here) is to give to his disciples and followers his presence and a promise that Jesus would be with them forever, if not physically on earth, but spiritually. Jesus was then with them through his Spirit–the Spirit which acknowledged that Jesus came in a body. They even felt Jesus with them when they went about spreading the Christian message, a task which Jesus gave them to do. So, after all this time, the true Christian message still goes out–and Jesus is with those who spread it–and this message can come with the presence of Jesus, to comfort, to help, and to heal. Christ did say there would be people pretending to be him, and that there would be false preachers and brothers, but there is only one true Christ, who did not leave his followers.
Never seen that before. Look at this. Just awe-inspiring. And so unusual. Can’t believe it. Is it true? I was touched through a Salvador Dali painting.
So, how can I sum up this thing called the flesh?
This way: Any sin committed (read: disobedience of God’s command) starts with a desire in the flesh (the flesh is like the insides of a gutted organism, darkened, and covered in iniquity–iniquitous desires, some latent, some buried, some alive, are those that cause one to sin a particular way and can come down through family) At this point, one can subdue the desire, by calling on Jesus for help–the advocate for people in need who is willing to help to those that call. Having his Spirit with us can help us then.
However, desires of the flesh may grow inside the flesh and as one gets along with the walk of life, certain actions, behaviors and thoughts can come from the desires of the flesh, until they give birth to a sin.
What has one done? Although one sins, God has given Jesus as an advocate for those who have believed in him. The sin can be forgiven, forgotten, and one can get on with Jesus in their lives, an ever present help in times of need. The ability to be saved from the flesh and the sin comes from the Lord Jesus’s salvation–when we put out faith and trust in him.
The desires of the flesh can deceive the host, the person in which lives the flesh. The flesh can go unnoticed. But God is good, as God can illuminate one’s condition, then seek God’s help for this condition inside everyone.
In my previous post I wrote about the flesh, I explained that the flesh is the vessel in which ‘lives’ that thing called sin. I likened sin to a worm in the flesh, where that worm can climatize if we let it. After I wrote that, I was thinking about the origins of the flesh. Here is what I think.
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