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.
The cross that bore Jesus’ death is a mystery of faith, a spiritual mystery, that it has the power to help overcome the wastelands that are filled with the miseries of sin, the deserts of lifelessness in the human experience.
Why die striving and starving as a full-time freelance writer? Don’t mind, because there is more to life, he said. The last rejection was the last.
I’m posting the following article because it resonated with me. It’s quite fascinating–could God be “working” in people a brand new thing when they separate from the church they had belonged to for years? Here’s the article which I wrote in 2002, for Challenge Weekly.
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