Eternity

Eternity is the next life. It is so real that I think God ingrained it in the cosmos and universe as a reflection of the eternal dimension. Why am I writing about eternity? Because eternity is mentioned in the film At Eternity’s Gate (2018) which is my film of the week. I try to get the most out of films when I watch them, so At Eternity’s Gate, as the title suggests, offered eternity as a theme, among a complexity of other themes and shades. Eternity is referenced in the film, twice if I remember rightly. Once, Van Gogh says he’s thinking about his relationship to eternity, and when someone asks him, what’s eternity, and Van Gogh replies it’s the next life. It’s a religious statement, but also a profound statement: “The next life”. I love that. The next life. Life that goes on and on. Beauty. Loveliness. Bliss. Forever Paradise. Van Gogh believed in beauty and saw it in nature and waited for it in the everlasting life. Everlasting or eternal life is the opposite of death for eternity. Eternal life or life for eternity all comes down to pure life: and life is positive.

When praying

In the gospel, Jesus taught his disciples to pray. He is teaching all of us how to pray, if we take on board the “how to pray” part of the gospel. Jesus taught how to pray through the Lord’s prayer. My prayers can be instinctual rather than scripted and arise out of the moment, but I believe Jesus is giving us good advice in how to pray, which I share with you as well as myself. Before I describe what Jesus taught and what I interpret his teaching on prayer as, let me say that prayer can start by addressing God or putting our minds on God. I believe God is outward, not inward, so this post on prayer takes the outward in how to address God.

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With God’s power

The sin or base nature is in every human being which can cause a fully blown sin, an act of evil or darkness, something which displeases God. But God can give us the power to overcome. It’s the sin nature in us that can cause us to act out its propensities, in whatever form. The sin nature is inherited through the Fall. The sin nature is a base nature which has come to everyone. But God can help subdue the sin in us when we receive the power of God in our lives. God’s power can anchor the soul away from sin, but we will always have a nature prone to wrong while on earth. God’s power can overcome it, yet it can raise its ugly head from time to time. We can choose to ask for God’s power to help us in those times. With God’s power, we may get strong victories in some areas.

The message

Carrying on from the previous post, what is the message of the cross that it is so powerful? Even more powerful than people’s power? Here are my thoughts: Jesus hanging on the cross looks like defeat, but there’s a hidden power behind the cross. The power of the cross is like a whirlwind, a storm of supernatural origin that one can’t see, but is something that operates in the spiritual realm. This power is power over sin and death that can help a human being overcome sin and receive eternal life rather than eternal death. God’s power suffices instead of human power, to overcome the problems of sin and death in individual lives. All one has to do is believe in the One God sent to die on the cross, who is Jesus, and one can be set free from sin and death.