What Is Grace?
If you look up the word in any dictionaries, the word has many common usages. The word, ‘Grace’ is indeed magnificent as it sounded so nice that one of the most common usage is a lot of people especially girls would like to use it as their name because it simply is depicting charm, beauty, quality and more importantly, forgiveness! If you look at the Western monarchy especially the one in UK, commoners and officials alike are expected to address the Queen in such manner out of respect and allegiance. But the word, “Your Highness” is commonly used nowadays compared to the word, GRACE because humans could not be as gracious as God who is almighty, yet so humble to give His life in the form of a human [Jesus] for the sake of saving us humans of our iniquities.
That is why, if you study the Bible, the word, GRACIOUSNESS is so attached to the salvation of mankind that it is significantly used to portray and describe how great the one and only true Almighty God is, thus the hymn, “How great thou art” is always chosen by Christians to express their heartfelt gratitude in praising and worshiping God during Sunday church services around the world. So the meaning of the word, GRACE especially in this case that involves the subject of Christian faith will always stand out as the only aspiration of Christians to acknowledge such indescribable blessings from God.
And by partaking the Lord’s supper every first day of the week and that is Sunday, every true Christians who have received and continue receiving “the free and unearned favor of God” should all the more have reasons to share such wonderful blessings of the good news of Jesus with those who are lost and even to those who “thought” they are not just because they are “religiously” practicing other religions.
The graciousness of God holds such a special and significant meaning to Christians in their relationship with the one and only Almighty God that if you go to a Sunday worship at any of the churches of Christ around the world, you will find it normal for any Christians to start saying their prayers by humbly saying, “Our most gracious and merciful Father in heaven”. Only by becoming a Christian will a person knows how to humble oneself in the sight of man and God.
The best example to look at is the apostle Paul. He was once an arrogant Roman officer who disliked Christians so much he had no qualms rounding up Christians to persecute and kill them, but he ended up pioneering the movement of Christianity instead. He was the one who gave the name, Christian, to the followers of Christ first at Antioch in the 1st century. He suffered for the cause of Christ and made sure not to let the cause of Christ to suffer to the point of being put to death by the Romans authorities even though he was a Roman citizen by birth.
To me, as a Christian brought out of the darkness by the light of Jesus who is the only truth, the way and the life [John 14:6], the Word [Bible] itself is LIFE – not a religion for goodness sake! Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, President of the United States believed that studying the Bible would make us all greater people. “I have always said…that the studios perusal of the sacred volume will make better citizens, better fathers, and better husbands.” Yes indeed it is so true! It is such a marvel to behold because it is what made salvation for all mankind possible all because of the graciousness and merciful Father in heaven.
The Word which brought about the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ is what making the Bible as the only divine light that shines on the correct path to God and eternal life! Nothing else in the world can bring about such divine revelation for humans to be saved from the destruction of their own souls in eternity. To stubbornly and “religiously” stray from this path is only asking for eternal sufferings. It is so unnecessary to face such consequence when everyone has a choice not to!
That is why, true and sincere Christians always never fail to acknowledge and appreciate God for His graciousness, without which the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross would not have taken place at all. By bestowing grace upon anyone or anything including animals, it took our Creator, God who is the Almighty and Sovereign of the heaven and earth to have such a big heart to become so “small” as a human being who is nothing more than a ‘speck-of-dust’ to come down from heaven to save us from our self-destruction by offering Himself [John 10:30] as a sacrifice to atone for our sins. How could anyone not smart enough to see the truth, the way and the life in John 14:6 as the one and only solution to sin, death and the devil?
In order to give us the hope of salvation, He had to take our place to endure pain, sufferings and even death, before it became possible to save us by conquering death. Death happens to us as a result of our sins that we have incurred largely because of us being ignorant of our rebellious and disobedient nature by worshiping idols and man-made religions [1 Corinthians 15:55]. The purpose of the law is to make us aware that every one of us is a sinner, it is not a solution to wash away our sins [1 Corinthians 15:56]. Only the blood of Jesus can do that and this, in what is now known as the “Amazing Grace of God” is the most precious gift [Acts 11:17-18] ever bestowed upon mankind that we, as human beings, actually do not deserve to receive, nor can it be bought with any price, yet we have the privilege to receive it freely – with no strings attached.
“No strings attached?” This may sound far-fetched to most ordinary people who make use of their common sense. In addition, let’s not forget there are others especially atheists who would surely find it unbelievable and of course to the skeptics, they will find it questionable. I know what’s on their minds and I can tell here’s the question they will ask. How could anything be given “free” without strings attached? You probably have heard it once too many that people are always saying there is no such thing as “free lunch”, right? Of course you are right because your reasoning is based on human’s point of view and that is really a futile attempt in making comparison with God. Really, you don’t have to become like God first to know what is grace, do you?
The world is still turning because God is still around working to give us the rain, the sunshine and food for the just and the unjust. Is that not bountiful of grace bestowing ‘without strings attached’ upon ungrateful creatures like us? Unless and until you become a Christian, you will never appreciate and understand the true meaning of such precious gift that is unlike humans who usually give one another gifts with strings attached. Don’t you know that you are loved only because you love others first? And obviously that comes with strings attached because it’s according to Man’s standards, not God! But when we have sinned against God and do not deserve to be loved, yet God still loved us and sent Jesus to die for us and that’s with no strings attached because it’s according to God’s standard, not man! The only problem is, you still have to do your part to accept such precious gift and seriously change for good. Otherwise, it’s pointless and useless if God’s love and graciousness failed to trigger you to become remorseful enough to repent according to the gospel of Jesus.
The big difference between what God gave and continuing giving to humans and what humans give as earthly gifts to one another is totally the opposite. When it comes to God’s precious gift that is done out of grace, the value is so immeasurable that no one can repay it in any way except by obeying the gospel of Jesus and doing God’s will through sharing such blessings with others. Not only is it heavenly and eternal, but most important of all is, it cannot be counted while Man’s gift to one another is always calculative or ‘with strings attached’ as far as it goes. That’s why, whatever humans’ gift is, it will not last. That is also why, you can fall in love easily and fall out of love easily and quickly because there’s no graciousness in human’s love.
Unlike the most precious gift God had given us which is the forgiveness of our sins through the sacrifice of Jesus, we will never ever be able to give back to God even with our lives to break even. You know why? That’s because what God gave us is eternal life that no humans on earth have the power to give one another such divine gift! That is the reason I dared say other ways and man-made religions are absolutely irrelevant and waste of time. Yet, so sadly, there are still so many “humans” living without a heart and conscience and never ever appreciate the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ and much less, grateful for the most precious gift God gave us and that is Jesus. If ever there is the biggest mistake one would make in one’s life and worse, not realizing it is this one!
True Life Story of a Lizard
Perhaps if I shared a personal experience about a lizard, I believe it would have been something so unbelievable no one would ever have thought it as normal to happen. One morning more than half a year ago, in my daily routine preparing breakfast for my wife as well as her lunch break for her to take to work and eat during lunchtime, a naughty little household lizard suddenly dashed out from under a small utility rack and managed to bit off a piece of a sandwich roll of scrambled eggs left on the table for my wife before leaving for work. I was really caught off-guard as I never would have expected a household lizard could be as desperate as that, that it would not mind eating something which is not supposed to be found in its menu. Aren’t lizards supposedly eating insects only? So it left me with no choice but to throw the whole sandwich roll away because I didn’t think my wife would have the appetite to eat it and especially not when that naughty lizard had taken a bite first.
Since that incident right up until now, every morning it would standby and waiting under the utility rack trying to pull the same stunt. As I was afraid the minute I turned my back to get something, my wife would be left without her breakfast again. Because it became a nuisance, so now it also became my daily routine to make sure that naughty four-legged little creature had its share of the breakfast as well by handing out upfront tiny bits of bread and scrambled eggs right before its eyes. It also looks pretty much now that it has become my “pet” too, and it has never missed showing up in the morning for breakfast ever since.
Now what has a household lizard got to do with the ‘Amazing Grace of God?‘ Perhaps if we consider ourselves as the “lizard” in this story and a pretty “unbelievable” one though, we may from this day on really know and believe that we could do better than the “lizard” that benefited from its savage act because of grace. Humans at times are much like ‘savages’ who can become so merciless that we do not have a heart and conscience to spare even a thought for one another, let alone showering the much-needed grace upon one another. I could have gotten rid of that naughty lizard without thinking twice just the same as God could have abandoned us and left us to rot in hell without thinking twice. But thank goodness, the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ has saved the day! Has it saved you? It certainly has saved the lizard though.
That is why, as a Christian, I’m still mindful that I’m always at the mercy of God and because it is the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ that spared me from eternal damnation, so why should I not spare the naughty little lizard that was at my mercy? Isn’t God so amazing that anyone can become a Christian and be forgiven of all trespasses? All one needs to do is obey the gospel of Jesus. It is just that simple without all the religious jargon that only makes things worse! If I was spared because of the ‘Amazing Grace of God’, why not even little household creatures be spared of their trespasses too in the household of a Christian? So…
Who Are The Christians?
If you check the meaning of the word, Christian, in a dictionary, it does not give you the true meaning and definition as what you can learn from reading the New Testament and becoming one. Actually Christians are still as humans as anyone [Acts 14:8-20] else and not what one could regard them as super as the Superman. Even Superman is not infallible! However, what made them ‘super’ was because of their humility to stand corrected and be ‘born again’ as would be the case when anyone obeys the gospel of Jesus.
But what does ‘born again’ means? If you read in John 3:1-21 about the incidence of Nicodemus, you will understand that being ‘born again’ is to become a new creation before one can enter into the kingdom of God. The phrase, ‘born again’ was alluding to the struggle and courage of Christians who no longer are living in the ways of the world but according to the likeness of Christ by walking in all righteousness and without blemishes [Romans 8:3-5]. Apostle John called and addressed Christians as the ‘Children of God’ as recorded in 1 John 3: 1-2.
Since Christians are as much human beings as any other humans, of course they still can make mistakes that will cause them to sin against God. One such example was Ananias and Sapphira who succumbed to greed in Acts 5:1-11. The only thing that makes a Christian different is because they have a heart and conscience to wake up and realize they should rise above the naughty “lizard” and realize they badly needed to come clean and be corrected. What set them apart from non-Christians is when they acquired the humility and strength from Jesus to own up to their mistakes and wrongdoings which are the most important criteria to fulfill in the process of forgiveness that is based on the gospel of Jesus.
That’s why Christians always look towards Jesus for spiritual guidance to keep from sinning and falling away. Certainly they do so not by observing religious laws and rituals to look and feel good on the outside [1 Samuel 16:7]. Christianity is all about fighting sin, death and the devil from inside out that starts with the heart and conscience and the gospel of Jesus, not outside in that allows sin, death and the devil to destroy us eternally- Christians or not! They [Christians] do so with earnest and sincere prayers from the heart, not by heart or by burning incense, joss sticks and whatnot. You can only pray from the heart when you have the heart and conscience to repent first according to the gospel of Jesus. You can find God only when you look inside your heart and conscience. Otherwise, whatever else one does are all pointless and without any meanings at all.
Christians are those who have found out after hearing the gospel of Jesus that no one is as righteous as in being sinless and neither can they save themselves by good deeds alone. No matter how good they think they are because of whatever act of kindness they have shown, they cannot enter the kingdom of God without being ‘born again’. As such, it was essential and necessary to put right whatever wrongs or mistakes committed by repenting. But then again, you can’t repent if you don’t own up by confessing your sins, can you?
Because they [Christians] were sinners once who came to their senses that Jesus is the one and only possible means to save them, they accepted Him as Christ and Savior that led them to become humble Christians doing what is according to God’s will as as laid out in the Bible. They no longer follow in their own ways because they obviously knew by then that it could not save them in the end. They believe that it is by faith [2 Corinthians 5:7] that they are following Jesus who will lead them to become the ‘sons of God’ in the kingdom of heaven at the end when Jesus comes back again to resurrect them. In other words, they humbly and heartily accepted the most precious gift of God and that is the ‘Amazing Grace of God’. If you are still not a Christian, is it because you are not smart enough or humble enough to become one – or both?
Everyone likes to receive gifts. If you give a gift, naturally someone must become a receiver of the gift otherwise it becomes pointless and useless, isn’t it? But even if you have accepted the gift, does it always mean it will last forever? I’m afraid not necessary so if we’re talking about earthly things. It depends on whether the person is appreciative enough and good at cherishing gifts or not. If a gift is not cherished as you expected it to, then it is totally a lost cause. The gift will either become meaningless or perhaps just forgotten and so is the same with one’s salvation which is a precious gift from God. If you do not appreciate it and take the second chance of life for granted, then the task of staying saved in the sight of God will not last even if one is a Christian. If you always allow Christ to live in you and you in Him and obey God’s commandments to do His will, then you shall be saved but not otherwise.
Innocence of Christians
Many modern-day Christians got this wrong idea from their church preachers that once a person become saved by the gospel of Jesus, the person is always saved. Is that so? I’m afraid not! Just because a Samaritan has saved you from drowning once, does it mean you will never get drown again? Does it also mean there will always be a Samaritan around to save you from drowning again as if lightning always strikes twice? No, it can never be so coincidental, can it? So it is wrong to have such perception that all Christians “once saved, will always be saved.” Can you eat once and never need to eat again?
But on the contrary, it’s only true you can say that a person once dead, the person will always stay dead – literally of course! If you are a Christian, you should know it is obviously dangerous to misunderstand the true purpose of becoming a Christian and what “born again” means. You should know it does not mean you have to do the process [born again] over and over again each time you committed a sin and needed forgiveness. Jesus is always there to help you get back on your feet if you would only trust and believe in Him at all times and not sometimes only according to your whims and fancies.
However, if you are not a Christian but are now aware of this precept from reading this blog that Jesus had seriously taken the courageous step to suffer [Matthew 26:39] and sacrifice His life for you, don’t you think you should at least obey the gospel of Jesus to become a real human being again so that His death would not be in vain? What is there for you to lose in obeying the gospel of Jesus than having everything to lose for not obeying? It’s like you have better chances of winning a jackpot if you keep buying lottery tickets than not buying at all, isn’t it? Have you not ever thought of that? So why go on a path that leads to nowhere fast when you can now come back to walk on the correct path to become the ‘amazing-race’ of God that only the Amazing Grace of God can make it possible? That is even better than winning a lottery jackpot because it’s something so precious it cannot be bought with money just to try your luck at winning it.
So the only correct blueprint to follow and to become a true Christian would best be according to God’s will and plan in the Bible, not man-made “Bibles” [false doctrines] that are causing divisions and confusion among “Christians” instead. That is why, no true Christians should believe the “once saved, will always be saved” man-made ideology that cannot be substantiated with any of the Bible’s scriptures.
If Peter denied Christ thrice even in His presence, what more today would be the chances of Christians falling away without Christ [physically] in our presence? There’s no such thing as “always saved” proclaimed by Jesus in his teachings. The simple truth is, if you are not always in Christ by faith and doers of the Word, you will not always be saved and protected from the snares and temptation of the world. In fact, Jesus had have on many occasions reminded his disciples known as Christians now to be always on their toes to safeguard themselves from falling away in Hebrews 10:26-31.
Therefore, by subjecting to such “once saved, always saved” man-made doctrines, it will cost so-called Christians a heavy price to pay. Are you one of such “Christians” now? Also, on another separate matter, if you believe you’ve been added to a “church” that is not having Christ Jesus as the head of the church, or perhaps you did not baptize according to the scriptures in the Bible, this is serious. In other words, you seriously need to do something about it. However, it is still not too late to come back to the correct path that Jesus had shown us. It’s crucial that you come clean in the way you believe, respect and worship God according to His will and plan in the Bible, not man’s ways and doctrines!
If you’re failing to obey God on such simple and basic commandments depicted in the gospel of Jesus, how is it possible then to please and glorify God? Do not continue deliberately or ignorantly go against God’s will and plan even though as “Christian”, you believed that you have fully “understood” what Jesus said in Matthew 15: 8-9. Think again and seriously. Did you really understand fully and acted wisely according to the scriptures in the Bible?
No one can deny that anyone can easily “profess” oneself as a follower of Christ by being “baptized” and become a Christian. Even there are many version of baptism practiced not according to the Bible. Whether there’s good and genuine intention to become a true Christian or not, the underlying question still lies in the heart and conscience to go back to the true and basic teachings found in the Bible and not continue straying away from it especially when you know you already are.
As for anyone contemplating to become a Christian, it is always necessary to search one’s heart and conscience first, and ask this simple yet important question. Do you think that as a Christian, it is already good enough to prove yourself as being “saved” in the sight of God? The answer is “no!” This may sound like total contradiction with what’s written in the flyers entitled, “Will All Good People Be Saved”. It is not. You see, to become a Christian and living as one are two separate issues altogether. The same principle applies in the corporate world today that anyone can apply for a licence to do business, but can one guarantee everyone will do their business legally, truthfully and honestly? It’s the same when you pledge your allegiance to God. You cannot do it your way or any other humans’ ways, but only God’s way found in the Bible. Otherwise, you are better off not a Christian.
Disagree To Agree
It is a misconception just to think that all it takes to become saved is by becoming a Christian and that’s it. “No, that is not it!” If it is this simple, don’t you think it would be taken advantage of and easily abused by those with vested interest? Don’t you think it’d be pretty easy for the evil ones to go on a killing spree and then become Christians to become “saved” and get away scot-free and vice-versa? That’s the reason Jesus made it very clear to those following him by reiterating the most profound advice ever spoken in Matthew 7:21.
God knows the hearts of man [Genesis 6:5]. He won’t get fooled as easily as man fooling themselves and others. In other words, if you become a “Christian” for all the wrong reasons and not according to God’s will and plan, you won’t last long enough to come to your “church” and stand in the Lord’s “presence” every Sunday “worshiping” Him. Why? Because when you found yourself not completely surrendering and fully submitting to Him according to His will and plan, and if that makes you still not right with Him, your guilty conscience will tear you apart inside so bad that your presence in the “church” becomes inconsistent and inconspicuous and that’s why!
So it does not necessarily mean large crowd in church services will please God. It is exactly the same thing happening in the case of Jesus that He already knew when He fed a big crowd of 5,000 that turned up only to have their fill, but did not seriously have the heart to believe and follow Him. You would be awfully wrong to think that “once saved, you are always saved” and it’s even worse to think that worshiping in any other church denominations is okay. Seriously, what’s okay to you does not necessary mean it is okay to God! You cannot decide for God that it is okay with man-made doctrines and their ways, can you? You only need to obey, follow and do everything according to God’s will and plan as outlined in the Bible. Is that so difficult?
God does not look on “big crowd” of worshipers in churches not built by Christ, but only on the quality of worshipers based solely on the heart and conscience of true Christians who are worshiping God according to His will and plan, not man because humans are always an easy target for the Deceiver to wreak havoc and confusion even in Christendom! That’s why there are so many denominations that it is seriously not okay to “worship” God at any churches of your choice if you truly understood God’s language in 1 Corinthians 1:10-17! Do you anyway?
True enough, what Jesus said in Mark 14:27 is happening to the Church that Jesus built upon this rock [Peter] that have now become so scattered with divisions and denominations straying away from the first century church started by the apostles in AD 33. It’s really long overdue for all the denominational churches to seriously repent and come back to the one and only correct path to honor and respect Jesus, not man, as the only head of the churches of Christ worldwide.
Jesus The Only Way
Until today, many people still think “other” religions are just as good as Christianity that would still lead to the one and only God. Is that so? If it is, then why was there a need for Jesus to come down from heaven as a sacrificial lamb to suffer and atone for the sins of mankind? Why was there a need too, to have the New Testament taking into accounts of the prophecies of the Messiah from the Old Testament to be fulfilled?
Sin is such a terrifying thing that it would lead to the death of everyone. So, on such account, how do you substantiate your “religion” as another way to God? Does your “religion” address the priority issue of the sins of mankind and reconciliation with God? If so, do you have legitimate proof to support God’s endorsement with what you claimed and what is the solution [if any] for sin in your religion? Do you know of any important “figure” from your religion known to have the “divine” power to save you from facing eternal death because of sin? Who could bear witness of such claims?
People can always “claim” anything or whatever “ways” or “religions” that could also lead to God. People also can claim “my God is better than your God”, and so they will tell other people, “don’t use my God’s name without official “permission” from my God because you do not belong to my race and religion”. But then again, what if there’s a book called the Bible tells you correctly about who God really is? It tells you that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is not just the God of one race only but the God of all races. It tells you that Jesus is the one and only solution for your sin, death, and the devils, but because your religion tells you otherwise, can you then say something is very “wrong” with the Bible which is the Word of God, and not your religion? Are you not badly confused and lost? But who or what caused all the confusion? Is it God, man, religion, or the Satan? Surely, you are smart enough to tell by now, are you not?
Supposing a poisonous snake bit you, can you still say you don’t need to administer the correct antidote and still be fine and dandy by just “praying” or doing something irrelevant like burning some joss-sticks or incense? Supposing the poisonous snake was the Satan and the poison was religion that got into your blood-streams, what kind of help do you think will save or not save you? Do you think you will be looking for God’s help or humans’ help?
Let this be clear once and for all. No one in our humans’ capacity can atone for one’s own sin and neither can you live if you failed to administer the correct and divine antidote for the poisonous bite of the Satan. Can you save yourself when you’re drowning? “You can’t!” Definitely you need someone to save you like perhaps, a Good Samaritan or something, right? So in this case if you’re drowning in your own sin, you definitely need someone like Jesus who is the only one divinely qualified as the Good Samaritan to save you. And He did it unconditionally as He had sacrificed Himself and died on the cross for you all because of the ‘Amazing Grace of God’.
Why is it so difficult for people to understand and accept such an easy and simple theology? Do you have to become a religious scholar or archaeologist to go here and there to dig for proof and whatnot before you would believe in the ‘Amazing Grace of God‘?
The Christian Race
Christianity is as simple and easy as ABC but only made complicated by man’s ways and doctrines. There is no religious law such as the “apostasy” act to bind you from renouncing your faith. It’s all about whether or not you let your heart and conscience be your guide. One thing for sure though – it is not like other religions that would be measured by what “good” you done or doing outwardly that is pleasing in the eyes of man, or how “faithfully” you observed all religious laws and rituals to do this and that. You see, there are no strings attached in becoming a Christian because it is not like a commodity that you pay and then only get something back in return which is exactly what most conventional religions are like.
As an example, you can see such things happening if you go to Chinese or Indian temples. You can see those so-called devotees looking so seriously devoted in “prayers” with joss sticks and prayers paraphernalia they paid for. However, don’t be so surprised if you found out that they were actually praying very hard to idols for lucky numbers to win lottery jackpots only and not for the wellness of their souls. They are seen racing for what is in this world and not for what is in the next world that Christians are racing in this world for.
As humans and sinners, we are absolutely NOT in any kind of position to bargain with God as in buying and selling. Christians are “the called out” of this world to become the ‘sons of God’ in the kingdom of heaven, a ‘world’ that cannot be bought or win with money, yet God is offering it free to those who would obey the gospel of Jesus because of sin that contaminated this world.
Still, many people “thought”, or have this “costly assumption” that if they donated “tons of money” to charities they could very well secure a place in heaven with or without the forgiveness from God through the proper channel. Wow! Just imagine how powerful money is, that even God has to stand aside and let you in if that was the case. But was it? What if you have no money to “donate” to charities to do good, does that mean no money, no heaven? What happens to the poor then? Destined to go to hell only? But how come a poor man like Lazarus could enter the kingdom of heaven when the rich man got fried “so good” in hell in the story told in Luke 16: 19-31?
Am I not right to say then that people still don’t think they need to become saved by the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ whether with money or without money? If so, no wonder humanity is so messed up because a place called Hell practically breaks loose every day for people to enter so freely! So do you agree to disagree or disagree to agree?
Christianity is entirely about your personal relationship with your Creator through your apprehension and obedience of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is about how God’s love and graciousness that could or could not break down the wall inside you and touch your heart so good enough to bring you down on your knees to humbly come before Jesus in repentance and ask for the forgiveness of your sins. Until such ‘reckoning’ is happening to you or anyone, you really can say bye-bye to the “tons of money” donated to charities or the “good” that you done because doing these things alone cannot wash away your sins and neither can these earthly things help you to secure a place in heaven. In other words, if your heart is not right with God in the first place, whatever else you do comes to nothing! Do you follow?
It’s only when the love and sacrifice of Jesus broke your heart, shaken and having stirred up your conscience so bad that it made you wake up finally realizing you actually deserved to die eternally but Jesus took your place instead and died for you so that you can live spiritually on earth and eternally hereafter. Now if you, or anyone who is still flesh and blood could not comprehend such an ‘Amazing Grace of God’ that was unconditionally bestowed upon mankind with the greatest love story and sacrifice ever told in Jesus’ death and resurrection, then becoming a Christian is certainly out of the question for you or anyone who cannot even tell what’s the meaning of GRACE, let alone the ‘Amazing Grace of God’.
Christianity is about showing a good example of the good side of humans [godliness] to live as real human beings to become perfect like Jesus whom even demons were scared of. And that is also including do-good with acts of kindness of course, but only when you have set your priorities right first! Because sin caused humans to behave and act like they’re being “demons-possessed”, humans have become erroneously lost like a flock of sheep without the shepherd. Although humans’ oddity and foolishness saddened God so bad but because He loved us, He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus to rescue us and bring us back to the correct path to avoid all the serious consequences of our folly end of the day.
So, to rescue and save others became the trademark of Christianity that Jesus had shown us as an example by sacrificing Himself to rescue and save us. This is what Christianity is all about – to do the same to others what Jesus had done for us. It is about doing what others would not do like loving your enemies and do-good to those who hate and despise you without expecting any good favors in return. However, it’s exactly the opposite with all the conventional religions and that is, if you are smart enough to notice.
Here’s how it works with conventional religion. It is nothing different from doing business of buying and selling. It’s all about how much of “donation” you can contribute to temples and charities, therefore it’s about how much luck, wealth or how much of “paradise” you can get back in return. Am I not right to say so? This is said not out of disrespect for religion, but out of deep concern for such lost souls who have strayed from the one and true Almighty God because they are really caught in the satanic web of false teachings [religions] without even knowing it. Only true Christians can lead them back to the correct path of God by showing them the truth, the way, and the life [John 14:6] which is the only hope of salvation for all mankind.
The biggest problem about Christianity is that it is literally being misunderstood and seen as showing “weakness” if it means having to go down on your knees to beg for forgiveness and having to turn the other cheek when slapped, so on and so forth. Based on such principles of Jesus’ teachings of the ‘sermon on the mount’ in Matthew chapter 5, that Christians should follow, it is not surprising then that people are saying Christians are being disillusioned and worse, deranged for trying to preach and practice something that is not possible like how to love your enemies when not even all Christians can love one another in the first place? If they did love one another as Christ loved them, they wouldn’t have become so divided with so many denominations, would they?
So is it not possible to do exactly what Jesus taught? If you are not a true Christian, of course it is impossible! However, if you are a true Christian, it is absolutely possible because God promised those who come to Him through Jesus Christ will have eternal life even if they got persecuted or killed for doing what’s impossible with not just the commandment to love your enemies, but also to rescue your Christian brothers and sisters from being misled by false teachings and doctrines not according to the gospel of Jesus.
If you are a true Christian, you will not be afraid to make a stance by telling other “Christians” about the serious consequences of falling away from the teachings of Jesus. Don’t you know you are an impostor if you have professed to be a “Christian” who believed in Jesus, yet turned around to betray Him in words and deeds that are contradictory to His teachings and worse, not even respecting Him as the head of the church by using other denomination names? Don’t you think this is serious and no laughing matter?
Yes, all Christians can be united and come back to love one another by honoring and obeying what Jesus taught with the ‘sermon on the mount’ and not be divided with all kinds of denominations not authorized by Jesus. If all Christians can’t understand and do such simple things Jesus taught and commanded, then they only have proven themselves as not true Christians according to the Word of God.
The Israel-Palestine Conflict
Do you think Jesus is a nutcase teaching people to love their enemies? Is it really possible to love your enemy? Have you really tried it before and proven what Jesus taught is not possible and practical? Have you tried loving and show kindness to the unkind and got killed? Even if you got killed for doing what Jesus taught you as a Christian, did you not know that whoever killed you only made you become a martyr and got you an express ticket to heaven and them to hell? If you died a martyr like Jesus to save others and not like what those religious terrorists did to kill others – that’s the quickest and surest way to heaven.
Still, the question remains unanswered. Why is it that people whether Christians or not are not living up to Jesus’ teachings to love one’s enemy? Is it really impossible to love your enemy? If so, how to love your enemy then? Everyone knows it is so impossible and out of the question if you are at odds with one another especially like in the case of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Naturally, it is so easy for those of the same religion to send humanitarian aid to the Palestinians in cash and kind as can be evidently seen and reported in the news. What about those who are Christians having read the “impossible” in Proverbs 25:21-22? Will they follow and do likewise or not? Why not?
If you look at the present situation of those “innocent” Palestinians that are caught in untold sufferings of a long-standing conflict that is in so many ways satanic, even Christians from all over the world would want to lend a helping hand in whatever ways possible. To the true Christians, it is no longer a question of race or religion because the beauty of Christianity is about graciousness and mercy. Christ has shown the Christians that the only common enemy to fight is the Satan, not humans. That’s why Christ did not suffer and died for one race only but that His death and resurrection will bring all races in the world to become the only ‘amazing-race’ of God by showing love and compassion to all regardless of race and religion. So should Christians do likewise or not? Why not?
For those Christians who could afford to donate in cash and kind to help because of Jesus’ teachings to love your enemy in Matthew 5:43-48, it would not have posed any problems to them. But for those like me who could not afford to donate in cash but only in kind to help, what can I really do to obey the teachings of Christ to help? Of course, there is nothing much I can do but I have also learned from Jesus that I can take it to Him in prayers and trust Him that He will show me a way to help.
So that’s what I did. Here’s the help that I believe Jesus showed me. It is the kind of ‘self-help’ that the people in the Palestine needed to take to change their course of destiny if they really want to have peace of mind once and for all. They need to turn to Jesus who can help them become the ‘miracles of hope’ by setting themselves free from the present satanic conflict. To do that, the only choice left for them is to follow….
The Only Good Example That Can Save
Perhaps, if put yourself in the shoes of Jesus, you could probably see a better picture of a ‘world’ that Jesus envisioned will help humans from being unkind to one another or kill one another over religious or territorial disputes and whatnot to a heavenly diaspora where all races transform themselves to live in His kingdom peacefully and happily ever after as Christians who are the one and only ‘amazing-race’ of God.
When you take the initiative to show kindness not only to those you love and close to, but especially to those you hated so much as in the case of the Israel-Palestine conflict that firing rockets on each other has almost become the order of the day, don’t you think you’ll be making God so proud of you that He was and is still right to have created humans of many races? What is so difficult then, for all races to obey a simple commandment of God is to obey the gospel of Jesus to begin with?
Isaac and Abimelech
Apparently, I suppose if anyone who knows about the Israel-Palestine long-standing issue will agree that there has never been a chance to see the “light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel” when both are only busily embroiled in making “human-burgers” out of each other. No matter what methods or ways that international agencies or organizations are trying their utmost best to bring about a closure to the situation, the conflict will show no sign of abating even until D-Day. Why? That’s because the wounds run deep and no humans in whatever capacity can heal such wounds that have been left unattended by one possibility that could bring about a closure. You are about to find out what that one possibility is!
You can actually read about such old wounds in the book of Genesis chapter 26 in the Old Testament. It was the Israel-Palestine first ever recorded conflict as far back as the time of Isaac whose father was Abraham. It all started because of a famine when God directed Issac to move to a place called Gerar which was the land of the Philistines and the king was known as Abimelech at that time.
To cut the story short, on one occasion, Abimelech got pretty pissed when he found out that Isaac lied to him that his [Isaac] wife, Rebekah was his “sister”. Isaac lied because he feared for his life. He was afraid that he might be killed if the people of the Philistines knew he’s a married person and moreover, his wife was beautiful. You know, it’s kind of crazy that in those days, anyone, even kings could kill you or get you killed one way or another just to take your wife as his or theirs.
One obvious example was King David. Because he made someone’s wife by the name of Bathsheba pregnant, he devised a plan with Joab, his army commander, for Bathsheba’s husband, Uriah to get killed in the front line of the fiercest battle so that he could make her become his wife. Of course, this did not go down well with God because King David had sinned against God for committing adultery and murder. Following that, God dealt with him by sending a messenger [prophet] by the name of Nathan to reprimand him.
Sure enough, even King David did not go unpunished for his wrongdoings. What happened later you can read about it in 2 Samuel chapters 11 & 12. This only goes to show that God is always treating everyone fairly regardless of race and status. We brought punishment upon ourselves because of our inabilities to have a heart and conscience to obey God and thus such failures led us to commit sin against God. Can we blame God and not ourselves?
After having discovered Isaac lied to him, King Abimelech was angry initially but later he spared Isaac by giving him and his wife a second chance to continue living in the land of the Philistines and gave the orders that no one touches them or be put to death. But later things began to take a turn for the worse. As usual and as a Jew being smart and industrious, Isaac started becoming prosperous and rich, and that evidently also made him became the target of envy as this became a threat to the livelihood of the Philistines too, so King Abimelech told him [Isaac] to move “out-of-town” as indicated in Genesis 26:12-16 to avoid any untoward incidents that may arise.
The one and only good thing that came out of this conflict was that King Abimelech perhaps later realized that the Lord [God] was on the side of Isaac and blessing him. So he probably thought it was better to make friend than become enemy with Isaac and hence wanted to make a peace treaty that did both side no harm.
That is the reason I see there is only one possibility here that makes sense in the long-standing Israel-Palestine issue. Although it pretty much would not look promising at the outset, it is however, not impossible to consider such option to end the conflict once and for all. You see, if only the Palestinians are willing to open up their hearts and minds like King Abimelech and only humbly obey a simple commandment of God who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by obeying the gospel of Jesus to become Christians, it will certainly do them no harm as what King Abimelech also wanted in Genesis 26:28-29.
Now, if they [Palestinians] so much believed this God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as their “Allah” [just another name only in their language] they should have no problem believing it was the same God [Allah] that sent His only begotten Son, Jesus to atone for the sins of mankind and anyone believing and obeying Him will have eternal life. Isn’t this one possibility that can save the day as it did with Isaac and Abimelech in those days? Although the circumstances then and now are somewhat different but it’s the same principle and approach that matters, isn’t it?
Surely you will question if such possibility could help to defuse the conflict, or perhaps even finally bring about a closure to an almost century old wounds both side of the divide have suffered for no good reason at all because of the Islam religion of the Palestinians, right? However, let’s not forget that with God, everything is possible and so is solving this conflict!
First of all, they’ve got to really really trust God on this like the way King Abimelech did in Genesis 26:26-28. So in what is now called a ‘truce’ that is opening up an avenue for the peace process to take place, it’s crucial then that either side take a step back and give way, right? Why not then, the Palestinians take the initiative like King Abimelech did, by taking another important step further as the conceding party under the banner of peacemakers in Matthew 5:9?
In order for them to amazingly break free from the satanic chains binding them now, they must be ready to let the rest of the Muslim communities to amusingly see this as eating “humble pie” because doing so will have defeated the Satan who was the biggest culprit in putting them in chains in the 1st place because of pride that led to the present conflict with Israel whose powerful ally is America.
You see, it’s all about adopting [copying] the humility and love of Jesus that saves lives and not killing that disrupts the peace process and ending up still in the chains of the Satan. After all, I see no point for the Hamas trying to make “human burgers” out of the Israelis when it backfired most of the time with making even more “human burgers” out of the innocent civilians in the Palestine instead. This is where the vicious trap of the Satan that lies undetected and had ensnared not only the Muslims but everyone in every civilization since time immemorial. This will go on forever in the conflict with unnecessary loss of lives.
What’s the point of living under such displaced circumstances all the time? Isn’t it time for the Palestinians to follow the wise decision of their ancestor King Abimelech? Likewise, isn’t it time for the ‘children of Israel’ to come back to God by obeying the gospel of Jesus and help the Palestinians to become the ‘sons of God’ too in the kingdom of heaven? It’s time to bring back the days of Isaac and Abimelech to bring the conflict to a closure. We all do not live on this earth forever for goodness sake! So why fight one another till kingdom come?
For the Palestinian people to stop further bloodshed on their own people, what I see that will bring hope for a permanent state for the sake of the Palestine people is to commit the so-called but much-needed apostasy act that their “religion” forbids and become Christians by obeying the gospel of Jesus according to the one and only Almighty God’s will and plan which is the one and only solution after all – not just for the Palestinians and Israelis but for everybody in the world as well. Whether it is so much the only way out or not for the Palestinians that needed rescue and be saved from the conflict, it’s not hard for anyone to believe that America will have to think twice to rally behind Israel as their ally if Israel really consider air and ground assault on the Palestine “now” full of Jesus’ disciples called Christians.
As a matter of fact, I believe even the Zionist will think twice if ever America [God-fearing people] turn around and stand on the Palestine side in protest against such military assault on the Palestinian “Christians” and this, of course, if the suggestion fell through and taken seriously. But the question is: Will the Palestinians be smart and humble enough like King Abimelech or perhaps even like Dr Anis Shorrosh who became liberated as a Christian and spared the conflict as well as eternal damnation because of sin, death and the devil?
Are they not sick and tired of seeing their loved ones and friends becoming the biggest “human burgers” factory on earth and breaking the Guinness Book of Record because of the inevitable and unsolvable conflict? Honestly, if I were the Palestinians, I would do the right thing. Yes man, I would rather obey God to become a Christian and not the ways of man and religion that probably what caused those Hamas hardliners fueling the conflict further with no end to it.
Although the conflict started because of territorial dispute and not because of religion, but if the Palestinians were smart enough to see the only possible solution to end the conflict was to go for the one and only solution and that is to abandon their “religion” and then accept Jesus as Christ and Savior, and trust me, if they were willing to become Christians, this would have amazingly helped them to kill two birds with one stone.
If King David when as an Israelite kid, “small” but smart and brave enough then to kill the giant Goliath of the Philistine [now Palestine] with one stone, surely the Palestinians now should have no problem ‘copying’ the same tactic to become like King David, “small” enough to humble themselves and lowly accept Jesus who is no smaller than King David in the spiritual sense, first, to end the conflict by becoming Christians, and second as Christians to kill the curse which is sin, death and the devil that their religion Islam has no divine power to do so, thus killing two birds with one stone by obeying the gospel of Jesus! So simple only, isn’t it?
Isn’t that one hell of a happy ever after ending for all? Since their religion Islam is ‘copied’ from the Old Testament laws and traditions of the Jews as in Judaism, they [Palestinians] might as well embrace Jesus Christ who is the Savior of all, not to the Jews only! All in all, Jesus’ death and resurrection has really saved the day for everyone [John 11:49-52] provided they see and believe the scriptures in John 14:6 that will lead them to obey the gospel of Jesus.
“O hear ye, o people of Israel and the Palestine, it’s time to wake up to see the light in Jesus!” Wake up now!
When the Zionist starts seeing the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ working on their enemies who have had amazingly become a great nation of Christians and as followers of Jesus Christ, one can’t help but wonder if America that always cherish the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ will still stand idly by with folded arms, watching their ally Israel trying to make “human-burgers” out of their Christian brothers and sisters in the Palestine. But then again, the question is: Will the Palestinians be smart enough and so brave to renounce their religion? I don’t think so, but I hope they are not as ‘stiff-necked’ (ngan kein) as the Jews too. And for the sake of their physical and spiritual well-being, hopefully they will realize that only Jesus can help them to kill two birds with one stone together with the ‘Amazing Grace of God’!
So, no one should underestimate the power of what the ‘Amazing Grace of God’ can do to the heart and conscience of humans. You only do so at your own peril!