Forgiveness of Sins!
As life would have its way around to test us one way or another as it did to the rich young man who FAILED to follow Jesus, so, it’s the case of either one might fail the test that could make one’s life miserable. If based on Man’s standards, that’s how anyone knows where one stands in this materialistic world!
Or, one might pass the test with flying colors that could save one’s life, and that means NOT only in this life but also in the next life where no one can see with their eyes because one can only ‘feel’ it by believing in the power of having FAITH in God’s promise of eternal life! Surely, that’s how anyone knows whether one is doing the right thing to OBEY God rather than men, or otherwise!
But if any one of those antiChrist and non-Christians would be tested by God, this is how one will know whether one is still under the bondage of the Satan as one of his ‘slaves to sin’ or not. This is especially so in the case of the rich young man who FAILED to follow Jesus because of not wanting to give up all his riches that corrupted him from inside out.
If this was one of the IMPOSSIBLE things even for the rich young man to do nearly two thousand years ago for Jesus to forgive his sins on the spot, how is it possible then for any rich man today to conquer such an IMPOSSIBLE task, especially when it is no longer possible for Jesus to forgive any rich man’s sins on the spot since He is no longer around in flesh and blood to do so.
It’s no wonder Jesus reminded His disciples in Matthew 13:9-23 how lucky they were in their lifetime that they could see with their eyes and hear with their ears what others righteous men only longed for! According to John 20:24-29, even more lucky was Thomas because even with eyes to ‘see’, still, He doubted Jesus who came back from the dead when others in the future like this writer is always longing to see, yet cannot ‘see’ Jesus in person but could only dream of!
So who says ‘nothing is impossible’ for humans? On the contrary, there are so many things that are IMPOSSIBLE for humans to conquer such as raising a person from the dead, make a blind person see again, or walk on water on a rough sea, and NOT on a swimming pool as most magicians do!
What humans can only possibly do when it comes to the NO: 1 MISSION IMPOSSIBLE task especially for those 1.7 billion or more Muslims, is to do what’s right to OBEY God rather than men according to Acts 5:29-32 that should lead them back on the correct path to God by obeying the Gospel of Jesus according to Acts 2:38 with no questions asked to become ‘sons of God’ or ‘children of God’ in the kingdom of heaven! But too bad, “who can understand it”? Can they? Can you?
When it comes to the issue of God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’, most important of all is to FIRST come clean and REPENT to stand CORRECTED according to Acts 2;38 before the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus. However, those antiChrist and non-Christians still do not understand why it is a MISSION IMPOSSIBLE task for sinful humans like them to “forgive” sins even among themselves when they have yet got themselves redeemed through the proper channel!
So why? Ask yourself this question and you will surely know the answer on the spot! Yes, how can you, if you are a “thief”, tell others not to steal when you have yet REPENTED from such a sin yourself based on Man’s standards, let alone God’s? It’s only after you got caught in the act, convicted of the crime in the court of law, and having had served time in jail as a punishment for having committed sin as a “thief”, then and only then you shall be qualified to tell others not to become a thief. Is that right or not?
That’s why, if based on God’s standard, it is even all the more IMPOSSIBLE for God to forgive you of your sins when you, as a SINNER, you have yet REPENTED from your sins before God who provided you a Mediator [Jesus] to do so! If that is the case, then how the devil is it possible for you to have the much-needed ‘authority’ from God to forgive others?
In that case, then, you should have known better that what humans must FIRST do is get their priorities right! One cannot even talk about “forgiving” each other when one has yet seek the much-needed ‘forgiveness of sins’ from the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus!
No one can go by the corrupted “ways of men” via man-made religions to seek ‘forgiveness of sins’ but only from God through His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth who is the Mediator which is why Jesus always used parables to make it easier for people to understand based on what he testified in Matthew 13:9-17!
One thing for sure is, only Jesus of Nazareth who walked the earth as the Son of Man, is the one and only “mere” human being given the divine power from above to have had made all the MISSION IMPOSSIBLE tasks possible so much so NO other “mere” human beings including even magicians could ever do so in their lifetime on earth especially when it comes to the serious issue of raising someone from the dead that has to do with God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’!
It’s no wonder Jesus could make such a powerful impact on our salvation because of what He said in Matthew 19:26! And it only goes to prove that it’s His Father in heaven who 100% endorsed and authorized Him with the divine power to showcase that only He, as Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of Man, can save our sorry butts from the curse of sin, death, and the devil!
Apparently, this also means one thing: NO human beings born in flesh and blood as SINNERS according to Romans 3:23 shall ever have hope of salvation to set themselves free from the bondage of the Satan as ‘slaves to sin’, let alone have their sins “forgiven” via man-made religions such as Islam that CANNOT and WILL NOT ever in this lifetime solve the problem of SIN till kingdom come but can only so much as to beat about the bush to make it as their favourite waste of time!
So that leaves only one last man standing who can forgive sins: Jesus of Nazareth!
If it was not because of God’s graciousness and mercy shown through His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth given the divine power to forgive sins so that He can save our sorry butts from the curse of sin, death, and the devil, we humans surely would have gotten 100% certified to go on the road to hell with no respite!
Based on God’s standard – if the rich young man had FAITH and did exactly what Jesus told him that could have amazed Jesus on the spot to also forgive him of his sins on the spot, and even though knowing for sure he would become penniless, still, he did not need to worry about having NO MONEY to buy food to eat!
Why? If only he had demonstrated the power of having taken a big leap of FAITH that amazed Jesus on the spot, and showed he did what’s right to OBEY God by following Him [Jesus], surely Jesus would have acknowledged him back in Matthew 10:29-33, and would have made sure he’s taken care of along with other disciples who had NOTHING left on them except one thing called FAITH!
Surely, the rich young man should have known better that he won’t die of starvation, especially when he must have probably saw Jesus performed miracles before to know He’s a man of God! If not, then there was no good and valid reason at all for him to be so eager to meet Jesus and asked how he could be saved! Is that not right?
But if he ever heard or perhaps, already knew that Jesus could fast 40 days and came out of the wilderness unscathed and still breathing as a “mere” human being, why then did he still not have FAITH in following Jesus? Jesus had even on one occasion rebuked one of His beloved disciples, Peter of having little FAITH, saying “why did you doubt” in Matthew 14:25-33!
Oh yes, why do people especially those antiChrist and non-Christians especially Muslims today, still doubt who Jesus was and still is?
Undoubtedly, Jesus did not even need to tell the rich young man why it was the biggest mistake he had ever made in his lifetime for having FAILED unbelievably to BELIEVE who He was, and so FAILED to follow Him!
If Jesus did so, it would have made Him looked and sounded arrogant and not befitting a man of God who knows what FAITH is! If based on God’s standard, by right, those antiChrist and non-Christians, especially Muslims today, too NEED NOT be told point-blank they are making the same biggest mistake ever to keep snubbing and rejecting Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior because that’s exactly what the Word of God, the Holy BIble tells us so in John 11:25-26!
Why? Because it’s not only God [Yahweh] himself testified who Jesus was in Mark 1:9-11! There were others on many occasions who also testified Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God such as John the Baptist in John 1:34, and even little known Nathanael in John 1:49 as well as the centurion who pierced Jesus’ side to make ‘double-dead’ sure He was dead in Matthew 27:54! And not forgetting even demons in Matthew 8:29!
The only most baffling thing ever to happen in the history of mankind is Muslims who, having professed themselves as “men of God”, and always “revered” Jesus as a “prophet of Islam”, are still having problems understanding a word the Bible says about who Jesus was in the New Testament! One can help but wonder if they were aware of the ugly and contradicting side of Islam that actually got them so LOST and CONFUSED until today!
Even if Jesus comes back again like He did before, this writer can safely thump on his chest and guarantee there’s still NO rich man on earth who will ever “believe” in the power of demonstrating the big leap of FAITH to amaze Jesus to the point of giving up one’s riches and follow Him with no questions asked!
Why? Because FIRST, it’s not only WAY TOO LATE! What’s more, it’s an absolute IMPOSSIBLE thing for any rich man to do! In fact, NOT even rich Arab Muslims can, especially when they keep snubbing and rejecting Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior!
Moreover, even going by the corrupted “ways of men” to “do-good” with “acts of kindness”, they still CANNOT ever hope to have their sins forgiven because such an unprecedented opportunity to be saved by Jesus who can forgive anyone’s sins on the spot had already gone stale as proven by the rich young rich man two thousand years ago who FAILED awfully to grab such an unprecedented opportunity to amaze Jesus on the spot with a big leap of FAITH when he asked Jesus what he could do to be saved!
Because of his absolute FAILURE to believe in the words of Jesus, so understandably, it’s a 100% MISSION IMPOSSIBLE task even for the rich ones today to conquer!
On top of that, NO corrupted “ways of men” to “do-good” with “acts of kindness” especially if based on a “win-win” situation, can ever solve the problem of SIN because FIRST, Jesus is no longer around to forgive anyone’s sins on the spot like He did even at the last-minute of His crucifixion nearing death.
Yet, at that crucial moment in fulfilling His Father’s promise of eternal life under the New Covenant, He still could SAVE one of the criminals crucified along with Him as recorded in Luke 23:29-43! And it’s only because that particular criminal was so smart and HUMBLE enough to admit he was a SINNER before Jesus and knew he badly needed forgiveness of his sins, and he saw Jesus as the one and only proper channel to do so! That’s why his FAITH saved him even though he faced his earthly punishment to die as a criminal crucified on the cross together with Jesus who was NOT even a criminal to begin with!
Even then, Jesus was only wrongly accused as a “criminal”! And yet, He told His Father in heaven to forgive them for they know not what they do according to Luke 23:34! And that’s only because Jesus knew it was the work of the devil to get Him crucified so that those antiChrist and non-Christians will always be deceived by the devil to snub and reject Him [Jesus] as the Son of God who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior!
And so ever unfortunately sad to say is, even people today who are “law-abiding citizens” and perhaps, never ever committed any serious crimes to end up on death row, yet, they are NOT smart and HUMBLE enough like one of the criminals at the crucifixion to come to terms with what the Word of God, the Holy Bible said in Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23, and admit they too, needed badly ‘forgiveness of sins’ from God through His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth as the Mediator!
Second, only Jesus as a “mere” human being in the history of mankind was 100% given the divine power from above to prove God sent Him to atone for the sins of mankind based on what Jesus himself testified in John 6:38-40!
Third, even when He is no longer around in flesh and blood, still His legacy lives on in the hearts of those born again Christians who still believe He is the only begotten Son of God who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior! But amusingly, “who can understand it”? Can those antiChrist and non-Christians, especially Muslims? Can you?
Based on God’s standard and what Jesus fulfilled under the New Covenant, any ‘forgiveness of sin’ is only possible if done by obeying the Gospel of Jesus according to Acts 2:38!
Really, if you can ‘see’ the big contrast here between the “Muslim Jesus” of Islam and God’s only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth of the Bible, you surely DO NOT waste time to go by the corrupted “ways of men” via man-made religions especially Islam to seek God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’ by kissing the black stone of Kaaba in Mecca simply because it’s an absolute MISSION IMPOSSIBLE thing to happen in the sight of the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus!
No can do! When those antiChrist and non-Christians especially Muslims can’t STOP going by the corrupted “ways of men” via man-made religions such as Islam that is always abusing God’s name by shouting “Allahuahkber” [God Is Great] for NO GOOD reason and NO GOOD purpose, and even worse than that is using Jesus’ name in vain by hypocritically “revering” Him as a “prophet of Islam”, but keep snubbing and rejecting Him as the Son of God who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior, what makes you, as a LOST and CONFUSED “Muslim”, think such human’s insolence still rearing its ugly head is acceptable – if you are in God’s shoes?
Yes, evidently it’s even worse than you can ever imagine if you so much as clamored to be a “Muslim” to do your yearly pilgrimage haj in Mecca just to ‘kiss’ the black stone of Kaaba that is certainly NO BIG DEAL at all because it’s only a meteorite stone that fell from the sky during your “beloved” but promiscuous prophet’s time!
But have you asked yourself how can a piece of dead and cold ‘stone’ absolve the sins of anyone born in flesh and warm blood? It DOES NOT make sense, does it? In fact, it’s the most hilarious thing one, whether as a Christian or not, would have ever heard of when it comes to seeking God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’ made POSSIBLE by the ‘Blood of Jesus’ shed on the cross!
One may even come home sick for having caught any virus of some kind because of so many Muslims who went there to ‘kiss’ the same black stone for “forgiveness of sins” that is something so completely IRRELEVANT in the FIRST place, especially in the sight of the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus!
Surely, such an unhygienic ritual would somehow have contaminated the stone to pass all the germs around! So for goodness sake, why bluff yourself silly by doing something so silly and worse, IRRELEVANT in seeking God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’? Is the black stone “more” powerful to “forgive sins” than the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus to atone for the sins of mankind?
Even if based on Man’s standards, understandably, when it comes to solving the problem of SIN that is something so serious that even God had “no choice” but sent His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth to nullify it by shedding His precious blood to atone for the sins of mankind; what makes those antiChrist and non-Christians think any ordinary Joe has the “divine” power from above to “forgive sins” of one another like as though Jesus of Nazareth had never ever existed for that significant purpose?
When those ancient Pharisees Jews were so burning mad at Jesus because He claimed He could forgive sins so much so they not only started questioning Him but even plotted to kill Him, and they did! This alone has already so evidently proved that Jesus must have gotten endorsed and authorized from above to forgive sins! If not, how the devil could He, as an “ordinary Joe” and as a “sinner” in the eyes of those Pharisees Jews, DARED to claim He has the divine power to forgive sins, and especially so daring enough to claim He was the Son of God in front of those self-righteous Pharisees Jews?
Obviously, what they did not know nor ever believed who Jesus was, is because Jesus even as a “mere” human being was NO “ordinary Joe” when He walked the earth to do His Father’s will!
Sure enough, that was the reason those ancient Pharisees Jews got the shock of their lives when Jesus even as a “mere” ordinary Joe made it so crystal clear He had the divine power from above to forgive sins according to the testimony of Mark 2:5-12! And so, it all clearly means, any “do-good” with “acts of kindness” that goes by the corrupted “ways of men” to have one’s sins “forgiven” is NEVER ever possible because any “good deeds” done, whether with vested interest based on a “win-win” situation or not, surely it cannot be hidden in the sight of God according to 1 Timothy 5:24-25! Can it, anyway?
In other words, NO so-called good deeds of anyone done, especially if based on a “win-win” situation, can ever vindicate anyone of wrongdoings, nor can it ever wipe clean of one’s sins except through Jesus of Nazareth who is the one and only one having gotten 100% endorsed and authorized as the Mediator between God and Man to do the job! You dig?
As such, Man’s version to “forgive sins” of one another is absolutely INVALID in the sight of the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus! Don’t you know why? If any ordinary Joe so much as claim one can “forgive” a fellow human being of sins, then can the person who has the “power” to “forgive” the sins of others promise like what Jesus promised the redeemed criminal by saying in Luke 23:42, “I tell you the truth, today you shall be with me in paradise”? I don’t think so!
For example: What if someone having gotten screwed up in the head by the devil and raped, murdered and then turned your daughter into a piece of unidentifiable ‘charcoal’? Can you still “forgive” and “forget” such a criminal, and even “promise” the person what ONLY Jesus could promise? Don’t be a hypocrite and a fool! Surely, you can’t, can you?
And that’s only simply because you are NOT the Son of Man endorsed and authorized with the divine power to atone for the sins of mankind! In fact, as a human being born in flesh and blood, you probably would have wished any such cold-blooded criminals who brutally raped and murdered your daughter be straightaway sentenced to death on the spot by firing squad to save tax payer’s money!
So if those antiChrist and non-Christians CANNOT do what Jesus of Nazareth could do to forgive sins, it only all the more shows they are getting as INCORRIGIBLE as ever for being so impervious to God’s graciousness and mercy shown through His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth!
If that is the case, then, no matter what they say or do in their lifetime, still, as humans born in flesh and blood, they are all gonna end up under the bondage of the Satan as ‘slaves to sin’ to die in eternal damnation and even more so if they so much as in the case of Muslims think they can have their sins “forgiven” by kissing the black stone of death in Mecca!
As such, they DO NOT make any difference who they are! And that’s only because all humans have seriously gotten ‘blacklisted’ as SINNERS according to Romans 3:23! Still, as antiChrist and non-Christians, they will die in eternal damnation according to Romans 6:23 as long as they continue to be still so ‘stiff-necked’ and refuse to do what’s right to OBEY God rather than men according to Acts 5:29-32 that should lead them to obey the Gospel of Jesus according to Acts 2:38 with no questions asked!
Why? Don’t you even know why by now?
You see, whatever humans do in dealing with one another is a separate issue altogether whether it’s about seeking ‘forgiveness of sins’ from another! If it’s because of relationship problems that one ends up having “no choice” but to “forgive” one another on personal matters just to give people the impression that one is a “gentleman”, or for the sake of preserving “unity” just to stay in political power; still, it does not do the trick, nor will such corrupted “ways of men” to “forgive sins” ever please God because it only shows they do not respect God who sent Jesus to atone for the sins of mankind as valid and unquestionable!
When one goes by the corrupted “ways of men” to “forgive” the wrongdoings of one another, the reason it is INVALID and DOES NOT hold water is because there is NO strong evidence to suggest that God will automatically endorse or authorize such insolence of humans! Why not? That’s because Man’s version to “forgive sins” of one another has NOTHING at all to do with God’s graciousness and mercy to save the ungodly and SINNERS, especially those who are antiChrist and non-Christians, from the curse of sin, death, and the devil!
One just can’t simply mix oil and water together to suit one’s personal interest like as though God has no say even on the issue of ‘forgiveness of sins’!
Because people, especially those antiChrist and non-Christians, are still living in a ‘faithless and perverse generation’ to end up refusing to do what’s right to OBEY God rather than men according to Acts 5:29-32, and thus, FAILING too, to obey the Gospel of Jesus according to Acts 2:38 even after Jesus had died and resurrected as Christ and Savior to make ‘forgiveness of sins’ possible ONLY through Him; so whatever they say or do, they are only running round and round in circles, and NOT getting out of their hell-hole that is their own doing because of them ever keep snubbing and rejecting Jesus of Nazareth as the Son of God who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior!!
It’s a clear-cut explanation, yet “who can understand it”? Can they? Can you?
But the most baffling question of the century is: Why do Muslims keep professing to “revere” Jesus of Nazareth as a “prophet of Islam”, and still go beyond 100% to refuse to do what’s right to OBEY God rather than men according to Acts 5:29-32 that should have led them by now to become born again Christians according to Acts 2:38?
It’s a simple explanation that even any school-going kids can understand at the snap of their fingers! But as grown-ups, they can’t! Ain’t that a shame?
The reason they still continue to go against God by staying as antiChrist and non-Christians especially Muslims is because they don’t know it yet who’s rallying behind them to do all the ‘dirty work’ to counter-attack God’s will and plan on earth that included most importantly the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Jesus of Nazareth who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior that gave hope of salvation to mankind!
Yet, such people gravely affected and controlled by their own sinful nature for having gotten trapped under the bondage of the Satan as ‘slaves to sin’ are still as LOST and CONFUSED as ever not knowing it, or knowing it, but still refusing to admit it, and that’s so long overdue already!
By right, they should have done something drastically long, long time ago to ‘make a change’ as did the apostle Paul who became a complete changed person even faster than the “Fast & Furious” sequels having gone stale and outdated the moment he woke up from doing the ‘dirty work’ of the devil in persecuting and killing Christians!
To do what’s right to OBEY God rather than men according to Acts 5:29-32 is such a simple thing to understand and fulfill, yet, “who can understand it”? Can they? Can you?
And if ever Jesus comes back again after the tribulation as prophesied, it’s gonna be a different scenario!
One thing for sure is, He ain’t gonna ask any rich man to give up one’s riches for the poor and follow Him! Neither will He perform miracles to feed the hungry, heal the sick, cast out demons and whatnot! That’s history! This time around, if He’s coming back, He’s gonna do what He promised to all ‘the elect’ [born again Christians] according to what the apostle Paul wrote to the Thessalonians brothers and sisters in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18!
So, even if based on Man’s standards, anyone who has the ‘sense and sensibility’ in today’s world, would probably have understood easily what caused the rich young man to hesitate on the words of Jesus. Because he so richly FAILED to show the power of having a big leap FAITH to amaze Jesus when tested, and it’s a test which is vital to the well-being of his soul; thus, it became unfortunately clear that he so poorly ended up losing the most important thing in his life – his SOUL to the other impostor “God Is Great” aka Lucifer!
Perhaps, if he was given another option where there’s a good chance he knows and can actually ‘see’ ahead what’s the reward, or prize waiting to be had, then it could have been easier for him to make any sacrifices – even indiscriminately! Understandably, that’s only because humans always go by the corrupted “ways of men” to make ‘double-dead’ sure they get something back in return even when they “do-good” with “acts of kindness” so much so they must ‘see’ it as worth all their time and effort to, at least, get some publicity!
Is it not safe and right for this writer to say that as humans born in flesh and blood, and especially those antiChrist and non-Christians, they are getting as INCORRIGIBLE as ever even knowing so well that God had already provided us Jesus of Nazareth as the proper channel for us to seek God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’?
But if ever they claimed themselves as “men of God”, why then do they still behave like they know better than God when it comes to seeking God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’? Instead, they are doing everything opposite of what the Word of God, the Holy Bible says to keep going by the corrupted “ways of men” via man-made religions in everything they say or do!
So it’s no wonder those antiChrist and non-Christians still are living in a ‘faithless and perverse generation’ because of them ever keep going by the corrupted “ways of men” one way or another to go against the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus!
Because most people take money, money, and money as more important than anything else in the world, it’s not surprising at all that those who are dying to get rich quick whether out of GREED and CORRUPTION or not, would not even bother about LOSING their SOULS to Lucifer than to do what’s right to OBEY God rather than men according to Acts 5:29-32 so much so one knows it’s more important to give up one’s riches here on earth to store up one’s riches in heaven because NO ONE can bring Man’s corrupted riches on earth to heaven!
That’s why, if based on the corrupted “ways of men” to get rich quick, it only invariably means people will NEVER get their priorities right all the time, especially when it comes to doing what’s right, and be ‘godly’ enough to OBEY God rather than men according to Acts 5:29-32 that will lead them to obey the Gospel of Jesus according to Acts 2:38 with no questions asked!
You see, when it comes to any lucrative opportunity to make a lot of money, not even Muslims who so much as always claiming themselves as “men of God” can RESTRAIN, let alone CONTROL themselves from getting tempted to get rich quick the easy way without having to sweat it out! And the best way to get rich quick is to get involved in politics because that is where the real money-game is!
It’s an evil trap of the Satan that can easily make even “men of God” to lose sight of themselves as “men of principles”! That is the reason the apostle Paul wrote to Timothy who was overseeing the Church in Ephesus by reminding him NOT to get trapped by the ‘love of money’ that is the root of all evil according to 1 Timothy 6:6-10!
Don’t get me wrong! Of course, it’s necessary and important to have money, especially to put food on the table, and that’s about good enough if one knows what contentment means to live simply! But little did we know! The culprit is always the sinful nature of humans getting anyone screwed up in the head to think it’s “OK” to have the extra ‘cravings’ [GREED] to amass more wealth than one ever needed!
If that is not the work of the devil that corrupted the minds of people and caused them to become arrogant and self-righteous because of riches, then what is! And that’s exactly what Paul reminded Timothy to flee from all such ‘dirty works’ of the devil that will cause humans to die in eternal damnation based on what he said in 1 Timothy 6:11-19!
Whether based on Man’s standards or God’s standards, of course, it’s perfectly OK to amass wealth as long as it’s not done the unscrupulous and greedy way, or at the cost of others that could destroy people’s lives! But it would surely please God if anyone is smart and HUMBLE enough to use one’s wealth to further the cause of Christ that could SAVE as many people as possible from the curse of sin, death, and the devil, and set them free from the bondage of the Satan as ‘slaves to sin’!
Is there anyone out there having such a pure and noble ambition based on God’s standard? Your guess is as good as mine!
On another note about where our destiny would bring us: If based on God’s standard, every one of us inevitably has “no choice” but at one point in one’s life MUST make an indispensable and precious sacrifice of one’s life in exchange for another precious ‘something’ that is also preciously indispensable so much so NO ONE can live without it, NOT only in this life but the next one as well!
If not, then it is so crystal clear that one is only chasing after the wind to live a meaningless life no matter how filthy rich a person is! That’s because, whatever riches amassed if done out of GREED and CORRUPTION, it is the end-result of the ‘love of money’ which is the root of all evil! One fine example of a person who made such a drastic change is the apostle Paul! He was always ready to suffer and sacrifice for the cause of Christ than let the cause of Christ to suffer as he pleaded with Christians in 1 Timothy 1:8-12 to do the same!
To him, that was ‘something’ so preciously indispensable and meaningful that he could not live without it because as a SINNER once, but SAVED by God’s grace in 1 Timothy 1:12-15, he sincerely believed it’s so important to preach the ‘Good News’ of Jesus to SAVE others too, from the curse of sin, death, and the devil because the corrupted riches of this world WILL NOT and CANNOT ever vindicate anyone of sins and wrongdoings!
Indeed, it’s so true that what he fulfilled for the sake of Christ was so crystal clearly manifested by what he said in 1 Timothy 2:8-13 so much so he had no qualms to sacrifice his life to fulfill God’s will and plan on earth the way Jesus of Nazareth did!
Now, this is surely ‘something’ so precious that NO ONE, not even all Christians today would ever wanted to sacrifice and die for! It is unlike those IS jihadists who are “so willing” to ‘kill and be killed’ with ‘acts of violence’ to annihilate “infidels” [Kafirs] of Islam, but only devil’s problem is, what they are doing is too far-fetched and too IRRELEVANT in solving the problem of SIN though!
What they have yet realized is, they are only proving themselves as SINNERS having gotten trapped under the bondage of the Satan as ‘slaves to sin’ to do the ‘dirty work’ of the devil until the last AntiChrist will rise in the last days!
If only they are following in the footsteps of the apostle Paul and do the right thing instead to serve the one true Almighty God who sent Jesus, surely this writer will take his hat off for them as a show of deep respect. But too bad, that is not going to happen because they have even FAILED to respect their own intelligence to save their own sorry butts from the curse of sin, death, and the devil – to begin with!
Instead, they have no qualms to end up getting ‘so stupid’ to use their intelligence for NO GOOD reason and NO GOOD purpose to make Lucifer the ‘happiest’ devil on earth by raising hell on earth to ‘kill and be killed’ with ‘acts of violence’ to annihilate all “infidels” [Kafirs] of Islam as the only way to have the world “Islamicized” to the point of no return!
It’s even more than scary to know they have radically gotten too far-fetched and too irrelevantly misled and misguided by the “ways of men” via man-made religions such as Islam that will do them more harm than good for ‘so voluntarily’ getting themselves trapped under the bondage of the Satan as ‘slaves to sin’ to die in eternal damnation as antiChrist and non-Christians!
So why are you still not a Christian to get the hell out of this hell-hole on earth that is under the control of the Satan? Do yourself a favor. Listen to the words of James and read what he had to say in James 4:1-10, then you know you have a very important decision to make that could either set you free from the Satan… or not at all!
Until the time comes when Christians are going to face the devil’s test whether or not to accept the mark of the Beast to buy and sell as revealed in the Book of Revelation, it’s so sad to say in advance that NOT all Christians too, are ‘so willing’ to die and sacrifice their lives for the sake of Christ! If Peter who was so close to Jesus even got ‘so scared’ of getting crucified, and thus denied Jesus because of being implicated as one of Jesus’ followers, what can you expect from Christians today living in the comfort of a high-tech era with fast-speed internet to buy and sell online, and make a lot of money too?
One thing though that Christians can’t imagine is the imminent danger of living in any country fairly populated with Muslims! The thing is, one can never tell when and where those radicalized Muslims [IS jihadists] will strike fears in their hearts, minds, and souls to riddle them with bullet holes, or blow them into smithereens even before the end of days is drawing near to fulfill the prophecies of the Book of Revelation!
Yes, what if they [IS jihadists], suddenly storm into any church at random, and especially on a Sunday service full of fired-up Christians worshiping God, to practice their perverted “Holy Jihad” shooting spree?
Yes, what if they rush in with assault rifles and full-face masks to announce those who wholeheartedly believed Jesus is the Son of God who died and resurrected as Christ and Savior to stay where they are in the church, and those who don’t, had better flee because they are gonna start a shooting spree to send those true Christians to heaven by helping them to die violently as true martyrs do in Islam?
Yes, what if you were a Christian attending a Sunday service and suddenly get caught in such an unfortunate circumstance? Would you, as what Peter did, ‘deny’ Christ too, to save yourself from the shooting spree? Or, would you believe in the power of FAITH to amaze Jesus by staying behind to have your body riddled with bullet holes, or even get blown into smithereens?
So, it’s always a different story altogether if it happens the other way around, especially when one has to make sacrifices for ‘something’ one cannot ‘see’ because it’s such a tough test that it’s IMPOSSIBLE even for born again Christians to face without taking a big leap of FAITH in Jesus and be ready for it!
Yes, even if you are a born again Christian, can you thump on your chest and say you are ready to have your FAITH in Jesus tested any time soon? Don’t forget, Jesus had warned before that those who followed, and are following Him will face persecution and perhaps, even death in Matthew 10:26-28! Perhaps, that’s the reason many people would shy away from becoming Christians!
Yes, the truth that is even more real than Christians look in the mirror is that to follow Jesus of Nazareth who died to save their sorry butts is nothing about celebrating ‘Christmas’ to give each other earthly gifts and having a “good time” to make one another “happy” by getting intoxicated with hang-over on boxing day!
What follows after God’s ‘forgiveness of sins’ for having believed and accepted Jesus as Christ and Savior is not exactly the “live-happily-ever after story” that most Christians have all the while expected, and thus sadly misconceived about the real purpose of becoming a born again Christian!
The gospel TRUTH is – to follow Jesus of Nazareth as a born again Christian because of having obeyed the Gospel of Jesus according to Acts 2:38 is all about making ‘extreme’ sacrifices like what God did to SAVE our sorry butts from curse of sin, death, and the devil! Likewise, as born again Christians, one must follow in the footsteps of Jesus’ disciples and most notably, the apostle Paul, to fulfill the ‘Great Commission’ of Jesus recorded in Matthew 27:16-20!
And if any born again Christian supposedly as a ‘true man of God’ is contemplating to become a true Christian to inherit the kingdom of heaven as one of the ‘sons of God’ or ‘children of God’, then, one MUST do so at all costs with NO EXCUSES to make, and that is, if one can understand what John said in 1 John 2:3-6!
Even if it means having to sacrifice one’s life for His sake, any true Christians MUST do so with no complains and no questions asked because Jesus had already put it so bluntly in Matthew 8:18-22, and Matthew 10:37-41 as the price to pay for following Him but He promised the reward shall be worthy of one’s devotion! But then again, “who can understand it”? Can you even if you are a born again Christian?
And sure enough when it comes to making any sacrifices for ‘something’ people can’t ‘see’ but only based on FAITH, so the ugly truth is – if it wasn’t so much the rich young man’s cup of tea to follow Jesus, surely it is understandably NOT everyone’s cup of tea to follow Jesus too, especially knowing so well that people today are living in a ‘faithless and perverse generation’ that knows NOTHING about what FAITH is, and entails!
It’s unlike those IS jihadists who do without a shadow of doubt, but it’s just too bad that they are putting their “faith” in the wrong place and for all the wrong reasons. Since they are not afraid to die, and so ever ready to die, by right they should change their course of direction and follow Jesus as born again Christians to do God’s will by preaching the ‘Good News’ of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and so, be blessed as ‘sons of God’ or ‘children of God’ to inherit the kingdom of heaven! Yet, “who can understand it”? Can they? Can you?
……………………to be continued