What is life? What we are seeing is not what is really going on. There is a spiritual battle between good and evil and the times are coming to a point where everybody will have to choose a side. People might look at the crime in the world, and say that it’s evil. God looks at the heart of every individual and finds evil. Self-righteousness causes one to say “I’m a good person,” but the Bible, the living Word of God, lets us know that no one is good, not one, for we all fall short of God’s perfect standard. Some religious people might think that living according to the Ten Commandments is a means of salvation, but God says if you break one you break all. No flesh is justified by the law of the Ten Commandments. The law was only added so that sin would increase, and people could realize that it was impossible to not sin. Once this realization was affirmed, people would see that they needed a Savior, because not sinning was impossible for man to do. Jesus, being God in the flesh, lived among us, and fulfilled the law, because he had no sin. The Bible illustrates the final three years of his life, where he did miraculous signs and wonders like no man had ever done, preached to multitudes of people, and most of all died for all the sins of mankind. He knew no sin but became sin, so that we could have life. I know this seems like religious storytelling, but if there was Youtube back then, there would be no need for faith. Nobody hopes for things that they have already seen, but for things unseen. This one man spoke with such authority when he said “I did not come into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through me, might be saved.” He made himself equal with God, which was considered blasphemy. In reality, he did not blaspheme at all because he was God, all by himself. Without the life of Jesus, having a relationship with our Creator would be an ungraspable concept, but our Lord made it possible for all believers to have open communication with Our Father through him. We are only righteous because of the life that he lived, and the blood that he shed. On the contrary, it does not matter what you have accomplished in life, or how many videos of conquered feats you may have archived, because at the end of the day, you will only be the topic of someone’s conversation, if they really care enough to bring your name up. We are only here for a brief time, but the world tells you chase this and chase that, and make money, and be cool. None of that stuff matters when one is on his or her death bed. Religion won’t save you. In order to enter into Heaven, one’s name must be written in the Book of Life. If you never accepted Christ as Lord and Savior, you never accepted the cleansing of sin, and the renewal of spirit. The spirit is what lives on as it reconnects to the soul, but the body dies. Let God redeem you through the blood of his son, and be righteous in his eyes because the world will pass away before we know it. John 3:16 states “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but they shall have everlasting life.”
How can Mary be the mother of God, when God is the Father of all living? So if I believe Jesus is God in the flesh, and Mary is his mother, then why is she not the mother of God? The point that I am trying to make is that you have to separate flesh from spirit. In the flesh Jesus was the son of Mary, but spiritually he was her Father. Spirits inhabit bodies that die, but the spirits themselves are eternal because they were made in the image of God who is eternal. On the other hand, some people believe that when you die, you die. If that’s the case then everything is insignificant. What would be the whole point of living in the first place if our sole purpose were to just die? Some people believe in God abstractly, but don’t understand how the creature can have a relationship with its Creator. I’m here to say that God is not just a figure in the sky that punishes evil and rewards righteousness. God lived among us. When the first man and woman disobeyed God, sin was manifested and power was given to Satan. Satan was an anointed angel who was referred to as the angel of light. He was not pleased with his position, and wanted to be praised and exalted like his Creator. Because of his pride, he was exiled to planet Earth from Heaven. In the physical, this sounds like a story of fiction, but I am convinced that many people have lost touch with reality. We are all the same, and although certain people may be esteemed above others, we all die and are buried in the same earth. We were made from the dust and to the dust we will return. Satan has tricked a large majority of mankind. Dreams of a nice house and a white picket fence mean nothing when today could be my last day. Not only can today be my last day, but the world can end any day. Knowing these two truths really makes me think when I start looking into the near future. In his teachings, Jesus told us to take no thought for tomorrow, because there is a sufficient amount of evil for today. Opposition to Christianity tends to argue naturalism verses supernaturalism. The idea of a man being raised from the dead is just something people can’t process in their minds. A seed is dead before it is placed in the ground, and then gives life to an abundance fruits and vegetables. It is unlikely that you will hear someone say that seeds have supernatural ability. We all originate from one seed. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, we were all there as seed inside of Adam. Not of our own fault, we were born into sin. One man’s disobedience caused all of mankind to be cursed. One man’s obedience allows for all mankind to be saved. God is Love.
As I write this blog, Christians are being killed in Iraq by the thousands. I watched a video on You tube last night where Islamic terrorists known as ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) were shooting Christians in the back of the head, and in Syria, crucifying them. I began to feel anger in my heart not just because I am a Christian, but because of the fact that such evil exists in the world as we know it. I look at my fellow Christians in the Middle East as they are martyred daily, and I must say that I admire their courage more than the men and women that I served with in the military. These people are being massacred because they refuse to conform to the extreme belief system known as Islam. Fortunately, I do not live in that part of the globe or else I would probably be a victim of genocide like my brothers and sisters in Christ who are no longer with us. I believe that when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal Savior, my spirit was reborn, and because of that I am considered righteous in the eyes of God the Father. God came into history as Jesus Christ and lived the way that he intended all humans to live, full of grace and mercy, without condemning one another. Because Jesus is God, it was impossible for Him to sin. He was accused and sentenced to death by his own religious leaders for making himself equal with God. He lived the life we were supposed to and died the death we are supposed to. Jewish High Priests annually sacrificed animals before Almighty God to atone for the sins of their congregations. God sacrificed his only Son to atone for all the sins that man has and will commit. Without accepting what Jesus did for us on the cross, we reject the removal of our sins. Without the removal of sin, we are incapable to come in the presence of God, because he has no sin. The only way we can be saved from our sins is to believe that Jesus died in our place so that we do not have to be eternally punished for our disobedience to our Creator. He rose from the dead, and now intercedes for the people who believe in Him. Religion will tell you to OBEY, but Jesus tells us to believe, because disbelief is spiritual disobedience. We can only be saved through our spirits because that is the part of us that cannot die. Since we were made in the spiritual image of God, our spirits are eternal. If we believe in what God did for us by sending his Son(Himself) to die in our place, we do not have to die a sinner’s death, which is not just death in the body, but a spiritual disconnection from our Maker. Jesus paid the price so that we don’t have to feel God’s wrath against sin.
All we can see is the outer shell of an individual but we never know what’s in their heart. I am not talking about their physical heart, but their deepest wants and desires, or in other words, their soul. Many people over the years have used the terms soul and spirit in the same context, but I can assure you that they are two totally different entities. Human beings are made up of three parts: body, soul and spirit. The body is the physical representation of the spirit that cannot be seen. Some people might claim to possess a spirit, but the truth is that they themselves are actually a spirit and can be possessed by spirits.
I am a spirit who has a soul dwelling in an earthly vessel. The spirit is perfect because it was made in the image of God. Being that we were made in the spiritual image of God means that our spirits are also eternal as He is eternal. Because our spirits are eternal, we are immortal in a sense. We are spiritually immortal, but not fleshly immortal. God is holy, and in order to come back to our Creator, we must be holy as well. This is not mankind’s standard of holiness but a holiness which means to be blameless before a perfect God.
Sin is the cause of death. The more we sin, the quicker we die. Sin came into the world through the disobedience of one man. To someone who thinks that we are here by chance, moralistic values are something that was passed down through primitive ancestry. To each his own. Where is the hope in coincidences? How are we coincidentally the right distance away from the sun so that it won’t kill us? We can clearly see an Intelligent Design in the symmetrical beauty that we can’t take our face away from our devices to look at. No longer will I focus on religion or science. From this point on I will be explaining in depth on how one can live forever. The whole point is to make you believe. If you believe what I have to say with your whole heart, considering another way would not make sense to you. No other way can promise you eternal life with very little requirements.
Let’s assume that God is real. If God is real then what the Holy Bible says is true, and if what the Holy Bible says is true, then there is an explanation for the evil in the world. People might say, “If there is a God, why doesn’t he get rid of all the evil in the world?” To that question I must say: Our standard of evil is not God’s standard of evil. Just because someone is a murderer and another is a liar does not make them any different under God’s law. They both broke the same law. My point is that if God got rid of all the evil in the world, he would have to get rid of all the people in the world. He knows our hearts. Ultimately, one’s pride will keep him from inheriting eternity. I challenge everyone who reads this to think solely about yourself for a second. Do you have a relationship with God the Father? He is the reason we are all still breathing, and our expiration dates have already been determined. I will tell you how to have a relationship with him and be blameless despite the many sins you have or will commit. Religion is an institution, but faith is a foundation. Walk with me on this journey.
Life is all about people, places, and things. The way that we interact with one another will determine how easy or difficult this life will be for every single one of us. I find it amazing how we are on a tiny little planet in a beyond marvelous galaxy. Even our own sun, whose actual size is incomprehensible to the human brain, is one of the smallest stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Our galaxy is just one of an estimated 100 billion galaxies. It also amazes me how no two people look exactly the same, but every single person is born with the tools needed to survive in this physical reality known as human life. In a world saturated with media and pop culture, it is very easy to forget that people are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. As we can see from watching the news, people die everyday.
Death does not discriminate and any day could be someone’s last. The media gatekeepers have painted a picture of deception to make us think that there is something tangible that we should achieve that will bring us joy before we die. Some people eventually come to realization that tomorrow is never guaranteed, while others continue to search for a tangible joy and look down on others that do not measure up to their perceived status. In reality, it doesn’t matter who we are or where we are in life; death is sudden.
Because of the reality of death, many people think religion has been invented to mitigate the agony of the reality of death. There was a point in my life where I thought that I could earn God’s favor through my “good” works. This is a fallacy that plagues religious institutions throughout the world. Many people think that their moral efforts can please a perfect God. However, people need to realize that if they have never read His scripture, they will only follow their own standards or definitions of “good,” and will continue to fall short. I am here to tell you that good deeds and merit will not cause souls to inherit eternity, but only by faith and faith alone.
Salvation is the saving of one’s soul.
Although there are many different religions in this world, I will mainly focus on the Abrahamic faiths, including Judaism, Christianity, and Muslim (debatable). This blog is not about who is right and who is wrong but more about understanding individual proclamations of faith. I will discuss SALVATION mostly, because that it was most people wish to attain through their religious practices.
Some people might ask, “What about Hinduism and Buddhism, and all other religions in the world?” These belief systems discuss reincarnation based on previous individual merit and I do not believe in moral efforts; however, I will go further into detail on these two belief systems in a later blog.