Since our forefathers lived, the message of Jesus’ second coming has been given urgency by those that share it yet it has not proven to be as urgent. This is what today’s generation could be saying. This would not be surprising because 2 Peter 3:4 forewarns us about such grumblings. St. Peter then reflects back to what happened in the time of Noah when Noah was the message barer of the flood that God would soon send. The story of Noah is recorded in Genesis 5:32 to 9:28. It looks like this world awaits the same destruction but it will be through fire this time.
This could be your question too. There are so many verses that tell of the soon second coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ Himself mentioned this in Mark 1:14 when He said that the Kingdom of God is near. In Hebrews 10:37, the bible tells us that He who is coming will not delay.
The Bible is full of records that prove that Jesus is the son of God. I am happy that Jesus proves Himself even today that He surely is the son of God but I want to go back to what happened in His last moments in this world which proved that Jesus was the son of God. People that lived at that time witnessed His powers and divine support from God. It appears as if throughout history people have a tendency to deny Jesus and His works yet today there are genuine miracles that are purely through Jesus’ works. It is not surprising that even today people still deny Jesus.
I would also like to highlight today’s visions and dreams that people experience and realize beyond doubt that Jesus is the son of God. Not all of us will have a chance to be taken on a vision yet if you want Jesus to reveal Himself to you in that way, you can pray to Him to do that for you and I believe He will. If you go online and search for ‘Bill Wiese 23 minutes in hell’, ‘Victoria Nehale Time is fast running out’, ‘Ian McCormack box jellyfish’ and ‘Angelica Zamboro’ you will learn about their experiences that prove that Jesus is the son of God. You can also search for visions from Jesus Christ to Muslims and you will be surprise to learn the extent to which Jesus goes to prove to people that He is the son of God.
The devil is reaping souls by convincing people that when they lose their souls for a ‘good cause’ it does not matter. The tendency is to focus on what the world will understand about the incident but the victim forgets that the life of a person goes on beyond the grave. Each person shall give an account of how they lived their lives while in the body (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10) and once a person is dead, judgment is set.
Many people believe that God will understand and reward those that fought for peace using their own methods which for some it meant death. The only way God would defend such people is when they fought for peace in God’s defined way in the Holy Bible. Any other method is outside of His mercy and unless they repent before they die, they are doomed for eternal damnation.
God is so mighty such that humans cannot completely comprehend who He actually is. Thoughts based on scripture and common sense have been shared on who He actually is and the debate goes on and on with no conclusive and common explanation. Muslims, Jehova’s witnesses, Evangelicals and many other groups have differing opinions on who He is. A large percentage of Christians believe in the trinity of God. All these groups quote the scriptures, the one Holy Bible to defend their position. At the end of the day, it would seem like nobody is wrong because all can quote relevant scriptures to support their position.
I argued a lot about the trinity of God with Jehovah’s witnesses and eventually came to this question, ‘Does arguing about the trinity of God help anyone get closer to God or gain eternal life?’ I eventually realized that as much as it is a valid point to discuss in religious matters but I believe that believing one point of view over the other is probably not a reason for not following God’s commandments. Continue reading →
Many people get confused when it comes to how they can receive a message from God. Even some Christians may be caught in the trap of not knowing how their Christian God speaks to them. Christians know this one thing that whatever God says in Heaven it is done without questioning and that is why Jesus said we should pray for His will to be done on earth as it is done in Heaven. This gives us the impression that God does speak and wants people and all creation to respond accordingly.
God speaks in many ways some of which I will discuss in this post. Some of the ways God uses to speak to us are so common and obvious such that we no longer notice that it is Him speaking to us. He is so faithful to keep His promise and this should not be confusing to anyone. An example is that of a rainbow. According to Genesis 9:13, God put the rainbow in the clouds as a sign of a covenant between Him and the earth. One person once said that if you doubt that God exists, simply look around at creation and soon you will realize that these things did not come to existence on their own.
One may wonder why Jesus did not pick false religions when He taught on serving God alone in Matthew 6:24. In His divine knowledge of what would happen throughout time, even in our time where false religions are rated equal with Christianity, Jesus could have picked false religions but He chose money. There could be many other things in the eyes of man that could have been Jesus’ concern on competing with God than money. Indeed God differs a lot in thought to man. Jesus knew that money is far more dangerous and entangling in the life of a believer.
In other Bible translations, the word mammon is used in place of money. According to Jesus, it is not possible to serve Him while you also serve money. You will either serve Him or money but not both. Don’t fool yourself to believe that someone that loves money is on God’s side. No matter whether he or she is a good preacher, deacon, prophet or whoever is highly esteemed in the Christian community or a church.
Apparently the day of Good Friday came after that of Easter. Good Friday is a celebration of the death of Jesus Christ and it started after His death. Normally, this celebration would extend to the resurrection day of Jesus, which is the Sunday that falls in the next two days. Though Easter is said to have origins in the Bible during the Babel time according to Paul S. Taylor, it is not what Christians of the New Testament age should entertain or even participate in.
Jesus Christ is a perfect example on forgiveness. The Bible in 1 Peter 2:21 – 23 tells us that Jesus Christ is an example to follow in all He did. Indeed Jesus demonstrated how Christians should live and forgiveness is no exception. Forgiveness is one scarce quality that we are all called to have.
There are countless examples of situations that we may think are not worth forgiving to the offenders. I discussed a similar topic with a friend recently and he revealed serious instances that the victim may find himself or herself justified not to forgive. I’m sure you can think of instances where you or someone you know did not forgive and you thought it was right to do so.
Scripture is the source of all Biblical knowledge. It is very true that some of the definitions in the dictionary such as the Oxford or the encyclopaedia differ from how the Bible defines words and concepts. I have taken note of the word ‘hypocrisy’. As a matter of fact, I wrote an article on ‘hypocrisy’ using the ordinary dictionary or encyclopaedia definition that says a hypocrite is someone who preaches something and does something else. It is good but not exactly how the Bible defines hypocrisy.
Having discovered that I used this non-biblical definition, I discussed this subject with a sister using the local language ‘SiSwati very similar to Zulu’ definition. Translating the local language meaning it into English, it means a pretender – umzenzisi. Someone who pretends to be something else, making false claims, yet he or she is not. Continue reading →