August 11th, 2006
Philip John, Chennai, Tamil-Nadu
Loving another because of the mandate of scripture or teacher is good; doing so as a result of a compelling prompting from within is better; but it is best when love becomes a spontaneous expression of one’s whole being.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” The second is this: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” There is no commandment greater than these. Jesus
“None of you is a perfect Muslim until he desires for his brother Muslim that which he desires for himself.” Mohammed
Once a very old king went to see an old hermit who lived in a bird’s nest in the top of a tree, “What is the most important Buddhist teaching?” The hermit answered, “Do no evil, do only good. Purify your heart.” The king had expected to hear a very long explanation. He protested, “But even a five-year old child can understand that!” “Yes,” replied the wise sage, “but even an 80-year-old man cannot do it.?
- climbing steps on their knees
- inflicting pain on themselves to repay for their sins
- walking around some tomb asking for the blessing of a departed soul
- getting themselves nailed to a cross to suffer with Christ
- lighting candles at shrines of Christian saints
- promising gifts to a church or shrine for favours expected
God knew this and so he sent his son Jesus Christ to earth to announce the Kingdom of God and then to suffer, die and pay the penalty for man’s sins.
They also decided how you must live. Some spoke about the prosperity theology while some spoke about their preference for a poverty theology. After all Jesus was a carpenter — so they have the mental picture of the carpenter who comes to repair their door.
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!
– Oswald Chambers
The salvation of God does not stand on human logic; it stands on the sacrificial Death of Jesus. We have not to work out these things ourselves; they have been worked out by the Atonement: The supernatural becomes natural by the miracle of God; there is the realization of what Jesus Christ has already done?*It is finished.?
In the process the Holy Spirit cleans you up. Those habits we were bound with and impossible to get rid of now fall by the wayside.
5 Those that live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7 the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. (Rom 8: 5-7)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)