Are you who you say you are?

28 04 2010

Have you ever heard of “Practical Atheists”? This is a category used by some religious theists to describe all those theists who technically believe in God, but who lives otherwise. The assumption is that moral behavior follows automatically from genuine theism, thus inadequate behavior is a consequence of not genuinely believing. Theists who behave differently must really be atheists, regardless of what they believe.

The term “Practical Atheist or Christian Atheist” is defined as someone who believes in God but lives as if He does not exist. Here’s the catch: We believe in Jesus enough to get us out of hell but not enough to change our way of living, and that’s the problem with Christians. People attend church for ten to twenty years and yet there has no change in their way of living. Seventy percent of Christians claim that they have made a personal commitment to God but seventeen percent feel that the local church is necessary for spiritual growth and only one in three Christians believes that God expects them to be holy. Very few professed to be atheist. Everyone seemed to believe in God, yet few of them spent much time seeking Him. They lived in recognition that there was a God, yet saw no connection between that belief and how they went on their daily affairs. They never considered God into their key decisions, or patterned their life after His values.

In Isaiah 29:13-14, the Lord said, “These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions. So I will startle them with one unexpected blow after another. Those who are wise will turn out to be fools, and all their cleverness will become useless.” It is clearly stated here that God does not want believers only by speech but not by heart. God wants us to be Holy!

Who says “I believe in God”, yet lives as if He does not exist? Well, the truth is, we are all guilty of this. Often times we say that we love God but we don’t want to go overboard. Most of the time, we settle to live through the world’s standards because we find it very tough to satisfy the standards of God. Even in prayers, we are actually being superstitious rather than being a believer. Jesus Christ didn’t just die on the cross so we can just say a prayer and live however we want. He died so that we, in return, would give ourselves to Him. Surrendering our lives to God is an “All or Nothing” decision. It is either we live happy and contented or unsatisfied and miserable. In Jeremiah 29:11-13, the Lord said, “I have plans for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. You will seek me, and you will find me because you will seek me with all your heart.” If we really want to have a blessed and prosperous life, we must give our lives to God. We should start living through the Word of God and not through the world.

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The Silversmith of mankind.

28 04 2010

I have read this somewhere. I posted it here in my blog because I want you guys to take a little of your time and read this. It will uplift your spirits amidst all the trials that you are experiencing right now.

Malachi 3:3 says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

            This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study and they wondered what this statement is meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.

            That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn’t mention anything about the reason for her interest behind her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.

            The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: “He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver.” She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered, “Yes! I am not only had to sit here holding the silver, but I also have to keep my eyes on the silver the entire time it was on the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.” The woman was silent for a moment, and then she asked the silversmith, “How would you know when the silver is fully refined?” He smiled at her and answered, “Oh, that’s easy – when I see my image in it.”

            If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep watching you until He sees His image in you.





Change: An inevitable part of life.

28 04 2010

Ride of Life

 

It is a fact that people do change just to escape their problems, but not enough to solve it. Sometimes it’s hard to accept truth because it will cause you pain. Well, pain is just normal in our lives, and it is indeed a part of it. It’s only up to us on how to deal with it. We can’t have a perfect life that is free from pain and sufferings. We need it. We grow when we suffer and we learn when we commit mistakes. Nothing is guaranteed in this life. Even your most treasured treasure can be lost, even the people you love the most. But don’t take it seriously because sometimes you can gain them by losing them.. you just have to be patient. It’s hard, but you have to. When you have already decided to wait, the next thing you have to do is to move on. Moving on is not as easy as you think, it takes time. But don’t act stupid, like you will waste all your time thinking, feeling depressed, and telling yourself that it’s the end. Damn! Don’t be an idiot. you should better wake up and pay attention. You better find yourself before its too late. I know it’s not that easy. But it’s a part of it and all we have to do is to realize that nothing is constant, and change is inevitable. Everything can change. Life is a CRAZY RIDE, you must always buckle up and fasten your seatbelts so that you will not fall whenever it takes you to somewhere you never wanted to go.





Noli Mi Tangere

27 04 2010

Who says “Ako Mismo!”, yet you are not doing something? How do you see our country 5 or 10 years from now? Do you think it will get better? Or it will just continue to get worse? A lot of people, people from every sector of our community, have their own fair share of opinions regarding the present situation of our country. Some of them once said, “The change will come, only if the government will change.” Another one also said, “There is still hope for this country.” But think about this, will our country be changed if all of us think that we are better than one another? Will our country be changed if all of us think that we are ‘Untouchables’? Will our country be changed if all of us keep pulling one another down, thinking that we are better than them? I don’t think so.

We are bothered by the situation of our country now –Political crisis, Economic crisis, Problems on Health, Education, Population Growth, Massacres, name it all! – Yet we are not doing something about it. We are all too busy blaming our government. We are disappointed of the things that they could have done and things that they could have not done. We are accusing them of greediness and selfishness which we, ourselves, have those within us too. We just don’t recognize it because we all have this “Touch Me Not” attitude. If we could all remember the friars in the novel of Jose Rizal, Noli Mi Tangere, we can see how the friars carry this kind of attitude. They always think that they are righteous, they are clean, and they are too good to be blamed for a certain mistake. Well, the truth now is that most of us have this kind of attitude. We are always self-righteous and we only see the mistakes and lapses of others. Tell me honestly, have you ever thought that you are one of the reasons why our country became like this? If not, maybe you’re still busy carrying this “Touch Me Not” attitude because the truth is, we all are the ones who are to be blamed.

How can we develop change in our country if we can’t start changing ourselves? How can we expect a better Philippines if we will keep on pulling one another down? How can we expect a better future if we can’t let go of our “Touch Me Not” from our past? Well, we can do something about this. Believe me. If we could just understand the bottom line of this problem then we could provide solution for this. And that solution is found within us all. We all can do something about this no matter who you are. This country doesn’t need “Cha-Cha” (Charter-Change of the government) but “Cha-Cha” (Character-Change of all the people). Let us all do something about this. Our country cannot afford to wait one more year for it to be changed. NOW is the right time to start changing this nation. Let us all have that passion and love for our country. This is for our own good too. Let us encourage each and everyone to do something for our country. Let us all help one another build the “Ark” of our country to save it from the “flood” it is experiencing today. Let us stop criticizing and pulling one another down. That wouldn’t help our country. It will just make the situation worse. Instead of expecting change in our government and in all of the things involved, why not, Be the change? Think about it!