Monday, July 11, 2005

# 17: Ultimate Challenge

It was not easy for Jesus to live a perfect life. Human nature, which He genetically received from His mother, continually (though unsuccessfully) badgered His divine nature which was inherited from His Father. If it took little or no effort to live as His Father required, why does He deserve glory, honor, and praise? On the contrary, it took every fiber of believing strength He could muster to fulfill what was required of the first human God.

The main element which gave Jesus His great strength against all odds was the belief which His Father inculcated in Him, which dogmatically confirmed that against all odds, He could and would overcome. When it comes to making Jesus our ultimate role model (Holy Grail), we too will have to go through a constant battle. We have a human nature that is tremendously powerful. We are also given God’s divine nature which is even more powerful; if we possess His nature, we can’t help but apply it. In order for God’s nature to triumph over our human nature, we must believe with all our being (that means our lives) that it is possible to win. Don’t let anyone tell you that it is easy to live the genuine Bible-based Christian life; it is extremely difficult.

Anyone can say, “I believe and now am saved; I am heading for heaven, I am born again, I have eternal life and nothing or no one can stop me.” Those kinds of people are a dime a dozen and not worth much more. That is the biggest fallacy that religion has contrived, from my observation post—this fact that seems strangely irrational. If one goes through the complete New Testament, there is not a single verse where individuals claim to have eternal life, are asked if they have eternal life, are born again, are going to heaven, are saved, have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, or claim to be Christians. Why does organized religion make such a fuss about their eternal future and desire their status be made known before men and women? Today has enough worries of its own. Only God knows for sure who will be with Him in eternity, regardless of how loud our claims are shouted.

It is imperative for us to understand that our only duty is not to be concerned so much with tomorrow (eternity) but to have an uncompromising and active desire to live our lives as clones-of-Christ-in-the-making. Amen and Amen!

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