Wednesday, July 27, 2005

# 35: Self-Examination

At its very best, how inadequate this physical life is in satisfying our innermost needs.

We were inherently designed with a need for greatness which this world cannot offer.

As human beings, we were intuitively created to live in perfection. Unknown to most, this is what we are all seeking from the day we are born.

The inadequacies of an imperfect world (and the world’s inability to give us the perfection we desire) can lead some to a search for inward perfection. Once knowledge of this perfection is made available through the power of belief in God, then one can not only tolerate all the dignified selfishness in this world, but even thrive with the joy that comes from living the truth.

When a person is doing the things of Christ with the right motive, she or he won’t find time to do “important” things which aim at self-betterment.

If you were Christ and you wanted to make sure your followers carried on the work you started, would you be content with the way the Christian churches are finishing what you started? Does anything remain in the church that resembles what Christ did and the way He lived? In my perception of Christian religions, there is not much similarity. Read the New Testament again and look for likenesses. I doubt you will find many.

This is the gripe I have, and I am sure Jesus feels the same. What right do the religions have to call themselves Christ-like ones (Christians)? Christ has been waiting patiently for over 2000 years for the pseudo-church that carries His name to self-destruct. I don’t think it will be long. He is waiting for a few courageous souls, along with a few powerful angels, to live out their part as mentioned in the book of Revelations.

When we are content living in the frailties and joys of humanity, there is little chance or reason for us to seek anything better. That is one reason money is harmful—it makes life comfortable. Comfort is a precursor to contentment, and contentment closes the door to spiritual reality. Nowadays, it doesn’t take a lot of money to live in mesmerized comfort. Then, religion becomes a means of getting God to sanction one’s easy lifestyle. This is the ambience that type of lifestyle creates: “He is a Christian and he is well off; therefore, it is okay to be comfortable, have money, and be a Christian.”

In America, this attitude has caught on like wild-fire in the last hundred years, especially in the charismatic and the prosperity “Praise the Lord for it” religious movement (Trinity Broadcasting Network). I say, “Holy bull.” It is not about whose religion is wrong and whose religion is right, but whose religion is wrong and whose religion is more wrong.

The only commodity of true value we possess is what we believe. When the quality of our belief is extremely inwardly satisfying, we are wealthy beyond expressible words. When the quality is less than satisfying, we are paupers without knowing it. That is to say, our belief can make us or break us.

Is there anything that Jesus Christ did or was that He wouldn’t want us to do or be? If not, then that is the answer to what the Christian life should consist of.

One of the biggest diversions in organized Christianity is that they put too much emphasis on the grandeur of the future and not enough on the present-day hell we must go through—with joy.

What do we have in common with God? We have the ability to love and be loved. Also, through the power of uncompromising belief, we have the ability to control the physical. Being like Him is what we need to satisfy our innermost needs. If a person delves deep enough, one will discover that we and God are made up of the same essential ingredient: belief. There is one big difference, however: God is going in one direction with His belief, while we may be going in two directions.

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