quarta-feira, 22 de abril de 2015
For, behold, thou shalt conceive and bear a son whose head no razor; for the child shall be a Nazarite of God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel from the hand of the Philistines. Judges 13: 5
Nothing happens by chance, everything has a motive, a root, which provided growth. No matter the adversities in life that we have to go through, it is essential to know that everything is part of an unknown mystery of our view, there is a reason.
There we have come to think that was motivated by bad choices on our part, however, there are circumstances that there is the will of God.
I analyze the life of Samson, all preachers of the word, talk a lot about his faults in his exaggerated innocence before the sin. Surely he was one who abused the reproach of sin, that has not any doubt, he exaggerated its high reliance on occasion, he found himself the last cookie package, found himself immune to satanic traps just because he was a child of promise. And the woman bare a son, and called his name Samson; and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him. Judges 13:24.
Forgot that are exactly the sons of God's promises that have to watch more, because the enemy does not attack you do not have God's promise, that person is already himself. The enemy will only manipulate what is yours, to aware them that what this person is doing right even being wrong, and so she will continue to live in darkness staggering finding is in the light. I told them And Samson: I will give you a riddle to decipher; and if within seven days of the feast, and find it out, I will give you thirty sheets and thirty change of garments. Judges 14:12
We are used to hearing that Samson erred by not like any Hebrew girl, but attract to the Philistine, his parents also thought so, porémm had articulation of God in the situation. Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there not a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get me this, because it appeals to my eyes. Judges 14: 3.
See that Samson was not guilty of this, there was a plan of God behind that will, But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the Lord; that he sought an occasion against the Philistines; for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel. Judges 14: 4. God works so that we can not understand, certainly there were other methods to God destroy the enemy was, but one that he decided, and no one can stop acting God, who are we to go against His will, He is God, Who are we?
God wanted to show His glory, using the masterpiece of his hands, man. God wanted to reveal His power in front of your enemies using the fruit of your dreams, man, using exactly your promise. For us it was Samson enemy lace get involved with someone who was not in the same dimension. On the other hand, I; The woman was part of God's plan to destroy the Philistines. Then she also had promises of God, would be His alibi, to destroy the enemy. Samson who hesitated, not respect for the greatness that God has placed in your hands. And he went down and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well. Judges 14: 7. I also think; Care brethren, we are attracted to what we see and hear.
Samson had communion with God, however, his ego was too big, the fact that God is with us does not give us the right to abuse it. And he was very thirsty, and cried unto the LORD, and said, By the hand of thy servant Thou hast given this great salvation; now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised? Samson prayed and God heard until then God was in Samson's life. Then God split the hollow place that in the jaw; and there came water, and drank; and regained his spirit and he revived; so he called that place: The source of one crying, which is in Lehi unto this day. Judges 15: 18-19
See also; when God has his plans He works in a way, Satan also not far behind, he articulates the other side. While God was preparing the girl to be link in the destruction of their enemies, the enemy also created their projects to destroy God's promise.
This is where Samson played with sin literally, he was the son of an uncontaminated, liberating promise, separated, he could never let smear the enemy of the dish. Samson error beyond disobedience was involved with prostitutes, they could be where they were. And Samson went to Gaza, and saw there an harlot, and went in unto her. Judges 16: 1.
I did not know him, what he thought no one was watching, God was watching him and the enemies also and was told Gazites: Samson came here. They surrounded him, and all night you put spies in the gate; but were quiet all night, saying, in the morning light wait; then kill Judges 16: 2. Why we must be very careful to observe the places where we are in and the things we are doing, there is a cloud of witnesses over us.
Until then, this tie Samson get let go, the enemy that beast has nothing, studied Samson, put followers everywhere, every look of Samson, each step he took, every word he spoke, the demons took notes. Was give that Satan nounced the perfect plan to destroy the designs of God through Samson, he offered Samson Samson liked what else, Delilah. And then it happened that loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. Judges 16: 4
Samson was so involved with pleasure that Satan provided by Delilah's life, that he forgot who he was, what his mission, why of its existence. The illusory power of evil did Samson fall in real cliff, he lay down literally with the enemy, and this thought with God. Samson drunk on the wine of darkness and abandoned projects of God, he preferred to hear the voice of Satan than pay attention to God's call. And it came to pass, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, his soul was vexed unto death Judges 16:16.
So many times Samson was told by the angel of the Lord of your choices, so many times God has clearly shown its presence in the life of sanction, however, the heart of Samson was more likely to lean towards the attractions of the enemy, Delilah was a special banquet hosted by evil, which unfortunately, Samson ate with regalia.
God gave Samson opportunity to open their eyes to see the table where he was seated, often Delilah tried to find out his secret, and, arming trap for proof Samson's life, however, he continued to finding the such perhaps he thought that nothing would take him, thinking he who could do anything, did not know he was already one step closer to its end. He surrendered wholly to the charms of darkness. And he told her all his heart, and said to him: Never come a razor upon my head, for I am a Nazarite to God from the womb of my mother; if I be shaven, go would me my strength, and I shall become weak, and be as another man. Judges 16:17
Samson declined your heart in the hands of the enemy, and it became his prisoner, left to walk in the light to go in the dark, out of God's hands and threw himself into the arms of evil. The promise turned illusion, the liberator turned slave. Therefore, seeing that Delilah had told her all his heart, she sent and called the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he has told me all his heart. And the lords of the Philistines came up to her, bringing with them the money. Judges 16:18.
A Prince, A King, A deliverer, A Hero, A Warrior, Valente, not to pay attention to the designs of God, turned laughing stock in the hands of the enemy. But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass, and he did grind in the prison. Judges 16:21.
That we will learn in this day with the story of Samson, and we will not fall into the same trap we are children of God's promise, we can not get out of his sight, we do not do our will, the enemy is watching us, let us the will of God, and He will fulfill all his purposes through our lives, All that God has prepared even before nascermo us.
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And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. Matthew 10:38
What is the weight that has its cross?
Perhaps this is a very timely question for our lives, but in fact someone has an answer to it?
Certainly every human being has a cross to bear, the strange thing is that when we talk about cross depicts the logo to mind, two crossed timbers, however, the real synonymous Cross is sacrifice, grief, suffering, torment, torture, insignia, torture, so; mortification.
So what can be understood that the cross is nothing but unwanted conduct that happens in our lives. So if subintende that when Jesus said that the person who does not take his cross and continue the walk, or in His pecadas does not deserve even pronounce his name. If we are not able to sacrifice our life, suportas pain, mortify ourselves, we are not worthy of Him, for all He has done for us.
Referring to the life of Jesus; which was heavier and difficult to be loaded, the tree, or the circumstances that originalizou the tree?
Of course we were the circumstances because the tree for heavier it was, the pain, only just cover the meat, not lead to a situation so fateful, comprehensive of suffering. The greatest pain was on the shoulders of Jesus, the weight of our infirmities, because they were there, the pain of our body, but also of our soul. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses. Matthew 8:17
This is a hard fact to understand, because if you look in human eyes will ask how can something invisible to be heavier than what we can handle with our hands, that is, than what we can put the weight want.
Think; if we could put on a scale the pain I had ever felt our heart, the weight of the tears shed already, what is the probability of this to lose a piece of wood? Do you know why? The wood you already have a sense of how it will be, you know what can happen before you get it, you see, and preparing psychologically, because inside you has been given an automatic notice of the weight that awaits you .
However, the pain we feel, never went through our mind that they could happen, they arrived by surprise, and all that caught us off guard. Were thrown on us, then, even though it was such a shame to depend on the distance would cause huge impact, that says a person who is tortured with water drop falling on his head, which most agonizing thing should be, could be different if only a drop, but there is torture if it actually happens once did, can be fatal, but is not excruciating. The affliction is, the quantities of fallen drops over time what appeared to be less than a gram, takes the weight of a ton.
This is exactly what happened to Jesus, perhaps it was just the problems of one person that he had to carry, would not cause so much agony, because He came already prepared for it, that was the mission of Jesus, which caused an effect destructive were the quantities of drops on His shoulders, inflamed drops the sin of all mankind Otherwise must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world. But now the end of the world once he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. Hebrews 9:26
Imagine then, how great was not the weight that Jesus carried, and even suffering yet appealed the lives of those who tortured him, healed diseases of those who had wounded his soul per hour, those who mercilessly harassed his heart, those who blindly or naively, were emissaries of hell in accordance with the plans of darkness. Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and with the powerful he shall divide the spoil; because he poured out his soul unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. Isaiah 53:12
Jesus bore our burdens, was made sacrifice on that tree endured the most cruel of all tortures, to be hurt by people he carried in his being convicted of those he absorbed, be imprisoned for so many that He freed . And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 1 John 2: 2,
Does our cross has something similar to Jesus? Does our cross is really heavy? We need to review our concepts, challenged for our consciousness, then, carry our cross with courage, no matter the weight we think it has, will only be ours, particularly a drop.
Because our biggest problem is not the weight of the cross, plus the inability to carry her, fear of fiercely support the attacks and collusion evil whips, reason that so many cowardly have opened her hand and dropped on cliff therefore the cross is exactly the bridge we directs to Jesus. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me can not be my disciple. Luke 14:27
No other carried a heavier cross to Him, since He is innocent, endured silent, because he understood that he was not born clutching a cross, He found while walking, and so would soon move away from it. Our cross is a matter of time, pretty soon we will be in heaven, she had been here, that's what happened with Jesus. Understand this! Continue to walk firm, Jesus walks with you. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Revelation 3:10.
God bless us
Pr. Valni Melo Borges de Oliveira
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Trust ye not in lying words, saying: Temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the Lord's temple is this. Jeremiah 7: 4.
Precious church of God, which is hosted on this earth, I bring all of part of the Great I Am updates. Take heed, behold, it is already the hour of vengeance of the Lord, the moment of Satan sift elected to prove, as gold proof the fire are my, do not be lead by aparecias, not everything that seems to be my is , I wanted the Lord that everyone was under my shelter, however, many just use my shadow to hide, for those who do not truly see who they are, but I know them, I saw them before they come to this earth.
Come over all the earth, a whirlwind, but one that is connected to me will not move from place, I am the strength, I own the domain, am I the majesty, I am your God who brought the evil clutches of the infamous the laveis blood shed on the cross, the coat with holy garments, cleansed, put my spirit in you. Look closely at what I do, not what men say they do. The will of man is not equal to mine, I have great and precious things to you, I bought you, you are mine.
You are planted wheat with the chaff, is necessary to be thus more I the Lord, the great reaper, already commanded the time of collection, I myself will select the precious seeds, however, all the weeds'll make a point to see him trembling between the fire.
Not wrong you everything I see, everything I know, all I can do, before you there I am, before the earth came up I was, nothing can escape my will, I allow more consisto not, I leave, not more approve, I give, so I shot, I do everything my way, my way, because I know the Lord what actually is good for my chosen.
It is time that many who claim to be my really show who they are, because I released enemy army to shelter to many, those who really want me I'll be I always God, to welcome them and comfort them.
Do not look strange fables, I'm the same, first of all you know any, I who created everything under my charge, armies in heaven, on earth around the corner, I all government. He who draw close to me, do not forsake, who refuse for me I embrace, who die for me give you eternal life.
Prepare my people, fruit of my dreams, projects of my hands, I am your God, you are my beloved, Satan has asked me to sift through the many, many forsook not, why not stand more to those who I allow to go into the furnace will walk beside him and not a thread of your hair will be scorched.
You know my power, all left writing to you as a dialect that never goes out because it was written by me, follow my orders, not hearken to cogitations your adversary is cunning and has used up many of my. Keep watch to seal his lips with my ointment, put on your heads my invisible cloak, calcem your feet with sandals made in my oven, clothe yourselves with me inside and out, use the weapons of faith being put- in prayer all the time, fast, raise cries to me, I will hear. Gather and give thanks, because even with the hard evidence never abandoned you, allow all because I know where you go Posen.
I have chosen you, trust me, the time has come, I will bring you to a different dimension than you think, you will bring my presence and you will see that I am your father and you are my children.
Only those who persist firm against the evil chased, not defiled their garments, which do not eat the delicacies offered, will soon have, a precious reward.
Will forever be your God and you will always be to me privately owned.
Take heed, watch over, the enemy is out with weapons in their hands, my angels have also been in front before they arrived because my shield be upon you, do not give place to evil.
I leave you my peace.
And every day, in the temple and at home, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ. Acts 5:42
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And if a man also militates, is not crowned unless lawfully. 2 Timothy 2: 5
Do you consider yourself a warrior? Which kind are you? Battalion which you belong?
These really are three fundamental questions for someone enlists for military. No soldier is recognized until then nothing he's done.
What is the warrior battling person fighting. Strong and capable person who wins the challenge, one that does not give up, who is not afraid of the opponent by greater than he is. Not succumbing in the struggle waged by most to be the battle, the warrior may even hurt more he does not give up. Fighting is part of your life, if it is not fighting her life is meaningless.
There are natural born warrior, forced Warrior and Warrior improvised.
Born warrior is one who has all the characteristics described above. That automatically does not bend before the enemy, that does not move is losing a fight, gets up and starts again, because he understands that life warrior fights is not lacking. Every day he already raises prepared for the battles not caring about the duration of the war. And they helped David against the troop, for they were all mighty men of valor, and were captains in the army. 1 Chronicles 24:21
Forced Warrior is one who entered into a battle by circumstance, was not what she wanted, but had to find the fighter who had hidden in it without even knowing fight, He had to learn the enemy's camp to be- a true warrior, that happened to David, he was a shepherd of sheep, did nothing of weapons, used only a sling or bajoguem, with a staff to guard the sheep, and then took his cane, chose five smooth stones in the creek , put them in the bag, that is, in his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the filisteu.1 Samuel 17:40.
It was all David could handle, however, he heard the enemy confront their God, saw their trapped, being harassed and humiliated by the enemy, it brought out, the great warrior, able to defeat bears and lions, without anyone knowing because the glory belongs to the Lord, the strength comes from Him, for Him and for Him are all things. Much more than human weapons, David trusted in God, and understood that God is Lord in the wars. , And as he talked with them, behold, there came up from the army of the Philistines warrior man, whose name was Goliath, the Philistine of Gath; and spake according to the same words, and David heard them. 1 Samuel 17:23
The fighter who was hidden inside David woken up, even without weapons of war, he decided to fight, he turned a forced warrior, And when he rose up the Philistine, and going to meet David, hastened David and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 1 Samuel 17:48.
His attitude did God take action, because when God has purpose in one's life he use it on top of your knowledge, but then have to hold to the use the right weapons.
Improvised warriors are those who are in battle with weapons in hand, you know the enemy's strategy, however, can not fight properly, have names of warriors, is seen as brave, but they are cowards. That's exactly what happened to Saul and his warriors. And all the men in Israel saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid. 1 Samuel 17:24, These had all apparently need a Warrior, but he lacked something essential, attitude and courage, was loose soldiers are frightened before the giant. And the Philistine said: I defy the armies of Israel, saying, Give me a man, that we may fight together. Then listening to Saul and all Israel heard those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid 1 Samuel 17: 10-11.
They did not realize that the offense was not against the soldiers, but against his General, who commanded all the troops of his nation, and no general worth his salt makes his name be released in the mud. God watches over all is not. God would not come down from his throne to fight with one Pekingese, He had to use someone, God needed a candidate who prontificasse, which put standing as a representative figure for the fight had been unsuccessful in heaven, God wanted someone can only be put with a bridge to bring the victory that God had already sentenced for his people.
No matter the size of the enemy powerful weapons he has, victory is those who trust in God. Then left the camp of the Philistines a warrior man, named Goliath, of Gath, which height was six cubits and a span. He carried on his head a bronze helmet, and wore a breastplate of scales; . and the weight of five thousand shekels of brass, and bronze greaves brought over his feet, and a brass between his shoulders 1 Samuel 17: 4-6.
It is not the clothing that will protect, are not human weapons that will make us win, is daring to go in the name of Almighty under His authority, and establish itself before the enemy sentencing his defeat, order that he Shut up, because the presence of the True Great, is with you. And David said to Saul, Let no man's heart fail because of him; thy servant will go and fight with this Philistine 1 Samuel 17:32
The difference between the Warriors is in who comada them, the order comes from above, the strength comes from the Commander, Warrior is just an alibi, because the strategies are the General. But David said to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 1 Samuel 17:45.
What Warrior you have been? Fight and win you are already peculiar? So keep winning you will always have, or perhaps you are in a forced war, and did not know what to do. Hey! Look at David, he did not know to fight, had more faith in God, face the evil, defeat the enemy by faith, not by the size of acovarde-problems, Believe on the Lord Almighty, take action, not as in being harassed by the bad, do not let it mocked, mocking, do not allow ridicule the God you serve, because if you do not win will be the name of Him who is concerned, everyone knows you as part of his army, does not oscillate now , do not hesitate, do not retreat, do not think of going back to back, accelerate the steps, run, face the enemy, the weapons you have is enough, God will make you win, just fight without fear, the giant will fall in front and you will cut off his head. As soon as David returned after killing the Philistine, Abner took him before Saul. David was still holding Goliath's head. 1 Samuel 17:57
Just do not become a careless, useless soldier, has everything to win and lose, fail, why is startled by the size of the problems, forget that He who keeps them is much greater than all the giants, and much stronger all enemies. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. Psalm 121: 5.
God did to beat you, but you have to fight, because victory is already guaranteed power and authority He has placed in your life Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and the whole force of the enemy, and nothing shall harm. Luke 10:19. Just believe, and you will lift the award for his visibly victory for all to see. All who are here will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord gives victory; for the battle is the Lord, and he will give all of you into our hands 1 Samuel 17:47
God just wants you to fight, you're the brave Him, because it is through you that He will do the supernatural happens, the shame will paralyze the enemy when you exercise the authority of God Warrior, and destroy those who rise against you, even their goods, will become yours. David took the Philistine's head and brought it to Jerusalem and kept the weapons of the Philistine in his own tent 1 Samuel 17:54.
Hallelujah! This is our God, the Lord mighty stand up and start war, victory is already waiting for you in the name of the Lord of hosts.
He who overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God and he shall be my son. Revelation 21: 7
Excuse me, said the old man to have stumbled upon a boy who looked to him with insistence, supported by a wooden stick, the man continued slow pace for the last stage of the race.
The Lord really think make it to the end, with so many people in physical situations than yours? Asked the boy curiously followed the old, not because he was with, but because I wanted to see where the man could.
Sighed and answered you; if I do not get there, at least I will not be known as a coward for being afraid to try.
Hmm, thinking like this ... You are very intelligent, said the boy;
Intelligence? I do not know ... One more thing is sure, I just can not give me the towel because of the difficulties, while I'm alive. Many may have the strength, I have courage, so many may have manhood, I have determination, many may want to, but I will'll get, you spoke with both breathless.
The boy replied; good, since you this way, says it will get, I then go along to the end, will that your experience goes well, the prize will be mine.
The man made air smile and replied; look there to back my son, and tell me what you see?
He turned the boy and said; a crowd, and many are quitting, many are leaving the road ... sir, took a breath and continued, they are means you donkeys, are already one step of the prize, and are giving up.
The Lord answered; a step for you young man that is looking forward. They are looking at the floor, under the circumstances, then, are seeing the stones thrown on the road, so end up hurting your feet, preventing them from continuing. Quick walk without knowing where. Run, but are not sure they will get there, they want the prize for vain glory, not because depends on it, want to test forces and end weak, seek not know, are just coming in amount, are running because someone told them there a reward, not because they know the value of this reward, so their motivation and insufficient to strengthen them during the course of this long road.
He went ... He who falters only because he saw someone stronger, that condition will have to participate in a battle? Those who give up because they stepped on a stone, how can you climb the highest mountain. He who is content in sameness, will never live the great things? Who has chicken instinct never managed to noble heights, because there belongs only to eagles.
I do not know the path you have traveled, where you want to go, what you want to achieve, however, there is a journey, whose prize to anyone who can get there is the most valuable of all that may exist, and this is the promise that he made us: eternal life. 1 John 2:25.
Walk, walk, go, go, run, just looking to Jesus, He is the way by which we must walk in Him is to reward all our efforts. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
For this people's heart is waxed gross, and heard dull of your ears, and shut their eyes; Lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. Matthew 13:15
The present day are a real boomerang, people are going back and forth, not knowing where to go, running in a circle toward nowhere, party, but going back to nothing.
What could be leading the church of Christ in the XXI century living as someone who has no hope, if there are so many extraordinary examples in the Bible to follow? What leads a chosen people to walk so slowly picking up the exposed stubble on roads designed for evil? Because a people destined to be a reference model to be followed, become as insane as the other?
The word of the Lord we say; Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding; and their honorable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Isaiah 5:13, misunderstanding of the purpose and God designs to man has led elected to submit to be forged the enemy's baths because, if only atentássemo us to the teachings of Jesus, the coming-cons matches hell not afflicted us so much, because we would be refugees in the shadow of the Almighty. How precious, O God, thy mercy, therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings. Psalms 36: 7
The parable of the seed, is a lifelong lesson for our lives, to decide what food to have him at our table, and the type of field that we should cultivate in us.
The Sower Jesus, has distributed in the hearts of his word, he has made himself the seed that produces fruits worthy of eternal life. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14.
If we look at the large current fad status is being gospel, the simple fact of saying Gospel, there is already a difference, people want to see change. However, the gospel was trivialized by many, not the seed that was launched in them was bad, it was the soil that was no good, so did the seed succumb up.
Many people heard the word of God, were to meet, but were unwilling to meet you, these people were the wayside, did not come to walk on the road, came close to salvation, lived an unusual faith. But the side of the road has traces which causes damage, the side of the road is gravel, the side of the road is difficult to walk, because all the dirt runs to the edge, there is enough land to cover the seeds they were exposed, so came the vultures of life and sneaky words of origin of hell, convinced them, swallowing that seed and leading to scrub the evil one, because there was not born in them the understanding of the truth. And those by the wayside are the ones where the word is sown; but when they have heard, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. Mark 4:15
Other They hear the message that transforms the life of the vilest sin, it looks as if a volcano lights inside them, is an immediate joy, euphoria, lives a momentary faith, want to fix the world once, see error in all people, want to do and do, get well, only that those words, not entered in fact in their hearts, they were superficially in your life, no depth, did not take root, because they do not become really, she cheated to itself deep within his heart was still the same, with the same stone, she said she believed in God with his mouth, but never allowed Jesus to remove the stone from it, then the seed that was launched may not succeed herself, despite being born, had nowhere to-firm, was fickle in her, then blew the bad winds, appeared difficulties, came upon the strong waves, damaged the plant and soon died. And as those who are sown on stony ground; which heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; But have no root in themselves, but for a time: then, when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they are offended. Mark 4: 16-17
There are those who hear the word of God but do not understand that Jesus is life changing, these, rather than leaving things they once did, they want to reconcile, the kingdom of God with the things of this world. Many say; that's how I earn my money must continue, as will survive to stop doing this? Others lost their dignity and sold his ministry, many are defiled by little, turning target in the hands of Satan. Have they any faith born in the heart of this person?
Many are depending on what they have, not the Jesus they claim to have known, want to belong to God, but do not want to give up the old life, the beauty of this world, the charms of darkness, the easy riches, the power of the earth , the pleasures of life, dominate. Ill do bridge between them, and leave the titubeados without knowing whether they will or are they even think of leaving most want to bring contaminated baggage of sin, many are years in the church, but their lives continue as they entered, a real mask, until something changes in appearance, however, when he speaks the world flows. And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word; And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. Mark 4: 18-19
Blessed are those who open the door to enter the sower, happy are those who do not condition his life to whatever the charms of this land, but are mirrored only in the sower of his heart. Hear the word, it is cold or sun, or in calorentos days or dark nights, their faith remains grounded in what all can do. Problems arise, appear to diseases, will the lashes, grow persecutions, stand the accusers, run out of finances, come abandonment, run friends, miss understanding on envy, slander and calumny, blow the wind to blow, cause the damage that cause, they continue firm in the rock, because they know that all this will pass, and which will have eternal durability, is spiked with deep roots in their hearts, who is the Lord Jesus. They remain standing because they stand in what never be shaken. God. These, even if the seed is very small, because the land that's inside is fertile ground, the seed germinates and produces fruit that surpasses human understanding. And these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. Mark 4:20.
God bless us
And it was known to all that dwell in Jerusalem; so that in their own language that field was called Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.
BLOOD referred the text is INNOCENT BLOOD of Christ.
Just compare with the story of the Evangelist Matthew:
Then Judas, which had betrayed him, seeing that he was condemned, brought, sorry, the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders,
Saying: I have betrayed innocent blood. But they said, is that to us? That's up to you.
And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and was to hang.
And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said: It is not lawful to put them into the treasury, because they are the price of blood.
And took counsel, and bought with them the field of a potter, to bury strangers.
Therefore that field was called, to this day, Field of Blood.
Then was fulfilled what vaticinara the prophet Jeremiah took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of which was valued, whom they children of Israel;
And gave them for the potter's field, according to what the Lord commanded me
Matthew 27: 2-10
"We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ." (1 John 1: 3)
Christians tend to use quite the word "communion" like, "Let's have fellowship"; or "Let's meet in the Hall of Communion".
- But what that word really mean?
When Acts 2:42 says that the first believers "devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship" (emphasis added), uses the Greek word koinonia, which can be translated as "communion", "partnership" or "camaraderie". It also means "generosity." So the fellowship covers all these ideas; is much more than social relations.
Anyone can have social relations.
Any people can join and form groups around their passions, whatever you want that are interested.
But the communion of which the Bible speaks is not that kind of meeting or social interaction.
It is entirely different.
People are joining to talk about the things of God.
Communion is to pray together.
It is to serve together.
It donate together.
You grow old together.
These are the ribs of communion.
And the communion with God and with His people go together.
As we know God through His Word, we will want to fellowship with other believers. The stronger your fellowship in the vertical plane, the stronger the communion in the horizontal plane. As 1 John 1: 3 says, "We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.".
If you find yourself without communion with God, will soon find themselves without communion also with other believers.
So if you want to be like one of those first believers of the first century church need not only to love God and study His Word, but also need to spend time in fellowship with His people.
That one day we can say: I have fought the good fight, I have finished my career, I have kept the faith.
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I wish I was dead wrong, but I believe now that you are reading these words is asking the same question long ago:
"If God is with me, why nothing is going right in my life?"
Well, actually this question is not new. It has been done for thousands of years ago by a man named Gideon. And look what was in the midst of a very interesting meeting. "Gideon threshed wheat in a tank to crush grapes, hidden from the Midianites. The angel of the Eternal appeared to him and said, "The Eternal is with you, mighty warrior!"
But read only what was Gideon replied: "Me, sir? If the Lord is with us, why are we in this situation? (Judges 6: 12-13 The Message Bible).
There courage to speak to the angel of the Lord that way, does not it? And the interesting thing is that the Angel of the Lord did not care one bit to answer the question asked by Gideon. The Angel delivers the message and prompt. No explanations!
If you read the beginning of this chapter in the Bible will see why things are not going well with the children of Israel: "They made the children of Israel did evil before the Lord, so the Lord delivered them into the hands of Midian seven years "(Judges 6: 1). There, it's explained why so many difficulties that Israel was facing.
But now you can certainly be thinking, "Okay, the people of Israel was doing much wrong, but that's not my case. I am seeking God constantly and I have tried to do all that He commands in His word. So why things are not going well in my life? "
The answer I'll give you perhaps shock you that was waiting for a beautiful explanation. But the only answer I can give to that is: I do not know!
I do not know why things do not always right or do not go as we would like, but do not think that the situation you are facing today is an isolated case and that God does not love you. Stop, watch ...
When Joseph was in Egypt doing everything right, what happened to him? It ended up being thrown into prison, accused of something that did not and remained there for two years.
Did Daniel had done something wrong against God to be cast into the den of lions? No! But still it was there that he spent an entire night!
So, what I know is that in the Bible there is nothing to make me believe that the Christian life will always be a bed of roses. Nothing is written in the Bible (there unless someone distort some text) that says from the day when Jesus came into my life all my problems here on this earth will cease, or that I will not have adversity in this life.
Solomon, the man God has given tremendous wisdom also saw many things happen for which he could give no explanation, but we will do very well always reflect the things he wrote:
- "I have seen everything in my days of vanity: there are righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is evil that prolongs his life in his wickedness" (Ecclesiastes 7:15).
- "There is a vanity on earth: righteous men to whom it happens according to the deeds of the wicked, and wicked to whom it happens according to the deeds of the righteous" (Ecclesiastes 8:14) ... "I found something else in this world, neither always the fastest runners who win the races; are not always the bravest soldiers who win battles. I noticed that even the wisest people do not always have enough to eat and that the most intelligent are not always rich. I also noticed that the most capable people do not always reach high positions. Everything depends on the time and chance. (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
So I can not give an explanation "logic" for everything that happens in your life, but I can leave you a verse that always gives me strength when questions arise in my mind as well. The verse is this: "As you do not know which way the wind, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of the pregnant woman, so thou knowest not the works of God who makes all things" (Ecclesiastes 11: 5) .
I can not explain how God works, nor why many situations that He allows in our lives, but I do know this: He knows very well what he does, and I have learned day by day to trust everything he does .
Things may not be going as you want, and not going to order you would like to happen, but trust in God, for none of His can be thwarted!
That your day is Peace, God keep you and bless you!
quinta-feira, 16 de abril de 2015
The first aspect of Christ's vision is the creation. From the biblical assumption that everything that exists was created by God (Gen. 1.1), Jesus saw all things as the result of the creative power of the Father, of whom nature reflected the magnitude and perfection. By his gaze, then the world is not the result of chance, governed by immaterial forces and to his fate. In fact, this universe has the digital of his Creator; the heavens declare the glory and the skies proclaim the work of His hands (Psalm 19.1), and all things are under your control.
In the eyes of Christ, wrote Dallas Willard, this is a world imbued with God and imbued with God. It is a world full of a glorious reality, where each element is within the scope of knowledge and direct control of God - although it allows some things, for good reasons, are so far different from what he desires. "It's an inconceivably beautiful and good world for God and for God is always there. It is a world in which God works continuously and in which he continually delights. While our understanding to realize that every visible thing and every event is full of the glory of God's presence, the word of Jesus will not have won in all "(The Divine Conspiracy, p. 81). For this reason, Willard says that the good news of the kingdom will only be a safe guideline for our lives if we see the world in which we live as he sees.
The idea of creation and God's sovereignty over all things is at the base of the lens of Jesus. Taking nature as an example, he says to his disciples avoid anxiety by solicitude of life:
Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
And which of you by with all his thought can add one cubit to his stature?
And as for clothing, for that ye walk solicitous? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; neither toil nor spin;
And I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, will not wear you the more, O ye of little faith?
Walk ye not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat, or who shall drink, or we be clothed?
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. Surely your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things;
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added.
You not troubled, for, for tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6.26-34)
It is interesting to note in this passage how the Master teaches his disciples: "Behold the fowls of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. " In Greek, the word "lo" (emblepõ) means looking fixedly; contemplate; discern clearly (Bible Keyword, CPAD, p. 2184). So Jesus tells us to look at the world in order to discover the wonders of the Creator and his providential power even in the simplest things of nature.
See and understand all things by the focus of creation is not something purely theoretical, but has practical and magnificent consequences for personal life and human history, reaching ethical, cultural and legal issues, as the implications of the values and principles derived therefrom as divine sovereignty, the purpose of life, human dignity and equality between people give absolute standard of truth and intrinsic value to life, thus justifying an adequate standard of existence in society.
Because of this is that Christianity - Christ aware of the teachings of - is the foundation of Western civilization. Dinesh D'Souza points out that Christianity took this continent retrograde and gave her teaching and order, stability and dignity. "Where there was only a desolate place, they produced villages after villages and finally, communities and cities. Over the years, the wild barbaric warrior became a gentle knight, and formed new ideals of civility, behavior and romance that shape our society today "(The Truth of Christianity, Thomas Nelson, p. 64). According to D'Souza Christianity is responsible for the way of life and the organization of our society, with contributions to our laws, our economy, our arts, our schedule, our holidays and our moral and cultural priorities, which led the writer JM Roberts to write: "It is likely that none of us whatever it was today a handful of Jews for almost two thousand years had not believed they had known a great teacher, who had seen crucified, dead and buried, and then resurrected ".
Much of the importance of the Christian worldview to the history of the company arises precisely from the Christian concept of creation, after all, first of all it gives sense and meaning to life, pointing to the purpose of human existence as the result of a perfect design of a God love (John 3:16) and wise. Therefore, we are not accidents, much less live drifting aimlessly and without direction.
Jesus saw people in this light. He valued each person individually rather than their social status, ecclesiastical position or any benefit that could receive, but for its own sake. Their lives made sense and had meaning, not because of something they have done, but because of bring with them the plan of God for their lives. We realized that to see the master approaching marginal, sinners and publicans, to touch and transform their lives.
Unlike the Christian worldview, the naturalistic worldview assumes that there is no purpose for human existence. Soon, life has no meaning, leaving only an empty and devoid of world value, dominated by chaos and hopelessness. For this reason, Ravi Zacharias says that when someone tries to live without God, the answers to morality, to hope and meaning of life send him to his own world to mold itself to an individualized response. He writes: "Outside of Christ there is no law, there is no hope and no point. You, and only you, is one that will determine and define these essential elements of life; and you and only you, is the architect of his own moral law; you and only you, idealizes sense for your life; you, and only you, you risk everything you have based on hope than you think. "
William Lane Craig also expressed the absurdity of life without God as follows:
If God does not exist, both the human being and the universe are inevitably condemned to death. Human beings, like all biological organisms, has died. If hope of immortality, your life just goes to the tomb. His life is but a spark in the infinite darkness, a spark that appears, glitters and dies forever. "
[...] Without God ... the human being and the universe would be mere chance of accidents, thrown into existence without reason. Without God the universe is the result of a cosmic accident, a random explosion. There is no reason why it exists. As for the human being he is a freak of nature - a product of blind plus time plus chance matter. The human being is nothing but a gooey mass that evolved to rationality. There are purpose in life for the human race than to a kind of insect; both are the result of blind chance and necessity of interaction.
It is for this reason that atheism can not explain and give meaning to life consistently. (Contemporary apologetics, p. 28).
Back to our topic, this lack of objective purpose creates what JP Moreland (Triangle United, p. 32) calls "empty self". He said the "empty self" is so widespread in today's culture that sometimes gets to be treated as cultural plague. He cites the psychologist Philip Cushman: the empty self is filled with consumer goods, calories, experiences, political, romantic partners and empathetic therapists. [...] The empty self experiences a significant lack of community, tradition and shared meaning, [...] a lack of conviction and personal merit, and incorporates these shortcomings as a chronic emotional hunger and undifferentiated. " In this social environment where life is devoid of ultimate purpose, people try to make sense of other things such as consumerism, success and hedonism, and generate a desensitized culture, ultrassexualizada, addicted to pornography and promiscuity, which fails to satisfy the longing for the drama we were given by God, as stated by JP Moreland.
Second study by Rush University in the US, have a purpose in life is associated with lower mortality rates among the elderly. "A purpose in life reflects the tendency to measure meaning of life experiences and be focused and planned," said Patricia A. Boyle researcher. The analysis of more than 1200 elderly who did not have dementia indicated that those who reported having major purposes in life had half the risk of death, compared to volunteers with fewer purposes. And the results persisted after researchers consider income, depressive symptoms, disability, neuroticism and number of medical conditions. According to the authors, mortality was more significantly associated with three items of the questionnaire purpose in life, which measured the agreement of the participants the following questions: "sometimes I feel like I've done everything there is to do in life"; "I used to propose goals for myself, but now seem a waste of time"; "My daily activities often seem trivial and unimportant to me."
Perhaps the reader ask: If life has purpose, what would it be? Scripture makes it appear that the meaning of life is not passing things and devised by man himself. As we read the book of Ecclesiastes we realize that the wise Solomon came to the conclusion that the existential meaning was not in vain and temporal things, such as wealth, work, pleasure and power. At the end of the book, after observing what was going on "under the sun", it puts things in proper perspective: "From all you have heard, the end is: Fear God and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man "(Eccl. 12:13).
CS Lewis is who best explains the meaning of life from the biblical point of view. He claims that the reason for our existence on this planet is to establish a relationship with the person who put us here and while this relationship is established, all our attempts to achieve happiness - our struggle for recognition, for money, for power, the perfect marriage or the ideal friendship, all we seek for our whole life - will never be enough, never able to fully satisfy the desire, fill in the blank, calm anxiety, or make us happy. In the sermon "Weight of Glory" delivered at Oxford University Lewis speaks of this desire inherent in man, whose soul longs for something higher and sublime; "A desire that no natural happiness can meet." He writes:
"The physical hunger of a man does not prove that he will find bread; it can starve on a raft in the Atlantic. But certainly the hunger of a man proves that he belongs to a species that restores the body through food and live in a world where there are edible substances. Similarly, although I do not believe (I wish!) That my longing for paradise prove I go enjoy it, I think is a pretty sure sign that there is something and that some men will find it. A man can fall in love with a woman without conquer it; but it would be very odd if the phenomenon of falling in love occurred in a sexless world. "
In Mere Christianity Lewis writes:
"God created us as a man invents a machine. A car is made to run on petrol. God designed the human machine to be moved by himself. God Himself is the fuel that our spirit must burn, or the food they should eat. There is no other fuel, other food. This is why we can not ask God to make us happy and at the same time not give a damn about religion. God can not give us peace and happiness distinct from himself, because out of it they are not. Such a thing does not exist ". (66).
This means that the human being only understands the reason you live when he turns to his Creator; is like a machine that was designed with a specific purpose and only feels fully realized, sated, when understood and back for this purpose: to glorify God and be loved by Him (John 3:16). Naturally all have this sense of purpose. The psalmist said: "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God."
According to the doctrine of creation, then we have an internal capacity or even an inner need in the secret of our spirit of relating to God. Reject this reality implies fail as a human being; achieve personal fulfillment is to leave full of God.
Two other implications of Creation are human dignity and equality. In Genesis 1.26-27 we read: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them ". This passage is paradigmatic and establishes the principle that all people should be treated with dignity and equality, since we have the image of God, there is no natural distinction between one person and another.
Again we turn to the eyes of Jesus. He saw each person with special value to God, even those excluded from society of his time. He talks to a Samaritan woman, physically touching lepers and sick, go to the publicans house and forgive even an adulteress. All these things were inconceivable at the time. These people, for one reason or another, were rejected, unworthy to receive equal treatment. Christ removes the barriers of discrimination and treat each person in a special way, establishing one of the key concepts of his ministry: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself "(Luke 10:27).
Jesus was born in a stable. Had very poor parents. He lived in total obscurity in Galilee. Why Jesus took such a low position in his incarnation? For us to know that no one gets out of his grace. All are important in God's eyes. Jesus identified himself with those who are on the lowest rung of the ladder, which means that everyone has hope because of the incarnation of the verb; because of the descent of God. Whether black or white, rich or poor, beautiful or ugly. All are equal in the eyes of Him.
Human dignity is a universal attribute of the own human being, transcendent origin, which generates a universal claim to recognition, respect and protection having addressed to all individuals and all forms of political and social power. The Portuguese lawyer Jonathan Machado (Constitutional State and religious neutrality, p. 38) notes that for the vision of the Judeo-Christian world, that special dignity of being created in the image and likeness of God manifests itself in the peculiar rational, moral and emotional skills human in its upright physical posture, your creativity and your ability to articulate thought and symbolic discourse, distinct from all animals, no matter how remarkable they are its features. Jonathan also points out that the theology of the image of God (imago Dei) is the basis of the statements of the great thinkers of history, like Francisco de Vitoria, Francisco Suareza, Hugo Grotius, Samuel Pufendorf, John Milton, John Lock James Madison and Thomas Jefferson, on the dignity, freedom and equality, which would come to fruition in the legal world, especially the right to individual freedom and democratic self-determination capacity of the people.
The Jonathan Machado doctor also notes: "The dignity of every human being is not according to their market value, social status, or media professional or the amount earned salary. Similarly, it does not depend on whether the human being has been born or not, you're a kid, man, woman, old, poor, rich, poor, healthy, sick, prison, etc. Whatever your condition, human beings have an intrinsic value and a moral meaning assigned to them by the Creator. "
On equal if all start from the same Creator, there is no reason, much less justification for a human being is considered superior or inferior to the other, hence why all deserve to be treated alike, regardless of color, race, gender, ethnicity or religion. In Christianity, the foundation of equal treatment is God himself who is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), for whom there is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; because you are all one in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:28). Christians have always believed that God gives to each human life that creates an infinite value and loves every person equally.
Unlike the Christian worldview, other worldviews do not have a strong enough base on which the defense of human dignity can support. What is the justification why people should be treated with respect and fairness if they are mere biological accident?
Indeed, many people fail to understand how the adoption of Darwinian theory can dramatically affect the way we view life. These people are blind before the evidence that the enthronement of Darwin's theory has implications beyond "scientific field", able to play the ground several ethical aspects within the social sphere. I remember the book "The Natural History of Rap", in which two university professors defend the idea that rape is not a biologically speaking pathology but an evolutionary adaptation, a strategy to maximize reproductive success. For the authors, rape is biological, "a natural phenomenon product of human evolutionary heritage" as "leopard spots and elongated neck of the giraffe." In other words, some men may resort to coercion to fulfill the reproductive imperative.
This example shows that the adoption of naturalistic worldview has serious implications on the dignity of the human person, for God to remove the scene, Darwinism also removes the principles which should guide the life of society, leaving only that chance, biological drives and materialism in order to make even the legitimate rape, as a natural product of human evolutionary phenomenon inheritance. Earl Aagaard notes very well that even some evolutionists come to this conclusion. According to him, James Rachels, the book Created from Animals: The Moral Implications of Darwinism (Created How Animal Descending: Moral Implications of Darwinism), concludes that Darwinism undermines the doctrine of human dignity. Humans do not have a special place in the moral order; we are just another form of animal. According to Aagaard, Rachels concludes that Darwinism destroys any foundation for a morally significant difference between humans and animals. If man descended from apes by natural selection, it can be physically different from apes, but can not do so in essential way. Certainly can not be in any way that gives more rights to men than to any animal. In the words of Rachels, "you can not make distinctions in morals where none actually exists." He calls his doctrine of "moral individualism," and rejects "the traditional doctrine of human dignity" along with the idea that human life has no inherent value that non-human beings lack ".
In this sense, the naturalist and secularized world view corresponds to reality, we would not find any moral or rational basis to actually say the special dignity of the human person; because, as stated Jonathan Machado, "a cosmic accident can not found any plausible claim of dignity and recognition for another cosmic accident, no matter how clever you are."
After evaluating the prospect of Creation, now proceed to analyze the second focus of Jesus' vision: the Fall. This aspect responds to human dilemmas: Why is there so much suffering, sickness, disease and death in the world?
The book of Genesis records that, though they were created by God as perfect beings with free will, innocence and purity, the first couple, Adam and Eve, they decided to break the covenant and disobey the divine command (Gen. 2: 15-17; 3.6), by eating of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil tree. They exceeded the moral limit established by God, causing what theology calls Fall, fallen condition of man in relation to the Creator, due to a spontaneous act of disobedience and rebellion.
The biblical narrative presents the catastrophic effects of the rebellion of the first humans. The Fall brought first separation from God. After sin, Adam was afraid and tried to hide from Him (Gen. 3:10.), Because of the guilt - the alert awareness of having transgressed the law. That is why John Stott says, "Sin not only separates; he enslaves. Besides us away from God, he also holds us captive "(1), fear, anxiety, depression, anguish. Second, the fall caused the removal of the first couple. Adam blamed Eve's sin, which in turn pointed to the serpent (v. 12, 13). Third, the Fall affected all of nature, injecting disorder in the universe; the work has to be made more difficult because the land began to produce thorns and thistles (v.18). Thus, the "work that was originally creative and satisfying, would become a matter of grueling toil and hard work" (2). In other words, all creation was hit by the effects of sin. In the letter to the Romans 8.20-22 Paul explains: "For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected. In the hope that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and is in travail together until now. "
The most serious consequence of the Fall, however, was the decree of death of the human being, both physical and spiritual. God had already said that if they ate of the fruit of the tree and the science and evil, surely die (Gen. 2:17). In other words, death is the result of divine judgment on disobedience. Physical death, the man returned to the condition of the dust (Genesis 3:19). Paul says that "by one man sin entered into the world, and through sin, death, and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned" (Romans 5:12). Still in the book of Genesis (4.8) we have the account of the first murder, Cain kills Abel. As for the spiritual death, sin put a barrier of separation between God and man, both Adam and Eve were cast out of the Garden of Eden, and God placed cherubim and a flaming sword to guard the way to the tree of life (Gen. . 3:24). The wrath of God was released and why humanity is spiritually dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2.1).
Someone may object: the Fall was originally caused by the disobedience of the first couple, for all mankind is guilty ?. This is where the theological concept of original sin (originale peccatun); that is, through one transgression (sin) stemmed judgment upon all men to condemnation (Romans 5:18). Because of the Fall man became prone to sin, corruption and evil. Paul expressed as follows: "There is none righteous, not even one" (Romans 3:10). "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). The apostle John also confirms: "If we say we have not sinned, we are liars."
Christian theology calls the total depravity of man's inability to alone, do what is good. In their sinful and fallen state, wrote the Dutch theologian Jacobus Arminius, the man can not, of and by itself, either think, or want to do what is, in fact, good; but it needs to be regenerated and renewed in if intellect, affections or will and in all its tasks by God in Christ through the Holy Spirit, to be able to properly understand, stimulate, consider, and do what you want it to be truly good (3).
The idea of the Fall and original sin in the Garden of Eden seem sound absurd - and even children - for many people. But it is vital to the understanding of human nature and the interpretation of all reality. The optimism of some philosophical theories, based on the assumption that humanity is inherently good, and that it is caused by ignorance and lack of education, has been shown to be illusory and dangerous. Stott reminds that educational opportunities have spread rapidly throughout the Western world and many social projects have been created, however, atrocities, corruption, conflict and oppression insists on escorting humanity. What about the everyday examples of young people and adolescents in the upper middle and rich class, that despite the access to quality education in the best schools and universities around the world commit barbaric crimes, and the involvement in the corruption of politicians and professionals with good academic background?
The authors Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey say the face of evil is alarmingly common. They say that after quoting barbaric crimes committed by seemingly "normal" people, without any appearance of evil, as Susan Smith, the woman who drowned her two children leaving the car fell into a lake with the children inside the vehicle; an 11-year-old and another 13 that after acionarem the school fire alarm shot on school students and teachers in studying, as they left the building; or the case of the three young Datmouth, Massachusetts, surrounding a colleague of serious ninth and killed him with a knife, and after the act, smiled and exchanged greetings beating the palms of each other in mid-air, as basketball players celebrating a good buried in the basket. Colson and Pearcey still say the mainstream media coverage of these crimes offers all conventional answers: poverty (but most of the killers was the middle class), race (but most are white), complicated childhood (but millions of children around the world come from circumstances of desaforáveis and never committed crimes) (4).
In Brazil, at least two cases illustrate this grim reality. The first involving young Suzane Louise von Richthofen that along with the brothers Daniel and Christian Cloves Cloves, planned with the cruelty of death refined his parents Albert Manfred von Richthofen and Marísia while they slept on the night of October 31, 2012. The Another case occurred on March 28, 2008, involving the death of Isabella de Oliveira Nardoni girl, five years old, thrown from the sixth floor of London Building in São Paulo, the father, Alexandre Nardoni, and by the child's stepmother, Anna Carolina Jatoba. In both episodes the crimes were committed by middle-class people with good education and without any psychological problem.
The reason to dodge the Christian explanation for all these problems is the dreaded word sin. The post-modern society, relativistic, hedonistic this time, rejects altogether the idea of moral responsibility. Nonetheless, it needs to return to the biblical assumption of original sin and the tendency to evil, as Paul says in Romans 7:15 ("Because I do not approve of, because what I do not do, but what I hate it do), in order to provide order and security to society. One example is that modern states run the basic concept that man, of course, is fallible and prone to corruption, hence the need for limitation of power and control by third parties and by society itself. The social, legal and economic structure should be established so that power is not centralized or remain in the hands of a small group of people, claiming absolute power. Jonathan Machado emphasizes that the problem of moral corruption of mankind has not been overlooked or underestimated in the legal world and, more specifically, it has been an element in the republican thought since ancient times, with the defense of a limited government for fundamental rights, principle of separation of powers and the existence of internal and external controls to state action on the basis of the Christian doctrine of the Fall. Even the fundamental rights must be limited by supra-individual values because they do not mean the right to create their own moral standards and conduct in accordance with them at all times, otherwise anarchy and anomie (5).
Indeed, in reality the test only the Christian worldview can satisfactorily answer the problem of humanity. The doctrine of original sin, someone said, is the only philosophy validated by 35 centuries of recorded human history.
By contrast, the worldview of "enlightenment" proved to be totally unreasonable and intolerable. The denial of our sinful nature and the consequent utopian myth does not lead to a charitable social experience, but to tyranny. The confidence that humans are perfectible provides the justification for having perfect them ... no matter what you need. And with God out of the picture, those in power do not feel accountable to any higher authority. They can use any means necessary, will not impose how brutal or coercive, to remodel people to adjust to their perfect society notions. (6)
But will He also faced humanity that perspective Fall and original sin? The answer is yes, because on several occasions of his life and ministry we see the alert for the wickedness of man, your sins and pains, not as fruit of the environment, but of the fallen human nature and away from God. In chapter three of John's gospel the Bible records the story of Nicodemus, elevated position of man in Israel who, after hearing and seeing the miracles performed by Jesus, went to meet him, saying, "Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher from God, for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him. " And Jesus answered him, "Most assuredly, I say to you man be born again he can not see the kingdom of God." Doubtful, Nicodemus asked, "How can a man be born when he is old? Shall he enter the womb of his mother and be born? ". But Jesus said, "Except a man be born of water and the Spirit can not enter the Kingdom of God; what is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. "
Jesus' emphasis on the need to be born again is very clear: "one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God." The word "that" indicates that the new birth is a universal need for all people without distinction, as a condition to see the Kingdom of God. Now you only need to be born again if the first birth - natural - have a serious problem. So the Scriptures call those who have not (re) born natural man (1 Cor 2:14), not the things of the Spirit. In teaching his disciples the Master said that the spirit is what gives life; the flesh profits nothing (John 6:23).
The term used to refer to this new birth is regeneration, the new life in Christ that can only be achieved by the grace of the Spirit. Charles Spurgeon remember that no one is regenerated by their own efforts. "A person can change a lot, and this is very good; that all do. One can reject all bad habits, addictions forget that walked and control their misdeeds; no one in the world, however, can be born of God. As you strive, you'll never accomplish what transcends its power .... the greatest effort of the meat will not reach this level, being born of the Spirit of God. " (7)
Without regeneration, therefore, man is still far from God and subject to the effects of sin and divine judgment arising fall. In chapter three of John's gospel, even in explaining to Nicodemus, Jesus says:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him is not condemned; but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (John 3.16-20)
The passage shows that the conviction was already decreed and not the result of something the person does. He that believeth not is condemned already, it said. This same idea is found in John 5:24: "Verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life" . Because of this is that on several occasions Jesus talks about hell (Matthew 5:22; 11:23; Luke 12.5) and the fiery furnace where there will dish and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 8:12; 13:42; 22:13).
This leads us to understand that the vision of Jesus man is not romanticized, but realistic. He considers the incompleteness, the sinfulness and corruption inherent to the human being. So he says: Without me you can do nothing (John 15.5); I am the way and the truth and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me (John 14.6). Belief in Jesus changes, as it were, the status, condition of the person before God, bringing you salvation, as we will see later, when dealing redemption.
1. STOTT, John. Cristiano basics. Lush, MG: Ultimatum, 2007, p. 98
2. COLSON & Pearcey. And now how we will live. Rio de Janeiro: CPAD, 2000, p. 240.
3. See Olson, Roger. Arminian Theology: Myths and Realities. São Paulo: Editora Reflection, 2013, p. 185.