Monday, 27 April 2015

Nepal

 What does Nepal look like, after the powerful earthquake ripped through the region? Where there stood (only a few days ago) beautiful historic monuments and building, what we associate as the exotic uniqueness, that is beautiful Nepal, now stands massive piles of rubble., littering the landscape.  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/25/world/asia/nepal-landmarks-before-after-earthquake.html?smid=fb-share



Tuesday, 14 April 2015

When to stay silent.

A big lesson to learn in life is when to just stay silent. When we come across aggression, our first reaction is to immediately respond, but many times, that is the wrong choice to make because, instead of gaining control of the things, the situation escalates. To maintain a sense of inner peace, one must learn to react, not by responding in defensive retaliation, but by remaining firmly quiet, on the matter at hand.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Pretty Bird

Ever wonder what the prettiest pigeon in the world happens to be? Me neither but here she is...
 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Sabbath. Saturday or Sunday?


When Jesus walked the earth, His parents raised Him in the traditions of their ancestors that had been handed down through, Abraham and Moses. By the time Jesus was born, the High Priests and Spiritual leaders of Israel over many generations had formulated innumerable rules and regulations on everything from what to eat and how & when to worship (KJV) (Mark 7:7...Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.) and over time, God’s Laws became more human than holy. Jesus did participate in many of the rites and traditions of ancient Israel, such as Passover and Sabbath but He at no time told the multitudes, to which He preached, that they must all become Jewish. Jesus also established His own rituals that previously were not part of the traditions of Israel, like baptism. Ritual bathing did exist but it was practiced for good health through cleanliness. When John the Baptist began dunking people in the Jordon River it was to represent a new beginning, a transition point from the old to the New Covenant. Jesus taught that the true traditions of God are not about what we eat or when we rest but rather how we treat people and how to live humbly and kind. (Matthew 15:11...  Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.)

Most Christians of today practice Sabbath but not on the same day as Christ would have. Saturday is Jewish Sabbath not Sunday. I have heard some Christians say that unless one keeps Sabbath holy by resting on Saturday, one will not be considered a child of God. I agree that Sunday, like Easter, Christmas and pretty much every other present day Christian holiday does not stem from the original Jewish Holy Days, but rather from much earlier Pagan days of observance. Does this mean that no one who goes to church on Sunday will go to heaven? Does this mean that not one fireman, police officer, doctor, nurse, homecare worker etc will ever be saved because their jobs dictate that they must work on Saturday? To me this makes no sense.

Let us see what Jesus had to say on this subject...

(Matthew 5:17-20...Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.)

Firstly, it DOES NOT say “the Law of the Prophets” but states, the “Law OR the Prophets. And Jesus says that He has come to FULFILL the Law. Jesus, coming to earth as the Messiah IS THE FULFILLMENT of the Prophets and the fulfillment of the Law.  He repeatedly said during His ministry that He did things specifically to fulfill prophesy and when He spoke on the cross “It is finished” He was referring to the fact that He fulfilled all His obligations. The meaning of “the Law and the Prophets” is explained in (Matthew 7: 12... Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.”) Whatever you want done to you…do to others...this is the Law and the Prophets…This is the Whole Law…This is what is written in the Bible. The 10 Commandments were created to give us our first guidelines to fulfilling the one true Law, which is LOVE ABOVE ALL. Also, Mark 2: 27, tells us that, the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. It was made, as a gift to us, in the form of a day off, because our Heavenly Father wants us to be happy and healthy. Something the Gentile and Pagan faiths never offered.

Secondly, scripture says that those who break even the least of the commandments will be least in heaven. Jesus did not say, “You are not going to make it into heaven”. Anyone who tells another that they are not a child of God if they work on Saturday or worship on Sunday is instructing others to judge unfairly and therefore caught in their own judgment. Jesus did not say we must be more lawful than the Scribes and Pharisees, but more RIGHTEOUS. Righteousness always supersedes lawfulness. The only way to be truly lawful is to be righteous. It is never the other way around.

Before Christ became man, all we had were the words handed down from the Prophets. When Jesus came to earth He fulfilled that covenant and revealed God’s New Covenant with us (Covenant means contract). This was prophesied by Jeremiah (31:31). Hebrews 8, explains, that Jesus is our true High Priest who establishes the New Covenant that will last forever because the one made with our ancestors has become flawed. (Hebrews 8: 6-7…  But now, Jesus has been given priestly work which is superior to theirs, just as the covenant which He arranged between God and His people is a better one, because it is based on promises of better things. If there had been nothing wrong with the first covenant, there would have been no need for a second one.) During Old Testament times all we had was the word of God translated through the Prophets but Jesus is the living Word and because of this He also brought the Spirit of the Word; the true meaning of our Father’s intentions for His Laws.

 Jesus taught union with God our Father through relationship not merely through observance.  Jesus brought with Him our New Covenant, that through faith in Him as our Savior we will be purified to God and not by just doing what the Law requires. (Romans 7: 6…But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.)  Newness of Spirit not oldness of the letter; Jesus gave to us a new spiritual understanding of the true meanings of the word of God and it also says that Christians are delivered from the Law and made new. People before Christ will be judged only by the letter of the Law but people after Christ will be judged by the true meaning or spirit of the Law as explained in Romans 2.

We are joined in this New Covenant first through the baptism of water & repentance as an outward expression of our choice and then we are sealed with the Holy Spirit through the Baptism of fire which Jesus gave, first to His apostles and then to all who choose to follow Him. (Act 10:45… And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.) The Gentiles who received the Holy Spirit did not become Jewish they became something new, they became Christians.

So does it matter to God if we worship on Saturday or Sunday? Well according to Paul in his writings to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ (the new Christians) who were at Colosse, it does not. (Colossions 2:16-17… Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of any holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.) Notice that the Sabbath is specifically mentioned. No other commandment is mentioned but the Sabbath is. This is not a typo. God wants us to follow His spiritual religion not just rules and regulations. (James 1:26-27... If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.)

I am not saying we should not go to church or rest one day a week, but to me the scriptures are clear. They are not what God our Father, Christ our Savior or the Holy Spirit our Helper deems as most important. The important teachings of the Law are recorded in (Matthew 22: 36-40...” Master, which is the great commandment in the law”? Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”)  We absolutely should follow the 10 Commandments and we should accept and appreciate the gift of one day off a week to rest and reflect on spiritual matters but our worthiness as a child of God is not determined by whether we worship or rest on Saturday or Sunday but rather by how we treat people each and every day of the week and where our true intentions lies.

In my opinion, for a professed Christian to say that anyone who does not keep the Sabbath holy by working on Saturday will not be considered a child of God is very judgmental and irresponsible, not only to others but to themselves as well, because we will all be judged as we judge. We are not called children of God because we follow the 10 commandments. (1John 4:7... Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.) In conclusion, Love makes us children of God, and if we have love which is Christ’s spirit in us, we will do what is right and worship God in the ways that please Him. Be at peace brothers and sisters in Christ and know that you are deeply loved. Trust in this love and abide in this love and you will surely receive everlasting life in the Kingdom of light. All that Christ has promised we will surely receive.