Peeling the onion skins

24 07 2006

I was listening to Humphrey as he shared about his ‘bad’ experiences at his former church and among the Christians there, i can’t help but remember what i went through at my first church. It is sad to say that sometimes the christians in churches are worse than the non-believers. There are things he said that have been a tremendous encouragement to me, especially when he said, when we lose everything, we are warring against Satan for these will happen because Satan wants to steal our joy and hope; it will tell if our joy and hope are anchored on the material things, and if it is, we will lose our joy and hope when satan takes every wealth, possessions we got. Although i was abit uncomfortable with him being abit touchy… Mercy was trying to control her laughter. Hmmph.

What’s the crux of the christian faith? Sometimes people talked too much about what happened, what they did, how many mission trips they went to, and how much money they gave to God…. i realised the bottom line of a christian faith and walk does not deal with the above, no, not at all, i would rather hear how well you know the Father’s heart, not the million of dollars you gave to God. I want to hear the heartbeat of God, the warmth of Christ’s love, and the comfort of the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. I want to come to a deeper love and relationship with God, i want to walk like Moses as a friend God would call, or a Man like King David who is after His own heart, or Elijah, or Daniel, or Enoch or Apostle Paul, or John! Ah! Great man yet their lives all spoke of one single characteristics, they know the Almighty God!

The understanding of the Holy Trinity

24 07 2006

I got a revelation (if you call this revelation) while i was er……… doing my big business in the loo. (Well i do get revelation in these times)….. I was thinking of what pastor said about understanding the trinity will lose our mind, while not seeking to understanding it will lose our soul. That sentence triggered off something and as i was pondering on why the understanding of the trinity is so important, God dropped something in my mind.

Just as water in the three states (Water, Water Vapour and Ice), while they are predominately the same structure H2O in three different state, their molecular structure is different. While we leave the scientists to understand the difference in these three molecular structures, we could understand the importance of water in these three states – water for us to drink, water vapour carry the warm climate in convection, and ice to cool our coca cola down? Yet, we might never understand the molecular and scientific components of these, and the same for the Holy Trinity, we leave the details to the Theologians to understand while we need to understand why three? Because it will affect our approach to our worship, our prayers, and our relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. For example. We do not worship the Holy Spirit for the Holy Spirit will direct the worship to God the Father, nor can we just call on the name of God the Father to save us for the bible says, Call on the Name of Jesus and we shall be saved! See, the understanding of the roles of the godhead will affect how we approach God in reverence and in awe. Ok, revelation revelation…. so exciting.

Is War evil?

24 07 2006

Is War evil? This picture was taken from Guardian UK, showing a boy trying to keep his mum from dying as their minivan was bombed by the Israelis as the family were fleeing from their homeland which is five miles from the border.

As we see picture like this, do we question ourselves or even secretly God if this is all wrong, or His mistake or as Kenneth E Hagin puts it, God has lost control of the world which is spiraling down the road to destruction? Or how about when a child reads the bible and realised it is God who commanded the Israelites to wipe out the tribes in the land of Israel when they were moving onto the Promised Land, do they question if our God whom we serve is a violent or evil God? Surely this has been the opinions of thousands of people who seems to think so when they read that, but no one who questioned God has adequately seek to understand why.

God obviously did not lose control as contrary what Kenneth E Hagin said in his book of Prayers. If that’s the case, God wouldn’t be Omnipotent or Omniscient, wouldn’t he? Then the statement to say God’s sovereignty wouldn’t have applied and either that, God wouldn’t care when man kill each other in war, or He is trying hard to salvage what’s left of this lego world. I doubt that picture reflects the reality of God’s awesomeness. Much has been said in the Scripture, that the problem does not lie with God, but in Man. War is ultimately a result of our SIN and it is the Judgment of Sin on its perpetrators. I too, used to struggle with that command God gave to the Jews to destroy the entire nations, wouldn’t the children and women of that tribe be innocent? While we were inclined to minaturize the overall picture, our human concept of what’s right and wrong seems so far off the mark of what’s ACTUALLY right before God’s eyes. For all who sinned, MUST die, is an universal principle that applies to all, and therefore, if God were to judge the nation with a Tsunami wave or earthquake, are we to say God’s evil? or when God allows War to come onto Lebanon, do we point the finger at God to say He is losing control?

We were so quick to judge, and forget, that such “Wars” must come as must the coming of Jesus must happen, and since we are all deserved death, the time given to us today, for sinners, who are alive, is a consideration of ‘GRACE’ for indeed, in the Old Testament, God has withheld His judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah and until their iniquities have come to the FULL extend and it is ready for the judgment, and I pray that the nations should come back to God before the time is up, and that we might find God’s mercy instead of His Wrath, for God desires Mercy over Judgment!

This war, i know, must come, and i pray for God’s mercy to be on the innocent civilians who died and that through these sufferings, i know God works even beyond what our finite mind can understand to accomplish His greater WILL, for my God is never out of control, and even so, through the fallen humanity, God can still work to bring everything, every history to HIS ultimate purpose even through our wars. And i can be sure, my God will never fail, nor will His Will be frustrated. Amen.