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“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

-Galatians 6v7-8

What is truth? How could we define truth? How about those “white lies”? Is it the truth when we speak part of the facts, hiding others or just not mention them?

Officially truth is the state or quality of being true to someone or something; true facts, genuine depiction, statements of reality.

I just remembered what a teacher mentioned once: when we want to say something to someone, we priory check if it is beneficial, if it is creative and if it is true. I strongly believe that is the base of any communication, statement and acquaintance.

It is a fact that there are people who love truth and many times they decide to keep silence than give up a truth that might hurt someone, that might create further conflict, to say a truth that will throw “oil on the fire” than little bit of water! It is not only to speak the truth but to be patient and wait till you know when to say the truth and how.

Truth is like beauty. We have the external beauty still the internal beauty exists as well. Which one will we choose, which one our perception will adopt? Truth is connected with perception in so many cases. Better make sure that you know what you are talking about.

Truth, many times, is perceived through assumptions and speculations. Is it a true fact which you describe or it is the way you consider “obvious”? There is “true truth” and there is speculated one. We need to make sure, judge our own selves whether the truth is certain before we act, before we speak.

“The Gift of Silence” is a previous article and speaks about the usefulness of silence. Highly recommended! Sometimes, it is better to keep your silence as it is more creative, compassionate and protective. It takes wisdom to know when and how. That’s why we need God’s wisdom.

God reads our hearts and knows all. Definitely, we cannot mock him. Don’t even try! You are losing your time!

Deception is all around. We live in a deceptive world. We love secrets and hidden places. Many desire the light and sunshine but they are more comfortable in darkness.

The scripture “The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction” refers to many aspects of a sinful nature. Many identify the sinful nature regarding deeds and physical acts. I believe that sinful nature is the shape of our thoughts, desires, values, principles and expectations behind the acts. We really need to look at the details of our own motivations before the act. It will save us time and destruction.

Something to reflect on! Amen!

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Love is not lies but truths

Colossians 1v15-16

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

So many times along my Christian years and growth I thought and re-thinking and wonder about many things, two of them questioned today with this article. I know that many won’t like my wonders. I believe that we know partially. I believe that the Spirit is able to answer questions and quests. We agree that we disagree and it is OK.

It was during an interview of an artist when he said : “ I am not religious. I believe that there is one God and all religious books are about the same God”.

Or I have heard many saying that there is one God and He is just present Himself in various communities in various ways so there is relevancy.

And I wonder…

I agree that there is one God and only. I agree that this one God is available to all humans. I agree that He created all, earth and heavens. I agree that He is spirit. I agree that He is love. The reason that I agree is that I read it in the Bible that is God’s Word for us, Christians.

1 John 4v8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

John 4v24

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Now, God – who is a spirit and He is love – wants us to worship Him in truth, to live life in truth. Love is truth, love cannot be based in lies!

Also we know that:

Psalm 33v4

For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.

So, God is a spirit. He is love and His word is right (meaning truthful, correct, honest, appropriate…) and His work is done in truth!

Conclusively, I understand that what He does, says and performs is the truth and truthful. Now, my question is: how comes that this God who does all in truth He goes to a part of this earth and gives to people the books of what is called Old Testament, to some others the Bible as we know it, to others the Koran, to other the teachings of Confucius and so forth. There are similarities among the teachings but there are also amazing differences. How comes to be all true, especially the ones coming in contradiction? Make any sense?

Another wonder of mine (and I stop here for today…) is about religious, being religious, it is a religion or it is not a religion.

We, Christians, use to say and announce that we are not religious and Christianity is not a religious institution but a personal relationship with our Lord.

What is the definition of religion? According to Oxford Dictionary is:

  • the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods:

  • a particular system of faith and worship:

  • a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion:

My conclusion is that Christianity is a religion and we are religious! Nothing wrong with the definition or our practices. It is even Biblical:

James 1v26-27

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

The author of James letter, the God Holy Spirit does not reject the words religion and religious because that is the meaning of the words! I read also the original – the Greek text – and that’s exactly the words Θρήσκος (religious) and Θρησκεία (religion)!

I believe that our God is truth and we need to not only act and worship in truth but also speak in truth and not manipulate words or presentations in order to make a point or clarification.

I do understand that when they say that they are not religious, they try to say that it is the Bible followed than some human traditions which betray the Word of God. Speaking about personal relationship with God, they try to exclude themselves from the other Christian communities…you know what I mean!

We can give clarifications with so many other words and keep the original text and meaning untouchable, without bringing confusion to people who do not know. We are a religion, we worship and believe! We do have traditions, rules and regulations that our local churches run with. I travelled to many countries and continents and I had the principal to join a lot of churches – so called not traditional – and most of them start with praise, following by worship, following by prayer and announcements, preaching, greetings and so on…Yes, at times the whole process changes through the Holy Spirit for the specific service.

All had home groups, all had prayer groups, memberships, training programs, women groups, men groups, offerings each Sunday, communion once per month or every Sunday etc.

I think that’s fine! Some of the traditions, rules and regulations were already happening in the first Church in the Biblical era and some are new, no problem.

Simple things can become complicated and best to be avoided. We worship a God who is love and we love in truth and nothing that is a lie. Amen!

Love,

Dimitra

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false or true

I remember those Pastors and especially the one I heard his preaching again and again, who mentioned, kept mentioning and highlighting that none is good, only God is good. I do not remember the foundation verses for this statement but somewhere in my heart I always felt that something was not in place.

Growing in my Christian life, I have learnt a lot and still, I have many questions. In time, they are answered or not as yet. I keep asking the questions, believing that the response will come soon or later. I am not ashamed about it. I believe that we need to ask the questions and look for the answers, we know in part as the Bible clearly says.

I believed as no-Christian and I continue believing as Christian that we are no perfect. There is no perfect human on this earth, never existed and we will never trace one. Today, from the point of view of a believer I know that the only person in human form who was perfect was Jesus Christ, my Lord and my Saviour.

What about all the rest of us? I meet many people, independently of race, religion, education, culture, people from all ways of life who are good people, not perfect but good. They are kind, lovable, trying their best, with dignity, with good intentions, helpful, full of unconditional love. All characteristics that cover the meaning of good. Don’t just read what I write, go please and check the dictionary’s definition of good or/and good person. My research shows the following meanings:

Meaning of good:

  • To be desired or approved of
  • Pleasing and welcome
  • Healthy, strong or well
  • Useful, advantageous, or beneficial in effect
  • Appropriate to a particular purpose
  • Strictly adhering to or fulfilling all the principles of a particular religion or cause (a good catholic girl!)
  • Possessing or displaying moral virtue
  • Showing kindness
  • Obedient to rules or conventions

 

Meaning of good person:

  • A person who is good to other people
  • Benefactor, helper, giver, does not harm, responsible, with admirable characteristics, strong, stable and dependable, reliable, uncomplaining, hardworking .

As far as I understand the English word “good” is about what I spoke above with an addition that in religious term it could mean holy (a holy man) but we agree that only God is holy, so this is out of our way. Plus, the fulfilling all the principles of a particular religion. We agree that Christianity is not a religion but a personal relationship where obviously we try to fulfil what a relationship is.

The statement “There is none righteous, no, not one; or “None is good”, is it true or false?  I need to go back to the Word!

We have similar statements in the Old Testament’s books, as well as, in the New Testament. Old Testament is the period of the Law, New Testament is the period of grace. Let’s keep this in mind.

 

Old Testament – the era of the Law:

Psalms speak much about the subject, I chose two scriptures:

Psalm 53v1

“The fool has said in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, and have done abominable iniquity;
There is none who does good.”

Psalm 53v3

“Every one of them has turned aside;
They have together become corrupt;
There is none who does good,
No, not one.”

And:

Ecclesiastes 7v19-20

“Wisdom strengthens the wise
More than ten rulers of the city. For there is not a just man on earth who does good
and does not sin.”

New Testament – the era of Grace

Romans 3v12

They have all turned aside;
They have together become unprofitable;
There is none who does good, no, not one.

(There is reference of the scholars concerning the Romans 3v12 to the following scriptures of the Old Testament: Psalms 14:1–3; 53:1–3; Ecclesiastes 7:20 – see above)

What do you understand?

Reading the verses at an absolute way, just the phrase “there is none who does good, no, not one” is clear that none is good, none is a giver, none is a helper, none is kind, none is working hard, none is possessing or displaying moral virtue, none is obedient and so on.

Life itself proves that this is not true. However, as a Christian, I would prefer to stick with the word of God as my base for all understanding and not just my experience. I am not in a position to quote all Bible but who knows the Bible well, she/he knows that this is not true also based on the word of God! We have many examples of people of the Bible who were helpful, peaceful, hardworking, well intended, loving and lovable, peacemakers, obedient, faithful.

So, what’s happening? What is true and what is false? Is it normal to have such huge contradictions in the word of God?

My understanding is that “good” in the specific mentioned scriptures, is connected with sin, whether someone has sins, a fact that it is true: none was or is without sin! That’s why we still ask for forgiveness through Christ and we try with Holy Spirit’s help to repeat not that sin.

I understand that “good” is connected with holiness and we well know that in this earthly form we are and won’t be holy. Only God is holy. When the time comes to  face Him, it will be only through grace and not deserved.

I understand that “good” is connected with perfection. We well acknowledge that we are not perfect, He is only perfect. When we change to perfection, it will be only through grace.

It is important to read and study those scriptures – speaking about none is good – into their context. God spoke about people who believed that there is no God, people who were corrupted…

Concluding, if I was preaching about good, I would make sure that there is clear definition of the English Dictionary meaning, the meaning that the world uses in daily life and the meaning of the Bible’s good. The reason is that people misunderstand and feel underestimated, unappreciated even when they try truly their best. We put them off, accuse them for no reason and pull them away from truth, without encouragement to keep trying their best.

I have met truly good people – I would say more no Christians than Christians – still, they – as everybody else – are not without sin, they are not holy or perfect – and for all of us there is only one way to reach holiness: through Christ!

Let’s be better than those false preachers who just desire to oppress people than support them to become better and come closer to God and Christ life.

Amen!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love is not lies but truths

Colossians 1v15-16

He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.”

So many times along my Christian years and growth I thought and re-thinking and wonder about many things, two of them questioned today with this article. I know that many won’t like my wonders. I believe that we know partially. I believe that the Spirit is able to answer questions and quests. We agree that we disagree and it is OK.

It was during an interview of an artist when he said : “ I am not religious. I believe that there is one God and all religious books are about the same God”.

Or I have heard many saying that there is one God and He is just present Himself in various communities in various ways so there is relevancy.

And I wonder…

I agree that there is one God and only. I agree that this one God is available to all humans. I agree that He created all, earth and heavens. I agree that He is spirit. I agree that He is love. The reason that I agree is that I read it in the Bible that is God’s Word for us, Christians.

1 John 4v8

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

John 4v24

God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

Now, God – who is a spirit and He is love – wants us to worship Him in truth, to live life in truth. Love is truth, love cannot be based in lies!

Also we know that:

Psalm 33v4

For the word of the LORD is right, and all His work is done in truth.

So, God is a spirit. He is love and His word is right (meaning truthful, correct, honest, appropriate…) and His work is done in truth!

Conclusively, I understand that what He does, says and performs is the truth and truthful. Now, my question is: how comes that this God who does all in truth He goes to a part of this earth and gives to people the books of what is called Old Testament, to some others the Bible as we know it, to others the Koran, to other the teachings of Confucius and so forth. There are similarities among the teachings but there are also amazing differences. How comes to be all true, especially the ones coming in contradiction? Make any sense?

Another wonder of mine (and I stop here for today…) is about religious, being religious, it is a religion or it is not a religion.

We, Christians, use to say and announce that we are not religious and Christianity is not a religious institution but a personal relationship with our Lord.

What is the definition of religion? According to Oxford Dictionary is:

  • the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods:

  • a particular system of faith and worship:

  • a pursuit or interest followed with great devotion:

My conclusion is that Christianity is a religion and we are religious! Nothing wrong with the definition or our practices. It is even Biblical:

James 1v26-27

If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”

The author of James letter, the God Holy Spirit does not reject the words religion and religious because that is the meaning of the words! I read also the original – the Greek text – and that’s exactly the words Θρήσκος (religious) and Θρησκεία (religion)!

I believe that our God is truth and we need to not only act and worship in truth but also speak in truth and not manipulate words or presentations in order to make a point or clarification.

I do understand that when they say that they are not religious, they try to say that it is the Bible followed than some human traditions which betray the Word of God. Speaking about personal relationship with God, they try to exclude themselves from the other Christian communities…you know what I mean!

We can give clarifications with so many other words and keep the original text and meaning untouchable, without bringing confusion to people who do not know. We are a religion, we worship and believe! We do have traditions, rules and regulations that our local churches run with. I travelled to many countries and continents and I had the principal to join a lot of churches – so called not traditional – and most of them start with praise, following by worship, following by prayer and announcements, preaching, greetings and so on…Yes, at times the whole process changes through the Holy Spirit for the specific service.

All had home groups, all had prayer groups, memberships, training programs, women groups, men groups, offerings each Sunday, communion once per month or every Sunday etc.

I think that’s fine! Some of the traditions, rules and regulations were already happening in the first Church in the Biblical era and some are new, no problem.

Simple things can become complicated and best to be avoided. We worship a God who is love and we love in truth and nothing that is a lie. Amen!

Love,

Dimitra

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