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Friday, May 27, 2005

How Hard it is to be God!

God has a common dilemma with men and women.

It goes like this: If God gives suffering to a person in life in order for that person to be detached from materialism and addictions, that person may not understand the reason for it and blame God for his/her problems.

However, if God decides not to give suffering to the person, that person can continue being materialistic, being a slave to his/her passions. This is because too much luxury, comforts can make one addicted to the ways of the world and even forget to take care of one's spiritual life and relationship with God.

Ah, if you were in God's place, what would you do? Tough, huh?

To further it, let's take the first instance: God does not give suffering to a person (even though that person is falling into deeper levels of materialism). That person can get too "attached", to the point of being even more materialistic than ever.

He/she can forget his/her spiritual life and forget to thank God who gave these gifts because of being too focused on the gifts rather than the giver of the gifts. The gifts become an "idol", as these can eventually become the person's priority rather than God.

Again, this is a form of "sin of idolatry", as anyone or anything you prioritize over God is your "idol".

Of course, it always depends on the person. Some will love God more, but some will also become detached from God due to materialism. For this topic, let's focus on those who do become materialistic.

Let's now take the second instance: God does decide to give suffering to a "materialistic" person, in order to help that person be more detached from materialism.

See, when suffering comes into our life, it's just not true that we are being punished. While it is possible that we are being punished for sins that we did not repent for, this is not always the case. So it is a case-to-case basis for God.

Oftentimes, suffering is God's solution for us, when He sees we are forgetting to prioritize Him first, above all, above the regular works and duties we do in this life. You really have to guard yourself as often as possible, because human memory is short!

Sometimes God gives us suffering to test us, to make us stronger so we'll be strong enough for some mission He may want us to do in the future. Consider it an honor then. Our perfect God will never give us tests beyond our capability.

Some people become detached from God when sufferings come. Some do wake up, and realize how materialistic and forgetful they've become and become closer to God in the process. It is a choice for each soul, for each person after all.

Just remember this: the harder you've suffered, the more ezxperienced, stronger and wiser you become. Less hardships bring also less results.

So suffering is a part of life, as much as joys and pleasures are. It is unavoidable.

As Jesus Himself said "Anyone who wishes to follow me must carry his own cross." If He carried His cross for you, what gives you the right not to?

Friday, May 13, 2005

The Genius of God

How hard it is to be God!

Imagine this situation: God created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, out of pure love for them. He planned for them to increase eventually by the birth of children through procreation.

Adam and Eve disobeyed God, and sinned against Him. This started the cycle of sin and corresponding violence which follows sin. Their offsprings sinned and the children of their offsprings also sinned.

Mankind, men and women were slowly, but surely, sinning more and more against God, against their fellow men and women. They were getting more distant from God and from the holy, righteous ways of our Heavenly Father.

God gave men and women free will - free will to choose to do either good or evil. Without the gift of free will to us, men and women will not have true freedom and will be but robots.

God gave us free will because He does not want robots, but wants us to be His created children. He will never force us to love Him back nor do good against our free will, even though He never ceases to love us His children.

However, what did men and women do? They abused this "gift of free will", and did more evil than good. Thus, they chose to sin rather than to be holy.

God had a very serious problem: He wanted to show His love to sinful men and women, to make them come back to holiness and release them from the slavery that sin always brings. However, He cannot force them, by the gift of free will, to suddenly turn from sin.

There had to be a way.

If you were God, what would you have done? How will you make sinful men and women come back to you? How will you let them know you love them and how infinite, endless this love is? How can you do these at the same time respecting their "free will"? Without forcing them?

The genius of God is how He did indeed find a way, the perfect way that only a perfect God can think of. Thus, the Divine Plan was conceived.

He willingly gave us the ultimate proof of His love - His one and only begotten (not made) Son, Our Lord God Jesus Christ Himself. One with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God from God, true God from true God.

As predicted by the prophets, like Isaiah and Jeremiah, many years before, Jesus would willingly sacrifice Himself and die an extremely painful, humiliating death for all men and women. He would be the "sacrificial lamb" for our sins, and the sins of all men and women in the past, as well as the future.

The sins of men and women, since Adam and Eve's original sin have multiplied in both seriousness as well as quantity. This means even if each and every person suffered and died on the cross to repay his/her sins it would not be enough.

It simply will not be enough to justify our "debts of sin" accumulated through thousands of years of human existence. That's how serious the situation had become.

It also means men and women were doomed to not be able to enter eternal life in Heaven. Not even the kindest, most virtuous person would be eligible. This is part of the universal law of God. The only way was for this "debts of sin" to be repayed once and for all.

Only the Son of God Himself, Jesus Christ, was enough sacrifice. Only the Son of God. He had to suffer, and suffer greatly, dying a criminal's death. He, who was without fault in this, He who was without sin.

He died so that we might live. By His death on the cross, men and women can now gain eternal life in heaven.

Jesus becomes the "new Adam" and Mother Mary as the "new Eve". In this way, the sins of our first parents, Adam and Eve are cleansed.....cleansed by the blood of Christ.

To save us from sin and eternal damnation by death on the cross was Jesus' most important mission. His second mission was evangelization - to spread the truth by spreading the Word of God through Christianity.

He started with twelve apostles, then slowly but surely gained more disciples. These would eventually build the foundations of the early Christian Church. Currently, Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with more than one billion Christians and growing......