“SCIENTIST BEYOND OUR HORIZON” “Hybridization of Biblical & Scientific issues”

“Science seeks knowledge, but religion quest for wisdom, religion reveals science explains. “One of the great scientists ‘Isaac Newton’ was asked a question regarding his responses about the contribution to physics, He replied with all humility I feel like child collecting pebbles along sea shore.

GOD

A common word used in all around the socio-political religious cultural context 3 letters, G.O.D.  So capsule.

There must be a source for all events, elements & matter, a driving force, like a point of compass to draw a circle, “What is GOD? Do you have any articulations , Is GOD a supernatural-being, an alien, or complex form of matter is it some kind of energy  a single being manifested in diverse dimensions , Actually term GOD itself is human idea to represent a universal source ( for eg. John is referring to  GOD as logos ) to demonstrate the same heavenly being. Thus we are not able to identify the compass itself. He/She/It is not a point of creation rather the scientist behind the point itself.

NATURE

“God is a clock maker who has set the universe in motion and left it to run by itself”

Look around you! What are you seeing now? (a monitor, keyboard or just anything can you analyse the parts which you are using ,if there is transmission requires for the electricity to function your monitor there needs of conductor ( copper, iron, silver,)  anything “ where does this come from “EARTH” ! Who created   the conductor beneath the earth; he is the scientist I am, talking about.

If you are looking at their sky ,stars ,trees, all life forms , Does it feel like someone is behind the artistic formation “ Nature is a painting painted by someone “ as said by a poet. Some say that all this is formed out from an explosion.

In Psalm 19 David is mentioning about “the heavens declares  the glory of god and their expanse is declaring the work of his hands.

HUMAN BEINGS

How can we define ourselves? Before knowing about God we need to know about ourselves. We share 98% of similar genes as of chimpanzees, does it make us an ape? For 2,00,000 years human species has been living on a small planet at the edge of perhaps hundred billion galaxies each of which has more than ten billion stars.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT FROM GOD?

God’s existence needs no dependence, whereas man’s existence needs every dependence from A-Z. God is independent. We need the dependence of one who is independent of dependence.

WHERE IS OUR EXISTENCE?

When we talk about our position i.e. we are in this earth which is the third planet from the sun our solar system is only one of two hundred billion stars in Milky Way (there are billions of galaxies in Milky Way). Our milky way is moving, our solar system is rotating in its orbit, and moon is revolving around the earth. In each atom electron are rotating around the protons and neutrons.

Our existence is in time and space. Telescopes have limits. Even if we built huge lens, they will be always be limited by cosmic horizons. There are galaxies that lie beyond our limitations.

In Ecclesiastes 1:14 ‘I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun all is vanity’. Here the preacher who is said to have wisdom more than anyone is limited under sun so in a scientific way he is limited in time and space. God does not exist in space and time and he is not an object or a matter to possess energy. He is a scientist beyond horizon.

IN RELATION TO HUMAN HEART…

No circulation is possible without a driving force i.e. force is termed as muscular contraction. Some say that nerve impulse transmitted makes it to beat but microscopic cells of heart tissue is still continuing to beat even if it is not having neuron transmission. Embryology states that heart muscle tissue beats before the formation of a nerve cell in a foetus. So my question is what is the heart beat initiator? GOD!!!!!

EQUIVALENCE OF MATTER AND ENERGY

            E=MC2 i.e. (Mass and energy are equivalent.)

When a firewood is burnt, heat energy is produced. More the mass of wood, more energy is produced, therefore matter is needed for energy. Matter is made up of atoms, these have smaller units like proton, neutrons, electrons, there are even smaller units like Leptons, quarks, etc.

So my question is what gives them stability to function? Is it by chance? Big bang or Evolution, if you are believing that you are making a illogical statement. Each of our DNA sequence points to a sequencing agent. If you have logic, you know   the agent Logos.

VEDAS

            “Naitha vadhedam, Paro Anyabhasthyukshasa Dyava Prithvi bhibarthi, thvacham, pavithram, krinutha swadavanyabhim suryam na haritho vahandhi”

            This earth and sky are the limitation, beyond this there is someone is the narrator of all creation, He holds the heavens, He is the Lord of bread, before sun’s chariot began to bear him he had taken his existence.

WHO IS THE CREATOR?

Logos came to the world of matter in form of matter but he was not matter. Jesus said that “I am the bread of life”. Vedas clearly proclaimed one who satisfies the hunger he himself is God. Another quality needed for a creator is that he must be beyond space and time, limitations, principles and laws of nature.

Jesus walked on the water   = breaking the law of gravity

Jesus made water to wine    = breaking the law of chemical composition

Jesus feeding 5000                 = breaking the law of mathematical algorithms

Jesus healing sick                    = breaking the law of medical science

Jesus raising dead                   = breaking the entire system and law of human existence.

Proof:

“Creator must have access to all creations. Only Jesus had done all this; so, He is the scientist beyond horizon…. “THE GOD OF ATOM”

DNA OF JESUS

DNA  contain chromosomes, 23 pairs from each parent forming 46 chromosomes, so Jesus is the Son of God representing DNA of divinity and not any human involvement is there.

In a logical response: Adam was created by God. He also possessed 46 chromosomes. There was not a need of female participation. So, Adam also possessed 46 chromosomes from God. Jesus is the last Adam. Through an Adam sin came to the world through the last Adam sin was eradicated

“God is beyond Limitation” he came into our world in matter form in Jewish context, so that our 1400g brain could comprehend him.

By…

Aaradh R Dev, A former Student at Faith Theological Seminary.

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“Pillar that leads to perfection”

We human being dreams to be perfect in whatever area we grow, even sometimes we are not ready to realize our imperfection because we have tendency to conclude that we are perfect. Even though we may be perfect in site of our society, we are very far from the perfection that God plans in our life. Maybe many of people pray to God for their molding in spiritual life but when God starts molding process they just jump away from his presence. The book of Exodus 13 shows us how People of Israel blindly followed God and how God intended to mold them.

The Book of Exodus 13:21,22   “The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.…”

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The features of this Pillar

  1. Navigation – This pillar went before the Israel as a navigator. That is God was there as a Navigator. Now we have a point to understand, When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was shorter. For God said, “If they face war, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led the people around by the desert road toward the Red Sea. The Israelites went up out of Egypt ready for battle(Exo.13: 17&18). God knew ahead of them they have many battles and God also knew they were not capable to fight because they were under slavery for years and they lost their courage and bold heart. For making them courage I will say God diverted their way for 4 days to 40 years. I believe some of Israelites knew that they were not on path to Canaan, but still they followed the navigator that is the pillar.
  2. ProtectionExodus 14: 19,20  “Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.”  The navigator pillar now transforms and plays a wonderful role in protecting each and every kin of Abraham and not only kin but also his all possession . While following this pillar your protection is responsibility of The sovereign Lord. Here I Remember every promise of Psalms 91 for our protection.

    7. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you(91:7)

  3. PreservationPillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light(Exo. 13. 21). The transformation of pillar from Cloud to fire is just beyond my comprehension but i could understand something that, the cloud has shadow and in the desert Israelites were under shadow which preserved them from extreme heat. Another fact was this pillar transformed into fire from cloud in night to give them light and fire always generates heat. Thus Israelites received sufficient heat to beat the extreme cold in Desert in night. No matter your situation is of desert, your preservation is responsibility is of that pillar of Lord which you follow. Understanding these features really enabled me to say with a big smile on my face with joy from heart.

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”(Ps.91:1,2)”

    “Our beloved father, we want to be perfect according to Your standard but we understand its beyond our thoughts and comprehension, “Abba”, help us to see, feel and follow the Pillar. We also want to abide near your pillar so that we may enjoy all the blessings that your pillar provides. Amen”

    By Abel Mathai, a B.D. 2nd year student of Faith Theological Seminary

Town to Wilderness

Luke 1:17 “make ready a people prepared for the Lord”. These are the Words of Angel from the Lord regarding the Call of God upon John the Baptist.

In every generation God seeks men who would turn the people’s heart to Him alone rather than enticing people towards themselves for selfish ends. (towards their preaching,  eloquence, abilities etc..)

Before the Incarnation of Jesus Christ it was John the Baptist who accomplished that crucial task. He identified himself as a mere ‘voice’ not even a prophet (John 1:23).

Similarly God wants the Church to be his mouth piece echoing prophetic voice to the generation without compromising, in order to be equipped and to equip others to meet the Lord of Hosts.

Luke 11:1 and Mark 2:18 characterizes John the Baptist as a Man of Prayer and fasting, conveying a message to us that God is in search of a Church (individual) who will turn the world upside down through their effective prayer and Godly fasting.

The transition of John from Town to Wilderness has a heart touching message to us in our context, which is marked by fast-paced Modernistic living and luxuries of technological advancement. As temporary sojourners on this earth we must make it the supreme priority of our lives to withdraw from the busy schedules of life to a time of solitude with our Eternal Shepherd and Savior of your soul. And this can be achieved only through a life marked by constant self-denial.

No wonder God used such a Man to accomplish his Divine Purpose. This grants a new hope to the modern day Church to walk this less traveled path!

By Tittu Koshy, Faith Theological Seminary B.D. 4th year

 

Solitude of the Garden

The Paradoxical Garden
The Greek word for the term garden is paradise (παράδεισος). Garden is a state of bliss in all aspects, a place which rejuvenates dry souls, replenishes us as a whole, proffering pleasure, joy, vitality and much more. Let us step into a paradoxical garden which contradicts with our idea about a garden. Our priority is not the Garden rather the presence of the bleeding lamb in the garden accompanied by deep solitude and intense distress.

A Journey into the Garden…
Join me in my journey as we prayerfully revisit that sacrosanct prayer garden. The indigenous irony is that the garden which is ideally a symbol for warmth and acceptance here proves to be a place of gruesome torture. The essence of this place predominantly highlight a ‘battle’. One of the greatest battle ever fought battle between two contrasting wills. This battle would be the precedence to the one which would be within few hours fought at Calvary.

A Painful Solitude, just for you & me…..
Psalms 139: 16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. The helpless, lost, weary, lonely face of this pilgrim allured him to the extent of resignation to God’s divine providence. The only face he beheld that night, was yours and mine. But I retorted saying Lord: I am dark & very black… (Song of Songs 1: 5, 6). But he with a loving smile responded How beautiful you are, my beloved! Oh, how BEAUTIFUL!!! (Song of Songs 1: 15) The travail and the choice made for my sake at the garden led to my beautification. Only if you could believe and thank him for his love.

Anticipating a total Isolation…
The pain included in the solitude involved an ‘anticipated pain,’ Why do I call it so? Because he already knew what he would suffer; the pain of betrayal,’ pain of being forsaken, crushed, mocked, scorned above all the tarnishing of the blessed fellowship which Christ had sustained with all diligence with the father for all eternity
Jesus could have easily opted, for a way of escape from this agony. If he had opted for the easy way, he wouldn’t have been guilty or sinful in any ways. But he couldn’t endure loosing me…..

The solitude in the garden (παράδεισος) was to give me the eternal bliss of paradise (παράδεισος)!
Let us thank him for his beautifying grace ,comprehending how much we are valued by the richness of his grace!

By Prince Thomas, a student of BD I  at Faith Theological Seminary.

Giving your 100% to Jesus

In John 2: 23 – 24 we read Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. 

Admiring Jesus and believing in him appreciating his miracles will not give us brownie points. As he knows us intimately Jesus has nothing to do with us until we give him our 100%. So to get a real idea of what it takes to give our 100% to Jesus lets look at Peter (Luke 5: 1-11) and how he ended up giving his 100% to Jesus….

Peter the pro fisher of Galilee was at the end of his wits when Jesus asked him to go fishing. After a night full of toil and labour with no fish Peter had quit fishing for good (at least for the time being). The reluctance and hesitation seen in Luke 5: 5 (“Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing…But…) may make us wonder if Jesus was getting on Peter’s nerves with his request.

100% heart

Psalm 119:34 says “Help me understand Your instruction–and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart!

Even though Peter’s conformity to the command may seem half hearted. It was actually whole hearted. He understood the instructions clearly; the problem was with his personal state of affairs which was contrary to the instructions of Jesus. Yet we find his heart was 100% going out to Jesus. He understood the instruction and he understood it to be contrary to his situations. The “But” shows his heart that yearns and desires to completely comply with the request of Jesus. The earlier teaching of Jesus may have prepared his heart to be 100% sold out to the instruction of Jesus

100% Obedience

Psalm 119:4 says “You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed!

The fag end of his response in Luke 5: 5b (“But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.”), shows his resolve to obey Christ at any cost. No matter how he is feeling emotional and physical Peter has resolved to obey Christ completely and immediately. This is all the more amazing when we take into account the limited and short association that Peter had with Jesus before this event.

100% unselfish

The determination on the part of Peter to obey is remarkable. This obedience is an acknowledgement of the fact that Jesus is the one who is worthy of our obedience irrespective of our state of affairs. Peter obeyed not expecting a reward for his obedience. He obeyed somehow realising that Jesus alone is worthy to be obeyed, no matter what the cost. He realised the result is a non-issue. If the person is worthy of obedience then he is to be obeyed completely and without a hint of expectation of any sort.

Like today’s Christians Peter was not after a “delayed gratification”

Peter did not say something like this “Lord, right now I am a wreck, totally exhausted and drained out. But if you guarantee a good catch of fish I am in”

Peter gave his 100% to Jesus. How???

He heart was 100% ready to follow the instructions of Jesus in spite of his current circumstances!
He resolved to give 100% obedience to Jesus even when he did not feel like giving 1%!

Most importantly we see a 100% lack of expectation on his part. He was not after any sort of gratification.

Peter chose obedience and companionship of Jesus in the stormy Sea of Galilee instead of a well deserved rest after a rough sleepless night!

This choice and effort apparently seemed to be futile and pointless even to Peter until the first lot of fish got into his net……

Lo and Behold, Peter sees the result and a further reading of the passage gives us a shocking truth… A man who did not expect anything out of his obedience, seeing the result of his obedience is utterly amazed and at the same time is utterly indifferent to the result and is more concerned about his utter sinfulness before the sinless Jesus and the event finally culminates in Peter abandoning his catch and rushing forth to follow Jesus for all of life.

Do not forget Peter seeing the results did not ask Jesus to be his fishing TripAdvisor for one year or for a lifetime! He asked Jesus to leave him because the holiness of Jesus was speaking to his innermost being to utterly leave sin and to give his soul and all 100% to Jesus in total surrender!

Giving 100% to Jesus start and ends with indifference to earthy results and rewards of obedience & is always marked by a realisation that every obedience falls short of 100%; if it does not push and propel us to a more radical and drastic obedience subsequently!

The passage ends with this “100% giving” statement “And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.”  (Luke 5: 11)

 By Alby Mathew BD 4th year student at Faith Theological Seminary.

Shame as Suffering For the Gospel

 

“Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God (2 Tim 1:8 NKJV).

 

Shame is defined as a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behaviour. When we connect this word and the Gospel, it is an interesting mix. According to the definition, wrong or foolish behaviour usually leads to shame.

But how do we see sharing the gospel as wrong or foolish behaviour? Although there is nothing inherently wrong or foolish with sharing the gospel, we may experience shame.

This shame may come from fear of ridicule and humiliation by others. So Paul is instructing Timothy to deal with his fear that leads to shame, which may have kept him from boldly sharing the gospel.

After dealing with shame, Timothy is asked to share in the sufferings for the gospel. Sharing implies solidarity and oneness. Paul seems to be taking the idea of shame and directly linking it with the reality of sharing in the sufferings of Christ.

Paul experienced beatings, ridicule, and various other abuses because of the gospel he preached. He related all these as sharing in the sufferings of Christ.

But here in 2 Timothy, experiencing shame is described as sharing in the sufferings of Christ.

Next time you feel ashamed of telling others about your faith in Jesus, think of yourself as a co-sufferer with Jesus. What a glorious way to share and to suffer.

By

Alex E George, Old Testament Professor at Faith Theological Seminary 

Seek my majesty

 

“Don’t question what you don’t understand unless you’re asking questions seeking to understand”.

Rob Liano.

The Art of Seeking

Why do you seek and for what you seek? Seek or Seeking is a process of searching out something, or investigating on which is unrevealed, or it can be a research, for a disclosed matter. The word “seek” varies as per the contexts or curriculum; it can be search/ investigation/ research/ look. When it comes to the theological realm, seeking has a wider range, which is beyond our thinking.

“Seek My Majesty” the title which I gave, it is to make known how much desire do you have to seek your Savior? My master is in all the tenses. Jesus is same yesterday, today and forever. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. HE is Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent. Majesty is none other, My Jesus Christ is He. When we read 1st Chronicles. Ch.16:11 “Seek to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always”. Yahweh revealed himself through Jesus Christ and set His image on Him.

SEEK TO THE LORD

The inner and the outer experience towards God led David to say courageously “Seek the Lord”. David knew that where he was and where he is now. In Ps. 24:4-5 David reveals some criteria’s to how to seek the Lord and what we get?

  • How to seek the Lord? (Ps. 24:4)
  1. He/she who has clean hands.
  2. He/she who has a pure heart.
  3. He/she who do not worship idols (as per Old Testament).
  4. He/she who never tell lies.
    • What do we get by seeking the Lord? (Ps. 24:5)
  5. They will receive blessing from the Lord.
  6. Will have a right relationship with God.

We can also see in New Testament too that Jesus explaining to the disciples/crowds in Sermon on Mount “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the things shall be added unto you.” (Matt 6:33). Therefore we have to seek him first and his kingdom, rest all will be added with us. When we look into the secular world, seekers/researchers, research on some issues and gets the results, they get many awards and prizes in this world. Therefore, If they gets such a reward from this world, think what our God is planning to give us when we seek him always.

SEEK HIS STRENGTH

David tasted his Lord’s strength, whenever he was in the midst of great distress and dangers. In Ps. 27:1 that’s why David says “The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger…” David knew whom he was serving and why he is serving. But we doubt in Lord’s strength whether He will work for us. A familiar verse we usually say that “God is my refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.” This verse would have strengthened you and me in many situations of our life but today the relevance of this verse is been taken as granted for our own purposes.

SEEK HIS FACE ALWAYS

When we look in Daniel 10:6, we can see from his revelation that he saw the face of Lord like the appearance of lightening. That much powerful His face was. David testifies in Ps. 34:5 after those who seek the face of the Lord, their faces will be radiant with joy and will never be ashamed.

My dears brothers and sisters, if anyone told you are good for nothing, “Seek to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always”. You will never ashamed again.

In Ps. 24:6 David starts with saying such a generation of those who will seek God. I pray that our present generation should be such a generation as mentioned in the verse (Ps. 24:6). God really wants that this generation should seek Him first. Those who seek the Lord will lack no good things. My  majesty will fill you with the power of Holy Spirit, your duty is just to seek the Lord and his kingdom and then everything will automatically added to you. As Matt 7:8 says Everyone who seeks will find. Thus, keep on seeking, until you find, one day that door will be opened to you. Those who feel, they have attained God, must understand that the word “seeking” plays in these three words IT GOES ON!!!

By Stanly Johnson BD 1st year student at Faith Theological Seminary

Hand Of God

When this Hand is raised to judge the wicked, you and Me redeemed by Blood Of Jesus are cared, loved and guide by this mighty hands. Yea , its a hand which created unique creation in universe that is mankind (Genesis 1:26,27) and gave him the authority over all other creations of God (Vs:28). Creation of mankind is very impressive and intelligent design.
God created mankind with great love and hope for his kingdom. It was a challenge to Satan by God, this is “human” made by dust, they breath, eat, sleep and work for me. I love them more than anything will dwell with them and in them.
Thou human failed in eyes of Lord and mankind lost his Sonship, Glory, authority but love and hope in mankind from Almighty remains same as before.  So God sent his beloved Son(John 3:16 )
Jesus Christ as Savior of this world. He was crucified, through the death and Resurrection of Jesus, God established a new covenant of redemption of all those who believe in Jesus Christ.
Those powerful hand of God is now before you. Believe in Him and stretch out your hand. God will hold it and raise you.

The Unique Features

  • Role of His Hand in Creation

Psalm 19:1

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

  • Hand which Delivers    

Psalm 31:15

My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.

By Abel Mathai BD 1st year at Faith Theological Seminary

“TRANSPARENT PILGRIMS AMIDST PSEUDO WITNESSESS”

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We all love certain things in common and one among them is traveling, especially if the road ahead is a new one. And for this journey we will do our best to collect all the available help to make it fruitful. During the Onam vacation of my Seminary I got a chance to travel to new places in Kerala. So I was very curious and alert to check the available guide to reach the exact places . During my journey I learned an important lesson of practical Christian life. Our life on earth is usually seen as the journey of a pilgrim towards eternity (Moksha or nirvana in other faith), which John Bunyan also allegorically presents in his famous book Pilgrims Progress. So this spiritual lesson compelled me to self examine my Christian walk. And I hope that this article will compel you to have a closer look within yourself.

SHINING STARS OF HOPE

In Matthew 2:10 we read “And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with the joy”. The star that the wise men had seen in the East was a sign of the birth of king of Jews-Jesus Christ. Their natural reasoning led them to search the new-born king in Herod’s palace in Jerusalem but to their surprise they didn’t find Him there. Now their only hope was to look upon the star to show the way and we read later that the star went ahead as a faithful guide. And on reaching the right spot they rejoiced exceedingly with joyful heart.                     

But just think if this star would have disappeared from the sky or the light within it shades away gradually in the course of time, will the wise men be able to reach the exact destination. Never possible. If stars as a part of creation are faithful to its call, how much more it is demanded by those who have been made in the image of God.

The word ‘Transparency’ is defined as “the characteristic of being easy to see through”. Literary critics broadly divide a character into two kinds, namely ‘round’ or ‘flat’ character. Being transparent comes under flat character, who is someone not crooked but genuinely straightforward.  Biblical transparency is way beyond this above definition, it is  “to be true in the inward part of our being which will definitely manifest in our christian walk.”                                                

5 KINDS OF PILGRIMS

In my Christian walk I found at-least 5 kinds of pilgrims. You may find more than these general ones. But basically I think these are the one whom we can easily find.

  • The first kinds of pilgrim are pious in appearance who with noisy voice will show the way of eternity. But if you dare to go closer to them to know the way more clear, they will consider you as if you are some useless creature . These people are very narrow-minded who have spiritually puffed up in their Christian walk. The spiritual pride of these people has made them to live in a realm of super-spirituality and they love to be call themselves as ‘inner circle group’.
  • The second group of people are very uncertain about the way. They love to be called as pilgrims who follow the routinely rituals but have no deeper understanding of what they follow daily. These people are still spiritually infants who waver frequently and will run away with some silly excuses when faith is demanded. They love to pinpoint some great pilgrims as great role model but themselves have become tasteless salt who are good for nothing.
  • The third kind of people will tell you the way and even some important landmark to be noticed to reach the exact destination. But they will not follow it themselves and thereby are the blind guides. They love to preach about great principles about Christian faith but are still to follow it by themselves. They preach about holiness, live by faith, carry cross etc. But they don’t have this in their lives.
  • Fourth kind of people will not only tell you the way but will lead you through the way. It gives us hope and boosts us up to have someone as a good example before us. But at a certain juncture, we will fail to  see them. Hence making us anxious of our way. They cause people to stumble in their journey through their failures. They started the journey well but the deceitfulness of the world and wealth have sidetracked them. They are like Demas who loved the world (2 Timothy 4:10). They knew the way and even lead people but in the course of time, they wander from the way.
  • Fifth kind of people will not only be kind enough to show the way but with all confidence without doubt will give you a helping hand. They serve as a best guide to take you to the right destination. They are the shining stars in the dying world who are called as true heroes of faith.

To which category do you belong.

RE-EXAMINING POST-MODERN TRANSPARENCY

Sadly, it seems that many of the Post-modern “Christian” authors and preachers think that being authentic and transparent means that, not only do Christians fail but we are to be proud of our failures and openly acknowledge them as just who we are, with no intent, with the help of God, to live otherwise. This may have the appearance of being authentic and transparent but it is, in fact, the most non-transparent of all. Because the person who does this is hiding their true identity: that they are a counterfeit child of God. In this view, sin is not just a reality of this world but is being sanctified and even institutionalized. This is the pseudo transparency of today’s Christianity. To understand grace indeed recognizes that we must humbly affirm that we are no better than others. But it also means, in grace, that we have been given a new disposition which detests the evil it sees in one’s self and, by the grace of God, strives to live according to God’s holy law. Genuine Christians know that they have been forgiven of great sin but it also means they will be fighting a war against sin for their whole lives. 

CHRISTIAN TRANSPARENCY: PAUL A TRANSPARENT WITNESS

Paul says imitate me as I imitate Christ. If we look at Paul we will see Christ shining brightly in his speech, conduct and lifestyle. He was a transparent pilgrim. Paul’s life and ministry depicts that living genuinely and transparently means by the grace of God, to consciously live every moment with the belief that all of our thoughts and life are truly open before God and man.  And we should strive hard to make our goal to please God all days of our life. May the words of our mouth and meditation of our heart be acceptable to Almighty God who searches us and knows us well.

CONCLUSION

Are we shining like a true witness for the hopeless world or have we lost our transparency by losing the light within us is something worth examining. Are we a true lighthouse that stands faithful to its duty in the present evil age or have we neglected our transparent life in the race to be gain self-glory. When we commit sin are we ready to confess it in order to be set free from it. The reason for this confession is not to feel self-pity for ourselves or sooth our conscience but to strive hard to enter through the narrow gate of eternity. The hard fact is that there are a lot of pseudo witnesses who are in self-deception and are also misleading immature and ignorant pilgrims in Christian journey. They don’t have a transparent life and thereby cannot guide others to lead a transparent life. But Paul stands as a good example for us who through his transparent life was able to say at the end of his life “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”                                                             

By Finny C. Thomas, a BD final year student at Faith Theological Seminary.

POSTMODERN LOVE

 

WHERE IS LOVE..???

Are you ever loved…??? This is a big question that often arises within the heart of many in this world. The words “Love, Being Loved Loving” has become a great phenomenon. And it is often understood within the framework of mere physical and emotional intimacy and both attachment between two individual.  Everyone is in search of this adjective “love”. We   search love in our family, in our friends and many often we don’t find this love within ourselves, at last go after social media and internet to find LOVE. But the quest remains incomplete. Right from new born baby till the old age dying man seeks and finds not…LOVE. One seeks for milk and other for a hand. Friends it is one born and dies but findeth neither love nor lover. But the reality is hidden and truth is… One has born and died just to love and for beloved. Friends Love is not the learning of a new skill like riding bike or playing guitar. It is even not an art or a technique that we learn to love. But to know love you have to know the One who born to love and died for the beloved.

LOVE IN THE POSTMODERN STREET

The general understanding of love among peoples in the world is how someone makes them feel or how they feel about someone else. Today most think and believe that love is a kind of feeling. I feel something of you and you feel something of me, which is in the word love. Then if you are attractive to me, be nice to me and love me and in return I will love you. In sum love of the world expects while giving. Remember, if love is kind of feeling, then feeling comes and go, where as love remains forever. We have been blinded the real meaning and objective of love. Gradually the meaning of love is being deteriorating, because we love the thing to be liked and like the thing to be loved. We have no difference in love and like, both seem one. We love costly mobile phones, car, bungalow and many other alike, but we like our parent, brother, friend and neighbor to us with manipulation for personal benefits that we love. As the result of that we have witness a millions of incident, where wife kills husband, brother kills sister, friends kills other friend, father abuse children and many more violence and killing.

The world does not give love where there is no benefits. If you don’t benefit your friend then you have no love for him- thus says the world. Love of the world is selfish, self-serving and cares more for what it gets from than what it gives to.

LOVERS POINT…!!!    

lov-2Everyone who seeks for LOVE, yes they have a point to meet their LOVER. A LOVER who neither go after HIS benefits nor for HIS personal advantage but always cares for you. HIS Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast,  not proud,  does not dishonor you, not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs.

The Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres and HIS LOVE NEVER FAILS, HE is… JESUS CHRIST.

Come to the CROSS the LOVER POINT where you can find the unchanging LOVE in spite of changing time, either it be postmodern or the ages to come.

 

BY Chittaranjan N

BD V year student at Faith Theological Seminary

He loves to blog at http://www.rinckuchittaranjan.blogspot.in