¿Se acordarían la gente de Cristo cuando yo me muera?
Ha sido casi un año desde el día que yo propuse esta pregunta en Instagram. Durante estos meses, Dios ha usado este tiempo para ayudarme entender esta pregunta que estaba en mi corazón, en una manera mas profunda; y también, analizar cómo vivir la respuesta en todas las partes de mi caminar con Cristo.
It was almost one year ago that I posted this thought on Instagram. During these past months, God has used this time to walk me through this question that He put in my heart, and live out the answer in many areas of my walk. It was not easy, nor am I done working and wrestling through this truth- but it has helped me comprehend the purpose of my life as a believer in Jesus.
We all question suffering, but willingly accept pleasure as if we deserve it by default. We ask where God was when evil and tragedy occurs, but his location isn't brought up when all is well. If we are to be fair and consistent, we must question why good things happen. But first, we must address the question behind the question: What is good?
The author of 1 John starts off by speaking about a subject, a "that" which was from the beginning. Further on in the passage it is made clear that the "that" being spoken of is none other than Jesus Christ. So lets breakdown what was said about him line by line.
It's been more than a year since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT. Time has passed, and the lives of 28 people are now being remembered by their loved ones. The perpetrator of this evil deed died along with the victims, by committing suicide. But what if he were to have lived? We know that there are some that would condemn him to hell in a heartbeat, maybe even vouching for a public execution. But as believers, we are called to forgive, are we not? Yes, it would've been unthinkable to have lost a child, brother, sister, parent, or spouse in this manner - but Christ does call us to forgive the ones who have sinned against us.
While I was young, and still attending my mother’s home church, there was a particular phrase that people loved to quote: "We don't have a religion, we have a relationship."That is all I would hear, when a preacher was yelling their lungs out fromthe pulpit on a Saturday night. I agreed. Religion to me was saying a couple of Hail Marys, praying five times a day, and legalistic practices. I envisioned the pope, or the Dalai Lama when I thought of religion, so I definitely did not want to relate my Christian belief to this word that everyone told me was wrong. Now, here we are, years later, and the vilifying of the word "religion" is complete. You have books like "Jesus > Religion," Godly pastors with campaigns against religion, and thousands of young people who don't label themselves as religious- yethave faith in Christ.
One of the struggles that I've had to deal with in my walk with Christ is self-centeredness. It is easily right up there with pride and sexual temptation, as a sin God has to constantly forgive me for, and guide me away from.
There once was a pig that was transformed into a man. This young man (formerly a pig) is amazed at what he had now become. He could think, talk, and move around in ways he could never have done before! He continued on to discover and enjoy all of the wonders of being human and loved them.But, as time passes by, he started to miss his old life- bathing in the muck, eating gruel, and being with other pigs. He decided to return to his previous home and live the way he formerly did.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1 ESV) Chapter four of Paul's first letter to Timothy, starts by acknowledging apostasy, and people falling away from the truth of the Gospel.
Growing up in a Pentecostal church, there were certain "norms" I became accustomed to and never questioned. People being "slayed" in the spirit, the spinning around and jumping in ecstasy, six hour long church services, etc. One of the norms that most interested me was when a "prophet" would come to the church. Everyone would be so excited, hoping that the prophet would reveal God's will for their lives.