As I grow in my walk with the Lord, I learn to thank Him for things that I used to complain about, also for things I used to fear from. He is the Creator and Savior; therefore, He knows everything and everyone. Surely His wisdom greatly exceeds my understanding, and His love would overcome my fears.
The Christian love is shaped by the biblical principle of sacrifice. God the Father showed us His love in the incarnational and sacrificial work of His Son (Jn 3:16). Moreover, love is given to Christians by the dwelling of His Spirit in them when they believed (Rom 5:5). Therefore, true Christian love is not about satisfying the self, nor it is like the hypocritical political correctness of the world. In short, biblical Christians should not conform to the world’s perception of love, because they disagree with the world on the meaning, source, and end of love.
There is an undeniable connection between the dwelling place of the LORD and the presence of holiness, between God’s reign and submission to His commandments. God forgives sin when its proper price is paid, by the shed of innocent blood as a sacrifice; by the death of Christ the Savior. Nonetheless, sin is never tolerated by our Holy LORD, regardless of what the world thinks. The reign of the LORD is a rule of holiness.
Surely there are many good and non violent people among all races and religious groups.Yet one cannot predict who out of the followers of Islam would be born from below. By the “born from below,” I simply mean the exact opposite of the biblical term “born from above,” or in other translations “born again” (John 3).
While this term might sound weird for most of non Christians, Christians shouldn’t be surprised. Because we Christians believe that God through His Spirit transforms their lives, and they refer to this transformation as being “born again” or “born from above.” Therefore, it is not hard for us to understand that another faith system can offer an opposite transforming experience from our own.
To be more clear, I am not trying to demonize the followers of Islam, but to clarify the wickedness of serious and true Muslims, who are certainly transformed by an evil belief system of hate and deception. This system of faith is simply evil since it comprises clear elements of hate, and violence. A belief system that justifies bloodshed of infidels, Jews, and Christians. All this, can be found , not only in the Quran, but also in the Hadith, in the history of interpretation, and is practically manifested by their long history of intolerance toward different non Muslim faiths for more than fourteen centuries.
By personal observation, this transformation can span from few days to years, also it can never be completed to a full transforming experience in the life time of a Muslim (which is in fact more common). Yet when this “born from below” experience occurs, and his/her mind is activated and indoctrinated with a seriously strong jihadic belief system.
The consequences conform to Hell, and people are astonished or rather stunned by this acts of Jihad. Nonetheless, Christians shouldn’t be appalled by these acts of evil, because we also have a belief system that is good, and we not only believe that our good God exists, but also we belief that Satan exists, and that he is active in this fallen world (Eph 2:2). We can understand that there can be an evil transforming religious experience, when people truly believe in bad and evil doctrines.
Moreover, we also know that our ultimate hope is not in the wisdom of this age, nor in an earthly savior who is a smart politician or a good statesman (although these are needed to restrict evil in the world), but our real hope is in Christ and God’s Kingdom.To him be Glory and the final victory over all these evils, and over Satan himself (Rev 20:10).
احيانا نظن اننا نتحكم فى كل شىء فى حياتنا, نديرها يمينا أو يسارا. لكن لو دققنا قليلا لأدركنا انه حتى قرارتنا واختياراتنا ليست حرة فى المطلق. فالانسان يختار ما تمليه عليه قناعاته, او عقيدته,او ايدوليجيته.واحيانا يصبغ اختياره بما يريده المقربون من الاهل والاصدقاء. هل فكرت انه حتى ظروفك و بيئتك او خلفيتك انت لم تختارها. بل ايضا جيناتك الوراثية التى تتحكم فى تكوينك لم تختارها مسبقا.
لذلك الانسان بحاجة لعمل الخالق ( الذى هيئ كل هذا و يتحكم فى كل ما سبق) فيه حتى يكون بحق حرا,أو بالحرى حيا حياة حرة الا من التزامه نحو خالقه و محرره. نحن نحتاج لعمل الخالق فينا حتى نكون بحق احرار. لذلك جاء المسيح, الذى هو صورة الله الغير منظور (كول 1: 15) فى صورة عبد(انسان) (فل 2: 7) لكى يحرركل من يؤمن به.
One of the major aspects of life: is to have a meaning, work and marriage are two ways of proving that our life has a meaning. Work and marriage are of a divine origin ( Gen. 2: 15- 18), before the fall God created both for man’s good, in order to give his life a meaning, a purpose, and even a motive, but after fall an enmity arose between man and God, and since then a curse disseminated to everything related to our life, including work and marriage; work turned out to be hard labor with less fruit, and pain, marriage , instead of being a part of paradise, became an issue of control, lust, and pain.The former paradise withdrew from our lives, and eventually life lost its meaning, and purpose.
Fortunately in Jesus Christ there is restoration; a restoration of relationship between God and man, between man and creation, and between man and woman, thus a restoration of the blessed meaningful marriage, and also a restoration of a meaningful fruitful work or job. In Jesus, life is restored, the curse is broken, and ‘ meaningness’ is again integrated into our lives, and into the lives of all who believe in Him. Although this restoration is not yet fully accomplished in our lives (Rom. 8: 23), and we are waiting for a perfect restoration in the coming kingdom when our king and Lord Jesus Christ will come to rule over the nations, yet still a portion of the restoration is there for all who really believe, and live by faith a meaningful life.
Still We Need Him (1 Jn. 1)
Devotion by Hany N. Sadik
We make God out to be a liar if we denied our sinful doings; if we claimed that we don’t need forgiveness of our sins. Or when we –like many today, are watering the effects and consequences of sin in both our lives, and the human affairs in general.
We are sinners simply because we are humans, the seed of Adam and Eve, Thus we need God’s grace and His forgiveness, also due to the fact that sin is a serious issue to God, and it is so to us if we claim to be His children. We should not let our pride led us astray from basic biblical truths; It is true that we are now more sophisticated and developed than our ancestors in many ways, yet we still need to confess our sinfulness, and unrighteousness, still we need His redemption or to be more precise his Son Jesus, denying is lying to ourselves, to others, and most importantly concerning God’s truthfulness.
Being Christians don’t mean we are righteousness, but sinners who are saved and living by His righteousness and grace, it is not about us it is about Him, and his magnificent Jesus