It’s true. I’m dying. And so are you. At least as far as this world is concerned. Everything man-made eventually dies. On earth, the man-made stuff just reinvents itself. This is why there is nothing new “under” the sun. This also explains the so-called cursed upon materialism; it will never ultimately satisfy and any attempt to find satisfaction in earthly things will enslave us and cause us to forget who we truly are.
Even Jesus said all things pass away. I have been dying for over 40 years. At the same time the last 40 years have been the best years of my childhood. You keep yourself young by staying close to who were were growing up. So I guess my purpose is to prove that I can be a responsible adult and still be “immature”.
What is immaturity anyway? It is basically a word that grownups who take life too seriously call people who like to have fun every once in awhile.
Face it, adulthood is overrated. Even Jesus said to be like a child. Although this refers to a childlike faith in Divine Providence.
So I’m dying and will continue to do so for another two or three decades. We were created to live forever. Even some healthcare practitioners can’t figure out why humans don’t live longer than they actually do. Or why they even get sick in the first place.
It turns out even dying is an illusion. All dying is is the body slowly decaying. Even this is cause by wear and tear on the body due to excessive demands the world places on us, not to mention our own egos which cause us to push ourselves too hard. People that know how to take care of themselves don’t show the effects of dying as they get old. Often this latter group ends up reversing the aging process. The result is when they hit old age, people end up being surprised by how old they really are.
When Jesus said “die to ourselves”, I believe he meant die to the way of the world and live the divine life that the Great Spirit calls us to live in service to our neighbor. This is how we overcome the world that keeps trying to enslave us.
“Righteousness exalts a nation. But sin is a disgrace to the people.”-Psalm 14:34
In my daily reading of the One Year Bible, I was reading Jeremiah 22. The first thing that stood out is why God allows suffering and bad things to happen. From other passages in the Word, we learn that it’s a result of the curse God put on the world as a result of man’s sin nature and independent self-will. We suffer because we have forsaken the covenant with God our Father and pursued other gods.
Now I will go into the heretic zone. Buddha is known for saying that suffering comes from attachment. The New Testament teaches us that one of the fruits of the spirit is self-control.
Materialism is more than money. It’s all things pertaining to matter. Forsaking life’s most important relationship with the Divine makes us slaves to materialism when we try to fill the void with earthly things. This explains why so many people in western culture are so obsessed with work these days.
Being too overly attached to the decaying things of this world will cause much suffering. We can enjoy the things of the world without getting too attached. But only if we seek first the Kingdom of God.
Maybe a theocracy is the best form of government. Not necessarily rule by the church. Human institutions become too corrupt. The more people who walk with God and put Him first, the more a nation exalts itself.
As one of my former roommates said, it doesn’t matter who wins elections in politics as long as we put God first. Exalting people like Obama or Trump like I have seen much of the country do the past few years is basically idol worship. Especially when people actually say either one of these or any other political figure is our only hope.
We invite suffering in when we eat too much of the tree of knowledge (materialism). We overcome this by eating of the tree of Life and living life from God on a daily basis.
It is safe to say that no one likes laws. That is unless you are getting paid to make them. In some strange way laws keep us free. Although they can feel restrictive when you realize there an estimated 20,000 laws in society. The result being nearly everything we do is illegal.
But rather than live in fear just note that despite all the laws, we have very little chance of being caught for anything. This is mostly because most of the laws are unenforceable, or most police officers aren’t even willing or interested in enforcing most of the laws.
When it’s all said and done it all boils down to the golden rule. As long as we treat others the way we want to be treated and don’t hurt anyone we will be okay. After all the only laws that are really enforced are the ones that hurt someone else; stealing or killing.
What about divine law and the legalist that counted all 613 of them? The purpose of the law is to show God’s moral attributes which are meant to humble us before Him. The message of the New Testament is that we are not under the law of God if we are led by the Spirit.
Jesus taught that those who love God (or have a reverence for the Divine) keep the whole of the law. If we keep the law God will bless us, as long as we don’t do it legalistically and judge others.
What are the two things that man secretly longs for? I’ll give a hint, it is not the things of the world. It is peace and freedom. We slave away for our freedom (the irony of working 70+ hours a week to be free, if you don’t die first). We kill for freedom, which is sometimes true though there is more to war than just fighting for freedom.
The Bible says everything we need is in the Spirit, or Christ or whatever you call it. It is righteousness, joy, and peace, Being lead by the spirit provides all three; knowing your purpose in life is to live in harmony with the Creator, forever and have assurance of a life beyond this one.
I have heard that joy and happiness are not the same thing. Actually joy is true happiness.
Proverbs 28:1. . .”The righteous are as bold as lions.”
I admit I love to see the looks on people’s faces when I tell them that I am the youngest of six kids and an only child; especially if it is through social media. The pitfall of being the youngest is having a hard time taking stuff seriously.
Since I have spent the last couple of decades learning how to be a man, I have become more bold. Mostly since losing my earthly father back in 2005. As good a man as he was, his one weakness was that he was more of a Mr Mom. He admitted this, albeit jokingly; though there is truth to kidding.
The verse of today comes from Proverbs 28:1 which states the righteous are as bold as lions. Cross reference it with a verse towards the end of the book of Revelations that says “the cowardly will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Some people think a life of faith is easy because all you do is just believe. They don’t understand what biblical belief actually is. Still others think God is a crutch for the weak. I am reminded of something a preacher said once about Jesus being meek.
Meekness is defined as a gentleness. In layman’s terms it is “power under control.” Jesus was anything but weak the way He challenged the legalistic Pharisees of His day. Every man’s favorite Jesus story is when He chased money changers out of the temple.
I wonder what Jesus would be doing in churches today if He was here physically?
The Beatitudes say that the meek will inherit the earth. Being meek means trusting in the Divine and living life from God (tree of life) verses trusting in ourselves (tree of knowledge). The former makes life easier once you put God first; boldly put God first I might add.
Life wasn’t meant to be hard. Keep in mind that even faith is a gift from God and not something we have to muster up ourselves.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be added.”- Jesus