For Christians

I’m in the process of developing pages on what I perceive to be what Jesus believed and thereby practiced in regards to politics, orthodoxy (correct belief), and orthopraxis (correct practice) (as well as a page on Revelation: the Beast/Dragon/Whore of Babylon, 666, False Prophet, et. al, and Peak Oil).

In the meantime, please take a look at what I have in the links, and:

Response Thread to Elmer’s Brother, where I extrapolate a little bit on why abortion should be legalized (for the purpose of witnessing), nationalism was not practiced or advocated by Jesus, and problems within the church, such as false pretenses and lack of independent thought (although the latter seems perhaps an endemic problem in society in general – more commonly known as sheep mentality).

I also go a little bit into the problems of Middle East Islamophobia and problems with fearing terrorism and terrorists indirectly in re: Comment Commandments revisited/soccermomunplugged open thread.

The main idea, as is oft-repeated in the Evangelical world, is that we must base our understanding of Christianity on Jesus. And by that, I not only mean who he was, but what he did, which served as a translation to his followers to better understand the true scope of his work here on earth after the resurrection. Thereby, our understanding and our very lives or reason for living must be based on Jesus alone.

I believe it is part and parcel to the understanding of Luke 10:27:

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind”; and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Thereby, it is our responsibility to formulate our own orthodoxy in our own words at some point (presumably when you think you have matured beyond the “baby” stage). Know why you go to church and know how that might conflict or agree with either/both the Bible and the church to which you are going.

It is the wrong practice to assert in a church that “this is what the congregation believes” (e.g., “We believe…”) without the input of the congregation. In fact, it may as well be more the case that people in the congregation (yes, you) believe “the guy(s) who made this creed know more about the Bible than we do, so we just listen to them.” You must avoid this mentality or you will be a pawn for the next era of totalitarianism - this time most likely of which will be global (sorry, this can’t be emphasized enough). Not to mention you endanger yourself to the utter despair of hell (here’s an interesting post on this).

Finally, press onwards towards the prize.

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

In Christ,
Albert

4 thoughts on “For Christians

  1. Albert, you hit the nail on the head!

    We will all be judged alone and unsupported by anyone else, including our pastors, on that Great Day. Unless we are true followers of Christ rather than man, we will be very disappointed. Therefore it is imperative that believers figure out what they believe for themselves, instead of just taking for granted whatever the pastor says. I have come to the conclusion, since becoming a believer less than two years ago, that many things taught in all churches are scripturally unsupported. I won’t go into those things here, but I am sure you know what I mean.

    I believe that everything is going to get a lot worse, because, as Paul says “God is not mocked”. America, I believe, is the Babylon of Revelation and God’s judgment is definitely coming. I also believe that what we see as judgment against other countries (’04 Tsunami, Myanamar, Sri Lanka, and China’s earthquakes) is just a “leveling” before God slams the most anti-God “Christian” nation. We are like the rich man who stored up all his riches and thought himself set for life and did not know that God would call him to account before he could enjoy it.

    I am not as concerned as I ought to be, because I am a frog in the same pot as everyone else. I just happen to smell something cooking. We have been very smug, thinking our prosperity resulted from our ingenuity and independence when, all along, we have been addicting ourselves to mainlining the very things we need to survive from countries that hate us. It’s going to get very rough and I suspect that I will suffer along with most Americans. Coffee, wine, and, yes, bottled water will soon become too expensive to make, transport and buy because of our misguided faith in technological answers to symptoms rather than the disease.

    I believe that even if half of Americans were to fall on their faces, repent, sell their toys and give all their money to the poor, starting today, we’d still have decades, if not centuries, of punishment yet to bear.

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  2. PK,

    What do you mean by “leveling”? I hope you’re not interpreting natural disasters as a kind of “judgment,” because I really don’t see them as one as much as it is the natural reaction of the earth to a rapidly changing climate (caused, no less, by industrialized and industrializing nations). I can see and appreciate where your perspective regarding the judgment of the US comes from, but if there’s anything I’ve learned from being a history major, the earlier patterns of wealth concentration, inequity, and lack of spiritual discipline generally continue along the same lines as they have in the OT (where more money, influence, and power meant less faith).

    I think the hope we hold as Christians regarding “punishment of the evildoers” has more to do with Judgment Day rather than what has been occurring now… our faith should drive us to make friends and try to bring Jesus into our relationships regardless of what background or position a given person has.. that’s what made Christians so effective a witness during the heady years of early Christianity.

    The second thing I would say is that many of the more middle-aged people in the US and elsewhere are aware of what’s happening in the world and are concerned about it, but are more or less not as concerned about doing something about it as others simply because they have to deal with the everyday realities of some of what’s been happening in their jobs, mortgage payments, and utility bills. There is certainly the element of misguided faith in technology, but that only stems from the earlier “disease” you mentioned earlier, which is sin (I hope). This and the issues mentioned earlier should only underscore the reason why Christians should reconsider how Christianity remains totally relevant today, but since many remain unaware we need to be vigilant and persevere in the work, even amongst ourselves.

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  3. Actually i would like to know what does the bibble say in Revelations about climate change? Because now I can see that we as people confused of what is going on.

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    • Hi Sphe,

      That’s definitely a topic worth taking into consideration. If anything, I think Revelations is a very difficult book to comprehend and we shouldn’t read too much into it in and of itself. A lot of the false prophets both now and in days past fixated on this book while largely ignoring the pages that came before it. Consider, for now, that what’s more important is understanding how it relates to other books in the Bible in terms of how it wants you to look at authority, how you should live, and how evil permeates our existence here on Earth.

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