Thursday, May 28, 2009
All the religions in the world prescribe norms of salvation centered mainly on what the person must do to attain eternal life. All of the religions of the world focus on the accomplishment of man to transcend his evil ways and become a godly man through acts of good works and piety. Thus salvation, according to these religions, is accomplished by what man does to himself. Man must accomplish his own salvation. Christianity differs in its approach to salvation. To the Christian, salvation is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Thus, no amount of good works alone can carry man to his own salvation without the saving faith in Jesus Christ. To the philosophers, this is salvation by vicarious atonement. The punishment that should have been heaped on sinful man was voluntarily shouldered by Jesus Christ. The Man without sin became sin to save the lost. Thus salvation is attained through faith in Jesus Christ by accepting Him as our Lord and savior. It is a deep mystery of supreme love and sacrifice that the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the Creator of all things seen and unseen, should die in our place. And because of that, we have access to eternal life. The only price we have to pay is to humble ourselves before God and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior. The writings are on the wall. We are nearing the end times. And to those who steadfastly waited on the Lord and have been faithful to Him till the end, they will be rewarded when He finally comes back to earth. THAT IS HIS AMAZING LOVE FOR HIS FLOCK.
Amazing Love - Chris Tomlin
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Amazing Love, Salvation, Grace, Faith, Christian, Joy, Love, Peace, Bliss, Heavenly Kingdom
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Monday, May 25, 2009
All your life you have searched for the meaning of life. All your life you have felt that emptiness in your soul as it yearns for something which you cannot clearly discern or understand. You were molded to be an obedient child, nurtured in the best ways of civility, but somewhere along the way, you lost that longing to be pure and chaste. You have tried everything, everything that the world pursues after. You have run the race to get the winner's prize. But at the end of the day, you are still lonely and lost. You poured your heart out to your beloved only to find betrayal and more emptiness. There were days you feel so alone and without a friend. And sometimes, you even contemplated on ending it all and just vanish from existence. But you hold on, mindful that there is something more to life than all these endless frivolities and sham pleasure seeking. That there is a higher purpose in life than being drowned in an existence of sheer hypocrisy and lies to make it appear that you are on top of the world. You have tried everything from booze, to drugs, to sex, to denial of everything that is good. But where did it lead you? You are always back to being lonely and hating yourself and others. Oh how you envy those that seemed to have found their purpose in life, who have lived a fulfilled life. How you envy that sublime smile of a child as she plays with abandon under the sun. How you envy the little ones who always exude sheer joy in their innocent faces. Why can't you be like them? You have tried everything but failed. WHY NOT TRY GOD? He is there for you 24/7. He is always available to hear your corniest jokes, your tales of pains, frustrations and fears. And yes, He loves you so much. He died on the cross for you, didn't He? He is knocking at the door of your heart. WOULD YOU LET HIM IN?
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Life, Existence, Meaning of Life, Purpose of Life, Joy, Emptiness, Soul, Lost, Frivolities, Hypocrisy, Lonely, Door of Your Heart, Salvation, Eternal Life, Cross, Calvary, Word of God, Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla