Dead on a beach fleeing from death; jailed for objecting to Sin; dead on a cross on account of Sin

I read my Bible to see what men ought to do: and read my newspapers to see what men are doing

Lord renew thy church beginning with me: Lord renew the church that the church may renew the nation(s)

NEWS

1. The big news that caught my attention this week was the plight of refugees, fleeing war torn Syria and other countries, ‘struggling’ to find compassion in Europe. And which concern was eventually shown after millions of people saw that picture of a little two year old boy, dead from drowning, and lying face down in shallow water on a beach in Turkey. of course this raises the question of the fate of the many Africans who have drowned, and or suffered immensely, whilst trying to flee from a life of poverty and hardship in their country.

Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees

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Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight…
Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece• War…
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2. The other news that stuck with me was the revelation of the clerk in Kentucky who, on account of her religious/Christian beliefs, refused to sign marriage certificates for gay couple, as mandated by law. And thus found herself in prison, having herself violated the law. An action which has brought the whole divisive and often vitriolic debate on gay marriages, to a new level. Clearly, this story will ‘gather legs’, and we await to see what will happen next.

Jailed Ky. Clerk Offers ‘Remedy’ in Marriage License Battle

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Jailed Ky. Clerk Offers ‘Remedy’ in Marriage License Bat…
Kim Davis thinks she has a solution to her problem.
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THE WORD OF GOD

So what Word, or inspired word, did the Lord send this week in the midst of such controversy and human suffering? Essentially the messages for this week centered around the need for the deeper understanding of what to expect, and what is means to be a Christian. And one who believes in the reality and goodness of God in an age when many are, at least, attempting to ‘flee from the reality of history and revelation about God”

THE FIRST MESSAGE – all sent on whatsapp, deals with what happens when Sin is omitted from the conversation about life: and about Christianity. Which raises the controversial question, in this context,of whether or not homosexuality is a sin. And also whether or not it is ‘sinful’ to treat human beings, refugees or not, as ‘animals’. Which is an accusation that some of the refugees raised in respect of how they were treated in the camps in Hungary. My own position is very clear on both issues, and I am being led to treat with one of them during the coming week. Not in a campaign, but actually, as part of a wider discussion on Sin.

GM: Are you, or do you know anyone struggling to understand the authentic Christian faith. My best advice to you would be buy and read carefully Review. Timothy Keller’s ‘ The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.
In the interim, I was just reminded by the good Lord to share with you, excerpts from Chapter Ten in the Book entitled, ‘ The Problem of Sin,’
Remarkable truths express in fairly simple language which really touched my heart.

EXCERPTS
– According to Christianity, our biggest problem is sin. Yet the concept of ‘sin’ is offensive or ludicrous to many. This is often because we do not understand what Christians mean by this term
– The Christian doctrine of sin, properly understood, can be a great source of human hope, but what is that doctrine?.
– Sin is the despairing refusal to find your deepest identify on your relationship and service to God. Sin is seeking to become one-self, to get an identify, apart from Him.
– What does this mean? Everyone gets their identity, their sense of being distinct from somewhere or something. Kierkegaard – a Danish Philosopher. – asserts that human beings were made not only to believe in God in some general way, but to love him supremely, center their lives on him above anything else, and build their very identities on him. Anything other than this is sin.
– Most people think of sin primarily as ‘ breaking divine rules’, but Kierkegaard knows that the very first of the Ten Commandments is to ‘have no other gods before me’. So according to the Bible, the primary way to define sin, is not just the doing of bad things, but the making of good things into ‘ ultimate things’.
It is seeking to establish a sense of self by making something else more central to your significance, purpose, and happiness than your relationship to God.
– Defining Sin this way, we can see several ways that Sin destroys us personally. Identify apart from God is inherently unstable. Without God our sense of worth may seem solid on the surface, buy it never is – it can desert you in a moment.
– Theologian Thomas Oden writes:
suppose my god is sex, or my physical health or the Democratic Party ( or PNP or JLP). If I feel any of these under genuine threat, I feel myself shaken to the depths.
– If anything threatens your identify you will not just be anxious but paralyzed with fear…… Only if your identify is built on God and his love, says Kierkegaard, can you have a self that can venture anything, or face anything.
– Any identify not based on God also leads inevitably to deep forms of addiction. Whenever we turn good things into ultimate things, we are, as it were, spiritually addicted.
– If we take our meaning in life from our family, out work, as cause or some achievement other than God, they enslave us…..St. Augustine said that ‘ our loves are not rightly ordered’.
He famously said to God: , ‘ Our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee’. The good things that enslave us are good things that deserve to be loved. But when our heart loves become inordinate, then we fall into patterns of life that are not unlike substance addiction. As in all addictions we are in denial about the degree to which we are controlled by our god-substitutes.
There is more. The Social Consequences of Sin. The Cosmic Consequences of Sin. What can put it all Right. And as I am led I will write. But right now the Lord knows that someone else apart from me needs to read this. So I give thanks for these reflections and share them with you. For there is not only disobedience out there but ignorance of the authentic meaning of the faith. Both inside and outside the Church! With devastating consequences for our #QuadrupleMurder #TeenAbuse #OutofOrder society, the reality of which, will remain with us long after the cherished memories of #TeamJamaicaBeijing2015 have faded. Peace.

For at the very heart of the Gospel is the reality that God’s Power is made Perfect in out weakness. When we accept that our sinful nature, our in born tendency to ‘ find our identity in something else apart from God, and only turn to Him, temporarily, in times of trouble, only to ‘ scoot off again’ when we are delivered, in the long run, is unsustainable.
Hence the need to be ‘ born again’ to become completely new in Christ. To become totally dependent on the Power of the Holy Spirit. And which Holy Spirit, as promised, will flow from those who ‘ believe in’ Christ. As only the Holy Spirit can fight against the spiritual forces of evil which lead men to ‘ chop up people fine, fine’; to entice teenage girls to become ‘ baby maddas’; to encourage political tribes to ‘war’ against each other; to provoke the kind of greed which causes corruption in high places; to cause men to ignore the plight of the poor thus fostering ‘ WrongAddress’ all over Jamaica with devastating social and moral consequences.
For The Kingdom of God is truly not about talk, but about power. To conquer evil. Which is, thank God for Jesus, what really and truly happened on Calvary. That’s the Gospel Truth.
Peace.

THE SECOND MESSAGE – delves into the whole matter of Sin and whom we trust. Princes or The Living God. An existential question, the answer to which, is being played out in events in Europe and in American ‘politics’

GM: So Donald Trump wishes to make America great again. Perhaps in the same way George Bush wanted to create a ‘ kinder and more gentle society’; at least at home while launching preemptive strikes elsewhere. We can all remember Michael Manley a.k.a. ‘ Joshua’ whose goal was to ‘ level the playing field’ and fashion a more egalitarian society at home. And a New International Order globally!
Also well known and well intentioned was another leader Edward Phillip George Seaga; who raging against the
phenomenon of the ‘ haves and the have nots’ tried to combine a social conscience with a vision of Development undergirded by high levels of Economic Growth.

A Word which comes from the Psalm appointed for reading in my Church this Sunday, which has ‘ gotten into my head’, during my early morning and lunchtime devotions, explains why even the most well intentioned of men fail. And will continue to do despite their best efforts!

THE WORD OF GOD. PSALM 146:3-9 NIV

” Do not put your trust in princes,
or in mortal men, who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.

Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
the market of heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them –
the Lord who remains faithful forever.

He upholds the cause of the oppressed
and gives food to the hungry.
The Lord sets the prisoners free,
the Lord gives sight to the blind,
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous.

The Lord watched over the alien
and sustains the fatherless and the widow,
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

Can you see anything in God’s Word which agrees with how Trump proposes to ‘ deal with the alien…..mass deportation or building a wall.
Can you see anything in God’s Word that countenances the treatment of ‘ aliens’ who are trying to make a better life for themselves and families in Western Europe…. barbed wire in Hungary.
Is there any justification in God’s Word for the creation of ‘ safe political enclaves in our inner cities’ where most people ‘ are forced or obliged to’ vote for one Party. Election after election with no change! The so- called ‘ Garrison Constituencies’; and the cause of much of the politically motivated violence over the years. And which ‘ crime and violence’ with different triggers, has spread across the island like a cancer, eating away at the very soul of a nation. Arguably one of the worst ‘ legacy projects ‘ of our political history

The problem for most if not all visionaries, minor or even major ones, self-appointed or even by acclaim, is that they did not reckon with this thing called Sin. Neither in others, which was foolish; nor more importantly, in themselves which was most unwise.
For this condition of the human heart, affected by the Sin of Adam, as pointed out in the last message, the tendency to elevate even the good things of life above the worship of the God of Jacob, changes the whole game of life. The unbridled lust for money, for raw power over the life of another human being, for sex, for various other desires and pleasures corrupts the soul and ‘ spits out ‘ broken and or unhappy marriages and families: creates masses of poor and forgotten who are forced to live in # WrongAddresses a k.a inner cities, where ‘ people die there everyday’:spawns ‘ aliens’, a .k.a. migrants, both legal and illegal, seeking a better ‘ address’; and many of whom are dying on the high seas, or blocked out of late by barbed wires, and the fashioning of a religion by man, which wicked men then use as the reason for ‘ using aircraft as bombs’ to destroy the ‘ enemy’ or ‘ behead the ‘ infidel’.

All through the history of mankind, dreams and hopes and aspirations based on human plans and reasoning have been rudely shattered.
In recent times, after The Enlightenment, when Atheists and liberal minded folks heralded a new era of peace based ‘ freedom of the mind from the religious dark ages’ viz there is no God, then came Hitler. And one of the greatest ‘ betrayals’ of the hope for a more ‘ civilized ‘ world.
After the ‘ fall of the Berlin Wall’, marking the end, or more accurately, the beginning of the end of Communism and The Cold War between East and West and proxy wars, and hope for peace, came 9/11.
And the world had never been the same again.

You could never have told us, pre- independence born youngsters who grew up in a relatively peaceful society in the late 60’s and early 70’s that in our lifetime we would witness the phenomenon of #QuadrupleMurder Jamaica. With over 1000 murders year after year.
So what’s the answer to all this barbarity, injustice, corruption and wickedness being perpetrated against God’s children.
In this respect, especially to a nation like Jamaica which owes so much to the God of Jacob who rescued us from the wickedness of slavery, and which nation has turned away from this God, despite ‘ arguments in the Parliament about Bible verses, the words of the Psalmist is instructive.
So too for America populated largely, after the decimation of the Indians, by ‘aliens’ , in the first instance, fleeing persecution for trusting in the God of Jacob. And now look what is happening there!
God’s Word declares that ‘ The Lord remains faithful. Forever”!

We can trust Him with all our cares, whether we are ‘ broken hearted, oppressed, blind, enslaved, even fatherless. And ultimately with our many, many sins since His Son Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary. For the Atonement of the Sin of all mankind.
There is no need , in fact it is extremely dangerous, to place our ultimate ‘ trust in princes’, in any leader, in our own abilities and systems of government. For they will all fail us. And sometimes spectacularly and tragically so.

I pray God we do not, as individuals and as a nation, as we gear up for election in Jamaicalandwelove, and in the USA with DonaldTrumpIllegalMigrantsareRapists, leading the Republican contenders, we do not continue to make the same mistake, commit the same cardinal Sin that others have – place our ultimate trust in our political leaders, in philosophies and ideas and visions of the future. But rather to put our trust in a faithful God. The God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, The God of Jacob and The Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Peace.

THE THIRD MESSAGE – treats with the matter of ‘God is dead’, and which issue is spawning so much of mankind’s problems. For as is pointed out in the final message, ‘ if God is indeed dead, then anything is permissible’. in Europe and in America

GM: Having the right perspective about life, is not just a useful thing. It is everything.

So because smart phones have made the world, truly a global village, through WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and other apps, there is reason to believe that mankind has made great progress. Right?
Because Google Maps, aided an abetted by satellite imagery, can guide you, with pinpoint accuracy to virtually any address in the world, and in the fastest time, bypassing bad weather and traffic jams, we feel that mankind has made great strides. Right?
Because modern scientists can unravel the DNA of many cancers in hours, target and kill cancer cells with great efficiency, and add many years and hope to those who in former years had very little hope, we feel that we are living in an age of almost invincibility. Right?

No, says T. S. Eliot, ‘ arguably one of the most influential English writers of the 20th Century’ and a Nobel Laureate.
Writing in ‘ The Four Quarters ‘ (1934-43, ‘at the apex of his poetic strength’) this wonderfully gifted Christian writer, expressed his amazement at the turn of events in modern history.

My own interpretation of this seminal bit of writing is as follows : With great drama, clearly drawing inspiration from the majestic opening words of John’s Gospel,

” In beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”, T.S. Lewis begins this part of the poem with the birth of Christ – ‘ in a moment of time.
A moment which was outside of time as we know it. For Jesus came into the world and created time itself. B.C. …AD. Time to repent. Time for New and Eternal Life. Resurrection Time. . Time for Judgement.

Then he continued with a beautifully constructed, and deeply insightful, account of mankind’s struggle throughout history to trust and believe in the God who is Christ Jesus.

Finally and for him, incredulously, way back in 1940’s, he perceives, and offers a perspective, that something dramatic had overtaken mankind. That modern civilization, in turning away from God, to no God, at all, had reversed the entire course of history.
With devastating consequences! For at no time in the previous history of mankind was there any deep rooted thought that there was no ‘ higher authority’ than man himself.

All the writings of ancient history attested to the fact that mankind believed in a higher ‘ being’ who was in some way in charge of his life.
In fact writing in his often quoted by me seminal book Timothy Keller had this to say about Christianity and Africa.
Sanneh argues that Secularism with its anti-supernaturalism ..is more destructive of African-ness than Christianity #TheReasonforGod
And therefore, instead of advancing, mankind was actually going backwards. And then came the climax – a call to engage in the only thing that can reverse this madness. Cry out to God in prayer.

Oftentimes it takes a wonderfully creative and gifted mind, trusting in God, to awaken us to our folly and error. And offer us a very Real Perspective: quite different from what CNN, Fox News, BBC or RJRFM94 offer day after day.
For truly ‘ not everything that glitters is gold’. So not because it is now possible for some to enjoy formerly, unbelievable, and unattainable lifestyles, does it mean that mankind is progressing. For the age old existential question still persists in this #iPhone #Googled World:
What does is benefit a man to gain the whole world and yet lose his soul.

No doubt that’s why the Lord placed in my heart, a song, which, at the heart of it, is a question posed, with almost incredulity, by the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Sea and everything in it, before I was led to spend time with Thomas Strearns Eliot.
‘ How can we linger when the God who created Heaven and Earth is calling’?
Especially when we are so ‘weary’ of #ChildAbuse, #QuadrupleMurder, #PoliceSuicide and #BadCops about whom The Commissioner of Police promises swift action to root them out. And who could look at that picture of the two year old Syrian refuge, lying face down on the sea, without feeling pain. A little child dead! And so too, we heard, his mother and brother had died by drowning while seeking a better life away from war torn Syria.

THE SONG

1. Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,
calling for you and for me;
see, on the portals he’s waiting and watching,
watching for you and for me.
Refrain:
Come home, come home;
ye who are weary come home;
earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling,
calling, O sinner, come home!

2. Why should we tarry when Jesus is pleading,
pleading for you and for me?
Why should we linger and heed not his mercies,
mercies for you and for me?
(Refrain)

3. Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing,
passing from you and from me;
shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming,
coming for you and for me.
(Refrain)

4. O for the wonderful love he has promised,
promised for you and for me!
Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon,
pardon for you and for me.
(Refrain)

THE MOMENT OF MEANING
T.S. Eliot

Verse: Zephaniah 1:14

Then came, at a predetermined moment, a moment in time and of time,
A moment not out of time, but in time, in what we call history: transecting, bisecting the world of time,
a moment in time but not like a moment of time.
A moment in time but time was made through that moment; for without the meaning there is no time, and that moment of time gave the meaning.

Then it seemed as if men must proceed from light to light, in the light of the Word.
Through the passion and sacrifice saved instead in spite of their negative being:
Bestial as ever before, carnal, self-seeking as always before, selfish and purblind as ever before,
Yet always struggling, always reaffirming, always resuming their march on the way that was lit by the light;
Often halting, loitering, straying, delaying, returning, yet following no other way.

But it seems that something has happened that has never happened before: though we know not just when, or why, or where.
Men have left God not for other gods, they say, but for no god; and this had never happened before
That men both deny gods and worship gods, professing first reason,
And then money, and power, and what they call life, or race, or dialectic.

The church disowned, the tower overthrown, the bells upturned, what have we to do
But stand with empty hands and palms turned upwards
In an age which advances progressively backwards.

And as I proceeded to work, into my heart came a haunting song, making me wish I could sing. But also instructing me how to live in this world which is ‘ going progressively backwards’, despite the illusion of progress.
‘ Order my steps in your Word O Lord…..’

Finally as I prepared to send you this message the following thoughts came in by my mind. Given the time period during which T. S. Eliot wrote this poem 1934-43 he must have been influenced by the October Revolution in The then Soviet Union which heralded the emergence of ‘ godless’ Communism. And despite pretentious to the contrary, also ‘godless’ Nazi rule in Germany. Both of ‘ godless’ philosophies were associated with a level of wickedness and inhumanity which shocked the entire world. And yet as we know, evil continued to ‘ reveal its ugly head’ with unspeakable horrors, even genocide taking place later in Biafra, Cambodia, South Africa, Viet Nam and Rwanda. And now ISIS threatens.

But despite this sobering reality, also entering my mind is the Revelation passage about ‘ lukewarm’ Christianity: and the personal, and collective consequences, if read carefully, as this was a message to a Church.
So is there a link, a message in all of this? That, at the very least, we who know that Christ died for the sins of all mankind, whether Hitler, Stalin or anyone else, and was raised from the dead with Power, so that in Him, we may have eternal Life, have become too comfortable. Too disobedient. No longer ‘ filled with fire for the Lord’, and on Mission to ‘ rescue the perishing’ and ‘ care for the dying’. With awful consequences for ourselves, our Church, our Nation and the World. Who knows! We don’t. But God does. And is calling us back to Him, softly and tenderly! Come home, come home, all who are weary. Come home to Jesus.

THE FINAL MESSAGE – Again challenges us in a profound yet simple’ conversation’ constructed by one of Russia’s great writers, to see the bigger picture, in small matters, when we act without any reference to God. That is basing all our actions on common sense viz. making our own wisdom our god. Which is precisely what is taking place, not only in Europe and America, but equally so in my country.

GM: The Lord does indeed work in very mysterious ways. Having been led by the Him , to share with you a message inspired by the writings of a supremely gifted Englishman, yesterday, in my lunchtime devotions, the questions, this time of a very gifted Russian author, touched my heart.
Why?

Way back in 1821-1882, the former atheist socialist, turned Christian, and who became one of Russia’s most prolific and gifted writers, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, struggled with the justice of God, ‘ and the ‘idea if God does not exist, then everything is permitted’.

An issue raised, in part, in yesterday’s message, triggered by T.S. Eliot’s very profound perspective on life.
Note that, as with all great writers, many of the ‘issues of the day, and still relevant even today’ are dealt with very creatively.
And as we hark back to that haunting song yesterday, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s version is what I can find, ‘ Order my Steps in your Word’, note that the most instructive comment comes from the Verse, God’s Word, associated with the Reflection.
Habakkuk 1: 11. ” Then they sweep past like the wind and go on –
guilty men whose own strength is their god’.

I beseech you my friends, please, if you know of anyone who is foolish enough to be led astray by the ‘ ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is at work in those who are disobedient’ ( Ephesians 2:2 NIV) and believe that there is no God, to repent. And come to their senses! Perhaps these two reflections, back to back might help. For God is full of mercy and forgiveness. And Dostoyevsky makes a good argument against those ‘ whose own strength is their god’. Men who The Living God sent to punish those who perverted the ways of Justice in the time of the Prophet Habakkuk. For any kind of Sin, including the denial of the existence of God is a ‘ reproach to a Nation’.
We in Jamaicalandwelove once ‘ flirted’, at least certain elements in the intelligentsia did, with ‘ godless’ Communism. Thank God for Jesus, such madness never flourished. The Real and Present Danger however remains. Mankind’s attraction to the Idea that he can manage without God. Even if He, God does exist. And such a worldview manifests itself in various forms. Not the least of which is the idea, ‘ birthed in heart of the Atheist movement’ – that public policy formulation ought to be protected from Religious, read Christian, contributions. An idea which, if left unchallenged, could undermine much of what the Christian Ethic has achieved in our Moral, Social Political, and Legal arrangements.

So while Dostoyevsky argues against such adventurism, the Gospel goes a step further and warns that ‘ Unless the Lord builds the house, we labour in vain’.
And yet the Word of God can and will become even more challenging for those who would ignore or deny the existence of God. But that is for the next message which the Lord has already laid on my heart. For now let’s listen in on Dostoyevsky’s conversation with Ivan. Shh!

IVAN HAS NO GOD. HE HAS AN IDEA.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Verse: Habakkuk 1:11

You see, I never had any of these doubts before, but it was all hidden away in me. It was perhaps just because I did not understand these ideas surging up in me that I used to drink and fight and rage.
It was to stifle them in myself, to still them, to smother them.

There is an idea in Ivan; he is not Rakitin. But Ivan is a sphinx and is silent, he’s always silent. It’s God that is worrying me. What if he doesn’t exist? What if Rakitin is right – that it’s an idea made up by men? Then, if he doesn’t exist, man is the chief of the earth, of the Universe. Magnificent! Only how is he going to be good without God? That’s the question. I always come back to that. For whom is man going to love then? To whom will he be thankful? To whom will he sing the hymn?

Rakitin laughs, Rakitin says that one can love humanity without God. Well, only a sniveling idiot can maintain that. I can’t understand it. Life is easy for Rakitin – ” You’d better think about the extension of civic rights, ” he says, ” or even of keeping down the price of meat. You will show your love for humanity more simply and directly by that than by philosophy.”

I answered him, ” Well, but you without a God, are more likely to raise the price of meat if it suits you and make a rouble on every kopeck.”.
He lost his temper. ” But after all, what is goodness? Answer me Alexey. Goodness is one thing with me and another with a Chinaman, so it’s a relative thing. Or isn’t it? Is it not relative?

A treacherous question! You won’t laugh if I tell you it’s kept me up awake two nights. I wonder how people can live and think nothing about it. Vanity! Ivan has no God. He has an idea.

Comments: So if we are not grappling with serious questions about life, like ‘ what is goodness’, and can you be good without God, what issues occupy your mind? By day or by night!
Jamaica’s ReggaeBoyz shock defeat last night to Nicaragua! The plight of the lower level athletes, and the desire for all of them to make money out of the sport: and the news that our Bronze medalist in the 400M in Beijing, Sherica Jackson may run for an oil rich country soon! Who will win the next elections in Jamaicalandwelove, USA or in Trinidad? Back to school woes. Our own personal ambitions and pleasures. Our family’s future? Should I migrate to America, or Canada?

Or as Jesus answered the Sadducees in a Word I just read this morning, in response to the question , ‘what is the greatest commandment?’
“Love the Lord thy God with all the thy heart, with all you soul and with all your mind”. Matthew 22:37
Which is precisely what Dostoyevsky is saying in this brilliant extract from Brothers Karmanov, if you read it carefully. For when you put anyone or anything else first in your life, the problem of who will you worship arises. With serious consequences for how you relate to your fellowman.
For if as the Word of God warns, ‘ your own strength is your god’, who knows what you will do to others! ‘ Raise the price of bread without any conscience’, at one level, or ‘ commit #QuadrupleMurder at another level.
No wonder Jesus added :
” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it. Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments “.

So here we have the answer to the questions with which both Alexey and Ivan were struggling; and I would suggest the entire human race needs to answer. What is goodness? And if there is no God how will mankind be good? For only God in Christ is good, and in that ‘ goodness’ we learn to, not just treat our neighbor fairly, but love him or her with the same love that God who made them His own image and likeness, loves them. Even to death on a Cross.

O my God, please, ‘ Order my steps in your Word’. Forever!
Peace.

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