Showing posts with label The ONLY way to Heaven. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The ONLY way to Heaven. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The roads we take [235/365]

As we fight for promotions, live for our children and spouses, do you pause to live a moment for yourself? Its easy to forget our Creator and His purpose for us in this world.
In today's post, I introduce the five roads in the Bible.

Damascus road- Road to salvation. ACTS 9: 1-9

I was born a christian. Loved sunday school since that meant play-time. Went through church as a ritual and did everything that a Christian would do. I was a completely superficial Christian and I never even realized that, until 3 years ago. What followed was a baptism by fire. I had my damascus road experience when I realised that you can sing all the right hymns, read all the wonderful scriptures and do all the right rituals but unless you let Christ take over, you aint got nothing.

Jericho road- Road of compassion. LUKE 10: 30- 37

If you're reading this, then the chances are you are one among the 40% who are fortunate.
You have the education, the money and the resources to make a difference in the life of another person. The challenge is our perception. We think we cannot make much of a difference. The fact is we don't have to change the world. Just one person.

Calvary road- Road to sacrifice. JOHN 19: 17

We all make enormous sacrifices in our lives. A single mother who raises her kids while her husband toils in a foreign land makes an enormous sacrifice. The spouse who sacrifices his/her time so that he/she can spend more time with their spouses. As children we learn to make sacrifices. As adults, we forget it.
I've realized how fulfilling it is when I sacrifice some 'me' time or when I decide to switch off the tv so that I can spend some time with my partner. I won't lie. Sometimes, it seems unreasonable, but when I think about the great time we have together, talking and sharing ideas and views, it is worth the sacrifice.

The Emmaus- Road to fellowship. LUKE 24: 13- 31

There is some truth in 'birds of a feather, flock together'.
Though I am not cut out for socializing, I discovered that I do enjoy fellowship with people of the same emotional and spiritual wavelengths. Almost all of my closest friends are
wonderfully spiritual people. Meeting and bonding with people who will challenge and stimulate your soul is important.

Road to Heaven- Road to holiness. ISAIAH 35: 8-10

And finally, you have the potholed and narrow road to holiness. Your final destination.
I know far too many people (moi included) who think they will have the time to seek mercy and ask for forgiveness before they die. The mistake we all make is that we assume we can do as we please until we get to our death-bed. The reality is that only the really lucky ones will get to a death-bed. The rest of us will either die en-route.

Question for you:
If you were to die tonight, are you sure you will be in Heaven?


Monday, January 16, 2012

God's List [15/365]

When non Christians ask me; of all the things that the Bible teaches you, what is it that God wants humans to do.
I tell them; Love. Not the romantic love. Not the phoney love you have for that latest gadget from the fruit based computer company, but the love that God has for you.

In Leviticus 19:11-18, we see how God instructs his people similarly. He gives us the ten commandments.
Now, to most Christians, the ten commandments begins and ends with confirmation and the first holy communion. It is then repeated only seldom when asked. Not applied, mind you. Just repeated.

Without going into details, I can confidently say that any human being who follows the ten commandments is eligible for the infinite grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and our holy Father. That being said, this does not guarantee a VIP entry and special seating at the time of judgement. For Jesus has clearly told us that no one enters the kingdom of Heaven unless through Him (Read John 14:6).

While traditionally Christian countries in the west have been systematically wiping out all references to the Lord, in an effort to appear secular and popular, we have countries like India who have been making huge strides in Christian evangelism. I also see this as that phase of our life in this world where we as believers need to hold the Word closer to ourselves than ever before.

The ten commandments. It isn't a huge list. Ignoring it, however is a grave deed. 
Obeying it gets you into the line. But Jesus is your only turnstile, buddy.


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