and get to know God yourselves by reading His words in the Bible! What I write here is what I would call the foundation, compressed, of the Gospel, a journey with God that begins with a conversion.
I wont write many more posts but keep update the text in the former posts.( And pardon for all the misspellings 🙂 ).
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Thoughts of late: October 27 2013
It is not until these last months that Ive realised how much we need Gods help, his mercy. And I also realise that Ive been thinking of my fellow countrymen/women the Swedes as more or less hopeless sinners (myself included the way I lived before), but apart from all the lies spread in the name of the Gospel and Jesus Christ in Sweden by the main christian church (Svenska Kyrkan), us swedes are pretty righteous as a people. Like most people in christian countries, over all. For sure many Swedes live in sin and dont care about God, or believe christianity to mean permission to sin, but as a country we do charity, we do give help to refugees, we try to have noone starving or beeing without a roof over their head. Hopefully this way of thinking will remain in Sweden, I believe it to be the reason why God will help us. And we can help other people by spreading a true Gospel, which is not about unnatural relationships of any sort, or indecency. True christianity is and will always be about righteousness – true goodness and decency. But other people – nonchristians- can only be helped by becoming baptized into christianity. I see now what steps of goodwill it is to become a christian and walk in the light – beeing filled with Holy Spirit! It may seem risky at first, but when we realise there is only one who can help us when it comes to enemies we cant even see, God through the spirit of Christ for inner cleaning – then the risk turns into trust. It is important to believe and trust God to help us, and He knows our problems. The Bible begins – more or less- with a lie spoken by the devil/accuser about God before His humans, that made Adam and Eve hide in fear of God beeing naked. The Bible ends with telling us (book of revelation chap 22) that those who will be helped by God, is those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness – who have washed their clothes clean in suffering. And those who will not recieve any help will be those who love the lie and live in it – the sinners.
Knowing that unclean spirits are described by God (the book of Jubilee, the book of Henok – jewish apocryphic text) as insatiable and limitless – there is no enough for these spirits , well we see the “footprints” of those all over the place – even with ourselves from time to time. And in nonchristians countries, it seems to be the very issue proventing their countries from working well. I understand democracy is difficult for humans that are affected by an egoistic “hunger and thirst” that will never be fulfilled – other than through inner cleaning (Holy Spirit). And it must be impossible to care for others when beeing pestered by evil spirits all the time. Only God can help people when it comes to matters of the spirit world, and its all about that.
Gods peace be with you (if you wish Gods peace unto people and you feel the peace coming back at you, those people where not worhty of it- the words of Jesus Christ…good to know!)
Thoughts of late: October 8 2012
How vital and important is not the word that Jesus Christ is giving us (Gods words they are ofcourse), about life in this fallen world ruled by the evil one!? For example when Jesus in his parabel about the sawing of the seeds- Gods words where he informs us what the devil is capable of….to steal the very word of God from our memory when we dont understand the meaning of it right away. Same thing when Jesus turns to Simon Peter and says ” Stay on your own ground Satan, your thoughts are not the thoughts of God but of people.
I wonder if it isnt easy to regard the words in the Bible ,and of that the words spoken by Jesus, like things that may have happened long time ago and only at those special occations. But I have witnessed myself that what Jesus speaks of are just as important in our time. And that is why I think that Holy Spirit is the ONLY help that is really any help at all. Through the Spirit Jesus can speak to God on our behalf because through the Holy Spirit he knows what we have to endure. And the fact that we human beeing can and are doing things that both hurts ourselves and others must be the very proof that somehing is affecting us, because surely we are not that unintelligent as to want our own destruction?!
More over I ponder about all the different ways that unclean spirits can affect us, ways that Jesus speaks of. In the book of Henok, jewish apocryphic text, these unclean spirits – not a creation of God but the ”left overs” from the unnatural relation between fallen angels and human women a relation NOT blessed by God – are described as excessive and insatiable. Jesus tells us of spirits causing illness, fiddle with our memory and affect our thoughts and in other fysical ways (horrid!).
And what is discussed in our society these days about sexuality and genderroll: The soul does not have a gender! Our gender is completely an issue of the flesh, our body.
God is himself spirit, the thinnest of all materia as He is described in the Bible and though we call God Him he is not of flesh, have no body, no gender and therefore no sexual drive. And the Holy Spirit hardly adds anything of the sexual kind, if we read what Jesus says when he sharpens the commitment and the law : ”If a man looks at a married woman with lust he has in his heart already broken her marriage” and having that in mind I dont believe that God himself would make it possible through the spirit to practise any unnatural relations. And Christ also talks to the Jewish people of that time about what humans can expect at the resurrection: those who are considered worthy to enter the kingdom of heaven shall become as angels and in that kingdom we shall not marry because we can not die there. Death itself has enter the world at the same time as sin slithered its way into Eden, and through death comes the need to reproduce if the world shall continue to be inhabited. To put it plain and not too romantic, sexuality is reproduction and reproduction belongs to the sacred marriage between man and woman. That sacred marriage unites a man and a woman, two becomes one and nothing unclean is aloud to separate them or disturb that union. Maybe Chrisitan people living in a, by God, blessed marriage notice a difference between beeing married and living the single life regarding affects from unclean spirits? I myself have been ”City hall” married with a man, not a union with a spouse before God. Not a holy marriage.
God speaks through his profets, before Christ, that He shall fill people with his own spirit, tear out our hearts of stone and replace it with hearts of flesh and blood. Further He says that He shall clean man the same way as gold is purified in the owen. And surely this is what Jesus talks about when he says: ”I have come to light a fire in this world, if only it already was lit”. A Holy Spirit that cleans us from within, the fire that ignites within and purifies us from all unclean spirits before we have been seduced into sinning!? The apostle John says : whoever has God and Christ does not sin anymore. This makes me think of people, not believing in Christianity and by that lacking the baptism in water and Holy Spirit which leads to lack of protecting help. And I dont consider that to be a hostile opinion about people of other religions.
Can we notice symptoms concerning this in our different countries? And what happens in our Christian countries in times of minimal faith in Gods truth and conversion with a weak presence of the Holy Spirit? In times when lawlessness and sinning is growing and we end up calling good -bad and light – darkness?! When we (they) want to install a free market for narcotics claiming human rights as the cause? When we decide that no unnatural sexual relations may be called unnatural and with that banning the freedom of speach, faith and conviction?
Does human rights include me when I believe that all unnatural sexual relations is harmful and that God gives all the help people need, even concerning this? Is my opinions and belief ” persecuting people”, or does freedom of speach (taste and emotions too for that matter) include me?
Mybe it is this that Jesus talks about : When the light entered the world people prefered the darkness rather than coming to the light because they didnt want their evil deeds to be exposed, for those who live evil lives hates the light and does not come to the light. But those who act by the truth, they come to the light, so that it shall be evident that they do what God wants us to do (John 3:19-21).
All people do not choose God and righteousness, sadly!
Light= Truth. Holy Spirit= The spirit of truth and also called the Helper by Jesus Christ.
If we have this insight about the spiritual life that we live among and participate in, it becomes easier to understand why there is evil in the world even though everything is in Gods hands. Why we have unclean, evil thoughts about eachother and at worse end up doing things that will hurt ourselves and others = sinning (and the meaning of sin= to miss the goal) and sinning leads to death. Jesus Christ says: ”If you come to me you shall be liberated from the slavery of sinning, for those who sin are slaves of sinning. If I say to you that you shall be liberated, you shall truly become free. And he also says: The truth shall set you free. It is so! If the Holy Spirit clean me from all unclean spirits as often as needed and the fruits of the spirit cures and guides me from within, this should give me a better chance of choosing a righteous life before a life of sin!? Well, then I am free and the truth has set me free.
Jesus says the ones who teaches others to keep the comandments and themselves live that way, shall be considered big in Gods Kingdom. And those who teach others only a few of the commandments shall be smaller. But all commandments and the law rests upon ”Love your neighbour as yourself” and ”Do to others what you want them to do for you”. So, to love my neighbour means to keep the comandments. And I personally think that keeping them shows great love for God and the son Jesus Christ.
He also talks about what living a Christian life may cause- schisms in families.
We are beeing told not to judge others and that it is better to acquit because then we shall be acquitted. Jesus does not mean that we may behave any way we please and that acquitting rubs out sinning. Remeber what he says to the people that he has cured from illness: Go, but do not sin again, so that nothing even worse may come your way (not in exact those words).
To love our neighbour as ourselves, a neighbour that Jesus defines in the parabel with the merciful Samarian man who helps a complete stranger. Maybe this is the reason, fallen world, beeing affected by unclean spirits, that we should be understanding towards eachother and aught to encourage righteous lives by mercy and forgiveness?! And I wonder if Jesus means that the help we get through the Holy Spirit is such a powerful help that these things can be followed without falling away from righteousness. That those Jesus adress is not people living in sin but what God wishes converted people to behave like.
But time does not stand still, every day someone dies and someone is beeing born. The spring with the lifegiving water must be kept clean for us who lives now but also for those who comes after us! The truth needs to be there, told and heard by people so that as many as possible gets a better chance to understand and choose to follow Jesus Christ. God is calling us all to be light and salt in this dark world so that Gods Holy Spirit can do His deeds through us just as He did through his Son Christ. As the son says: ”On my own I can do nothing, it is my Father who are in me that is doing His deeds through me”. To be the salt of this world, preservers- not that it is evil and sinning that is to be preserved but rather that God shall be able to clean the world through all that recieves the Spirit. So if we convert, confesses our sins and ask for forgiveness and the gift Holy Spirit, then we shall surely be given it! (patience may be needed). Once recieving such a gift from God we are ment to bring fruit. Everyone who recieves the Spirit has no darkness inside and cannot hide anything and it may be the reason the apostles left everything in order to serve God?! As Jesus says: ”A lamp is not put under a bucket or under a bench, no it is placed in the middle of the room so that anyone entering that room will see the light”. Anyone who tries to save their life shall loose it, but whoever looses his or her life because of the Gospel and in the name of Jesus Christ, shall find true life. The branches on the tree that doesnt bring any fruit is cut off and tossed into the fire. If the salt looses its flavour it is of no use and is thrown into the fire. The Lord tells us that God prunes all the branches that do carry fruit so they will carry even more, and his disciples was pruned through the word that Jesus had spoken- enough to bring fruit. So knowing the truth about the Gospel and beeing filled with Holy Spirit, people can bring fruit and serve God.But will enough people convert? Im thinking about what Jesus says to the priests about beeing blind : ”If you had been blind you would be without sin, but now you say you can see- your sin then remains. Knowing the truth, you no longer have any excuse for sinning.
Read the other day in a Swedish newspaper about Muhammed maybe beeing more holy than Jesus. But that is to me a silly discussion, holy and to saint means to separate oneself or something, holy is not a measure of goodness. And as the ever so humble Jesus Christ says to someone :” Why do you call me good? There is but one who is truly good and that is God”. And the salvation comes from the Jewish people, as Jesus says!
6 On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7 On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8 he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 25:6-8).
Beautiful it is that the shroud that we humans wear when burdened with our own sins can be lifted off from us by you God, by the truth. That by turning to you God and the Son, Christ, our own truth is revealed and you meet us with grace and help us to live righteous. So, with the help from the holy Spirit, God “spikes” the good things within ourselves, a custom-made help for our own personal need.
If anyone would say to me: we dont have to keep the commandments. I would answer: but ofcourse we have to!! How else are we to love our neighbor as ourselves and more, how we treat others – that is what we are to expect from others. So rudeness brings rudeness, to put it mildly. And it reminds me of myself as a child, holding up a mirror infront of me and faceing another mirror- the reflection of the same thing gives the image of a tunnel or a road. A glimpse of a truth too big for me to comprehend.
Vindicate me, O Lord,
For I have walked in my integrity.
I have also trusted in the Lord;
I shall not slip.
2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me;
Try my mind and my heart.
3 For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes,
And I have walked in Your truth. (Psalms 26:1-3).
Ive read about the persecution of the early Christians in Rome when they were accused of beeing enemies to mankind. And I can understand why Christianity can be so missunderstood with the words of Jesus:
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. (John 15:18-19)
But I dont believe that God wants us to stop beeing human beeings, impossible that is too, but more to think for ourselves and make our own choices. To follow our own true selves- and God has not created anything evil. People living without faith in God and Jesus- a worldly life, think they are free, that all choices are their own (Ive done that too) but with a little consideration its clear that few follow their own hearts. Lots of “chasing the wind” !
There are scriptures that are not included in the Swedish protestant Bible but are included in other christian Bibles as apocryphs, One such scripture that seems to be incluced in the Etiopian ortodox christian Bible is Henochs (or Enochs) books. The first of these books called the Watchers I find very interesting and if it indeed is the true scriptures written by the man Enoch, mentioned in Genesis chapter 5, it tells me things about God that I truly want to read. That God does not allow human beeings to be abused by heavenly creatures and indeed God does not tempt anyone.