NEWDOMINOES 120

We Don’t Believe You

"Don't ask the Lord to guide your footsteps if you aren't willing to move your feet."

Did you know you can jump off the Petronas Towers or the Empire State Building, and you will fly safely to the street below? Yep. No need to use the elevators. If we were perched on a windy ledge atop one of these skyscrapers right now, my guess is you’d have about zero faith in putting this claim to the test, BASE jumpers notwithstanding. I’d wager a decent sum you’d believe I was flat out lying to you. And even if I bullied you, “C’mon, you sissy wimp, jump!” your resolute conviction of the truth in Newton’s classical laws of gravity, not to mention a sane bit of fear, would lead you straight to the elevators. Our lives as Christians are much the same. Except, believing the lie, yielding to peer pressure, and casting aside fear, we’ve jumped.


Our Christian convictions, whether intrinsic or extrinsic in origin, for better or worse, guide our actions or lack thereof. We do what we do because we are, or are not convinced of Christ’s words. For some strange reason, professed Christians don’t seem to believe Christ much at all when he warns us not to heed the lies and fables. I mean, we claim to be Christians with our lips, but we fall short of the mark when it comes to our deeds, just as Christ told us. [Mat. 15:8; Isa. 29:13]. It’s like praising the safety benefits of the elevator while leaping off the ledge.

In the Biblical record we find the question, when Christ returns will he find faith on Earth? [Luke 18:8]. The implication of this question is that faith will be in scarce supply, if not absent altogether, at the time of Christ’s return. As we’ve mentioned repeatedly in our books and articles, faith is not some unfounded mysterious, magical hope in an impalpable spiritual entity. As it is used in the New Testament Greek, faith is the word pistis. It means a conviction of the truth. In this case, it is the conviction that the word of Christ is true. And, as in the example above, conviction of the truth leads us to the elevators, not the ledges. [See James 2:17; also the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution].

Our frequent readers know that when it comes to pagan practices Christ warns us, stay away from the ledges, “Learn not the way of the heathen.” [Jer. 10:1]. Of course, not only have we not heeded Christ’s dictum, we’ve jumped feet first into this abyss. We believe the lies, spending billions on our frenzy, many even incurring debt at huge rates of interest, to follow theological fables, the ways of the heathen. Our “Christian” actions jingling at Christ, “We don’t believe you.” [See the Feature article, Why Do We Believe The Lies?].

In matters of religion, Christ said, “Call no man your Father on earth. For you have one Father who is in heaven.” [Mat. 23:9]. Of course, the largest church organization in Christendom does what? It’s followers call their priests “father.” It’s not like Christ’s statement is ambiguous or vague either. And it doesn’t seem like it should be that difficult to have faith in what Christ told us in this matter. But, what do our actions say to Christ? Simple answer. “We don’t believe you.”

When Christ said to a gentile woman in Samaria, “I am sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel,” what do our actions say? “We don’t believe you.” And we run over to John 3:16, not understanding what we are quoting in terms of Biblical context, much less specific words, and we point out that Christ was wrong. Doesn’t he know that he came to save the gentiles of the world? Duh! But we are the dunces. [See the Feature articles, Moving Forward. Mirror, Mirrror, On The Wall, And It's Still A Mystery and We're Abraham's Seed And Heirs].

In the gospel of Matthew we’re told, “Lay not up treasures for yourselves upon Earth … but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” [Mat. 6:19, 20]. But what do we do? We savor those things that are of men rather than God. With our self-determined convictions firmly in place, we proceed to seek the treasure of this life on Earth, thinking we can do both. Yet, “no man can serve two masters.” [Luke 16:13]. Our actions say to God, “Yes we can.” So we convince ourselves otherwise, and proceed to seek whatever it is on Earth that our hearts desire, confirming the fact that when it comes to what Christ has told us, “We don’t believe you.”

All the riches and treasures of this world, and this Earth shall pass away. But, Christ’s words shall not pass away. [Mark 13:31]. This world, our kosmos to use the Greek, is temporary. It’s all going to vanish … every last bit of it, including these bodies that we inhabit. [See the Feature article, Brown Paint: Quantum Potentialities]. We take nothing of this world with us when we leave it. And nothing of this material world will carry over to the new kosmos. [Rev. 21:1]. This has been the plan all along. [See the Feature articles, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan and The Final Prophecy: It Is Done].

Christ said, “Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” [Mat. 6:25]. Yet, our “Christian” society has entire industries, with their accompanying publications, devoted to the priority of convincing us what to eat or drink or wear. When it comes to what Christ has told us, our actions say, “We don’t believe you.”

Perhaps most importantly, we ignore Christ’s plain directive in our daily lives to “seek first the kingdom of God.” Kingdom here in the Greek basilea, which references the power and authority of a king, not the geographical territory. Seek first the power and authority of God. Of course, we don’t. There is a reason why “many are called, but few are chosen.” [Mat. 22:14; also Mark 4:19]. Pursuing first the commodities of this world, the fruit of our behavior chokes the word of God, our actions saying, “We don’t believe you.” [See The Sneakers article, Do You Have The Right Stuff?, also the Feature article, Is The Kingdom Of Heaven Here Yet?].

The fundamental character of God is that God cannot lie. Seeking the truth, therefore, is seeking God. “Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth, which is according to godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” [Tts. 1:1, 2; also John 8:44]. As God cannot lie, we are hypocrites to say we are Christians, then not follow what our Savior Christ told us. “Oh, yeah, Christ is our Savior, but you can’t believe everything he says. You have to take it with a grain of salt.”

This is why we ask you not to take our word, or anyone else’s, at face value, but take the initiative to prove the truth of the word of God in your own life. This builds faith. And being convinced of the verity of Christ’s words, we have the confidence to flee the shadowed ledges of fables for that all too unfamiliar ray of light, the truth. “But as he that does the truth comes to the light [of God], that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” [John 3:21].

As heeders of fables, rather than doers of the truth, we hold on to our partiality for the ledges just as the prophecy says. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own lusts they shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.” [2 Tim. 4:3, 4]. We live in this time. In the end, we need to be doers of the truth for there is no middle ground to stand on. [See James 1:22; Mat. 12:30].

If we want to be a violinist, do we believe that by sitting in a cushy chair listening to violin concertos it will happen? No. We have to put finger and bow to the strings and play, and play and play. If we want to be an artist, do we believe it will happen by reading every how-to book out there? No. We have to put the brush to paper or canvas and paint, and paint and paint. And if we want to be a competent golfer, do we believe that by watching golf on television it will happen? No. We have to whack that treacherous little ball over and over and over until we are utterly frustrated, yet still unwilling to give up. [See Gen. 32:24-30].

Why, then, do we think that sitting in a pew, reading religious articles and books, or watching someone preach on television that this makes us a Christian? Where does this mistaken belief come from that this passive baptism of words somehow washes “Christian-ness” over us? Rather we have to pursue the power and authority of God first. Being a Christian is an active endeavor, grounded in the truth of the word of God, rather than a soothing bedtime placebo or Sunday morning ritual. As Christians, we happily embrace the truth as a way of life, 24/7, and rejoice in it daily. It’s faith with works that says, “We believe you.” [See 1 John 2:27].

Christians must be honest, not heaping teachers on ourselves, excusing the word of God with, “Well this guy says this, but that guy over there says something else, which is different to what I heard on television.” It’s as if we take comfort in the subtle specious belief that no one really knows the truth of the word of God, so why try? Therefore, justifying our life jumping off ledges, it’s simpler to do what seems right to us. But, there is one slight problem with this convenient and wily approach. “There is a way which seems right to a man, but the end thereof is the way of death.” [Pro. 16:25].

“After our own lusts,” we have succumbed to the fables that are perceived as being right. We shun the truth. And as a result, “we don’t believe you” has become our way of life. An alcoholic won’t give up lust for the bottle until he or she believes one simple truth: they are an alcoholic. That’s a reason why when at AA meetings attendees will say, “Hi! My name is …, and I’m an alcoholic.” Their actions are an acknowledgement of the conviction of the truth. This is faith with works. Once the truth is acknowledged, denial is cast aside. When the effort is made to “do the truth,” only then can an alcoholic begin recovery to a better and healthier life, “their deeds being clearly seen.”

According to AA, “The only requirement for membership is an honest desire to stop drinking. (p. xiv, A.A. 4th Ed.).” And in one sense, the only requirement for being a Christian is putting into action an honest desire to follow the truth of the words of Christ. This means rejecting life on the ledges, the deceits that have crept into modern day Churchianity and start living the truth. This is why we need to go back to the gospel delivered to us in the first century by Christ and the apostles, and rebuild our faith with works from the ground up. [Read 1 Ths. 5:5-22; see the Feature article, What Exactly Is The Gospel?].

Our modern day “Christian” culture is in denial when it comes to what Christ has told us. [See Tts. 1:14-16]. And this path, as with alcoholism, leads to misery in life, and death. All we need to do is look around our society to see we are suffering the maladies of our addiction to fables. This stupor has rendered us insensible to the gravity of our situation with regard to the word of God. [See the prophecies in the Feature article, Our Corrupted Compass].

As it is written regarding those who embrace fables, “There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none that understands; there is none that seeks after God. They have all turned aside; they are all together unprofitable; there is none that does good, no not one. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues, they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear [as in reverence and respect of the truth] of God before their eyes.” [Rom. 3:13-18; also see Psalms 5, 10, 19, 36, 119, 140]. This is an apt description of the US military-industrial-corporate media complex for the past 50 years, especially since 9/11.

Denying the truth of the words of Christ, each of us ends up on our own spiritual skid row. We may even convince ourselves that, in our own innate goodness, we are following the word of God. This lip service is just as mendacious as an alcoholic claiming they can give up drinking whenever they wish. It’s a death sentence when we give up on the truth. [US Official Says Truth Is Dangerous, Should Be Avoided]. We can’t make positive changes in our Christian lives until we are convinced that following fables is a dead-end street. But weakened and confused by the lies, we trudge along, following the fables, our actions saying, “We don't believe you.” [See Rev. 3:16-19; also the Sneakers article, Seven Prophecies, Seven Churches].

Excuses are reasons for failure. Lukewarm Christians indulge excuses. Ardent Christians harbor no excuses. We can know the truth if we really want it because “ … grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.” [John 1:17]. But do we believe this … to the point of doing something about it? As the apostle Paul admonished the ekklesia, “Prove all things and hold fast that which is of God” [1 Ths. 5:21], which is to say, be convinced of the truth, then do it. [See Mark 8:34-38].

Maybe it’s time for us, spiritually, to become as little children trusting the words of our Savior. [Mat. 18:3]. “How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! Therefore, the children of men put their trust under the shadow of your wings … for with you is the fountain of life, in your light shall we see light.” [Psa. 36:7, 9].
 

We should recall the salutation of the apostle John to the church at large near the end of the first century. “The elder [John] to the elect lady [the church] and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all those that have known the truth; for the truth’s sake, which dwells in us, and shall be with us forever. Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father in truth and love.” [2 John 1:1-3].

Forsaking the truth and love of Christ’s words, and our bountiful birthright by following the fables and commandments of men, we’ve surrendered to living on the religious skid row of our making. Our society is beset with lawlessness, despair and the destruction of the remaining vestiges of virtue, which is the new norm of our existence. With our society’s collapsing citadels of moral principle and the escalating deleterious effects on our quality of life, it’s dumbfounding that we continue embracing these falsehoods and fables. Our society trudges along like a pack of plodding donkeys, wondering why our nations are eroding from under us, somehow thinking we’re not part of the problem.

Churchianity still denies the truth delivered to us by Christ in the first century. Embracing the lies, heeding peer pressure, and casting aside all fear of God, we’ve jumped off the towering ledge of Christianity into the streets of destruction. Our wholesale celebration of the Easter fable bears witness to this fact. Granted, it’s easier to kid ourselves, justifying living our lives as we see fit, while our actions say, “We don’t believe you.” But is this the wimpy “Christian” life we wish to live, ironically proving Christ’s words to be true? “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith, the conviction of the truth on the Earth?”


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