By the WordSmith
In recent times, I have looked at this with a keen eye. I have written about this and I still am writing about it again now. Christianity. What really is it? Is it going to church on Sunday? Or better still, everyday? I bet not! Cause the Pharisees spent their whole lives in the temple and the teachers of the law spent their whole lives reading the scriptures and still, when salvation came, they missed out!
Simple, they looked in the wrong places! Where did they look? Or maybe where should they have looked?
Jesus told parables. Many! One was about a tax collector and a Pharisee. (Luke 18:9-14) Another yet was about a father who had two sons (Matthew 21:28-32) Let’s focus on this second one cause the other one is quite obvious.
The father sent his sons; the first one told him he wouldn’t go but later changed his mind and went the other said he’d go but eventually didn’t go. Matthew 21:31, “Which of the two did the will of the father? They replied, The first one. Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the harlots will get into the kingdom of heaven before you.“
This was a warning to the Pharisees who looked down on people who were not them, not for what they did, but for what they didn’t seem to do. Where are you? Judge not lest you be judged. But don’t mistake the judging for the correction… there’s a fine line between the two. Fine in the way it’s put not fine meaning thin, cause it’s a whole bridge of difference.Galatians 5:9 A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church].
Above, we have looked at Christians as new beings. But in reality, the Christians who should be the beacon of hope, a lighthouse, an image and the unblemished representation of the Most High God here on earth have become corrupted. Corrupted not by the world but from within.
Before Christ, there was John the Baptist. John preached to prepare the way for the Messiah.The people wanted to know what they needed to do in order to receive the Kingdom of God.
Luke 3:10-15 And the multitudes asked him, Then what shall we do? And he replied to them, He who has two tunics (undergarments), let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do it the same way. Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they said to him, Teacher, what shall we do? And he said to them, Exact and collect no more than the fixed amount appointed you. Those serving as soldiers also asked him, And we, what shall we do? And he replied to them, Never demand or enforce by terrifying people or by accusing wrongfully, and always be satisfied with your rations (supplies) and with your allowance (wages). As the people were in suspense and waiting expectantly, and everybody reasoned and questioned in their hearts concerning John, whether he perhaps might be the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
It is surprising that John says nothing about prayer or worship. He doesn’t at all mention fasting or the observation of the Holy festivals. He is very clear. It’s not that prayer, fasting, observation of the Sabbath are not important. But he says this because he knows that this is indeed the fruit of what goes on within. Going to the temple might have been done for show, like most of the Pharisees did. But kindness, and mercy and humility could only spring forth out of a heart that is pure and righteous. And so, as in the time of John, so it is now. Many people go to church and attend keshas but in their character, they drive people further away from the love of the Father.
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