Jahreslosung 2013

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Jahreslosung 2013
Wir haben hier keine bleibende Stadt, sondern die zukünftige suchen wir. (Hebräer 13, 14)

Montag, 15. Juli 2013

Thinking about religious commitment

The third point of the signs that genuine faith is neither prove nor disprove is religious commitment. Here we should first inform about the importance from the words religious and commitment.

I found in the dictionary: "religiosity refers to the different types of beliefs and their expression."
And the declaration to commitment: "intense personal commitment to a cause."

Religious commitment is the intense personal commitment of a person belonging to his attitude of faith and his rituals to this attitude of faith include.

It is clear, that this can give the genuine faith neither prove nor disprove. As we all know, there are exist in all faiths  People with an intense personal commitment, to occur for their beliefs. But any true follower of Jesus Christ also know, there is only one true faith - the faith in Jesus Christ.

A very nice example of this provides us Jesus Christ in Matthew 25: 1 - 10 with the following parable: “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. “At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ “Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’ “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.“

All ten virgins were with intense personal involvement in the matter of their faith. However, five of them believed the oil in the lamps would be enough, while the other five had faith even to require additional oil for the lamps. But only the five virgins, who give their intense personal commitment to the true faith, reached in the end their aim and were allowed to enter with Jesus Christ in the kingdom of heaven.

We see again how important it is to know the Bible, and study God's Word itself and with much prayer. Check everything you hear in your religious community on the everlasting Word of God. Only then can you decide the right path for you. Always remember that Satan as the Lord of this world not openly fighting against religions and churches. Satan changed the gospel of Christ, because even as he tempted Jesus in the desert, he just twisted God's word.

 
Hear me, O God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy. Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked, from that noisy crowd of evildoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their words like deadly arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent man; they shoot at him suddenly, without fear. They encourage each other in evil plans, they talk about hiding their snares; they say, “Who will see thema?” They plot injustice and say, “We have devised a perfect plan!” Surely the mind and heart of man are cunning. But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly they will be struck down. He will turn their own tongues against them and bring them to ruin; all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. All mankind will fear; they will proclaim the works of God and ponder what he has done. Let the righteous rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him; let all the upright in heart praise him! Amen
(Psalm 64,1-10)