Thursday, April 8, 2010
The good Samaritans vs. the good Charlatans
There are countless qualities about God that we all cherish, but one of God’s most endearing qualities is that He speaks. Yes, He is loving, caring, merciful and powerful, but He is also a communicator. God's communication is very similar to ours in that He isn’t limited to only using words when He desires to speak. The whole world is filled with both subtle and strong tones of God’s voice. Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God.
Take for example, the many laws that exist on our planet. It may seem trivial at first, but if we were to spill a glass of water, that water would spill downward not upward. This is because of the law of gravity. The law of gravity is fairly simple to understand, and in most cases is commonly taught to young school children. Our understanding of gravity, however, doesn’t tell us why it exists in the first place. Secondly, it doesn’t tell us why it only operates with such exclusiveness and harmony here on planet Earth. The environment that exists on other planets gives no room for life of any kind, only planet Earth does. While we may take this for granted, these laws are what makes the meaningful aspects of life possible. Think of it this way, if oxygen didn’t exists on planet Earth, neither would love, laughter, and happiness. Are these laws in place by random chance? The answer is no. They are there as sound bites from God. In essence, they are one of the many ways in which God speaks to us in order to inform us of how much He cares us.
Psalms 136:5-9 To him who alone does great wonders: for his mercy endures for ever. To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endures for ever. To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endures for ever. To him that made great lights: for his mercy endures for ever: The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endures for ever: The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endures for ever.
To recognize God's voice is an honor, but with honor comes responsibility. After all, if a person truly believes that they are both hearing and seeing the love of God for themselves, then how should they live their lives? Furthermore, how should they treat those around them. For many years now, people have repeatedly made the difficult choice of dying because of the conviction that God loves all of humanity. We could say to a certain degree, that this is why Jesus died. These kinds of people are known to us as “martyrs.” Today however, people can kill in the name of their religion and still wear the badge of martyr as well; few things could be more horrible than this. The responsibility of those who claims to hear God’s voice is to remember that they are not alone, but that they share existence with others. When people feel that they have experienced the love of God, this experience should not result in them destroying life, it should result in them producing life. Many man made invention are nothing more than an extension of man himself. The phone is an extension of our voice, the camera is an extension of our eyes. God however, has chosen to use human beings as an extension of His love. Whenever we keep his commandments and induce acts of goodness towards others [saint and stranger alike], we are projecting God’s voice to the world. What is God’s voice saying?
1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
1 John 4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love his brother also.
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