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Living Life – The Key to Heaven

Living Life – The Key to Heaven

Paul claimed that his revelation came from Jesus, while the revelation of John came from God through the angel sent by Jesus as per instructions from the Father. It is like Jesus became a Savior because The supreme Savior sent him. Even in human terms, we take orders from someone with a higher rank or superior to us. Our parents are one good example, and we obey them because of respect for them, as do our older siblings. Are you confused when Paul said not to listen to the other Jesus that they ( apostles) preached, but to the Jesus that he (Paul) proclaimed? It caused many believers to get confused about how many Jesus the Father sent. Did Paul feel competition in losing his ground? What was the situation at that time? Did Paul feel some insecurity?

When Paul wrote his revelation from Jesus Christ, no one questioned him, even the apostles of Jesus Christ. Either the apostles feared him being known as the man of authority and persecutor of the followers of Jesus,  or they did not care and just minded their own business. So likewise, it’s a closed-door issue when we claim that we are mature in our religious life and know right and wrong, good and evil. Do we still have to bother them and insist on our belief with them, or continue sharing the word of God in a friendly atmosphere without touching anything about religion?

We should be open-minded to any conversation. Nothing will happen except if our time is significant, and using our time for something we are sensitive to is a waste of time. Others believe what they think, and they are very comfortable with it. However,  we invade their comfort zone, which sometimes creates a significant impact, not believing in whatever we say to get rid of us quickly.

We deal with many challenges in this world, and Paul and the Apostles of Jesus Christ had to deal with them. Three popular groups are trying to convert unbelievers to their newfound faith-based teachings. These are the Apostles who continued the teachings of Jesus Christ, Paul who taught about his revelations and 3rd, and the Judaism believers who are ministering the Oneness of God, rejecting God in human form (Christians’ belief). First, we must know where to position ourselves, which is paramount. By doing so, we have to know who we are. Are we priests (church) who intercede between God and men,  or are we kings (kingdoms) that provide the wisdom of God? If we are both priests and kings, then we have the authority to access God’s holy of holies to intercede, but if we are kings, we control the subjects in our domain.

We are a confused generation regarding our spirituality, and we would be better off if religion did not exist. Therefore, we will not be confused by many teachings and live by our traditions. There are three anointed people in the Bible: the kings, the priests, and the prophets, and there are also three kinds of people in the Bible:  the Jews, the Gentiles, and the believers. There are also three groups of believers:  Believers in God, believers in Jesus only, and non-believers. These alone are more than enough to get confused. However, when we consult our conscience deeper, we may discover a treasure never known to us. We may have fewer worries if we find and believe who we are.

Many Evangelical Christians discuss persecution without examining whether they are talking about themselves. As a result, we are prone to being judgmental. When a group of believers is a little different from us, we suddenly have comments like, “Those are people that believe that Jesus is a prophet, those are the people that believe that Jesus is the Creator God, those are believers of One True God-the Father, those that do not believe in God at all,” and many more to mention and I leave it up to you, what I mean that some may be able to judge them as a cult. That said, some atheists have many things to say and look and feel better than us.

What does it sound like when our ears refuse to listen to the sounds coming from the mouths of the Protestants, Pagans, Mormons, Adventists, Latter-Day Saints, and many more? Isn’t it a rejection of them as equally existing? That’s how many of us are formed by being overconfident in our religion, which sometimes falls into arrogance that God hates. How can we be sure that we have a true religion? Isn’t it that the foundation of every religion is faith? As the Bible says, without faith, we cannot please God. Nobody can ascertain the absolute truth. What we have learned before was the root of what we are learning today and has been progressively growing. There was no awareness that they received the unblemished passages.

The passages in the Scripture had been controlled and manipulated by the early believers to satisfy their desire, control the minds of those who accepted their religion, and become part of those people’s lives. It made these believers get rooted in the first teachings, and uprooting it is another segment of our religious journey in our spiritual walk. It is a challenge,  but we must decide to fight that fear and believe that nothing will happen when we accept the enlightened truth in our hearts. 

Whether inside the Christian religion or outside, we should respect each other’s belief system. We should accept that we are all inhabitants and must live in love and peace, disregarding the color and appearance of our bodies. We must use the space Mother Earth provides us without prejudice so we may do the same. We all return to dust without exceptions, which is the assurance of our physical existence. Our spirituality will only end after we expire, but beyond that, the decision is in God’s hands. Humanity began with God and will end with God. God is the only Father and Judge to judge how we handled our mission with this borrowed body. Take care of our souls because it will give us a glorified body. God Bless!

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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