Overcoming the rationalist world
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Just the day before there was an article on newspaper about the confrontation between the President of IRA a rationalist group in India and the Catholics. This was regarding an event which a group of Catholics in Mumbai claimed as a miracle. The event was concerning water dripping from a crucifix. The rationalist trashed the Catholic group by proving the water came due to capillary principle.
The Catholics in that area had made a big hue and cry in the media about this event; they were daily conducting prayers at this crucifix and were distributing the water in small bottles after collecting it in a bucket. They did not realize it was sewage water that was coming through the crucifix. The rationalist trashed the group of Catholics so much that some members from the group filled legal cases against the rationalist for hurting religious sentiments.
Firstly the Catholic group did a foolish thing by not investigating the event scientifically nor discern it spiritually. The Catholics are not the first people to do this mistake, some years before the Hindus also did the same with the idols of their elephant god. The rationalist took full opportunity of this blunder and pointed fingers even at that which were true and things connected to the Christian belief. We do not realize this article and mistake may have caused many who read it to lose their little faith in Christianity as a whole.
To confront a rationalist one need to be wise having wisdom of God and knowledge of things of this world. Vain words, shouting or threats does not put them down but gives them more strength to harm us.
In today's world there are quite a few teachers of the Bible, people having a scientific temperament, they prove in scientifically, historically and archeologically things which are connected to our faith. We as Christians do not give importance to reinforce ourselves with this knowledge therefore are not able to handle the confrontation of the so called wise people of this world with their half knowledge or their vain worldly knowledge.
The Lord asks us if we as Christians need to prove today's scripture to an unbeliever how many of us are in a position to do so. Do not expect to quote scriptures to them who do not know the value of scriptures. It is only the true understanding of these scriptures with the true understanding of this world would allow one to do so. Science is not an enemy but its true understanding (not the corrupt theories) proves the Bible.
There are many people who believe in some of the greatest lies of mankind like evolution, godmen, incarnation, divinity in man, aliens being part creators of mankind etc... It is interesting to know almost all religions leaving for Judaism, Islam and Christianity believe directly or indirectly in aliens and they being the supernatural power that created man. Even a religion like Hinduism which boasts of being a spiritual belief answers the unanswerable by linking them to aliens. Even modern western beliefs like the Church of Scientology which boasts of famous members and being based on science also have its foundation in aliens. At the end what they do not know or cannot answer they blame it or put it on the poor alien!
Peter puts in his first letter that it is the duty of every Christian to be ready with an answer to the people of this world. We should answer with purpose not just to prove we know, but to glorify God and give Him His due.
The Lord is telling each of us to reinforce ourselves with His knowledge and understanding. So I plead with each and every one to go to a Christian book stall and get a good book that gives a clear understanding of the things of this world in light of the Word of God. And also pray for more of the Spirit of Truth Who teaches us all things and opens our mind to all understanding.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, it was man's doubt in the Truth that caused man to sin and become a corrupt being. Everything You created is was in perfect order and made to explain the unexplainable which is the spirit world. Sin corrupted this perfect creation which You said as good and caused this creation be become our enemy. The fallen spirits use this enemy to their advantage and its corrupt understanding to try to mislead your people and lead them unto destruction. Satan and his team know their end and they do not want us to be blessed in You so out of the hardness of their hearts want to destroy us too. Lord You said only the Truth in us will allow the repairing of the corrupt world, remove this enmity and bring it to its knees before You. Give us more and more of your wisdom and understanding...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scriptures ]
1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
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