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Who is Right? Who is Not?

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I have come to realize that everyone is always RIGHT in their own way, both in what they believe and practice. It is funny that everyone has that excerpt from the Bible that support their cause. A friend was telling me that the earth rotates and I jokingly asked her how she knew that. I asked her to prove it. She then went forward to tell me that she was taught in school.

I went further to tell her that the teacher was taught the same. I asked her, in which she agreed with me that to a person who never went to school; the ‘fact’ that the world rotates would be some mumbo jumbo. Someone who sees the sun rise in the east every morning and gliding across the sky to settle in the west cannot believe that the sun is stationary. For the person to believe that the world indeed rotates, he/she will have to believe you first.

Same case applies to you as a Christian, you have first to believe in Christ so that you may believe in His promises for us. So belief is the only thing that links us to God. You had to believe that your teacher was right so that you can believe everything he/she says.

So how do you prove the existence of God? In one of the many Kkrew’s #EachOneReachOne events where we would do street evangelism along the streets of Nairobi, one man along the streets said this to me, “Who is this Jesus you are talking about? You Africans have been tricked by the white man into believing in a Jewish God named ‘Yesus’ and you are out there yapping about another man’s belief. I believe in the theory of evolution.”

How do you prove God exists? How do you minister for someone who has never come across any of the Christian teachings about Christianity? I stumbled over this on WhatsApp.

Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, you believe in GOD ?

Student : Absolutely, sir.

Professor : Is GOD good ?

Student : Sure.

Professor: Is GOD all powerful ?

Student : Yes.

Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

(Student was silent.)

Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young fella. Is GOD good?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Is satan good ?

Student : No.

Professor: Where does satan come from ?

Student : From … GOD …

Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

Student : Yes.

Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make everything. Correct?

Student : Yes.

Professor: So who created evil ?

(Student did not answer.)

Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

Student : Yes, sir.

Professor: So, who created them ?

(Student had no answer.)

Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

Student : No, sir.

Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

Student : No , sir.

Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

Student : Yes.

Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

Professor: Yes.

Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

Professor: Yes.

Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

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(There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?

Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?

Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course, I do.

Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going.)

Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor. Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class was in uproar.)

Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?

(The class broke out into laughter. )

Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

P.S.

I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?

Share this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.

By the way, that student was ALBERT EINSTEIN

Suppose you are not proving that point to a professor, in which in the above, Einstein used the professor’s level of thought against him, how would you prove that there is God to someone on the streets? Someone who has known an eternity of a bitter life and has never heard of the gospel? Perhaps you do not need to prove a point, you need reach a message home, but how?

Most Christians believe that they are always right in their belief, thoughts and what they perceive. They would want to prove their actions from the Bible e.g. some will say taking alcohol is not bad as Jesus turned water into wine while some will be on the contrary. Some will prove that indeed tattooing your body is a sin but some will see no bad effect in it. Blasphemy is the norm in our world but some Christians will be the first to judge yet some will say the Bible says do not judge but condemn. We are living in a world where every Christian wants to be right, to prove a point.

Some Christians will say that Jesus’ ultimate purpose was not religion while others will say it is a sin to be irreligious. Some have put their faith in their pastors and their churches to the extent of seeing them as immediate intermediaries between God and them but some will say the church and the pastor will not take you to heaven? Some churches worship on Friday, others Saturday and others Sunday. Who is right and who is wrong?

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Some would say am over thinking my Christian life but no. Am talking from my daily experiences, from what and who I interact with. Suppose a dunkard, a sinner advised you on your spirituality and you found it tangible, would you take it or would you disregard him because he is a sinner?

Let’s get to a much deeper situation; suppose there is this pastor of yours who has taught you a lot in life; aided you in your salvation journey and you became a totally changed man who now ministers to others but this one specific day he is caught doing something very contrary to Christian teachings. Will you be so much disappointed in him that you live in regret and scorn that your favorite pastor turned all evil? Will you renounce your faith because of that?

Suppose that the same preacher who has seen the strengthening of your faith now preaches of things you do not concur with. A good example is when Joel Osteen talked about homosexuality on Oprah. Do you rush to the internet to read how blogs online have roasted him and disregard all his previous teachings? Or do you stick with what he teaches and ignore his beliefs?

Who is at play here? Is it humans or God? Who should we please? Humans or God? If we all please God, should we have divergent views in our faith? I am a great fan of Afro Fusion and African music but someone told me I should not be listening to them. I see no bad thing in that but a friend sees that is not good music. Who is right? Who is wrong?

Suppose my favorite gospel artist sings blasphemous music, do I delete his entire previous music? I am at the cross-roads on the norms and practices of modern ‘Christians’ Do we consider ourselves that perfect and just?

It is not the relationship between you and your pastor or you and your church that counts, it is the relationship between you and your God. It is not how others would want to see you, it is not, ‘Am not going to do this because these people will judge me and as a Christian you are not supposed to do this and that.’ It is about, who is going to judge you? Do you fear the judgement or condemnation of fellow Christians or your one true God?

Genesis 3:4-5

You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Genesis 3:22

Then the LORD God said, “Look, the human beings have become like us, knowing both good and evil. What if they reach out, take fruit from the tree of life, and eat it? Then they will live forever!”

The above verses talk about good and evil. It clearly shows that man knows the difference between good and evil. But what is good to me may be evil to someone else and vice-versa and that’s why the conflict arises.

Romans 14:1-10

1Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. 2One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them. 4Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.

5One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind. 6Whoever regards one day as special does so to the Lord. Whoever eats meat does so to the Lord, for they give thanks to God; and whoever abstains does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. 9For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.

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10You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 

The Bible clearly identifies that there are people with strong and weak faith. It says that you with strong faith, you should not judge the one with weak faith. It continues to say Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand. The Bible also clearly states that servants stand and fall, we stumble at times but the Lord makes us stand.

There are some who treat Sunday as a normal day and there are others who treat Sunday as sacred. The two people are fully convinced in their mind and For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. Then, who are you to judge? Why judge that brother or sister? Do you forget that we will ALL stand in God’s judgement seat?

Romans 14:13-18

13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister. 14I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean. 15If your brother or sister is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. 17For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

God created everything e.g. fine grapes that make wine and that is why it is written nothing is unclean in itself. If you think taking alcohol is unclean, then to you alone it is unclean and vice-versa BUT should your drinking make your brother or sister distressed, then you are no longer acting in love. The world clearly states that do not by your eating destroy someone for whom Christ died. Do not by your explicit music destroy your spiritual friend who finds that unclean. Do not by your treacherous ways destroy your non-corrupt friend who finds it bad. Do not by your talk which you find okay destroy other people’s peace because the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Christianity is not a struggle, it is not a battle. It is not proving a point or wanting to be right. You do not make yourself righteous, God does. You do not live to please other people, you do not deprive them of their peace either. It is about how you strive to please your God. You cannot answer or be perfect in everything but through the discerning spirit you will seek answers which you will get from above. There are many questions that I cannot answer, most of which I have asked in this post but what matters is, am I true to my God? Do I please Him?

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Siloma Stephen

Siloma Stephen

I describe myself as simple yet complex, difficult to fathom and a hard nut to crack. I am made of unfailing love, one that sails my boat and oversees my flaws, one that binds me not on any law but nourishes my soul. I write from my soul, generally anything I feel I need to get off my chest most of which is based on my own life experiences, talents, and passions.

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Siloma Stephen

I describe myself as simple yet complex, difficult to fathom and a hard nut to crack. I am made of unfailing love, one that sails my boat and oversees my flaws, one that binds me not on any law but nourishes my soul. I write from my soul, generally anything I feel I need to get off my chest most of which is based on my own life experiences, talents, and passions.

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Siloma Stephen

Siloma Stephen

I describe myself as simple yet complex, difficult to fathom and a hard nut to crack. I am made of unfailing love, one that sails my boat and oversees my flaws, one that binds me not on any law but nourishes my soul. I write from my soul, generally anything I feel I need to get off my chest most of which is based on my own life experiences, talents, and passions.

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