Friday, October 22, 2010

Duh?! It's God's Goodness, Not His Wrath!

I find it hard to imagine what life would be like without faith in God.
I have met people who claim that they are quite content with the idea that all there is to life is what appears on the surface.
To them, life means being born, growing up, and searching for some drop of happiness within an ocean of sorrow. And death is nothing more than falling asleep, never to awaken.
They insist that there is no God and they protest that there is no need for one.
Some atheists explain that their moral code is to do no harm to anyone.
They also boast that their lives are based on human-centered principles which they vaunt as higher, more noble than our Christian moral code, because our morality is based on
fear of being damned to Hell. 

Jesus said to his disciples:
     “Be sure of this:
     if the master of the house had known the hour
     when the thief was coming,
     he would not have let his house be broken into.
     You also must be prepared,
     for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”
Then Peter said,
     “Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?”
And the Lord replied,
     “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward
     whom the master will put in charge of his servants
     to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?
     Blessed is that servant whom his master on arrival finds doing so.
Truly, I say to you, he will put him 
     in charge of all his property.
But if that servant says to himself,
     ‘My master is delayed in coming,’
     and begins to beat the menservants and the maidservants,
     to eat and drink and get drunk,
     then that servant’s master will come
     on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour
     and will punish the servant severely
     and assign him a place with the unfaithful.
That servant who knew his master’s will
     but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will
     shall be beaten severely;
     and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will
     but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating
     shall be beaten only lightly.
Much will be required of the person entrusted with much,
     and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
                           The Gospel According To Saint Luke 12:39-48

If our secular humanist antagonists only do a superficial reading of this Gospel passage, they might say that it confirms their view that fear is the motive for our Christian living.

They would be preoccupied with
the punishment the unworthy servant receives.
And, by focusing only on that, they will miss the point of the parable -- which comes at the end of the parable.

Our Lord Jesus states,
"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."

  • Our Christian living is a response to God's goodness, not His wrath! 
  • Our motive for Christian living is based on what we have received from God! 
  • Our Christian living is a response to God's manifold gifts, freely and liberally showered upon us, entrusted to us -- to be used and freely offered for the benefit of others and of ourselves, in that order. 
There's an old saying:  Blood is thicker than water.  Friends may be very loving, but it is quite right to expect even greater love among members of our family.
And children especially should respond in great love to their parents, from whom they have received the gift of life.
More devotion and dedication to a family is expected from
the members of that family than from people outside of that family. Those in the family share a common life, a common affection, and a common home.

God is our Father. We are His children. He has given us everything -- our being/existence, our food, clothing, possessions, intelligence, insight, curiosity, laughter, joys, peace, individuality, each other -- and our faith, our hope, and our love!

It is right that He
expects us to respond in love to Him and to reach out in love to our brothers and sisters in Christ and to those without faith and hope.

Our motive for Christian living is based on God's goodness to us, on what we undeservingly, continually receive from God.

And since we have received
EVERYTHING from Him, our response must be total and without reservation.

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