Today with Jesus
- Today’s Bible verse
“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” (Hosea6:6)
What do you prefer- mercy or holocausts?
With out love, mercy, and compassion, rituals and religions are meaningless. Today’s world is filled with all kinds of problems. To save our sinking world, a generation of compassionate people should have risen. Rituals in any form will not save anybody if it is not rooted in mercy. Religious rituals can help people understand God and nourish their relationship with Him. That is why God instituted circumcision and the sacrificial system in the Old Testament, and the sacraments to nourish spiritual growth in the New Testament. But a religious ritual is helpful only if it is carried out with an attitude of love and obedience to God. If a person’s heart is not connected to God, then rituals just become empty mockery. Why do you worship? What is the motive behind your “Sacrifices” and “Offerings”? In the name of religion, women/men are stoned, widows are made to walk in their husbands’ funeral pyres and innocent people are slaughtered in wars that are waged in the name of God. The men who crucified Jesus could very well have been gentle husbands and loving fathers who practiced cruelty to maintain their religion or ideologies.
Here is a newspaper account of torture practiced in modern concentration camps - The victim is bound to a metal chair and then electric shocks are administered to him in increasing intensity till he confesses. They slap the victim on the ear repeatedly with cupped hands till the eardrum breaks. A dentist straps the prisoner to a chair and drills his tooth till he strikes a nerve. The drilling goes on till the victim agrees to co-operate.
Human beings are not naturally cruel. They become cruel when they are unhappy or when they succumb to an ideology not in concurrence with mercy and love. So, we should shun away from any religion or rituals that kill and torture others for any reason whatsoever and instead should focus on love and compassion.
Prayer: Jesus, you are the God of mercy and love. You support and nourish our lives. We pray for those who are suffering and tortured in homes, jail concentration camps and on death rows. Let your love blossom in the hearts of all human beings. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen
Toronto, Monday, 6th December 2010
- Today with Jesus
“Leave these men alone! Let them go.” (Acts 5:38)
The sign of the Cross on the television tower in Berlin : “The
sign of unbeatable sign of worship,”- Ronald Regan, President of USA in 1987.
Till the passing of
the present earth and heaven, Christ, his Cross and its principles would be
valued and be in proclamation for the salvation of the world. No power on earth
can wipe out the eternal truth of God from the face of this earth. It is always
better not to fight and antagonize Christ and his principles. When Peter and other disciples were put in
jail to be punished by the assembly of Jews, the great respected learned
teacher, Gamaliel, advised them,
"Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will
fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will
only find yourselves fighting against God” -(Acts 5:38&39). It is an universal law for a smooth peaceful
way of co-operative living on earth.
After the second world
war, Berlin was under Communist government. Most of the churches and its
symbols were destroyed to crush the faith in Jesus. To show the power and
strength of atheism and communism, Walter Ulbech, the head of communist
Germany, constructed the tallest television tower in Germany. On top of the
tower is a stainless steel globe in rotation.
As soon as the construction was over,
everyone was shocked to find a shining and glittering sign of a cross on
the globe from top to bottom. The sun's rays shone on the globe from all sides
making the cross to glitter. The
engineers tried all their might to erase it, but in vain. Still it is there to proclaim to the world
that the cross is our salvation.
Conscience question: Are we in a fight against Christ and
his teachings by our actions of projecting and selling ourselves for self-glorification?
Prayer: Jesus, let us be the promoters of your signs
and symbols of your sacrifice on the cross for our salvation and eternity. Let
us not be destroyers, but custodians of your teachings. We pray for all those
who are in the ministry to spread your good news of salvation on the cross. Let
all those who believe in you be in salvation and the fighters against you be in
conversion. All we ask in the name of Jesus. Amen.
16th October 2012