Monday, October 7, 2013

Thoughts on Love and Sacrifice

I've had these thoughts in my head for a while, mainly because for the past few years I have been involved in various Catholic events and social groups which have involved campaigning, debates and get together, one thing I've learnt  is permanent change is slow and sure, never lose hope when things go bad, God's time is the best.

The reason why I bring this up is because I recently took part in a Prolife campaign and I found it quite eventful and thought provoking

The prolife debate has been for many years an ongoing battle, many prochoicers hate the fact that we provide other alternatives other than the stuffed- in -our- throats -only- way-is-abortion view. They go crazy when they see prolife leaflets and could even go as far as collecting them from passers-by and ripping them off. They get angry and call us all sorts of names, stressing the point that we are a minority and not so significant.  Hmm.. I'm just wondering, if we are so insignificant, why are they bothered about us? why does our presence cause them shivers? why does it irk them? when reactions like this happen, then you know you're making an impact! I think it could be the fear that people would start thinking about it and would actually realise the evil of abortion. The media has done enough to cover up this wicked act.

While we were handing out leaflets outside a university campus one day, a girl walked up to us and said we were doing something horrible, judging the girls who have had and making them feel bad. We explained to her that this was not our intention but truth must be told. She asked how they were supposed to feel which was kind of their point of attack; that we were judging them. To answer her question, one could say that such girls should always know God never hates the sinner but the sin and He always forgives. They should feel remorse for the act but hope that because God has forgiven them, they could start anew.

I think the reason many people fight and hate the prolife movement is for the following reasons:

1. If someone says life begins at conception,then condoms, birth control pills and contraceptives kill the child or the act of creating a baby.
2.If birth control pills and contraceptives kill the child, then one is saying that one can't have protected sex
3. If one cant have protected sex, then one has to have unprotected sex.
4. Unprotected sex means vulnerability to pregnancy and other  sexually transmitted Infections
5.No one wants/ is ready for that so one would narrow down his/her sex partners drastically- probably to one and the at-the-right-time/ with the right person/ till Marriage  factor comes into play.
6.waiting for the right person/not having sex means abstinence
7. Abstinence is "not cool"
8. An abstinent lifestyle does not suit, its at the other end of the pole!

I think this could be applied to many Christians (and probably me) today. We pick and choose what faith suits us and how we want to follow God, not how God wants us to follow Him and that's why there are so many churches today. The "me and my bible" theory is the easiest way to live!

If I interpret the Bible the way I want (probably confusing it for the voice of the Holy Spirit), I can be happy doing whatever I like because its my interpretation that counts. Therefore, if I want to steal/ have sex today, I can interpret that God just wants me to believe that these are sins but not actually act what I believe. So once I believe Jesus is my Lord and Saviour, I can steal anyhow I want because my faith is sufficient for me, whether I confess my sin, whether I am sorry or not.

Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. (Matt 16:24 Douay Rheims Version)

And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. (Lk 14:27 DRB )

We lack proper love for God and that's why we form churches for ourselves. We cant bare to sacrifice our

greatest pleasures for Him. The pleasures of the world we love too much so we

interpret the bible the way we want.

Some might say "well, how are you sure the fore fathers who interpreted the bible and taught

the faith could be trusted or followed, how are you sure their interpretation is not clouded?"

For the fact that they are closer to the original teachings and interpretation (probably 80-100

percent accurate) even in years, don't we think they are the closest interpretations to the truth?

I'm not trying to judge because its God who sees the heart and knows the genuine but lets pray

for God to help us see his word for what it is and not what we want it to be.

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of our God(1 Cor 6).

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Nature of Worship

There comes a time in a young Christian’s life when one wants to encounter and discover the faith imbibed by parents and then, begins to ask questions:

 Is God really there? Does He love me? 

Of course in catechism we have been taught all these things but with the society we live in and the numerous churches with their diverse modes of worship, one begins to wonder.  As a result of such confusion, I think this is when one needs to go back to the root of all worship which is God.
We know for sure that there’s a supreme being that created earth and the universe because, we certainly did not create them. We all worship God because we believe He is the author of life and everything in our whole existence is subject to His will and also most importantly, He’s our savior. We know this is true because, He has left historical facts in the world to prove His existence to man by dying for us and also by performing miracles through His saints and prophets. So, it is only logical to serve a God that is the author of your life and has power over it.

This then brings us to the question of how He should be worshiped.  Since we know there is only one God, one author of life that deserves your worship, to know how to worship Him, you have to learn about Him. Imagine your parents did not have any money to send you to school and you have a benefactor who uses his money to take you through school. Funds your primary, secondary, and university education and then gets you a high paying job and you want to thank him but you never really knew him. The logical thing to do is to try to get to know him, find out his likes and dislikes then thank him according to what he likes. This is the same with God, we know there is only one God so there should also be only one way to worship Him which means if a mode of worship is proven to be authentic, then all the other modes of worship should be in the form of worship which is modeled according to what God likes.

In my opinion, I have realized that most churches nowadays are based on how people feel like worshiping and this is why we have so many of them, we keep forgetting we are not worshiping ourselves but God. I think we should worship God according to what suits Him and not us. Let us try to get to know Him so that we can worship Him in spirit and in truth.    

Monday, January 21, 2013

If Only....

In the New Year, many of us get excited about the prospect of becoming better people so we create for ourselves New Year resolutions which we usually stick to for 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately after a while we find ourselves returning to our previous habits because we have lost the excitement of carrying out the new ones.
I did not write New Year Resolutions this year, not because I forgot but because I was afraid I would not be able to carry them out all through. Sometimes one could wonder if it is ever possible to change bad habits or live a constant spiritual life because we are often faced with distractions, but then I thought to myself, If I was to get a job which paid a million Naira every week and the requirements were to get to work at 8am, close at 7pm, get a month leave and an all-expense paid trip to any country of my choice, even if I get tired of the work pattern would I quit?

Many of us break old/bad habits in order to be successful in life, for example one would be willing to and break the habit of waking up at noon if he had a 6 figure salary job that required him to wake up at 5.30am and one would break the habit of eating fatty foods if one wanted to lose weight. So if one can break certain patterns of behaviour to achieve trivial results then we can do the same in our Christian lives.

I believe two of the major reasons people succeed in earthly endeavors are either

·         Love(passion for what they love doing)
·         The desire to win (to want to be successful).

If one loves his/her job, no setback would be too much to handle because one overlooks it and if one has the constant desire to win one would see obstacles as stepping stones. Just imagine if you and I put all this effort into our spiritual lives! Ours would be

·         Love (for God)/ passion to do His Will
·         The desire to want to make Heaven

Imagine an eternity overflowing with Love and endless Heavenly reward. Imagine all our worries cast away just by doing God’s will, imagine all the things He has in store for us!

If only our desire for earthly reward is as great as our desire for Heaven.