Monday, March 13, 2006

Salvation, Obedience, and faith go hand in hand

So yesterday at church we were learning about the VIIth Pillar of Faith, Salvation. And it struck us all that the salvation door is so narrow. It leaves no space for any other option than, Jesus is the only way. We couldn't understand why it had to be that way because a lot of people don't actually get to know God, or they do not get to know Jesus. But as I was reading today my virology material for tomorrow's midterm I've come to realize that God put enough evidence of his existence in everything and everywhere in this world for everyone to wonder where all of it has come from. I've heard people say but what if I'm taught ever since I'm a child one thing. We all have something in common, we feel when something is wrong and when something is right and all we have to do is either ask, or investigate elsewhere. Truth is most people do not want to hear that they can't do whatever they want with their lives, or they do not want to admit that they are sinners, or they know the truth but their hearts are as stiff as a stone. God's will and plans are not only perfect and just but their is no question that he has layed out the cards on the table for us. He's not the one being unfair, we are the one's being stubborn.

I finished reading Leviticus and it's amazing that at the end of this book God tells them look: these are my rules if you abide by them you will recieve much blessings, but if you do not obey them..and then He lists a number of horrible of things that could happen. Clearer than cristal water he could not have been, and yet they disobeyed him. And those people, the people of Israel, they presenced God like everyday, they had not seen him face to face, but they saw the smoke up in the mountain of Sinai, and above the tabernacle or temple or whatever its called in english. And they still disobeyed Him. It's a pattern, i've seen it throughout the histoy written in the Bible. Instead of being so stubborn we should learn from the teachings and from our mistakes.

Lord knows he has to teach me something everyday, like today, i got an 0.8 out of 1 in a quiz and I was so angry because the only mistake I made was to leave out a word of almost no importance to me, everything else was perfect so I asked the teacher why it mattered so much for that stupid word to be there, and she said look I repeatedly asked for all of you to put approx. before any number because these numbers are not exact, and I just found it so unfair that on other exams she didn't even care to mark it as wrong but on my exam which had nothing else wrong she had to mark it. But I was stubborn and selfish and God told me do not mention that she did not take points away for that on other people, do not mention telling you. But no, stubborn and Proud old Rita had to mention it. The teacher got angry, made me cry, and to make matters worse she said that if I had not mentioned the other students thing she might have given me the points. Ouch! what a blow on my pride, but I have learned my lession. Who was I to judge her grading rules, in that classroom she is boss. Just like in this world God is boss, His rules are His rules and we must follow them whether we like them or not.

God Bless,

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