The sad truth is most Christians can't even defend their faith because they themselves are ignorant of God's word.

Don't let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. -- Colossians 2:8
"My people are being destroyed for lack of knowledge..." Hosea 4:6


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chop Suey Faith

Chop Suey means assorted pieces. It is a popular dish  widely believed to have been invented in America by Chinese immigrants, but in fact comes from Taishan (Toisan), a district of Guangdong Province (Canton), which was the home of many of the early Chinese immigrants to the U.S. The Hong Kong doctor Li Shu-fan reported that he knew it in Taishan in the 1890s.
   In religion too there is what we also call chop suey. Mixing all beliefs together to form A Single Unified Ideology or One World Religion. 
   The ushering of New Age Thinking that in everything or the whole universe itself we can find an aspect of God, a Universal Consciousness common on all living things, in fact if we accept sub-atomic principle base on science that  everything is controlled by a singular force therefore God can be found everywhere.
   The best lies are those base on truth. This attack was one of the most widely used tactics by demons. They get a little truth here, and a little scriptural basis there...and yet in the end is going to lead you to death. 
   Can we really find God in everything? Then why Jesus said, "Seek first the Kingdom of God..."?
  I think it would be easier to find God if Jesus point out that in everything, just look around you...there is God. But why bother the searching? 
Aspect and Presence of God
   Let me clarify that an aspect is not the same as presence. Aspect can be define as part,nature, or quality. It is obviously not the same as presence. 
  You see,we might be dead by now if we stand in the presence of God. Remember how the prophets collapse, faint, and tremble in fear when ever the presence of God appear. 
   You see how St. John shakes in front of an angel,? How much more if it is God himself talking to him? Daniel even felt very weak after he had a conversation with God. There are many instances in the Bible that the mere presence of God can actually kill.
   In fact, the Israelite was so afraid to go near God that they don't want to be with Moses in Mt. Sinai when God wrote from His own hand the 10 Commandments. They have experience how terrible  and powerful just hearing  the voice of YHWH. 

   Let us go back to our topic. Mixing of Faith. Is it true that all faith lead to God? 
   Let us not forget the first commandment of God. "I am the Lord thy God, you shall have no other God before me." I knew a lot of people who claimed to be Christians have many "before me..." in their altars. They go to an image of San Isidro Labrador for good harvest, they kneel in front Immaculate heart of Mary, then to Madonna and Child, Dance to Santa Clara for fertility, and San Lazarus to pray for wound. It is ironic when you look at the statue of San Lazarus, there he is showing his wound and one finger pointing upward as if saying "Look! I can't even heal my wound, go pray to God."

   Even early Christians like Paul also observe this kind of synchronized faith when he visited Athens. While he stroll the avenues and streets of Athens, he notice different kind of worships and faith co-existing, living and mingling with each other. He was even surprised when he saw a catch-all faith.   

22Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious.
 23For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. - Acts 17

   An Earlier observation  Paul notice that this people are so deep in idolatry...
16Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
 All gods are gods?
   Although the Athenian seems to be religious and maybe god-fearing people, they are at lost. Paul saw the opportunity for the openness of these people to the concept of God but are lost, so he decided to catch their attention to an already established faith. He introduce "THE UNKNOWN GOD" they ignorantly worship. Sadly, even in our present generation still Many people worship God that way. 
   To illustrate further, most people knew some part of the qualities of God, they believed he is omnipotent, omniscient, and everything...but personally they don't know Him. They are called agnostics...generally speaking, most people on this planet are agnostics. Unknowingly, a lot of us, including me can be classified as agnostic. Having somewhat a little understanding about God, we know He exist, He is there somewhere in Heaven, and so on...
    So perhaps, for safety and security, just to be sure they pray to all kinds of God just like the Athenian. Is this kind of faith correct or will guarantee our salvation?
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 
Since you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I am going to spit you out of my mouth. -- Revelations 3:15-16 

And he will reply, 'I tell you, I don't know you or where you come from. Get away from me, all you who do evil.'  -- Luke 13:27


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