Four Ways We Turn Church Into A Temple

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Temple: A structure reserved for religious or spiritual activities such as prayer and sacrifice (Wikipedia).

Local church: A local group of believers with biblically qualified elders, meeting for the purpose of building up one another and training one another to obey Christ’s Great Commission and to reflect the living God in their various gifts and services. (1 Corinthians 1:2; 2 Corinthians 1:1; Galatians 1:1-2, Titus 1:5, Matt. 28:18-20)

Like many Indians, I too have had for many years equated churches and temples because of that “sense of peace” that one experiences in quiet temples, and in vast, empty cathedrals.

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Now if you are a Bible-wielding Christian who loves Jesus, you would know how different going to a Hindu temple and being with the church is. But are there ways in which you might be treating your church like how some treat temples- like a thing of mere rituals and forgotten tradition? Continue reading “Four Ways We Turn Church Into A Temple”

Four Things You Forget While Judging Others Wrongly

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Admit it.

We all have had moments when we’ve found somebody- friend, spouse, boss- doing something wrong. Ah, what peace and joy to have found Jesus someone worse than ourselves.

We totally relish judging them.

The brother in Christ who thinks he knows all about the Bible, but he actually doesn’t.
The new girl at church who quotes one verse too many, but she seems proud.
That husband who hardly helps at home.
The girl with the inappropriate skirt.
The parents with those wild kids.
Those late-comers.

We do it on Facebook, while on Instagram and Pinterest. While reading the news. while talking with our own family and with spiritual family.

Sometimes, we get that nagging feeling that such thoughts are wrong, but we tell ourselves- these are just observations, right?

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Actually, we wanna berate them. We wanna yell at them, put them to shame.

We secretly wanna slam them with angry words. Continue reading “Four Things You Forget While Judging Others Wrongly”

The Double Scandal: Worshipping A Humiliated God

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Many friends of mine say that all gods are the same.
I think they don’t understand the utter failure Jesus’ life seems like when compared to the life-style and status of Hindu gods like Rama and Krishna. If gods & prophets had resumes, here is a brief comparison-

Raving religious resumes
Ram: Born to royal lineage, defeated Ravana the evil king in war and finally, peacefully leaves his mortal body.

Krishna: Born to royal lineage, killing his arch-enemy Kansa and enabled Pandavas to win the Mahabharata war, finally dies by an arrow wound to his toe and ascends in splendour with his body into his eternal abode.

Muhammad (the last prophet of Islam and not god): Born in the Banu Hashim tribal clan, preached Islam and lived a life of tribal conquest, finally died of an illness.

Jesus: Born to a carpenter under circumstances that made people mock his parentage, He did many miracles and proclaimed himself the Son of God. He was finally mocked at a false trial and then mocked by torture and was dished out a humiliating execution by his own people.

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No God was mocked like this
Pilate gave the crowd what it wanted, set Barabbas free and turned Jesus over for whipping and crucifixion. The soldiers took Jesus into the palace (called Praetorium) and called together the entire brigade. They dressed him up in purple and put a crown plaited from a thorn bush on his head. Then they began their mockery: “Bravo, King of the Jews!”
They banged on his head with a club, spit on him, and knelt down in mock worship.  Continue reading “The Double Scandal: Worshipping A Humiliated God”