What about … #41

 

Confession, in most religions, is the acknowledgment of one’s sins or wrongs.

In Catholic teaching it is not mandatory, the Catholic rite is usually conducted within a confessional box. A man or a woman confess  to a priest which is believed to have the authority to forgive one’s sins accompanied by the sign of the cross.

In the Anglican tradition, confession and absolution is usually a component part of corporate worship, particularly at services of the Holy Eucharist. The form involves an exhortation to repentance by the priest, a period of silent prayer during which believers may inwardly confess their sins, a form of general confession said together by all present and the pronouncement of general absolution by the priest, often accompanied by the sign of the cross.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) teaches that “confession is a necessary requirement for complete forgiveness.” The sinner must confess both to God and to those persons wronged by the sin.

In Islam confession of sins is made directly to God and not through man (except in asking for forgiveness from the victim of the sin). It is taught that sins are to be kept to oneself to seek individual forgiveness from God. God forgives those who seek his forgiveness and commit to themselves not to repeat the sin, although some sins in which another person is victimized are not forgiven unless that person forgives you, so they should also be asked for forgiveness.

In Judaism, confession is an important part of attaining forgiveness for both sins against God and another man. Confessions to God are done communally in the plural. Jews confess that “We have sinned.” In matters involving offenses against a fellow man, private confession to the victim is a requirement to obtaining forgiveness from the victim, which is generally a requirement to obtaining forgiveness from God. If the victim refuses to forgive, the offender confesses publicly, before larger and larger audience

 

So these are just a few methode of forgiveness among diferent religions. My problem is with the Catholics and the Anglicans who believe that a man just like them, is capable of forgiving someone’s sins that easily. How is it possible that a man which has lets say backbitten against someone else a few minutes ago, goes to church (in the catholic church, confessions are usually Saturday evening) ask forgiveness for his sin to a man (priest) who doesn’t really care and who makes sins as everybody else, and expects to be forgiven just because the christ has died for him!? Come on! So why don’t we make sins all day long? After all we can be forgiven every Saturday! No, when we feel our conscience ill at ease for something we have done, we must seek forgiveness to God the only forgiver. No human can judge and forgive in the name of God.

Ask forgiveness and repent, is the only way to feel relieved of our wrongs. The Christ isn’t dumb to die for sake of those who like to sin

What about… #19

Human beings disagree over many things here on earth, we have different opinions, different interests, different obstacles. Some say that the cholesterol is our foe, while others say it’s North Korea or even Terrorists,  but in truth we have only one common enemy which causes all our trouble and misery;  The Devil.

We’re all acquainted to “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” right? So that makes of us ALL friends. The problem arise when we aren’t aware that this entity swore to spend its existence to ruin ours.

Who doesn’t sin? Even the best amongst us sins, the difference is who has a conscience to repent and who doesn’t. The human being who doesn’t have a conscience doesn’t know that he has sinned, so he will keep doing the same ill over and over. He has no regrets, the devil is so close to his mind and conscious that he’s blocking any goodness that the person might have by his treacherous certainty. So half of the blame is upon us who accept the devil’s temptation.

Now who is this Enemy of ours who gives us too much importance to waste its existence among us?

The Holy Scriptures tell us a good amount of information on the matter, for instance:

Genesis 3:24

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly   and you will eat dust  all the days of your life. And I will put enmity  between you and the woman,   and between your offspring[i] and hers; he will crush[j] your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children, Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are  and to dust you will return.” Adam[k] named his wife Eve,[l] because she would become the mother of all the living. 

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[m] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

Ephesians 6:11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Revelation 20:10 

And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever

Acts 26:18

To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

 

Al Araf 7: 11-27

We created you, then We shaped you, then We said to the angels, “Bow down before Adam;” so they bowed down, except for Satan; he was not of those who bowed down.

He said, “What prevented you from bowing down when I have commanded you?” He said, “I am better than he; You created me from fire, and You created him from mud.”

He said, “Get down from it! It is not for you to act arrogantly in it. Get out! You are one of the lowly!”

 He said, “Give me respite, until the Day they are resurrected.”

 He said, “You are of those given respite.”

He said, “Because you have lured me, I will waylay them on Your straight path.

Then I will come at them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their left; and you will not find most of them appreciative.”

 He said, “Get out of it, despised and vanquished. Whoever among them follows you—I will fill up Hell with you all.

 And you, Adam, inhabit the Garden, you and your wife, and eat whatever you wish; but do not approach this tree, lest you become sinners.”

But Satan whispered to them, to reveal to them their nakedness, which was invisible to them. He said, “Your Lord has only forbidden you this tree, lest you become angels, or become immortals.”

 And he swore to them, “I am a sincere advisor to you.”

So he lured them with deceit. And when they tasted the tree, their nakedness became evident to them, and they began covering themselves with the leaves of the Garden. And their Lord called out to them, “Did I not forbid you from this tree, and say to you that Satan is a sworn enemy to you?”

They said, “Our Lord, we have done wrong to ourselves. Unless You forgive us, and have mercy on us, we will be among the losers.”

He said, “Fall, some of you enemies to one another. On earth you will have residence and livelihood for a while.”

 He said, “In it you will live, and in it you will die, and from it you will be brought out.”

 O children of Adam! We have provided you with clothing to cover your bodies, and for luxury. But the clothing of piety—that is best. These are some of God’s revelations, so that they may take heed.

 O Children of Adam! Do not let Satan seduce you, as he drove your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their garments, to show them their nakedness. He sees you, him and his clan, from where you cannot see them. We have made the devils friends of those who do not believe.
Unfortunately to turn things worse, lots of other demons are at his service, he’s not alone to spread evil around the world.

What about his entity? It’s not really described in any of the Holy Scriptures but the Devil isn’t a material being, he must be a kind of spirit with an energy capable of interfering with our own minds and lives.

So instead preaching hate let’s gather our strength to fight the one who really hates us; Lucifer.

A land of dreams

Another collaboration with the talented Uzma. She gave me this wonderful inspiring picture.

This post, is what I see looking at it.

How sweet would it be to live in Middle Earth? Away from this world of greed and hardship. In a place where Elves, Dwarves and Humans live in peace even though they’re different species. How much on a scale of a hundred, would we have declared a war to the Elves and Dwarves if they lived here on Earth with us? We’re not apt to live with a different specie as we’re not even apt to live amongst us.
My land of dreams is Middle Earth, a time and place that never existed due to God’s knowledge on our stupidity and violence. A place where dreams can come true and where magic is part of the society. Everyone has a different perspective of Heaven, but in my imagination, Middle Earth is the perfect one. Life on Earth is not eternal, yet some people want to take advantage of any opportunity even if it is on the back of other human beings. I have a very close friend who has hard times at work because her co-workers want to snatch her place at whichever the cost may be. If she has the job she has, it is because she’s good at it. Why would some other human beings backbite and make plots to take something which isn’t theirs? In my opinion, they’re headless about the hereafter. They believe that only this life exist and when they’ll die they won’t have an account of their deeds to give. How wrong is their belief!
Heaven is not free.
Heaven is expensive, you can’t buy it with money, fame or wrongdoings.