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Stiinta si credinta – discutia continua

Faith and Science[English version here] Niciodata nu m-am simtit inclinata sa abordez acest subiect pentru ca niciodata nu am vazut cele doua sfere ca fiind incompatibile.

Insa stiu ca discutia pe aceasta tema continua (mai ales in Marea Britanie) si dupa ce am citit un capitol interesant de curand (intitulat ”De ce crezi ca atat de multi oameni de stiinta sunt crestini?”), m-am decis sa-l impartasesc cu voi.

Asa ca iata cateva pasaje extrase din capitolul mentionat mai sus, din cartea ”Before you say ‘I don’t believe” (Inainte sa spui ”Nu Cred”) a autorului britanic Roger Carswell. Sper sa va fie de folos.

”De-a lungul istoriei, au fost oameni de stiinta care au crezut in afirmatiile Bibliei si a caror credinta in Dumnezeu i-a ghidat in cercetarile lor stiintifice. Voi mentiona cativa dintre cei mai cunoscuti…

Galileo (1564 – 1642), in ciuda faptului ca a fost cenzurat de Biserica Romano-Catolica pentru invataturile sale heliocentrice, el a considerat Biblia ca fiind Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, argumentand (pe buna dreptate) ca aceasta ii sustine opiniile.

Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) este considerat ca fiind fondatorul astrofizicii. Descoperind legile miscarilor planetare si stabilind ramura mecanicii corpurilor ceresti (sau mecanica cereasca, vezi Wikipedia), Kepler, un crestin devotat, a spus ca el doar ”gandea gandurile lui Dumnezeu.”

Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626), cancelar al Angliei si omul din spatele metodei stiintifice de studiu (cunoscuta si sub numele de metoda inductiva baconiana) a scris ”Exista doua carti pe care le putem studia pentru a evita comiterea greselilor. Prima este Scriptura, care ne descopera voia lui Dumnezeu, iar cealalta este volumul Fapturilor (nota mea- nu stiu sigur la ce se refera, probabil carti scrise the oameni despre creatie) care ne descopera puterea Lui.”

Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662), matematician si filozof, e considerat tatal hidrostaticii si unul dintre fondatorii hidrodinamicii. Lui i-a fost atribuit ”Pariul lui Pascal” conform caruia cel care alege sa fie crestin/ sa creada in Dumnezeu nu va fi niciodata in pierdere. Daca ceea ce crede este gresit, nu pierde nimic cand moare; oricum probabil a fost mai fericit in viata decat prietenii sai atei. Insa daca a avut dreptate, atunci credinciosul a castigat totul (Raiul), pe cand prietenii sai atei au pierdut totul.

Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) este faimos, printre alte lucruri, pentru descoperirea legii gravitatiei universale si legea/principiul mecanicii. Acest mare intelectual a fost un urmas sincer al lui Hristos, considerand Biblia ca fiind Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu. El a abordat subiecte crestine in diferite scrieri ale sale precum proorociile, creatia si potopul. El a spus: ”Noi consideram Scriptura ca fiind cea mai sublima filozofie. Gasesc mai multe dovezi de autenticitate in Biblie decat in orice sursa istorica profana.”

Samuel F.B. Morse (1791 – 1872) a devenit cunoscut pentru inventarea telegrafului. Primul mesaj trimis prin aceasta metoda (in anul 1844) a fost un verset din Biblie ”Priviti ce a facut Dumnezeu! (Numeri 23:23)” Cu patru ani inainte de a muri, Morse a scris: ”Cu cat ma apropii mai mult de finalul pelerinajului meu, cu atat mai clara este dovada originii Bibliei, cu atat apreciez mai mult grandoarea si sublimul remediului lui Dumnezeu pentru oamenii cazuti, iar viitorul este luminat de speranta si bucurie.”

Louise Pasteur (1822 – 1895) este unul dintre cele mai mari nume din istoria stiintei si medicinei si este inca considerat cel mai bun biolog din toate timpurile. Contributia sa la salvarea vietilor umane intrece pe cea a oricarui alt om de stiinta, totusi din cauza opozitiei sale fata de filozofia evolutionista a intampinat impotriviri in domeniul sau de activitate. Odata cu inaintarea in varsta a devenit din ce in ce mai credincios, spunand: ”Cu cat cunosc mai mult, cu atat credinta mea incepe sa se asemene cu cea a unui taran breton. Daca as putea cunoaste totul, atunci as avea credinta unei taranci bretone.”

Sir Robert Boyd (1922 – 2004) ar putea fi privit ca parintele stiintei spatiale in Marea Britanie. Necrologul sau publicat in Daily Telegraph a continut urmatoarele randuri: ”Toata viata sa a fost un om cu o credinta puternica; total rational si dedicat, el nu a perceput cautarea sincera a adevarului stiintific incompatibila cu afirmatiile Evangheliei crestine.”

Ideea ca stiinta poate explica totul este gresita; stiinta este limitata iar aceasta nu este o ofensa adusa la adresa ei.  Nu poate oferi raspunsuri la intrebari precum: ”De ce sunt aici?” sau ”Care este scopul si semnificatia vietii (mele)?”. Descoperirea a 3.5 milioane de litere in alfabetul genetic, asezate in ordinea corecta in genomul uman nu ne conduce la concluzia ca acest fapt e doar un accident, o intamplare. Exista ordine, design, complexitate, rafinament si precizie, frumusete, previzibilitate, cauze si efecte in universul nostru. Ordinea nu se naste din haos. Din contra, avem evidente puternice ca exista o putere supra-naturala in spatele tuturor lucrurilor.

Exista un Dumnezeu care este personal, care este bun, care este sursa vietii si care se apleaca catre mine ca persoana si care, de fapt, nu ma opreste de la a practica stiinta, ci ma incurajeaza sa imi dezvolt mintea pe care mi-a dat-o El.” John Lennox, profesor de matematica la Universitatea Oxford.

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Faith and science – food for thought

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[For the Romanian version of this article click here] I’ve never felt compelled to write an article on this subject because I’ve never seen religion and science as incompatible and mutually exclusive. However, I know that the debate continues. Having come across a really good chapter on the matter in the book I am reading at the moment, I thought I should share it with you.

So here’s an excerpt from ”Before you say ‘I don’t believe” by Roger Carswell (selection from pages 51-59). Hopefully, some food for thought.

”Throughout history, people of science have often been Bible believers, whose faith in God has guided their scientific research. I am listing some of the more known ones…

Galileo (1564 – 1642), despite being officially censored  by the Roman Catholic Church for his heliocentric teachings. believed the Bible and argued (rightly) that it supported his views.

Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630) is considered to be the founder of physical astronomy. Discovering the laws of planetary motion, establishing the discipline of celestial mechanics, Kepler, a devout Christian, said he was merely ‘thinking God’s thoughts after Him.

Francis Bacon (1561 – 1626), Lord Chancellor of England, is considered to have formulated the scientific method of study. He wrote ”There are two books laid before us to study, to prevent our failing into error; first, the volume of the Scriptures, which reveal the will of God; then the volume of the Creatures, which express His power.”

Blaise Pascal (1623 – 1662), mathematician and philosopher, is considered the father of the science of hydro-statics and one of the founders of hydrodynamics. To him is attributed the famous ‘Wager of Pascal’, arguing that no-one could lose who chooses to be a Christian. For when he dies, if it is not true, he has lost nothing, but probably been happier than his non-believing friends. If, however, there is a God and Heaven, and a hell, then he has gained Heaven and his sceptical friends will have lost everything in hell.

Isaac Newton (1642 – 1727) is famous for, among other things, his discovery of the law of universal gravitation and the laws of motion, and the development of calculus. This great intellectual was a genuine believer in Christ as his Saviour, and in the Bible as God’s Word. He wrote on biblical subjects including prophecy, creation and the worldwide flood. He said ”We account the Scripture of God to be the most sublime philosophy. I find more sure marks of authenticity in the Bible than in any profane history whatsoever.”

Samuel F.B. Morse (1791 – 1872) is famous for the invention of the telegraph. The first message sent (in 1844) over the wire was taken from the Bible: ”What hath God wrought” (Numbers 23:23). Four years before he died, Morse wrote ”The nearer I approach to the end of my pilgrimage, the clearer is the evidence of the origin of the Bible, the grandeur and the sublimity of God’s remedy for fallen men and women are more appreciated, and the future is illuminated with hope and joy.

Louise Pasteur (1822 – 1895) is one of the greatest names in the history of science and medicine, and is still regarded as the greatest biologist of all times. He made the greatest contribution of any one man to the saving of human lives through his discoveries, though because of his opposition to Darwinism he was opposed throughout his lifetime by the biological establishment. He became more deeply religious as he grew older, saying ”The more I know, the more does my faith approach that of the Breton peasant. Could I but know all, I would have the faith of a Breton peasant woman.”

Sir Robert Boyd (1922 – 2004) can be regarded as the father of space science in the UK. His obituary in the Daily Telegraph said: ‘Throughout his life he was a man of strong religious faith that was entirely rational and committed; he saw no incompatibility between the honest pursuit of scientific truth and the claims of the Christian gospel.’

The idea that science can explain everything is false; science is limited and that is no insult to science. It cannot answer questions like ”Why am I here?” or ”What is the meaning of life?” Seeing 3.5 billion letters of the genetic alphabet in exactly the right order in the human genome does not lead one to conclude that this is mere chance or accident. There is order, design, complexity, fine-tuning, beauty, predictability, cause and effect in our world and universe. Order does not come out of chaos. Rather, there is powerful evidence that there is a supernatural power behind all of this.

There is a God who is personal, who is good, who is the source of life and meaning, who reaches out to me as a person and who in fact, far from stopping me from doing science, encourages the development of the mind that He has given me.” John Lennox Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University.

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Cand incepem sa pierdem lupta cea buna

Prin lupta cea buna, se intelege lupta credintei, lupta pentru pastrarea acesteia la nivel personal. O lupta pe plan spiritual. Lupta impotriva pacatului, duhovniceasca si nu materiala.

Acesta este un rezumat al unei predici pe care am ascultat-o in anul 2008 sau 2009. Punctele de mai jos sunt notitele mele.

Incepem sa pierdem lupta cea buna atunci cand:

  •  Ne insusim amenintarile celui rau si ni le repetam. ”Nu sunt bun de nimic”, ”Nimic nu se va schimba niciodata (in bine)”, ”N-am sa reusesc”- cu totii am avut macar unul din aceste ganduri cel putin o data in viata. Ei bine, acestea nu sunt in nici un caz cuvintele sau mesajele lui Dumnezeu care desi ne mustra, sau ne arata adevarul asa cum este el, nu ne descurajeaza si nu ni se adreseaza in felul acesta. Dumnezeu ne spune ”orice zi e o noua sansa”, ”Te iubesc cu o iubire vesnica” (Ieremia 31:3). El doreste sa reusim si El singur ne poate ajuta si schimba circumstantele. In momentul in care incepem sa ”digeram” aceste mesaje negative  (care vin de la cel rau) si sa le credem  incepem sa pierdem lupta.
  • Un alt semn ca nu ne mai indreptam in directia cea buna este pierderea puterii de a spune binelui bine si raului rau. In ziua in care incepem sa vorbim in limbaj aproximativ, cand nu mai avem curajul sa spunem lucrurilor pe nume. Traim intr-o societate in care valorile au devenit atat de relative. Delimitarile intre bine si rau, intre normal si anormal au devenit atat de neclare iar copiii de maine risca sa creasca  intr-o societate confuza, ei insisi devenind confuzi. Totusi, sistemul de valori al lui Dumnezeu este neschimbat, si etern. Raul e rau, binele e bine iar noi trebuie sa ramanem verticali. Doamne, ajuta-ne!
  • Incepem sa pierdem lupta in ziua in care nu mai stim impotriva cui luptam. In Efeseni capitolul 6 versetul 12 ni se spune:

Căci noi n-avem de luptat împotriva cărnii şi sângelui, ci împotriva căpeteniilor, împotriva domniilor, împotriva stăpânitorilor întunericului acestui veac, împotriva duhurilor răutăţii care sunt în locurile cereşti.13 De aceea, luaţi toată armătura lui Dumnezeu, ca să vă puteţi împotrivi în ziua cea rea şi să rămâneţi în picioare, după ce veţi fi biruit totul.”

In concluzie, noi nu avem de luptat impotriva vecinului, colegului, sau fratelui nostru chiar daca acesta ne-a nedreptatit si chiar ranit. In momentul in care generam si alimentam conflincte cu cei din jur (in mod voit, si nu ne caim si cerem iertare, ci perseveram), incepem, de fapt, sa pierdem lupta cea adevarata.

Ce sa facem, daca bifam unul sau mai multe din punctele de mai sus? Ce trebuie sa facem in situatiile acestea?

  • Trebuie sa stam strans de vorba cu Domnul. El ne cunoaste deja greselile, partea care ne revine este sa le recunoastem si sa dorim sa le punem capat. Nimeni nu ne intelege si nu ne iubeste mai mult ca Dumnezeu. Putem sa ne deschidem inaintea Lui cu incredere.
  • Sa ne cerem, deci, iertare. Martursirea cu lacrimi si durere are mare putere.
  • Daca vrem sa ne reabilitam, sa incepem cu o fapta mica. Fa primul pas inspre bine. Spune o incurajare, spune adevarul (desi ar fi mai usor sa minti), fa un gest dezinteresat. Roaga-te pentru altii.
  • Sa fim drepti. Dupa cum ne-a facut Domnul, asa sa facem si noi altora. Daca Dumnezeu ne-a iertat atatea greseli, noi sa nu-i iertam pe altii? Dumnezeu este foarte generos cu noi, si noi trebuie sa fim la fel.

Sper ca aceste idei sa va fie de folos! Daca doriti, aa rog sa imi impartasiti gandurile voastre, fie in comentariile de mai jos, fie pe Facebook.

Avem un Dumnezeu minunat. Reabilitarea e intotdeauna o optiune! Iar lupta cea buna merita luptata. Sa nu ne lasam de ea, pentru ca rezultatul final va influenta si vietile celor dragi noua…

Tema si punctele principale ale acestui articol apartin pastorului Florin Ianovici care slujeste in biserica Betel din Bucuresti.

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A Meaningful Story

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This is a passage from a book called A Severe Mercy written by History and English language professor Sheldon Vanauken and friend of C.S.Lewis.

Here’s what it says. This is my translation from Romanian (the language I’ve read the book in) so please excuse the simplistic use of language.

”Gypsy, a wheat-coloured collie dog, has found itself in the possession of hundreds of acres of hills and forests, full of wondrous things such as paths tread by rabbits, springs and holes in the trees, and all these things were very thrilling. She had a roof above her head and plenty of food. Maybe she came to take all these things for granted. Her duties were few and not very difficult. More precisely, she had to adore her Master and enjoy his company. She knew she wasn’t allowed to chase the chickens. So it’s fair to say that she had to obey certain commands- to follow her Master, to come when she was called- all these being reasonable, and she wasn’t allowed to use any tricks. After all, it is in a dog’s nature to adore its Master.

There came a day, however, when while Gypsy was prowling on the far hills, beyond the garden, two things have happened: The Master called her name and a rabbit ran across the field. Gypsy started running towards her Master, as she’s always done.

But then she stopped. And thought that she didn’t have to obey her Master.

Maybe her Master didn’t understand how things work with rabbits. After all, those were her hills, right? The rabbit was hers as well. It was very possible that many of the things she knew, the way she knew them, were lies- including the story that everything around her, herself included, belonged to the Master. How could she know that the food in her plate has come from His Hand? There could have been a natural explanation. She was a free dog and that was the end of it. These thoughts crossed her mind while she waited, not knowing what to do. She heard the Master’s command again, the rabbit ran across the field. Gypsy turned around and started chasing the rabbit. Her choice was made. She was free to choose.

After a few hours, she came back home. She saw the Master waiting for her, but she didn’t leap for joy as she used to. Something new has come up in her behaviour: the feeling of guilt. So she advanced towards him, on her belly, like a snake. In that moment, she was certainly regretting her decision. But now she was also possessing a new type of knowledge- the possibility of sinning. Anyway, she was very obedient the next day and the day after. However, eventually, another rabbit appeared- and this time, she didn’t even hesitate. Soon, the only possibility that remained was that of chasing the rabbit. After which, she completely abandoned the rabbit and followed her own path.

The Master never ceased to love her but he could no longer trust her. After a while, she ended up living in an enclosed yard and was taken for a walk on a lead. All her true freedom has vanished.

But every now and again, the Master was granting her the chance to be obedient, willingly. If she chose to be obey, she would once again have the freedom to run across the hills that stood before her, seemingly unending.

But she never went back to being obedient. She was always choosing to run if she wasn’t around the Master. Knowing that hunger will bring her back home, the Master was allowing her to run away. He could have stopped her: the gun leaned against his shoulder and with one deafening bang, he could have put an end to her rebellion. But, as long as she was alive, she could still choose to be obedient which actually is true freedom. 

One day, Gypsy and her pup, Flurry, were brought to the edge of a forest. Gypsy has always manifested her disobedience between the boundaries of her hills. However, now, coming back to the car, she felt the old excitement. She turned around and ran away. The Master called her with a note of urgency in his voice. Flurry, as well-behaved as always, returned immediately. Gypsy, completely ignoring her Master’s signals, continued running through the dark forest. After looking for her and calling her for hours, the Master has abandoned the dog with much sadness, and returned home having Flurry alone.

Here, Flurry continued to live and enjoy the freedom granted by obedience. She was so happy to be with her Master and so glad when she was doing something that pleased him.

She knew that she was enjoying a perfect type of freedom as long as she was serving Him. She was obeying him gladly and willingly.

But Gypsy, the wandering dog, if still alive, would be running across paths and forest like an outlaw. She got dirtier and dirtier and her fur was full of thistles. Undoubtedly, some were  throwing stones at her without a doubt and she was often hungry but she no longer knew how to find the way back home. If she had pups, these too as well as their pups wouldn’t have been aware of how to find the way back home and this would be because of their mother’s dangerous proneness to disobedience, which has most certainly contaminated them too; and the gentle Hand of the master was something they’ve only heard about from stories.

And that was what Gypsy chose on Rabbit’s Day and she has continued to choose the same thing until, suddenly, any possibility of choosing has vanished.”

I’ve chosen to highlight this passage from what is one of my favourite books because it explains so well the relationship between God and us and the misunderstood concept of obedience and what this implies.

 

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O Poveste Cu Tâlc

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Acesta este un extract din cartea ”Indurare Aspra” al lui Sheldon Vanauken, un profesor universitar american si un bun prieten de a lui C.S. Lewis.

Iata ce spune ea:

”Gypsy, o catelusa collie cu blana mare, sura, s-a pomenit in posesia a sute de acri de dealuri si paduri, pline de minunatii cum erau potecile facute de urmele iepurilor, izvoarele, scorburile si toate o incantau peste masura. Avea un culcus moale si hrana la discretie. Poate a crezut ca toate i se cuveneau de drept. Obligatiile ei erau putine si nu foarte grele. Mai precis, trebuia sa-si venereze Stapanul si sa se bucure de tovarasia Lui. Stia ca nu are voie sa vaneze puii de gaina. E drept ca trebuia sa se suspuna unor porunci- sa-si urmeze stapanul, sa vina cand era strigata- toate fiind in limitele rezonabilului, si nu avea voie sa recurga la nici un fel de smecherii. In fond, venerarea stapanului si supunerea erau trasaturi specifice unui caine.

A venit totusi, o zi cand, in vreme ce Gypsy cutreiera dupa prada pe dealul de dincolo de gradina si de pajiste, s-au intamplat deodata doua lucruri: Stapanul a strigat-o si un iepure a trecut in goana peste deal. Gypsy s-a pus in miscare si a pornit spre stapan, asa cum facuse intotdeauna.

Apoi s-a oprit. Si s-a gandit ca nu era obligata sa se supuna.

Poate ca Stapanul nu intelegea cum stau lucrurile cu iepurele. In definitiv, acelea erau dealurile ei, nu? Iepurele era tot al ei. Foarte posibil ca multe din lucrurile pe care le stia, asa cum le stia, erau minciuni- inclusiv povestea ca tot ce era in jur si ea insasi ii apartineau Stapanului. De unde stia ea ca mancarea din farfurie vine din Mana Lui? – Probabil exista o explicatie fireasca. Ea era un caine liber si cu asta, basta. Aceste ganduri i-au trecut ca fulgerul prin minte in vreme ce statea locului, nestiind ce sa faca.Se auzi din nou porunca Stapanului; iepurele trecu peste coama dealului. Gypsy se rasuci si porni ca o sageata dupa iepure. Alegerea ei fusese facuta. Era libera sa aleaga.

Dupa cateva ore se intoarse acasa. Il vazu pe Stapan asteptand-o, dar nu se avanta bucuroasa inspre el, sarind si facand tumbe ca altadata. Intervenise ceva nou in comportamentul ei: vinovatia. Se tari spre el pe pantece, ca un sarpe. Fara indoiala, in clipa aceea, isi regreta fapta. Dar acum poseda o noua cunoastere- aceea ca exista posibilitatea pacatului. In orice caz, a fost foarte ascultatoare a doua zi si in ziua care a urmat. In cele din urma, totusi, a aparut un alt iepure- si de data asta nici macar n-a ezitat. Curand, a ramas doar posibilitatea de a vana iepurele. Dupa care a abandonat cu totul iepurele si a mers pe drumul ei.

Stapanul n-a incetat s-o iubeasca, dar nu mai avea incredere in ea. Cu timpul a ajuns sa locuiasca intr-o curte imprejmuita si mergea la plimbare doar cu lesa de gat. Toata libertatea ei adevarata disparuse.

Dar, din cand in cand, Stapanul ii dadea sansa sa asculte din nou, de buna voie. Daca alegea sa asculte, avea din nou libertatea totala de a hoinari pe dealurile ce se intindeau, nesfarsite parca, inaintea ei.

Dar nu s-a mai intors la ascultare. Mereu alegea sa fuga, daca nu era in preajma Stapanului. Stiind ca foamea o va aduce in cele din urma in curtea ei, Stapanul o lasa sa fuga. Ar fi putut sa o opreasca: pusca statea rezemata intr-un colt si ar fi putut, cu un singur pocnet asurzitor, sa puna capat revoltei ei. Dar, atata timp cat traia, putea sa se intoarca la ascultare, putea sa aleaga ascultarea care insemna de fapt adevarata libertate.

Intr-o zi, in timpul unei calatorii cu masina, Gypsy si micul ei pui, Flurry, au fost duse la marginea unei paduri. Gypsy isi manifestase intotdeauna neascultarea doar intre limitele dealurilor ei. Acum insa, venind inapoi spre masina, a simtit dintr-odata vechiul fior de incantare. S-a intors si a luat-o la fuga. Stapanul a strigat-o cu o nota de urgenta in glas. Flurry, cu buna-crestere care o caracterizase dintotdeauna, a venit de indata. Gypsy, insensibila la semnalele Stapanului, si-a continuat alergarea prin padurea intunecata. Dupa ce a cautat-o si strigat-o ore in sir, Stapanul a abandonat cu tristete catelusa pierduta si, avand-o doar pe Flurry alaturi, s-a intors acasa.

Aici, Flurry a continuat sa isi duca traiul in libertatea data de supunere. Era atat de bucuroasa sa fie cu Stapanul ei si atat de vesela cand facea un lucru care-i placea lui.

Stia ca se bucura de o libertate desavarsita cata vreme se afla in slujba lui. Se supunea cu draga inima si de bunavoie.

Dar Gypsy, catelusa ratacita, cutreiera, daca mai traia, padurile si drumurile ca o proscrisa. S-a murdarit tot mai tare si blana i s-a umplut de scaieti. Nu incape indoiala ca unii mai aruncau si cu pietre in ea si nu de putine ori rabda foame, dar nu mai stia cum sa gaseasca drumul spre casa. Daca avea pui, nici acestia si nici puii acestora nu mai stiau cum sa gaseasca drumul spre acasa si asta fiindca inclinatia primejdioasa spre neascultare a lui Gypsy ii contaminase cu siguranta si pe ei; iar mana mangaietoare a Stapanului ramanea pentru ei ceva ce nu cunosteau decat din povesti.

Asa a ales Gypsy in ziua Iepurelui si a continuat sa aleaga la fel pana cand, brusc, a incetat orice posibilitate de a mai alege.”

Am ales sa evidentiez aceast pasaj deoarece creioneaza foarte bine raportul dintre noi si Dumnezeu precum si beneficiile ascultarii.

Aceasta povestire se gaseste pe paginile 136, 137 si 138 ale cartii mentionate mai sus, o scriere autobiografica pe care o recomand tuturor iubitorilor de literatura.

 

 

 

 

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The first thing that God would like to say to you

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‘’The LORD appeared to Israel from far away and said, “I’ve loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I’ve drawn you with gracious love.’’ Jeremiah 31:3

A Romanian actor was once asked what he would tell God if (or rather when) he will meet Him. The actor replied ‘’I wouldn’t tell him anything. He knows everything…’’ But whether you have something to say to God or not, He definitely has a message for you. The first thing that God wants to tell you, regardless of your current situation, is that He loves you. This is the first truth that we come to understand once we draw near to Him. The next one is that we need to change…

‘’The Lord appeared to Israel (as He could to you) from far away…’’- we might be far from God at the moment, very unaware of His existence or presence. We might have heard of Him but we never met Him, we’ve heard things about Him but we don’t know Him. Regardless of where we are, be it near or far, God’s message for us is the same. The first thing He would like to tell us is that He loves us.

And this is an altogether wonderful and surprising fact, given our sinfulness and His holiness. But the grounds for His love for us aren’t our merits, character or blameless behavior. He loves because that is His nature and because He made us and we are His, whether we know Him or not. We belong to Him.

But because He loves us, God wants to change us. He wants us to reach the heights of His Son’s stature, morally and spiritually. He wants us to become the best version of ourselves that we can ever be, which is exactly what any good parent wants for his/her child.

The sacrifice of the Lord Jesus is the most solid proof of this love – for He who loves much is willing to sacrifice much. Heaven’s greatest Treasure was sacrificed for us so that we may be saved and forgiven. The Lord Jesus has paid the price of our sin, once and for all, and through Him we have free access to the Father.

Let us then rest on the arms of The Everlasting Father who loves us, not just collectively, but individually. He loves you Sam, Andreea, Dana… He loves you all in a way that no one could ever love – HE LOVES YOU WITH AN EVERLASTING LOVE.

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Primul lucru pe care ni-l spune Dumnezeu

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‘’Domnul mi se arata de departe : Te iubesc cu o iubire vesnica, de accea iti pastrez bunatatea Mea !’’ Ieremia 31 :3

Un actor roman a fost odata intrebat ce i-ar spune lui Dumnezeu daca sau, mai degraba, cand il va intalni. Acesta a raspuns : ‘’Nu i-as spune nimic… El stie totul.’’ Fie ca avem sau nu un gand pentru Dumnezeu in inima noastra, El cu siguranta are un mesaj pentru noi. Si primul lucru pe care Dumnezeu vrea sa ni-l spuna, atat cat suntem pe pamantul acesta, esta ca, indiferent de starea noastra actuala, El ne iubeste. Acesta este primul lucru pe care il descoperim atunci cand ne apropiem de El.

‘’Domnul mi se arata de departe’’- adica s-ar putea ca noi sa fim foarte putin constienti de existenta sau prezenta lui Dumnezeu. Poate nu il cunoastem decat foarte putin sau deloc. Poate doar am auzit despre El, dar nu ne-am apropiat niciodata. In alte cuvinte, suntem inca departe. Totusi, primul lucru pe care ni-l spune Dumnezeu este ca ne iubeste.

Acesta este un lucru cu totul surprinzator si minunat, tinand cont de pacatosenia noastra si de sfintenia Lui. Un Dumnezeu sfant iubeste niste oameni pacatosi. Evident, fundamentul dragostei lui Dumnezeu nu sunt meritele noastre. El nu ne iubeste pentru ca suntem buni (cine este cu desavarsire bun decat Domnul Isus, Dumnezeu din Dumnezeu Adevarat, Fiul lui Dumnezeu) sau pentru ca am merita. Dumnezeu ne iubeste pentru ca El este un Dumnezeu iubitor, pentru ca El ne-a creat si pentru ca suntem ai  Lui.

Dar pentru ca ne iubeste, Dumnezeu vrea sa ne schimbe. El doreste sa devenim cea mai buna versiune a noastra, sa ajungem, ca nivel moral si spiritual, la statura plinatatii lui Hristos. Exact ce isi doreste orice parinte bun pentru copilul Sau.

Rastignirea Domnului Isus este dovada cea mai clara a acestei iubiri- caci cine iubeste mult, jertfeste mult. Iar pentru noi s-a jerftit Odorul Cerului, Fiul lui Dumnezeu, care pe cruce a luat asupra Sa plata pacatelor noastre. Doar prin El avem mantuirea si acces liber la Tatal.

Sa ne rezemam dar, pe bratul Parintelui Vesniciilor care ne iubeste, nu doar asa, colectiv, pe toti laolalta, ci individual. Te iubeste pe tine, Andreea, Ioana, Vlad,  Petre etc, asa cum nimeni, niciodata, nu te-ar putea iubi- CU O IUBIRE VESNICA.