Pondering on Our Spiritual Faith

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Pondering on Our Spiritual Faith


Byline: Nelly F Villafuerte

TODAY, Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Too often said that Christianity stands or falls with the resurrection. Attacks on the Christian faith has come and go. It is the reality of the empty tomb that has upheld Christianity. Unlike other religious figures in history, Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. An empty tomb documents the glorious event of resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. in contrast, the tombs of other religious figures like Confucius, Buddha, and Mohammed are occupied.

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As we recall today the resurrection account of Jesus Christ a" we should also take time to ponder on our spiritual life. Especially taking an inventory of our spiritual beliefs, spiritual doctrines, and spiritual dogmas that influence our spiritual faith.

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Whatever our religion is; whatever our spiritual beliefs are; whatever books, magazines and other publications on spiritual matters are peddled around us now and then; whatever our charismatic and eloquent spiritual leaders and preachers say in the pulpit or in rallies or in television a" let us not believe all what is being peddled on spiritual matters. Let us first test what is being said against the Word of God, the Holy Bible otherwise known as the Scriptures. Why? Because spiritual beliefs, spiritual dogmas, and spiritual doctrines that are being peddled here and there have bearings on our beliefs on the salvation of souls. We are talking here about eternity. We are talking here about the spiritual battle that is going on between the God and Satan. In short, either we belong to the family of God or the family of Satan. No in-between. As one Christian writer once said, "So very clearly in the Scriptures, there are two fathers and two families and two destinations for every believer. Those two destinations are heaven and hell. So I ask you, whose child are you?"

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For almost twenty years now (20 years by May 6, 2006), I have been writing articles under this column to encourage us to read the Holy Bible everyday; to challenge us to apply the Biblical truths and principles in our daily life; to remind us that salvation is a free gift and it cannot be bought or earned; that Jesus Christ is the only way to salvation (He died for us. Remember?); that we need no other intercessory entities as a passport to eternal life in heaven; that we have to realize that giving is the secret to financial and spiritual wealth; and that our temporary stay in this world is focused in glorifying our Lord God and sharing our blessings with others.

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One may ask: Why did God go through all the trouble of creating a universe for us? Creating us too? Simply because God is a God of Love. Hard to believe . . . difficult to fathom, but it is the only simple explanation to a simple question. In John 4:8-10, we find the following: "Whoever does not love, does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us.

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