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viernes, 1 de mayo de 2009

EL “BUSINESS” DE LA RELIGIÓN




En días pasados repensaba la frase que dijo un buen amigo mío economista, psicólogo y teólogo (también es sacerdote eudista) cuando se refería a las “iglesias de garaje” como él las llamó en ese momento. Pero cuan alejado estaba en su apreciación, puede que comiencen en un garaje, pero es por poco tiempo. Solo bastaría mirar a tu alrededor y notarás las nuevas y rapidísimas construcciones.

Transcripción del artículo publicado en el diario HOY de Ecuador. 15/Marzo/2009l Por Omar Ospina García oospina@hoy.com.ecUn tanto en broma y un poco en serio, se dice que los mejores negocios son aquellos cuya mercancía es, más que necesaria, indispensable: el amor, la comida y la muerte.

Un motel, un restaurante y un cementerio tienen todas las de ganar en el competido mundo de los negocios. En los últimos tiempos, con la proliferación de sectas religiosas, charlatanes, místicos, milagreros, mesías de variopinta pelambre y hasta cristos redivivos (revivos valdría decir), la fe se ha convertido en un jugoso campo de comercio lucrativo o de estafa común y silvestre. Con una ventaja sobre los otros tres: su mercancía no es verificable, pues no hay ni habrá jamás causal de reclamo ante la mala calidad del producto, porque este es intangible, inexistente e improbable. El comerciante de motel, restaurante o cementerio pierde clientela si el lugar no es adecuado para las gimnasias amatorias, si la comida no es buena o si el servicio fúnebre no es el apropiado. Pero en el negocio de esta fe, la mercancía es inverificable. Se venden esperanzas, y eso no se puede confrontar con la realidad. Pero no solo esperanzas de vida eterna, que ha sido, digamos, el producto estrella de las religiones establecidas y tradicionales con sus paraísos celestiales o carnales, sino, en el caso de las sectas, esperanza de riquezas en pocos días y sin trabajar, bienestar a partir de la primera ceremonia con diezmo incluido, felicidad luego de las bendiciones de rigor por parte del charlatán de turno y salud perfecta si se cumplen las reglas del caso, siempre teñidas de dinero abundante y moralismo a ultranza.

Son numerosas las sectas que han proliferado a lo largo del siglo XX y en lo que va de este. La meditación trascendental, del gurú Maharishi Mahesh Yogui, ya fallecido y pendiente de resurrección; la Cienciología, cuyo vocero principal es el niño bonito de Hollywood Tom Cruise; adventistas del Séptimo Día, que fundara a comienzos del siglo XIX el predicador William Miller (¿puede alguien creer en un tipo que se llama Guillermo Molinero?), secta que ha fracasado varias veces en sus predicciones de fin del mundo y segunda venida de Cristo; movimiento humanista, de un tal Silo (Luis Mario Rodríguez), etc. Aparte de algunas destructivas que hasta han llevado al suicidio colectivo a sus miembros. Wikipedia ofrece un buen surtido, todas con sus profetas, obispos y miles de atontados fieles.

Pero la tapa es la Iglesia Universal del Reino de Dios, con su eslogan “Pare de sufrir”, que ya tiene oficinas (templos) en Quito y Guayaquil. Fundada en 1977 por un ex cajero de lotería estatal y delincuente comprobado que ahora despacha desde lujosa sede en Nueva York, Edir (Emir?) Bezerra (“Becerro de oro”) Macedo, combate la pobreza y ofrece prosperidad a troche y moche a quienes aporten los diezmos del caso, diezmos que ya lo han hecho millonario. Es que cuando se juega con las esperanzas de la gente, las necesidades de los pobres, los remordimientos de los ricos y la ingenuidad general, la fe es negocio redondo.

Provecho, predicadores fraudulentos del evangelio de la prosperidad…¡vuestra condenación y la de vuestros seguidores no tardará!

PAPA EXPRESA PESAR POR ABUSOS SEXUALES CONTRA ABORÍGENES CANADIENSES



El pontífice señaló lo anterior, durante una audiencia en el Aula Pablo VI del Vaticano con el Gran Jefe de la Asamblea para las Naciones Originarias de Canadá, Phil Fontaine, quien estuvo acompañado por un grupo de aborígenes de ese país norteamericano.

Ciudad del Vaticano.-


El Papa Benedicto XVI expresó hoy su pesar por los casos de abuso sexual sufridos por niños aborígenes canadienses en residencias católicas a lo largo del siglo pasado.

El pontífice señaló lo anterior, durante una audiencia en el Aula Pablo VI del Vaticano con el Gran Jefe de la Asamblea para las Naciones Originarias de Canadá, Phil Fontaine, quien estuvo acompañado por un grupo de aborígenes de ese país norteamericano.

De acuerdo a un comunicado de la oficina de información de la Sede Apostólica, en la reunión el Papa recordó la presencia de la Iglesia en Canadá desde sus orígenes y la cercanía de los misioneros católicos con las poblaciones indígenas.

“Considerando los sufrimientos que algunos niños experimentaron en el sistema de internados canadiense, el Santo Padre expresó su dolor por la angustia causada por la conducta deplorable de algunos miembros de la Iglesia, ofreció su compasión y la solidaridad piadosa”, apuntó la nota.

“Su Santidad enfatizó que los actos de abuso no pueden ser tolerados en la sociedad. Rezó por la sanación de todos los afectados, y animó a las naciones originarias a seguir avanzando con la esperanza renovada”, agregó.

Según explicó la Conferencia Episcopal Canadiense, a finales del siglo XIX el gobierno de ese país estableció una serie de escuelas residenciales para los niños aborígenes, la mayoría de las cuales fueron administradas por organizaciones religiosas.

El número de estudiantes atendidos en esos centros se ha estimado en unos 100 mil, fueron arrancados a sus familias, forzados a suprimir su lengua y modo de vida mientras algunos sufrieron abusos sexuales o psicológicos.

En la década de los 90 del siglo pasado los antiguos estudiantes iniciaron juicios contra el gobierno de Canadá y las organizaciones religiosas que gestionaron las residencias. La comunidad aborigen exigió además una disculpa pública.

La Iglesia católica a nivel de diócesis y sus instituciones así como otras iglesias relacionadas (anglicana y presbiteriana) han solicitado perdón abiertamente. Lo propio hicieron las autoridades civiles el 11 de junio de 2008.

Además, como resultado de los procesos legales, miles de millones de dólares han sido pagados en indemnizaciones. Por este concepto la Iglesia católica desembolsó 79 millones de dólares.


"AMADO, YO DESEO QUE SEAS PROSPERADO EN TODAS LAS COSAS"




“El anciano (Juan) a Gayo, el amado, a quien amo en la verdad. Amado, yo deseo que tú seas prosperado en todas las cosas, y que tengas salud, así como prospera tu alma” (3 Juan 1,2).

En los versos de arriba el apóstol Juan le expresa a Gayo, un cristiano distinguido y fiel convertido por Pablo, su deseo de que sea prosperado en todas las cosas, y que tenga salud, así como prospera su alma.

Muchos evangelistas en diferentes partes del mundo se están apoyando en este pasaje joanino para inculcar a su audiencia ávida de la “Palabra de Dios”, la idea de que Dios quiere que todos sus hijos sean prósperos o ricos en oro, mansiones enormes, autos costosísimos, vestidos finos, etc, para así vivir como verdaderos príncipes del Señor. Estos predicadores modernos y fraudulentos llegan a decir que es una vergüenza para un hijo del rey tener que vivir en pobreza o en necesidad mientras que los hijos del diablo viven como verdaderos reyes y potentados en el mundo, siendo muy admirados y respetados por todos. ¿Pero es este razonamiento válido y justificado a la vista de Dios? Nuestra respuesta es que no!


Después de un examen cuidadoso de los dos versos de arriba escritos por el anciano Juan, nos revelará que Gayo prosperaba en su alma, es decir, que se enriquecía en fe (ver. Santiago 2:5), pero sus riquezas materiales no iban creciendo a la par o no aumentaban como crecía su riqueza espiritual. El hecho de que Juan le deseara a Gayo la prosperidad en todas las cosas nos muestra que Gayo tenía un estancamiento material mientras que su fe aumentaba día por día. Esto podría ser una paradoja, ¿pues quién más merecería una mayor bendición material sino Gayo quien vivía en completa común con el Señor?

Lo que los cristianos debemos comprender es que Dios conoce a sus hijos, y como cualquier buen padre de familia en la tierra, él sabe a cuál de sus hijos darle más “propina” y a cuál menos, dado el hecho de que algunos son más susceptibles a caer en los juegos, en las bebidas espirituosas, cigarrillos, y incluso a tener amigos que no convienen. Si un convertido estuvo sumido como un ludópata empedernido por muchos años, y a duras penas logró salirse de ese vicio, sería imprudente que el Señor le bendijese con más riquezas materiales sabiendo que aún puede caer en ese vicio incontrolable. Si el Señor no bendice a muchos de sus hijos con dinero en abundancia es porque Él sabe que les puede ser perjudicial en vez que una bendición real.


El deseo de Juan por la prosperidad de Gayo fue sólo eso, un deseo, más no era una garantía o una promesa de que Dios ciertamente lo prosperaría a la brevedad posible.

Así que no le vengan con el cuento de que si usted es un “cristiano practicante”, un “buen sembrador”, y un “cumplido diezmador”, el Señor lo bendecirá grandemente en esta misma vida. No se deje engañar por la avaricia, y viva para el Señor cualquiera sea su condición actual. El resto lo hará el Señor a su tiempo. Si no es para esta era, será para la próxima.


Dios los bendiga,

Apologista

miércoles, 29 de abril de 2009

JESUS TUVO UN COMIENZO (JESUS HAD A BEGINNING)


Jesus Has A Beginning
By Sean Finnegan
www.HigherGroundOnline.org

—Trinitarian—
The Son has no beginning;
he has always existed



—Arian—
The Son has a beginning;
he was created before the universe



—Unitarian—
The Son was brought into existence in Mary’s womb

This time of year, we are saturated with songs about the birth of Christ. However, there is disagreement about what exactly happened at his birth. What
you believe about the birth of Christ depends on your belief about when he began. There are several models of understanding Christ. Some believe that Christ had no beginning—that he was never created. Others believe that he was brought into existence at a set point in time. Some place his beginning just before creation, and others regard Christ as having come into existence for the first time when he was born of Mary.
The first question that needs an answer is: "Does Jesus have a beginning?" The majority of Christians believe that Jesus has always existed. In order to tackle this question, consider the following quote from the Nicene Creed of 325AD.1


"We believe in one God the Father…and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God, the only-begotten, begotten from the Father, that is from the substance of the Father, God from God, light from light, true God from true God, begotten not made, consubstantial with the Father…And those who say "there once was when he was not," and "before he was begotten he was not," and that he came to be from things that were not, or from another hypostasis or substance, affirming that the son of God is subject to change or alteration these the catholic
and apostolic church anathematizes[bans/curses/excommuni-cates]."2

At the center of the controversy surrounding the issue of beginnings, is the term
"begotten." According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, "begotten" means to procreate as the father. The word "procreate" is comprised of two words,"pro" meaning forth and "create" meaning to bring into existence. Putting this all together yields the following definition for "begotten"—to bring forth into existence
as the father. Let me say that again: to be begotten means that you have been
brought into existence by your father. It is easy to see why this little word could cause so much trouble for those who believe Jesus has always existed.3


The creed quoted above defines Jesus specifically as "only-begotten, begotten from the Father," but later it goes on to excommunicate anyone who says,
"before he was begotten he was not." This seems very confusing. Was Jesus begotten? Yes, the creed has already stated this. Then that means that he was brought into existence by a father. Thus, if he was brought into existence, there was a time when he did not exist. But if someone says, "there was when he was not," that person is excommunicated. I find this very confusing. Thankfully, the Scriptures are our standard for truth and not the creeds of men.
What does the Bible say about the beginning of Jesus? Hebrews 1:5
For to which of the angels did He ever say, "YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVEBEGOTTEN4 YOU"? And again, "I WILL BE A FATHERTO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME"?


This section is talking about the superiority of Jesus to the angels. None of the angels was called God’s son. Nevertheless, why is Jesus called the Son? This is because "today" God begot him. I repeat, Jesus is the Son of God because God begot him on a certain day. There is a day when the Son came into existence. Otherwise, the Father could not say, "today I have begotten you" (see Psalms
2:7; Acts 13:33; Hebrews 1:5; 5:5). If this verse is true, then there was a time before the Son was begotten. We have already seen that "begotten" means to come into existence; thus, there was a time before the Son came into existence.
It is impossible for someone to exist before he comes into existence. Furthermore, the second half of this verse applies the prophecy found in II Samuel 7:14 to Jesus. There was a time when God became the Father of Jesus. Otherwise said, God was not the Father of Jesus until He became his Father. This prophecy was given by Nathan to David in approximately 1,000BC. As of this date, God was speaking about the Son in the future tense—"I will be his father." Thus, either the Son did not exist at this time, or, if he did exist, he did not enjoy a father-son relationship with God.


When did God become the Father of the Son? I believe that this text brings these two Old Testament quotes together in such a way that answers this question. God became the Father of the Son when the Son came into existencethrough the Father’s begetting. This seems to be the plain reading of this verse (Hebrews 1:5). In fact, this is confirmed in what Gabriel said to Mary:


Luke 1:35
The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy child shall be called the Son of God."

How did God accomplish the act of begetting His Son? It was done when the
holy spirit (power of God) overshadowed Mary. As a direct result of this virginal conception, Jesus is called the Son of God. This makes perfect sense! What Hebrews 1:5 alludes to, Gabriel states plainly—Jesus is the Son of God because his origin is through a special creation of God in the womb of his mother. In order for Jesus to exist before he was born, there must be a distance wedged between this event and the begetting of the Son. Yet, here they are linked together.


There is another man who was specially created by God (i.e., he did not come into existence through the normal process of two parents). Adam was formed from the dust of the earth by God. Thus, if our understanding is correct, Adam would also be called the son of God.


Luke 3:23, 38
When He began his ministry, Jesus himself was about thirty years of age, being,
as was supposed, the son of Joseph, the son of Eli…the son of Enosh, the son of
Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.


As Adam was the son of God, so is Jesus the Son of God. In fact, Paul refers to Jesus as the second Adam because their origins and functions are so similar (I Corinthians 15:21-23; Romans 5:12,ff). Now, has anyone suggested that Adam existed before he was born? Certainly not; this is foolish. So why is it entertained when the discussion moves to the second Adam, Jesus?


Galatians 4:4
But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born5 of a woman,born6 under the Law,


When it was finally the right time, God sent (commissioned) His Son. The Son was born (brought into existence) of (out from) a woman. The word translated
"born" literally means, to come into existence; to be created, exist by creation. The word translated "of" in the phrase "born of a woman" literally means: of, from, out of, denoting origin or source. Putting this all together explains that the origin (beginning point) of Jesus’ life was when he was brought into existence out from a woman. He was also born (brought into existence) under the Law—he was alive before the Law had been fulfilled. This statement about the origin of the Messiah is marvelous. (Compare this verse to Romans 1:3 where the same word "born" and the same word "of" are used in this way).


All of these texts and others (John 1:14,18; 3:16,18; Romans 1:3; I John 4:9;
5:1,18) make clear that Jesus was begotten/born and that he did, in fact, have a beginning. If Jesus had a beginning, then he cannot be God; but there is still more to determine….
The second question that needs to be answered is: "When did that beginning occur?" The Arian position states that God the Father alone is eternal, that Christ was created out of nothing as the first, and greatest, of all creatures, and that he in turn created the universe."7 This is what six and a half million Jehovah’s Witnesses believe.
In order to answer this second question, consider the following Scriptures. Matthew 1:18
Now the birth8 of Jesus Christ was as follows: when his mother Mary had been
betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.


The Greek word for "birth" is the same as the English word "genesis." "Genesis" means beginning, which is why it is the name of the first book of the Bible. Thus, this verse tells us that the beginning of Jesus Christ was a result of his mother being "with child by the holy spirit." This is absolutely essential to understand— Jesus has a genesis (beginning), and it was related to the miracle in the womb of Mary(remember Luke 1:35).


Matthew 1:20
But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him
in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the child who has beenconceived9 in her is of the holy spirit."


Most translations say "the child who has been conceived in her" instead of "the child who has beenbegotten in her." This is the only time in the NASB when this Greek word is translated "conceived!" Why would they not translate the word
"begotten" as they do in the other places that this word is used? I believe the answer is that this is a clear statement that Jesus was begotten (brought into existence by his Father) in Mary through the holy spirit. That is the whole package in one verse! Jesus, the Son, was brought into existence (begotten), and that beginning was in Mary as a result of the creative power of the holy spirit. How simple, how elegant is this understanding! There is no confusion about being begotten twice. Words can be taken at their plain meaning rather than hiding them through interpretive translating tricks.10 Besides, if Jesus was not a human like Adam, then why should it matter that he lived perfectly? If he is really the second Adam, then hecould have sinned. He couldhave messed up, but he did not. What an example for us to emulate!


Acts 1:1
"The first account I composed, Theophilus, about all that Jesus began to do and teach,"
Luke wrote the books of both Luke and Acts to Theophilus. Here in Acts (the second volume), Luke makes reference to his first volume (the book of Luke). He says that in the former volume, he told about what Jesus began to do and teach.
If Jesus began to "do and teach" in the book of Luke (which starts with his birth in the first chapter; remember Luke 1:35?), thenJesus could not have done anything or taught anything before he was born!


Hebrews 1:1 and 2
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and
in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world [ages].

If the Son were there in the Old Testament times, what was he doing? This text tells us that only in these last days has God spoken through His Son. This
makes a lot of sense if His Son did not exist before. But it sure would be boring to have existed for millennia without being permitted to speak or participate in the project of God’s creation.


Jesus had a beginning, and if he had a beginning, then he cannot be God. There was a time before the Son existed! The Son came into existence within the womb
of Mary by a direct act of God Himself. Jesus is the Son of God, not because he was begotten before the creation of the universe, but because he was begotten
in Mary. And this is what is so special about the birth of Christ.

It kind of makes me feel like singing....






FOOTNOTES:
1 THIS CREED IS UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND ALL ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN CHURCHES.
2 TRANSLATION TAKEN FROM DECREES OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCILS, ED. NORMAN P. TANNER, SEE WWW.PIAR.HU/COUNCILS/
3 THIS IS PROBABLY WHY MOST MODERN TRANSLATIONS HAVE CHANGED THE PHRASE "ONLY BEGOTTEN"
TO "ONE AND ONLY" (SEE NIV/HCSB/NLT/NRSV/BBE ON JOHN 3:16).
4 GEGEN N KA = 1ST PERSON SINGULAR PERFECT INDICATIVE ACTIVE OF GENNAW (TO BEGET)
5 GENOUENON = ACCUSATIVE SINGULAR MASCULINE OF AORIST 2 OF GINOUAI (TO COME INTO EXISTENCE)
6 SAME EXACT WORD AS ABOVE (FOOTNOTE 4)
7 WYCLIFFE DICTIONARY OF THEOLOGY BY HARRISON, BROMILEY, AND HENRY, P63
8 GENNH SI = GENESIS, BIRTH, WHAT HAS COME INTO BEING
9 GENNH YEN = NOMINATIVE SINGULAR NEUTER PARTICIPLE AORIST 1, PASSIVEGENNAW (TO BEGET)
10 FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THE BIAS OF THE TRANSLATORS ESPECIALLY IN REFERENCE TO THE SUBJECT OF CHRIST, SEE ORTHODOX CORRUPTION OF SCRIPTURE BY BART EHRMAN OR TRUTH IN
TRANSLATION BY JASON BEDUHN.

El REINADO DE CRISTO SOBRE LOS HOMBRES



Por Ingª Mario A Olcese (Apologista)

“Y también a aquellos mis enemigos que no querían que yo reinase sobre (Gr. Epi) ellos, traedlos acá, y decapitadlos delante de mí” (Lucas 19:27).

El prefijo Griego “Epi”

El prefijo “epi” aparece en el NT unas 878 veces, y siempre significa SOBRE o JUNTO A. Así pues tenemos “epis tes gues” significa “sobre la tierra” en Apocalipsis 5:10 con referencia al reinado de los santos. Es decir, Jesús está hablando en la parábola de las Diez Minas, que aquellos que no quisieron que él reinara sobre ellos (desde una posición encumbrada) fuesen decapitados o aniquilados.

Hoy, los creyentes cristianos suponen que Cristo está llamando a la gente para que le permitan entrar en ellos para “reinar en sus corazones”. Sí, estos cristianos suponen que Cristo habló de un reino espiritual que se efectuaría dentro de las personas para poder dirigir o gobernar sus vidas una vez que nacieran de nuevo. Pero esto no es lo que la Biblia promete.

Aunque en cierto sentido Jesús “mora” en los creyentes, esto no quiere decir que él esté reinando sobre ellos, pues no se puede estar en y sobre alguien o algo de manera simultánea.

En el texto de arriba de Lucas 19:27 Jesús está hablando de un reinado literal, de un rey que domina sobre sus súbditos, pero que tiene sus enemigos que deben ser castigados por su rebeldía y oposición a su régimen. En ese sentido, todos aquellos que hoy se resisten a aceptar a Cristo y su evangelio del reino, son sus enemigos, y están en su “death road” o su “camino de muerte”.

Los verdaderos discípulos esperan el Reinado del Mesías

Ciertamente están los amigos de Jesús, aquellos que sí quieren su reinado sobre ellos, y esperan con ansías a que él cumpla su palabra de volver a la tierra para restaurar la dinastía davídica en Jerusalén y reinar como el máximo soberano de la tierra, junto y sobre los hombres. Es decir, NO desde los cielos, sino desde la tierra, junto y sobre la humanidad toda. Es por eso que David predijo que “habrá un justo que gobierne ENTRE los hombres, que gobierne en el temor de Dios” (2 Samuel 23:3). Y también dijo David refiriéndose a este justo: “… porque juzgarás a los pueblos con equidad y pastorearás las naciones EN la tierra” (Salmo 67:4).

Los apóstoles estaban muy conscientes de estas promesas mesiánicas y por eso ellos no dejaron pasar la oportunidad para preguntarle a Jesús: “Señor, ¿restaurarás en el reino a Israel en este tiempo”? (Hechos 1:6), a lo cual Jesús NO les respondió algo así como: “Oigan ustedes, ¡pero si yo ya estoy reinando en vuestros corazones! ¿Para qué quieren ustedes un reinado como el que tuvo vuestro rey David? ¡No, eso no fue lo que les contestó Jesús! El simplemente les dijo que a ellos no les tocaba saber los tiempos o las sazones que Dios puso para su sola potestad (Hechos 1:7). Es decir, Jesús validó sus expectativas por su futuro reinado literal y personal en Israel, aunque tuvo que aclararles que únicamente el Padre sabe cuándo se cristalizarán las promesas de antaño. Desgraciadamente algunos cristianos suponen que ese tipo de reinado es una expectativa sólo para la nación de Israel, pero no para la iglesia, la cual ellos creen que está ya reinando con Cristo desde el siglo primero. Esta es otra manera de no querer el reinado literal y visible de Cristo sobre ellos, lo cual es muy peligroso por cierto.

Buscando y pidiendo el reino de Cristo

Si Cristo ya estaba “reinando” en o entre sus discípulos, parecería extraño que él mismo les enseñara a pedir por la venida de su reino en la oración del “Padre Nuestro”. Sin duda Jesús aún no estaba reinando sobre ellos cuando estuvo entre sus discípulos, y simplemente se dedicó a predicarles su futuro reinado a través de sus parábolas del reino, y en particular, la de las Diez Minas.

La iglesia debe estar aún buscando y pidiendo el reino de Cristo para que se haga la voluntad de Dios en la tierra como se hace en el cielo. Sin duda en la tierra no se está haciendo la voluntad de Dios, ya que en lugar de paz y justicia y violencia e injusticia. Este simple hecho es suficiente para probar que el reino prometido aún no se ha establecido en la tierra, y que aún Satanás es el dios de este mundo, y que todo el mundo aún yace bajo el poder del maligno (2 Cor. 4.4; 1 Juan 5:19).

Dios los bendiga

martes, 28 de abril de 2009

¿TODO, LA MITAD, O SÓLO LO QUE UNO DISPONGA POR SU CUENTA?

¿Con cuál de todos estos personajes se identifica usted?

Por Ingº Mario A Olcese (Apologista)

Tal vez una de las cosas más interesantes que encuentro en el Nuevo Testamento de las enseñanzas de nuestro Señor y Maestro Jesús es sobre la caridad cristiana. Sólo a modo de reflexión me pregunto, ¿cuánto es necesario dar al prójimo, y en particular, a un correligionario, para entrar en la vida eterna? Algunos me dirán que estoy blasfemando pensando que la salvación se compra entregando ingentes sumas de dinero a los pobres y siendo magnánimos en obras de caridad. Nada más falso! Personalmente concuerdo con ustedes en que nadie entra a la vida eterna con sólo dar dinero a los pobres. Sin embargo, también estoy consciente de que nadie que haya aceptado a Jesús y su evangelio del reino puede entrar en el reino si no da de lo que tiene a los necesitados. El asunto es saber ahora cuánto es lo que uno debe dar a los pobres de lo que uno posee para satisfacer las demandas del Señor. Ahora quiero partir de lo siguiente:
Jesús y el joven rico
En una ocasión un hombre rico se le acercó a Jesús y le preguntó directamente qué era lo debía hacer para ganar la vida eterna, y entonces Jesús le responderá algo radical que ha perturbado a muchos hombres hasta el día de hoy. Dice el relato de Mateo sobre este encuentro, así:
“Entonces vino uno y le dijo: Maestro bueno, ¿qué bien haré para tener la vida eterna? Honra a tu padre y a tu madre; y, Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. El joven le dijo: Todo esto lo he guardado desde mi juventud. ¿Qué más me falta? Jesús le dijo: Si quieres ser perfecto, anda, vende lo que tienes, y dalo a los pobres, y tendrás tesoro en el cielo; y ven y sígueme. Oyendo el joven esta palabra, se fue triste, porque tenía muchas posesiones” (Mat. 19:16-22).
Ahora imagínense por un instante que este hombre hubiese sido nada menos que Bill Gates de Estados Hundidos, o Li Ka Shing de China, o Amancio Ortega de España, o Carlos Slim de México, por citar cuatro personas renombradas, las cuales poseen ingentes sumas de dinero. ¿Cómo creen ustedes que ellos hubieran respondiendo a la exigencia de Jesús? Es muy probable que cualquiera de ellos hubiera titubeado ante tal extrema exigencia del Señor y hubieran seguido su camino con mucha tristeza porque sus bienes son muchos.
La Viuda Pobre
El otro caso interesante es el de la viuda pobre en el templo Judío. Ella, nos refiere la Biblia, daba todo lo que tenía como ofrenda para el normal funcionamiento del templo en Jerusalén. He aquí lo que la Escritura dice de ella:
“Levantando los ojos, vio a los ricos que echaban sus ofrendas en el arca de las ofrendas. Vio también a una viuda muy pobre, que echaba allí dos blancas. Y dijo: En verdad os digo, que esta viuda pobre echó más que todos. Porque todos aquéllos echaron para las ofrendas de Dios de lo que les sobra; mas ésta, de su pobreza echó todo el sustento que tenía” (Lucas 21:1-4).
En este relato la mujer pobre dio todo lo que tenía para su sustento al templo, lo cual los ricos no hacían sino sólo del dinero que les sobraba. A la vista del Señor ella era más bienaventurada que los ricos y potentados que sólo ofrendaban de sus sobras.
El caso de Zaqueo
Zaqueo era un recaudador de impuestos, un hombre bondadoso que recibió al Señor en su casa con mucha alegría y amor. He aquí el relato de la Escritura:
“Cuando Jesús llegó a aquel lugar, mirando hacia arriba, le vio, y le dijo: Zaqueo, date prisa, desciende, porque hoy es necesario que pose yo en tu casa. Entonces él descendió aprisa, y le recibió gozoso. Al ver esto, todos murmuraban, diciendo que había entrado a posar con un hombre pecador. Entonces Zaqueo, puesto en pie, dijo al Señor: He aquí, Señor, la mitad de mis bienes doy a los pobres; y si en algo he defraudado a alguno, se lo devuelvo cuadruplicado. Jesús le dijo: Hoy ha venido la salvación a esta casa; por cuanto él también es hijo de Abraham” (Lucas 19:5-9).
Aquí el Señor escucha alegremente la confesión de Zaqueo de que él daba a los pobres la mitad de sus bienes y que reintegraba el cuádruplo a cualquiera que hubiese defraudado en algo. Frente a esta confesión Jesús se admira de su generosidad y prorrumpe, diciendo: “hoy ha venido la salvación a esta casa”. Notemos que Jesús no le replica a Zaqueo diciéndole algo así como: “Debes vender todo lo que posees y dárselo a los pobres” como se lo había mandado al joven rico de Mateo 19, sino que acepta con beneplácito la forma cómo Zaqueo había dispuesto distribuir sus bienes para auxiliar a los pobres, y enseguida no vacila en asegurarle la llegada de la salvación a su hogar.
El caso de la iglesia de Corinto
La iglesia de Jerusalén estaba pasando problemas económicos muy serios y Pablo, solidarizándose con los creyentes pobres de esa importante ciudad, les escribe a los creyentes de Corinto para que se pongan en acción para auxiliar a los hermanos de Jerusalén por medio de separ algo de lo que habían ganado, según habían prosperado. Estas son sus palabras:
“En cuanto a la ofrenda para los santos, haced vosotros también de la manera que ordené en las iglesias de Galacia. Cada primer día de la semana cada uno de vosotros ponga aparte algo, según haya prosperado, guardándolo, para que cuando yo llegue no se recojan entonces ofrendas” (1 Cor. 16:1,2).
Aquí Pablo no exigió a nadie a dar una cantidad o porcentaje fijo de sus ganancias, sino que se los dejaba a su libre albedrío, a su propia decisión personal, según cómo ellos lo hubiesen propuesto en sus corazones. El asunto era que ellos debían solidarizarse con sus hermanos en tribulación y en necesidad, pues esto se esperaría que ellos hicieran como buenos hijos de Dios y dignos hermanos de Cristo.
El Dador Alegre
El asunto es que el creyente debe ser un dador alegre, sabiendo que hay más gozo en dar que en recibir. Y Pablo sabiendo esto les dice a los creyentes corintios que se alistaron a ayudar a los creyentes de Jerusalén, lo siguiente:
“Pero esto digo: El que siembra escasamente, también segará escasamente; y el que siembra generosamente, generosamente también segará. Cada uno dé como propuso en su corazón: no con tristeza, ni por necesidad, porque Dios ama al dador alegre” (2 Corintios 9:6,7).
Conclusión:
El Señor Jesús ciertamente no espera que vendamos todos nuestros bienes materiales para que se los entreguemos a los pobres, pero su exigencia para con el rico demostró que éste no estaba realmente dispuesto a renunciar a todo lo que tenía para seguirlo a él y ganar así la vida eterna. Evidentemente aún este hombre estaba aferrado a sus posesiones temporales y perecederas como muchos hombres en este siglo XXI lo están. Más pesaban para él sus bienes temporales que los bienes imperecederos o eternos. Entonces te pregunto: ¿Pesan más tus bienes temporales y perecederos que los eternos? Esta es la pregunta que debes responderte. Esta es la pregunta que siempre te hace el Señor en el oído. Si titubeas, entonces estás en un problema. El asunto del corazón es clave y vital, pues el Señor sabe muy bien lo que nuestro corazón “piensa” y “siente” y a él no le podemos engañar.
Recordemos siempre que el Señor se place de aquellos que piensan DILIGENTEMENTE en las necesidades de los pobres, tal como lo hizo el apóstol Pablo de los pobres de su época (Lea Gál. 2:10), y que destinan parte de sus bienes para satisfacer las necesidades diarias de los menesterosos, y mayormente, de los que son de la fe. Y así como Jesús se alegró de escuchar que Zaqueo daba el 50% de sus bienes a los necesitados, así también él se alegra al saber que sus verdaderos discípulos han dispuesto dar el 80%, el 60%, el 30%, el 10%, o tal vez sólo el 5% de sus bienes a los pobres de manera regular o periódica. El asunto es que no podemos olvidarnos de los pobres, de las viudas y de los huérfanos en aflicción. Esto, mis querido hermanos, es la verdadera religión (Santiago 1:27).

lunes, 27 de abril de 2009

LA CHUTE DES PREMIERS PÈRES--- ¿POURQUOI CELA C’EST PRODUIT?


LA CHUTE DES PREMIERS PÈRES--- ¿POURQUOI CELA C’EST PRODUIT?


La raison de la Méchanceté


Une des questions les plus communes que se font beaucoup de personnes est: ¿Pourquoi si Dieu est amour, permet-il le mal? Celle-ci est, sans doute, une question intéressante que requiert d'être répondue par Dieu lui-même à traversée de Son Mot, la Bible. D'abord, Dieu n'est pas le créateur du péché (Jacques 1:13), parce qu'il est un Dieu bon et saint (1 Timothée 4:4 ; Luc 18:19; Psaume 100:5). Or, selon Genèse 1:31, tout ce que Dieu a créé était bonne, en particulier sa création suprême: L'homme. Seulement des bonnes choses peuvent sortir d'un bon Dieu. Dire que Dieu a créé à l'homme corrompu et pervers par nature, s'avère difficile à croire.


Or, si Dieu a créé l’homme bon: ¿Pourquoi s'est-il retourné rebelle et mauvais par nature? (Romains 3:9-18). Nous devons ici procéder avec davantage de soins pour comprendre comment a commencé la chute de l'homme. Selon les Écritures, Dieu a créé à l'homme libre. Il a donné au premier couple humain liberté pour qu'ils choisissent, par eux-mêmes, entre l'obéissance et la désobéissance. Cela a été en permanence la "politique" de Dieu envers toutes ses créatures angéliques et humaines (Deutéronome 30:15-20). Selon la Genèse, Satanas (le Diable), le plus grand ange qui est tombé en disgrâce par sa rébellion contre Dieu, a possédé ou fut transformé en serpent, et par le biais de lui il l'a parlé à Eva. Ce qu'il lui a dit à elle révèle son caractère machiavélique, mensonger, et rebelle. Il a dit au premier couple que s'ils mangeaient de l'arbre interdit ils ne mourraient pas mais serait comme Dieu, en sachant le bien et le mal.


Le Diable cherche en permanence que les hommes se rebellent contre Dieu. Il cherche que les hommes soient créés dieux, et pour une telle fin il a conçu des religions et des philosophies qui divinisent l’être humain. Tant le mormonisme, celle "nouvelle ère", le satanisme, et d'autres cultes semblables, prétendent nous faire croire que nous sommes dieux ou que nous pouvons être comme Dieu. Il est le tentateur par excellence.
La démonstration de l’amour de Dieu


Retournons Adam et à Eve. En tombant en péché, Dieu les a condamnés à la peine capitale, mais non sans souffrir douleurs et fatigues physiques durant son existence sur la terre. Cependant, tellement grand était l'amour de Dieu, que dans le même jour de la chute humaine, Il préparait la rédemption de l'homme par le biais de son Fils Jésus-Christ. Lisons ce qui dit Apocalypse 13:8 "... de l'Agneau qu'il a été immolé dès le début du monde." En réalité le Christ serait immolé beaucoup de millénaires depuis, bien que son immolation se soit produite au moment même de la création du monde, dans les plans de Dieu. La prophétie de Genèse 3:15 indique une continue et prolongée lutte entre le bien et le mal. Et bien qu'apparentement le mal sale victorieux au début, à la fin le véritable gagnant est le bien, représenté par le Christ, son église, et son "royaume éternel". Finalement Satanas et ses démons seront mis en échec par le Christ et seront envoyer à son lieu de tourment pour l'éternité.


L'autorisation du mal sert clairement aux buts de Dieu, non seulement pour prouver aux hommes, mais aussi pour leur enseigner le plus important: LE CARACTÈRE AFFECTUEUX ET MISÉRICORDIEUX DE DIEU ENVERS LES PÉCHEURS. Et il est qu'Adam et à Eve leurs restait à connaître à Dieu. Ils ne savaient pas que Dieu est infiniment miséricordieux. La création de l'homme, de la planète terre, et de l'univers, DÉMONTRAIT que Dieu est Tout-puissant et Sage, mais: ¿Démontrait-il son grand AMOUR et MISÉRICORDE pour les pécheurs infortunés? Je ne le crois pas ! À aucun moment les premiers pères font appel à la miséricorde de Dieu pour obtenir le pardon.


Selon Pablo, à Dieu "on le connaît" par les choses qu'il a faites (Romains 1:19,20), mais il ne dit pas qu'on peut connaître les attributs moraux et spirituels de Dieu par les choses qui Il a créé, mais plutôt Son "ÉTERNEL POUVOIR" et "DIVINITE". Définitivement avec la création, ON NE PEUT PAS CONNAÎTRE LES SENTIMENTS ET LES PLUS SECRETS BUTS QUE DIEU A, il est impossible de le savoir! C’est comme prétendre connaître le caractère d'un ingénieur par la maison qu'il a construite, ou celui d'un potier par la céramique qui a fait avec ses mains. Le maximum ce que nous pourrions savoir est son intelligence et bon goût, mais : saurons-nous si des conjoints fidèles, dociles, sobres, apprivoisés, humbles, compréhensifs sont de bons pères, sages, respectueux, tolérants, tempérés, etc.? Il est impossible de le savoir! De manière égale, les fils ne peuvent pas connaître à leurs pères si ceux-ci NE DÉMONTRENT PAS à SES FILS LEUR CARACTÈRE Ou PERSONNALITÉ AVEC des ATTITUDES, comme par exemple: L'affection qui leur offrent, l'attention prêtée, la manutention permanente, l'instruction qu'elles leur inculquent, le bon exemple qui leur donnent, etc. un père de famille ne peut pas espérer que ses fils l’aime et lui obéissent si celui-ci N'EST PAS SACRIFIÉ avant par eux et la maîtresse avec de bonnes actions. Les pères doivent se donner complètement à leur famille pour qu’;ils puissent récolter de bons fils, utiles à la société.


Le sacrifice de Jésus-Christ


La même chose se produit avec Dieu, le PÈRE. Il s'était proposé DE DÉMONTRER, de manière claire et ferme, Son caractère affectueux et miséricordieux envers les hommes à travers un ACTE extraordinaire et UNIQUE. Dieu donnerait en SACRIFICE à son propre Fils Unique pour le salut de l'humanité. Le texte clef est romains 5:10 qu'il dit : "Plus Dieu il MONTRE (ou" il DÉMONTRE ", selon d'autres versions) SON AMOUR AVEC NOUS, dans lesquels en étant pécheurs, le CHRIST EST MORT PAR NOUS". Par son côté, le même Monsieur Jésus-Christ a dit: "Parce que d'une telle manière il a aimé Dieu au monde, qui a donné à son Fils Unique, pour que tout celui qu'en lui il croit on ne perde pas plus ayez de la vie éternelle" (Jean 3:16). Comprend-il maintenant que la seule façon de pouvoir savoir que Dieu a un "coeur d'or" est au moyen de la livraison qu'a-t-il effectuée de Son aimé Fils Unique, Jésus-Christ, pour son immolation dans la croix du Calvaire pour les pécheurs? Dieu A DÉMONTRÉ qu'il aimait réellement à l'homme et qu'il voulait le rédimer. Maintenant personne ne pourrait alléguer que Dieu était grave, dur et intransigeant. Imaginons pour un moment comment se serai senti Dieu en voyant à Son Fils en mourir sur la Croix. Mais Il a donné à Son Fils pour nous sauver et ainsi nous arracher des griffes du Diable. Comment extraordinaire acte amour et décollement par tous nous de Dieu et de Son Fils! Tous les deux nous ont aimées ! (Voir Ephesiens 5:2). Si la première paire humaine n'était pas tombée en malheur, il n'aurait pas alors été nécessaire que Dieu envoie à son Fils au monde, et en conséquence JAMAIS NOUS AURIONS CONNU l'AMOUR de DIEU Et du CHRIST PAR TOUS LES HOMMES. Imagine-t-il si le Christ il n'y avait pas mort par? Aimeriez-elle réellement à Dieu et à Son Fils? Pensez le un instant! Peut-être vous seulement le auriez un révérend respect au Créateur, mais non nécessairement amour. Dieu a permis la chute humaine pour démontrer son AMOUR aux hommes. Dieu a aussi permis la RÉBELLION satanique, parce que sans cet esprit malin, qui touche au premier couple humain? Le diable, sans le savoir, a servi aux buts de Dieu!
La vie éternelle: la consumation de l’amour de Dieu


L'apôtre Judas dit: "Conservons nous dans l'amour de Dieu, attendant la miséricorde de notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ pour une VIE ÉTERNELLE". Notez qui dit que nous conservions l'amour qui Dieu nous a, parce qu'en le faisant nous gagnerons ainsi la vie éternelle. C'est-à-dire, la consumation de l'amour de Dieu envers nous est l'héritage de la vie éternelle. Cette vie éternelle est avec Son Fils, laquelle apportera dans sa seconde venue en gloire.


L'amour de Dieu est traduit en sauvegarde. La sauvegarde est de gagner la vie éternelle, et la vie éternelle est de vivre dans le royaume de Dieu (Lire Mathieu 19:16-25) Maintenant sommes des fils de Dieu, et avons une communion étroite avec le Dieu Créatif, en impliquant de cette façon que nous sommes ses héritiers de Leurs richesses. Dit Pablo: "Et si fils, aussi des héritiers ; héritiers de Dieu et cohéritiers avec le Christ, si nous souffrons ensemble avec lui, pour qu'avec lui nous soyons glorifiés ensemble "(Romains 8:17).


Resumé


Seulement le Dieu de la Bible a démontré Son amour pour les hommes en faisant un grand sacrifice jamais avant vu pour les rédimer ou les sauver de sa condition chute. Aucun autre Dieu des religions du monde n’a pu rendre un acte suprême semblable de donner le plus important que puissent avoir pour DÉMONTRER Leur caractère amour et miséricorde des infinis par leurs adorateurs. Il y a ici un essai capital de la supériorité de la religion chrétienne sur les autres religions du monde. Les chrétiens ont toute la raison du monde pour aimer à Leur Dieu, parce que Son Dieu a été d'abord de les aimer eux, et comme réponse, Dieu "a gagné" l'amour réciproque de Ses adorateurs. Pourront-ils réellement aimer à leurs dieux les croyants d'autres religions quand en réalité ces dieux n’ont donné ni démontré rien de simple ou d’extraordinaire par? Maximum ce qu'ils pourront sentir est une révérende crainte à ses dieux, mais non nécessairement un amour vrai envers eux.

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LE SIGNAL CLEF DU RETOUR DE CHRIST AU MONDE QUE QUELQUES THÉOLOGIENS ONT LAISSÉ DE CÔTÉ




Par Mario A Olcese
Les questions essentielles:

Dans Mathieu 24:3 les disciples lui formulent la suivante question à Jésus: "Dis-nous, quand cela arrivera-t-il, et quel sera le signe de ton avènement et de la fin du monde (Siècle)?” ’ici nous encontrons deux questions de: Un: Dis-nous, quand cela arrivera-t-il?- c'est-à-dire, quand sera détruit le temple (Vs. 1, 2), et l’autre- et quel sera LE SIGNE de ton avènement et de la fin du monde (Siècle)? ’Certains disent qu'il y a ici trois questions, mais je vois seulement deux. Beaucoup d'étudiants de la Bible ne se sont pas arrêtés à méditer que les disciples lui ont demandé à Jésus par un signal concret et spécifique qu’ils leurs indiquerait réellement Sa venue ou son retour (non sa proximité!) et de la fin du monde. Les disciples ont voulu savoir le SIGNAL, et seulement UN, sur la MANIÈRE de sa venue. Rappelons que Jésus leurs avait déjà parlées avant qu'il retourne de nouveau, mais sans spécifier les comment il serait son retour (Luc 12:40; Jean 14:2,3). Maintenant Jésus se propose- dans Matthieu 24- leurs révéler la forme ou la manière de sa venue, laquelle sera le véritable SIGNAL de sa venue. Ce détail en particulier par nous, nous devons tous nous le rappeler, parce que beaucoup d'étudiants de la Bible l'oublient, et continuent en cherchant et en attendant beaucoup de signaux. Nous devons alors nous fixer à la manière par laquelle Jésus viendra, la même manière comme elle n'est pas révélée par Jésus en Matthieu 24:30 et par Les Anges de Dieu en Actes 1:11.

Le "Signal de Jonas" et "le Signal du fils de l’homme"

Quel sera ce signal singulier sollicité par les disciples Jésus? Pour comprendre ce qu'on veut dire par le signal, voyons d'abord celle appelée "Signal de Jonas" déclarée par Jésus en Luc 11:29-30, et ce qu'il dit: "Comme le peuple s`amassait en foule, il se mit à dire: Cette génération est une génération mauvaise; elle demande un signe, et de signe, il ne lui sera donné que le signe de Jonas. Car, de même que Jonas fut un signe pour les Ninivites, de même le Fils de l`homme en sera un pour cette génération" (remarquez qu'aussi en Matthieu 24:30 Jésus nous exprime une phrase semblable, mais cette fois comme : "LE SIGNAL DU FILS DE L'HOMME"). Ici principalement "le Signal de Jonas", est Jonas lui-même, parce que Jésus a dit que Jonas lui, Jésus est la SIGNAL à ce qui est ninivites. La même manière, Jésus lui-même servirait de SIGNAL ou il serait SIGNAL pour une génération perverse. De là que Jésus parle "du SIGNAL du Fils de l'Homme". Ce n'est pas un signal extraordinaire ou mystérieux comme celle d'une croix dans le ciel, ou un son d’une certaine trompeta, ou une certaine lumière brillante, ou un certain navire spatial, ou un certain événement météorologique hors de ce qui est commun. Le signal du Fils de l'homme, ainsi que de celle de Jonas, se réfère la même personne mentionnée (c'est-à-dire, Jésus, le Messíe ! Jésus, comme l'a été Jonas, sera ce dernier un SIGNAL. De sorte que enregistre bien dans votre esprit que : Jésus lui-même serait un SIGNAL pour une génération perverse qui verrait sa parusía et la fin du siècle!". Plus loin nous verrons comment Jésus servira de signal pour cette génération maligne.

Les soi-disant signaux de sa proximité:

Dans les versets 4-6 de Matthieu 24 Jésus dit qu'avant son retour, et de la fin de monde (siècle), beaucoup faux de Christs diront qu'ils sont le Messíe promis, ou le Christ incarné en ces derniers. Des exemples de ceux-ci sont beaucoup à travers les siècles. Nous pouvons récemment mentionner à Jim Jones, celui qui est mort en Guyane avec presque milliers de ses partisans, et à David Koresh, celui qui est mort avec plus de 80 de ses partisans en Waco, Texas. En ce moment, de nouveaux faux prophètes (comme le Révérend Moon) se font passer par le Messíe, et trompent à une grande quantité de partisans ingénus (v.5). Jésus a aussi parlé guerres et bruits de guerres (v.6), mais ces guerres ne seraient pas le signal de la venue du Christ et de la fin du siècle ! (v.6). Jusqu'à ce point Jésus il ne nous donne pas un signal singulier ou spécifique de la fin de l'âge. Dans ce les versets les 7-14 le seigneur Jésus a clairement prophétisé les conflits internationaux (v.7). Jésus a ensuite parlé de la grande tribulation qui viendra à ses choisis en raison de son nom (v.9), et le surgissement de faux prophètes ou d'enseignants frauduleux soucieux argent et pouvoir (v.11). Dans le verset 14 Jésus a annoncé que l'évangile du royaume sera prêché par tout le monde comme un témoignage... et ensuite la fin viendra. Mais nous n'avons pas encore le SIGNAL UNIQUE ou singulier qui a été sollicité par les disciples sur Son arrivée et de la fin du monde (ou du siècle). Beaucoup de chrétiens confondent ces faux signaux sur la proximité de sa venue comme s'ils étaient preuves de sa venue. Être sur le point de venir ne veut pas dire que Sa venue a déjà eu lieu. Un autre groupe de chrétiens croit que le signal est réellement un ensemble de signaux. Mais cette idée est une erreur ! Les disciples demandent à Jésus Un signal, et Jésus ouvertement la révélera sans ton évasif et sans complication. Plus en avant, dans le verset 23, Jésus prédit une autre fois l'arrivée des faux Christs. Le verset 24 répète la même chose et ajoute la venue de faux prophètes qui feront des prodiges et tromperont beaucoup, encore que ceux qui sont choisis qui appartiennent à Dieu. Dans le verset 26 Jésus signale l'arrivée des faux Christs et des faux prophètes qu'ils apparaîtront ("horizontalement") dans les déserts et les chambres (Non du ciel, ou "verticalement", descendant de en haut en bas), et à auxquels nous ne devons pas croire.

C’est dans verset 27 où Jésus commence à développer, pour ainsi dire, par le SIGNAL unique (singulier) de Sa venue ou le retour vrai, contrastant avec ceux des faux Messíe qui se montrent dans les déserts et ce qui est chambres (hôtels, maisons, temples resplendissants, etc.) du verset 26. Jésus révèle dans le verset 29 qu'après s'avoir produit tous les événements de ceux 4 versets au 27, "Aussitôt après la tribulation de ces jours-là, le soleil s’obscurcira, la lune ne donnera plus sa lumière, les étoiles tomberont du ciel, et les puissances des cieux seront ébranlées”. Ces événements étranges et horripilants qui arriveront dans le ciel, PRÉCÈDENT à la manifestation attendue du SIGNAL SINGULIER Ou UNIQUE

Dans le verset 30 nous trouvons, finalement, le SIGNAL clair et succincte donnée par Jésus Leur véritable Parusía ou de seconde venue en pouvoir et gloire. Il dit : "Alors LE SIGNE (Prenez note du singulier) du Fils de l`homme paraîtra DANS LE CIEL.., toutes les tribus de la terre se lamenteront, et elles verront le Fils de l`homme venant sur les nuées du ciel avec puissance et une grande gloire". En réponse à la question des disciples sur un SIGNAL clair et singulier de sa venue (non de Sa proximité!) et de la fin de monde, Jésus leur dit que le SIGNAL EST SANS DOUTE Lui-même, en DESCENDANT LITTERALEMENT D'en haut à la TERRE (non des déserts ou des chambres) remplit de POUVOIR Et d’une GRANDE GLOIRE. Contrairement aux faux Christs qui apparaîtrons horizontalement et en secret, le Christ vrai vient verticalement et visiblement, depuis en haut vers le bas, vers la terre. Alors, si celui qui ce fait appelé "Christ", s’il ne descend pas VISIBLEMENT et littéralement depuis en haut vers le bas en direction de la terre avec Les Anges de Son pouvoir - Ce N'EST PAS le VRAI CHRIST! Il y a des hommes qui sont proclamés généralement eux-mêmes comme le Messíe mais qui n'ont pas verticalement diminué depuis le ciel à la terre de pouvoir et une grande gloire. En outre, aucun homme n'a vu à un certain prétendu Messíe en diminuant du ciel à la terre de la manière comme il est prédite dans les Écritures. Mais quand Christ retournera à la terre dans la manière précise comme il a été prophétisé, nous saurons qu'il est le Messíe attendu, et par conséquent on pourra attendre résurrection immédiate de tous les saints défunts (Jean 5:28,29; 1 Thes. 4:16,17). Le faux Christ ne proviendra pas du ciel, ni aura la vertu de ressusciter à tous les fidèles, pour que ceux-ci, avec les chrétiens vivants, puissent être arrachés du brouillard pour qu'ils puissent encontre le Seigneur lors de sa descente à la terre (Voir autre fois 1 Thes. 4:16,17 - observez le mot 'recevoir du verset 7 dans la Version de la reine Valera).

Additionnellement à ce qu'on a préalablement dit, en Actes 1:11 nous lisons que deux créatures angéliques ont donné davantage de détails de la Parusía vraie du Messíe, avec ces mots: "Hommes de Galilée, pourquoi restez-vous ainsi à regarder le ciel? Celui qui vous a été enlevé, ce même Jésus, viendra comme cela, de la même manière dont vous l’avez vu s’en aller vers le ciel. D'autre part en Apocalypse 1:7 nous lisons: «Voici, il vient avec les nuées; chacun le verra, même ceux qui l’ont transpercé, et sur lui se lamenteront toutes les races de la terre. Oui, Amen! » Ces prévisions n'ont été jamais accomplies avant. Les yeux de tous les gens de la terre que jamais avait vu Jésus, le verront venant de la même manière comme Il est retourné au ciel. Durant l'année 70 DC Jésus n'a jamais descendu du ciel pour fouler à nouveau la Montagne des Oliviers comme il est prophétisé en Zacharíe 14:4: "En ce jour-là, ses pieds se poseront sur le mont des Oliviers qui fait face à Jérusalem vers l’Orient. Et le mont des Oliviers se fendra par le milieu, d’est en ouest, en une immense vallée, une moitié du mont reculera vers le nord, et l’autre vers le sud".
Résumé: En Matthieu 24:3 les disciples ont demandé à Jésus de leur donner un seul signal qui leur indiquerait Sa venue du ciel et la fin conséquente du siècle, et certainement le Seigneur Jésus leur a données très clairement et sans ton évasif dans le verset 30!

Les autres supposés signaux de ce qui est versets 4-29 sont des événements qui seraient remis en question avant son arrivée glorieuse, et qui se convertiraient chaque fois plus notoires et généralisés au fur et à mesure que l'arrivée du Christ se approcheras, comme les douleurs d'accouchement d'une femme enceinte. Affirmer que les guerres - en incluant celle des juifs avec les Romains - et les bruits de guerres, ont été "le signal" de la venue de Jésus en gloire et dans Leur royaume en l’an 70 DC, torsion ce que le même Seigneur a enseigné en ce qui concerne Son retour. Jésus a dit en Matthieu 24:6 que les guerres, et les bruits de guerres, n'indiqueraient pas la fin du monde ou sa seconde venue mais Sa proximité (Luc 21:9 - "car il faut que cela arrive d’abord, mais ce ne sera pas de sitôt la fin. "). Ainsi, la destruction de Jérusalem, qui a pris lieu par la guerre des juifs avec les Romains, n'a pas été le signal de la seconde venue de Christ et la fin du monde. Jésus n'a jamais dit que la destruction de Jérusalem serait le signal de Sa parusía. Jonas lui-même a servi signal et modèle, et a exprimé la forme et le moment de la résurrection de Christ. De même, Le même Fils de l'Homme en venant et en descendant du ciel en personne SERAIT le SIGNAL et la manière que devaient attendre les disciples la parusía du Messíe. Par conséquent, le Signal singulier qui Jésus nous a laissées de Sa réel parusía NE SERAIT PAS un CERTAIN ÉVÉNEMENT METEREOLÓGICO Ou un PRODIGE SURNATUREL ÉTRANGE, MAIS SA PERSONNE PROPRE en VENANT d'une MANIÈRE SPECTACULAIRE Et PERSONNELLE AVEC les NUAGES CÉLESTES AVEC UN POUVOIR Et UNE GRANDE GLOIRE. Le faux Christ apparaît généralement "horizontalement" parmi des hommes, dans les déserts et les chambres. D'autre part, le vrai Messíe viendra "verticalement", de d'en haut vers le bas, visiblement, personnellement (de la même manière comme qu’il s’est élevé, mais en sens contraire) avec les nuages du ciel et avec Les Anges de Son pouvoir. Ces spécifications données par Jésus lui-même, et plus tard par Les Anges pour la parusía finale, n'ont jamais été mentionnées par Joseph dans ses documents pour sa supposée venue dans
l’année 70 DC. Fin

THE SAINTS: ARE THEY ONLY THOSE THAT THE PAPACY CANONIZES?



By Mario A Olcese

The Truth that the Bible Teaches

The way of selecting the saints of Catholicism is not found in any part of the Bible. In fact, we will never find in the Bible the apostle Peter canonizing any saint or deceased martyr. Contrary to the Catholic belief of a holy minority, the Bible teaches that the saints of the First Century were constituted by most of the believers, for not saying all. The use of the words saint, sanctify, sanctity, and sanctification, is also very common in the New Testament and are applied to the living believers. The saints, for example, refer directly to the believers in general: those baptized and consecrated to Christ's cause without regard to their gender, age, profession, or social class. All those that lived in purity of character, and in moral and spiritual righteousness, according to Christian doctrine, were called saints. They were not required or asked to perform miracles or any supernatural acts such as levitations, or to have the gift of bi-location or to present stigmata in the body. Neither were they demanded to live in monasteries or cloisters in a strict state of poverty and obligatory celibacy. These Catholic demands cannot be found in any part of the Bible, and especially, in the New Testament.

Married Saints

In the Bible we find that some of the apostles were married and had a family, or home. Peter, for example, the supposed first Pope of Rome, was married. The Bible tells us the following of Peter: “Now when Jesus had come into Peter’s house, He saw his wife’s mother lying sick with a fever” (Matthew 8:14 NKJV). And in 1 Corinthians 9:5 Paul asks as apostles and servants of God: “Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?”. This Cephas was without a doubt the apostle Peter (John 1:42) of whom is said that he had a own mother-in-law. Obviously Cephas or Peter was married or perhaps a widower.

References to Other Saints in the New Testament

We have seen that the holy apostles were married, and perhaps more than one widower. Now we will also see that many of the other believers — the apostles' disciples — were also living saints. We will analyze a series of interesting passages that will illuminate us on the matter of the Christian sanctity or Christians being saints:

In 2 Corinthians 1:1 we read: “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints who are in all Achaia (¡not in heaven!)”. Notice that Paul greets the church of God in Corinth, and all the saints that are in the city of Achaia (not in heaven!). Here Paul equates the Church of God of Corinth with the saints of Achaia. For him, the expressions: 'Church of God' and 'Saints' meant the same thing. Also, it is clear that those saints were not few and they were all alive. Also II Corinthians 2, verses 5-11, we see Paul and the church forgiving a saint who had been an offender. These would indicate that those saints were imperfect, and some were subject to correction, as it had been the case with Peter himself. In Ephesians 1:1, Paul addresses the Ephesians with the following greeting: “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus (¡not in heaven!), and faithful in Christ Jesus”. Here we see again that living believers in the church at Ephesus were saints and faithful. These were not deceased saints that had been canonized by St. Peter, the supposed first Roman Pope. Neither were they monks or nuns of some religious order. These people were simply converted sinners to the Christian faith, and they were surely from both classes, married and single. Specially, take note of Ephesians 5 verses 21-33. Here we see married saints that should maintain their marriage's sanctity, that is to say, love and fidelity among the couple, as well as Christ loved his church (His bride) and was devoted to her.

In Philippians 1:1, Paul greets the believers of the city of Philippi, in this way: “Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints (Christians) in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi (¡not in heaven!), with the bishops and deacons (The leaders)”. Here we see that the Christians were saints, the so called “secular” or “lay” members of the Catholicism. But take note that also here all are saints in life or living saints that have not been canonized by Peter, the supposed first Roman Pope.

In Colossians 1:1 ,2, Paul addresses the brethren of Colosse in this way: “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse (¡Not in heaven!): Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”. In the same way, take note that Paul addresses the saints and faithful brethren that are in Colosse, a Greek city. These saints were the same flock of God (the congregation), composed of all the believers of that city. Among these saints there were some that were servants and slaves of free Christian believers. To these saints Paul tells them, among other things: “Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flash…”. Notice again that these saints didn't belong to any religious order, nor did they live in any cloister. These saints equally worked as servants for believing and unbelieving masters. These saints were actually servants, or slaves. Paul refers to bondservants. Today, we have workers for whom the same principles apply. This letter is also directed to the believing couples, to whom the apostle writes: “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord” (3:18-20). As you can see, the concept of sanctity, or sainthood in the New Testament is far from the concept of the saints of Roman Catholicism.

In Jude 1 we read: “Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James,to those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ”. This letter from Jude is to encourage the saints to "contend earnestly for the faith" and (v.3) to "keep yourselves in the love of God” (v.21). He is writing to saints so that they don’t allow themselves to be influenced by the false teachers who had infiltrated inside the flock of God. Without a doubt Jude was aware of the danger that the saints of God could encounter with false doctrines that were introduced into the church of God. Now let us notice that Jude addresses "those who are called", that are sanctified in God the Father. Well, these saints were "called" by God, but how? Did these perhaps hear a celestial voice as Paul heard once, personal and privately, in route to Damascus? Not necessarily this way. The apostle Paul tells the Thessalonians the following: “to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Tess. 2:14). Notice that potential saints are called when they hear the gospel or message of Jesus Christ and they believe in it with all their heart. If you hear Christ's gospel, then you are being called by God to be a saint, and in this way to reach Jesus Christ glory. The gospel is God’s power to transform men and women and to make them real saints. Paul says it clearly with these solemn words: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16). And Jesus tells his followers: “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you”. We see that because Christ's word —His gospel— has the power to cleanse the sinner and to make him a saint. Tragically millions of Catholics don't understand this Biblical truth as it is presented.

Only the Saints will Be able to see God

The Bible teaches very clearly that only saints will be able to see God. In Hebrew 12:14 we read: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord”. Notice that without the sanctity, holiness, or being a saint, no one will see the Lord. That is; without sanctification, or holiness; that is, being a saint, nobody will be saved. Regrettably the Catholic theology on the topic of sainthood maintains that the saints are few (a handful people) in relation to the total of their parishioners. This simply means that the great majority of Catholics, are not saints, and, therefore, won't be able to see God or to be saved. Millions of deceased Catholics have not been made saints by the Papacy. These will be deprived for all eternity of seeing God. This also means that our devoted good Catholic friends— already deceased — that didn't "reach" sainthood, are resting in the grave or in hell and not in heaven in the presence of God. That tragic is the matter! Millions of deceased Catholics that have not been sanctified by the Papacy, will be deprived by the eternity of seeing to God. This means that our devote good Catholic friends --- already deceased --- that didn't "reach" the sanctity, are resting in hell but not in heaven where God and His Son lives and reigns.

Now the truth of the matter is that saints will only be saved and they will be able to live with the Lord God forever. Paul is emphatic in this respect when, associating saints that is those who are sanctified, salvation, and glory as he says: “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Those that are called Christian, but don't feel like saints, are lost, because if they are not saints, what are they? The answer is only one: Dirty! See you what Paul says in this respect: “For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness” (1 Thess. 4:7). Notice that Paul is emphatic. If someone is not a saint then that person is unclean. And what does the Bible say of the unclean ones? Paul says: “For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God” (Ephesians 5:5). The problem arises in that Catholicism has idealized the sanctity or sainthood, and has transformed it practically into an unreachable level for most human beings. In other words, it is believed in Catholicism that a saint is a pure, perfect, impeccable, devote, good, chaste, celibate, healer, maker of miracles and extraordinary phenomena and with stigmata in the body, praying, poor, hermit, and things like these. But, from where did the great majority of Catholics get this idea Have we forgotten St. Peter, the supposed “first Roman Pope” who was a saint since His conversion? Did he show his colleagues signs of stigmata, levitation, and “bi-location”? We don’t have a single case. Let us return to Peter again: don't we remember how Peter hesitated and denied his Master three times? (John 13:38) Don't we remember how Christ responded Peter: "Get behind me, Satan!"? (Mark 8:33). Don't we remember how Paul had to reprehend his colleague Peter for seeking to observe some Judaic practices and to demand his fellow Christians to observe these? (Gal. 2:11-14). But in spite of all these facts, Peter continued being a saint of God. He was not exempt from errors. One could think that in a moment Peter would give up his faith and that he would not return to the road that had continued with Jesus. But in the Acts of the Apostles we find a valiant, transformed, and convinced Peter who strongly believed that Christ was the Son of God, the King of Israel. He is found celebrating the first council in Jerusalem, and making a strong defense of His Master in front of many unbelieving Jews.

And as for the apostle Paul, didn't he say that "the good thing that he should do he didn't do it, and the bad thing that he should not do he did? (Rom. 7:15-25). Do we understand Paul's struggles, and his human flaws as an imperfect man? Did he stop being a saint of God because he was not completely perfect? Nevertheless, and in spite of his mistakes, he himself demands us to imitate him so that we can also be saints in our present life and win salvation (1 Corinthians 11:1). For Paul, it cannot be salvation without sanctity, as I have already demonstrated above.

Christ's Church is Holy by nature


There are those who ignore that the church is composed of all baptized believers, as is clear from Acts 2:38-42. It is, then, completely false that the church is only composed of the so called "clergy" ("the religious") of Roman Catholicism. Most Catholics don't seem to understand that they, the so called "lay," are also part of the church, because for that purpose they were baptized, participating of the sacraments of their church. All those who are baptized are members of Christ's body, that is to say, members of His church. Now the church is ordered to maintain its sanctity with these words: “…just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless” (Eph. 5:25-27). Well, if the church is composed of all those baptized, and she should be holy, then we conclude that all those baptized practitioners are saints. It’s that simple!

To the Corinthians believers Paul says: “…for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple” (1 Cor. 3:17). And to the Colossian believers Paul tells them: “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Col. 1:21,22). Notice the contrast: the saints do good works, versus the infidels that do bad works. If a believer in Christ has renovated his mind to be held to the will of God, he is transformed automatically into a saint. This believer has been sanctified because he has put his faith in Christ, and he has made his expiatory sacrifice in the cross, and he has been baptized for the pardon of his sins. To the saints, Peter tells them: “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy" (1 Peter 1:14,15). Notice that Peter is not saying: "Aspire to be saints, so that I can beatify you and call you saints when you die." No! What Peter exhorts is that all the believers should be saints, opting to live a pious life so that they can become true obedient children of God.

Each one of us becomes a saint when we don't conform to the desires that we had in our ignorance and instead we live for the cause and laws of Christ. That is the truth of the matter. Also, Peter doesn't say that we should perform miracles, or that we should be celibate, monks, hermits, poor, or have stigmata in the body, or levitate to deserve sainthood. Neither does Peter says to the believers that they will first die and then be canonized by him or by any of his supposed successors. What he says is that the believers should live now in sanctity and holiness as true children of God. This is not a Christian option, but rather, an obligation or demand for salvation. Peter wants the people of God be saints or separated from the world in order to fulfill their saving and evangelizing mission. The gospel is preached by example, without a doubt.

The Saints should Be Perfected

Many believe that first the believer should be perfected to be named "saint" of the church. This is simply not true! The apostle Paul writes something very interesting to the believers of Ephesus. These are his words: “It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13). If one examines well these three verses, it will be seen that the saints could be perfected with the help of the apostles, prophets, evangelists, bishops and teachers; that is to say, not by the well called "clergy." These Christians, or those called "laity" by Catholicism, are the saints mentioned by Paul in this epistle to the Ephesians. Also in 2 Corinthians 7:1 Paul says: “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God”. It is clear that the saints were far from being perfect, but they could be perfected in the measure that they moved away from the carnal and spiritual contamination. Notice that Paul doesn't say that to the measure that the saints made miracles, levitation, or stigmatized his body, they would be perfected. On the other hand, in the Bible that strange division of "Clergy" and “Lay” of Catholicism doesn't exist. On the contrary all believers are in fact part of the (Gr. ‘Kleron’) or Clergy.

Conclusion

The Christian, biblical Church, composed of all baptized believers, is holy in its essence. That is to say, baptized believers are holy because they have been sanctified by Jesus Christ, the Holy Head. They are holy because they have given up the vain way of living that they inherited of their parents to continue for a new one on the way to rightness and truth. They are not extraordinary men that have given up marriage, businesses, children, etc, to live as gody hermits. They are rather common and average men, with their defects and qualities that have decided to follow Christ's principles and to apply them. Other requirements or demands don't exist, as for example: to make miracles or supernatural wonders, that is: to levitate or to present stigmata in the body. These are rather married or single individuals: Farmers, peasants, Managers, merchants, workers, servants, housewives, students of schools and universities, etc, that live in harmony with Christ and for Christ.

To seek to make saints a sort of supernatural individuals, besides puritan and godly, it is to twist the true concept of the biblical sanctity. What is clear, according to the New Testament, is that without holiness no one will see God; that is to say, no one will survive (see Hebrews 12:14). The requirement to live with God is the sanctity of life today. But as Catholicism has limited sainthood to only an insignificant minority of their congregation, it would mean that hopelessly the great majority of Catholic that have not "reached" sainthood and the beatification, will be condemned to never see God for all of eternity. And if they won't see to God—whom will they see.
(Revised and corrected article)

THE FALL OF OUR FIRST PARENTS— WHY?




By Mario A Olcese

The Reason of the Wickedness

One of the most common questions that many people are made is: Why if God is love, allows evil? This is, without a doubt, an interesting question that requires to be responded by God Himself through His Word, the Bible. In first place, God is not the creator of sin (James 1:13), because He is a good God and Holy (1 Timothy 4:4; Luke 18:19; Psalm 100:5). Now then, according to Genesis 1:31, all what God created was good, especially His supreme creation: Man. Good things can only proceed from a good God. To say that God created a corrupt and perverse man by nature, is difficult to believe.

Now here is another crucial question, if God created a good and perfect man ¿Why did he become rebellious and bad by nature? (Roman 3:9-18). Here we have to proceed with more care to understand how man's fall began. According to the Scriptures, God created man free. He gave to the first human couple freedom so that they could chose, for themselves, between the obedience and the disobedience. That has always been the "politics" of God towards all His angelic and human creatures (Deuteronomy 30:15-20).

According to Genesis (and 1 John 3:8), Satan (the Devil), the biggest angel that fell in misfortune for his rebellion against God, possessed or became a snake, and through this subtle animal he spoke Eve. What was told to her reveals his Machiavellian, liar, and turbulent character. He told to the first couple that if they ate of the forbidden fruit they would not die but rather they would be as God, knowing good and bad.

The Devil always looks for men’s rebellion against God. He seeks men to believe that they can be gods, and for such purpose he has devised religions and philosophies that deify the human being. Mormonism, "The New Era", Satanism, and other similar cults, all seek to make us believe that we are gods or that we can be as God. He is the tempter par excellence and the supreme liar.

The Demonstration of God’ love for Mankind

Let us turn to Adam and Eve. When falling in sin, God condemned them to the capital punishment, but not without first to suffer of pains and physical fatigues during their existence in the earth. Nevertheless, so big it was the love of God that in the same day of the human fall, He was preparing man's redemption by means of His unique Son Jesus Christ. Let us read what says Revelation 13:8 "... of the Lamb that was immolated from the beginning of the world." In fact Christ would be immolated almost 4 millennia later, although his immolation took place in the same moment of the creation of the world, in the plan of God. The prophecy of Genesis 3:15 point out a continuous and lingering fight among good and evil. And although the wrong seemingly comes out victorious at the beginning, at the end the true winner is good represented by Christ, his church, and his "eternal reign". Finally Satan and his demons will be defeated by Christ and thrown to his place of perdition for the eternity.

The permission of evil clearly serves to the purposes of God, not only to test men, but also to teach them something still more important: THE LOVING AND MERCIFUL CHARACTER OF GOD TOWARDS SINNERS. And it‘s that Adam and Eve lacked to know God. They didn't know that God is infinitely merciful. Man's creation, of the planet earth, and of the entire universe, DEMONSTRATED that God is Almighty and Wise, ¿but does it show His great LOVE and MERCY for the unfortunate sinners? I don't believe so! In any moment the first parents appeal to the mercy of God to obtain the pardon.

According to Paul, God is known by the things that He made (Roman 1:19,20), but he is not saying that the moral and spiritual attributes of God can be known by the things that He created, but rather His "ETERNAL POWER AND DEITY". Definitively with the creation it cannot be known THE FEELINGS AND MORE SECRET PURPOSES OF GOD. ¡There is no way! It’s as seeking to know the character of an engineer for the house that he built, or that of a potter for the ceramic that he made with his hands. The maximum thing that we could know is their intelligence and good taste, but, ¿will we know if they are good parents, faithful husbands, docile, sober, meek, humble, comprising, wise, respectful, tolerant, temperate, etc? ¡It’s impossible to know all these manifestations of the personality! In a same way, the children can’t know their parents if they don't DEMONSTRATE TO THEIR CHILDREN THEIR CHARACTER OR PERSONALITY WITH SPECIFIC ATTITUDES, as for example: The affection that they offer them, the attention, the permanent maintenance, the instruction that they inculcate them, the good example that they give them, etc. A family father cannot hope his children love and obey him if he before didn’t SACRIFICED for them with good actions. Parents should be entirely dedicated to their family so that they can “harvest” good children, useful to the society.

Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice

The same thing happens with God, the FATHER. He had intended to DEMONSTRATE, in a clear and overwhelming way, His loving and merciful character towards all men through an extraordinary and ONLY ACT. God would give in SACRIFICE to its own Only-begotten Son for the humanity's salvation. The key text is Roman 5:10 that says: "But God SHOWS (or "DEMONSTRATES", according to other versions) His LOVE WITH US in that being sinful, CHRIST DIED FOR US". For his side, the same Lord Jesus Christ said: "Because in such a way God loved the world that He has given to His Only-begotten Son, so that all that believes in him doesn't get lost but has eternal life" (John 3:16). Do you understand now that the only way of being able to know that God has a "heart of gold" is by means of the delivery that He made of His dear Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, for his immolation in the cross of the Calvary in favor of the sinners? God DEMONSTRATED or SHOWED that He really loved men and that He wanted to redeem them. Now nobody could allege that God was severe, tough and inflexible. Let’s imagine for a moment how God will have felt when seeing His own Son dying in the Cross as a sinner. But He gave us His Son to save us from perdition and in this way to snatch us of the Devil's claws. How extraordinary act of love and detachment for all us on behalf of God and His Son!¡ Both loved us deeply! (See Ephesians 5:2). If the first human couple had not fallen in misfortune, then it had not been necessary for God to send His Son to the world, and in consequence WE HAD NEVER KNOWN GOD’S LOVE AND OF CHRIST FOR ALL MEN. ¿Do you imagine if Christ had not died for us? ¿Would you really love God and His Son? ¡Think on it for a while! Perhaps you would only have him a reverent respect as the Creator, but not necessarily love. God allowed the human fall to DEMOSTRATE HIS LOVE to all men. God also did allow the satanic REBELLION, because without this wicked spirit, ¿who would have tempted the first human couple? The devil, without knowing it, served to the purposes of God!

Summary

The God of the Bible has demonstrated His love for his human creatures by making a great sacrifice never before seen to redeem or save them from their fallen condition. No other God of any other world religion has been able to make similar supreme act of giving the most important thing that they can possible have to DEMONSTRATE their character of love and mercy for their worshipers. There is an uppercase test of the superiority of the Christian religion here on the other religions of the world. Christians have the whole reason of the world to love their God, because Their God loved them first, and as an answer, God "won" the reciprocal love of His worshipers. Can they really love their gods when in fact those gods had not demonstrated any simple or extraordinary act of love for them? The maximum thing that they will be able to feel it is a reverent fear to their gods, but not necessarily a true love toward them.

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IL SEGNO CHIAVE DEL RITORNO DI CRISTO A LA TERRA CHE I PRETERISTI HA PASSATO PER ALTO




Questo è un scritto di Mario A Olcese Sanguineti

Le Domande cruciali:

In Mateo 24:3 i discepoli formulano la seguente domanda a Gesú: “Sedutosi poi sul monte degli Ulivi, i suoi discepoli gli si avvicinarono e, in disparte, gli dissero: «Dicci quando accadranno queste cose, e quale sarà il segno della tua venuta e della fine del mondo»”. Qui troviamo essenzialmente due domande: 1.- Quando saranno queste cose?- cioè, quando sarà distrutto il tempio, Vs. 1, 2, e l'altra - E che segno, (veda il singolare), ci sarà della tua venuta e del fine dell'età?, Alcuni dicono che ci sono qui tre domande, ma io vedo solo due., Orbene, molti studenti del Bibbia non si sono trattenuti a meditare che i discepoli chiesero non a Gesù di un segno concreto e specifico che indicassi loro realmente la Sua venuta o ritorno, la sua prossimità!) e del fine dell'era. Sì, i discepoli vollero sapere Un Segno, e solo Una, sulla Maniera della sua venuta. Ricordiamo che Gesù aveva parlato loro già prima che ritornerebbe nuovamente, ma senza specificarli la forma del suo ritorno, (Luca 12:40; Giovanni 14:2,3). Ora Gesù si proporsi—in Matteo 24--- rivelarloro la forma o la maniera della sua venuta, il quale sarà il vero Segno della sua venuta. Questo dettaglio in questione dobbiamo ricordarlo tutti noi, perché molti studenti del Bibbia stanno passandolo per alto, e continuano cercando ed aspettando molti segni. Allora dobbiamo fissarci alla maniera in che Gesù verrà, come la stessa maniera non è rivelata da Gesù in Mateo 24:30 e per gli angeli di Dio in Atti 1:11.


Il "Segno di Giona" e "il Segno del Figlio dell'Uomo"

Quale sarà quello singolare segno sollecitato per i discepoli a Gesù? Per capire quello che si vuole dire per il segno, vediamo in primo luogo il chiamata "Segno di Giona" dichiarato per Gesù in Luca 11:29-30, e che dice: “Mentre le folle si accalcavano, Gesù cominciò a dire: «Questa generazione è una generazione malvagia; essa cerca un segno, ma non le sarà dato nessun segno fuorché il segno di Giona. 30 Poiché come Giona fu un segno per quelli di Nìnive, così anche il Figlio dell'uomo lo sarà per questa generazione”. (noti Lei che anche in Mateo 24:30 Gesù c'esprime una frase simile, ma questa volta come: "IL SEGNO DEL FIGLIO DELL'UOMO").Qui essenzialmente "il Segno di Giona", è Giona stesso, perché Gesù disse che Giona stesso fu Segno ai ninivitas. Dello stesso modo, Gesù stesso servirebbe da Segno o sarebbe Segno per una generazione perversa. Di lì che Gesù parli di "il Segno del Figlio dell'Uomo." Non è un segno straordinario o misterioso come quello di una croce nel cielo, o un suono di alcuno tromba, o alcuno luce brillante, o alcuno imbarcazione spaziale, o qualche evento meterológico fosse della cosa comune. Il segno del Figlio dell'uomo, come quella di Jonás, ti riferisci alla stessa persona menzionata, cioè, a Gesù, il Messia! Come Gesù, lo fu Giona, sarebbe lo stesso un Segno. In modo che gli registri bene egli nella sua mente che: Gesù stesso sarei Segno per una generazione perversa che vedrei il suo parusía ed il fine del secolo!". Più avanti vedremo come Gesù servirà da segno per quella generazione maligna.

Così i chiamate Segni della Sua Prossimità:

Nei versetti 4-6 di Matteo 24 Gesù dice che prima del suo ritorno, e del fine di mondo (secolo), molti falsi Cristo diranno che sono il Messia promesso, o il Cristo rosso in essi. Esempi di questi sono molti attraverso i secoli. Recentemente possiamo menzionare a Jim Jones chi morì in Guyana con quasi mille dei suoi seguaci, ed a David Koresh chi morì con più di 80 dei suoi seguaci in Waco, Texas. Subito, nuovi falsi leader, come lo Stimabile Moon, si fanno passare per il Messia, e stanno ingannando ad una gran quantità di seguaci ingenui (v.5). Anche Gesù parlò di guerre e dicerie di guerre (v.6), ma queste guerre non sarebbero il segno della venuta di Cristo e del fine del secolo! (v.6). Fino a questo punto Gesù non ci dà un segno singolare o specifico del fine dell'età. Nei versetti 7-14 il Sig. Gesù profetizzò chiaramente i conflitti internazionali (v.7). Quindi Gesù parlò della gran tribolazione che verrà a suoi scelti per causa del suo nome, v.9, e la nascita di falsi profeti o maestri fraudolenti ansiosi di denaro e potere (v.11). Nel versetto 14 Gesù annunciò che il vangelo del regno sarà predicato per tutto il mondo come un'attestazione... e dopo il fine verrà. Ma nonostante fino a qua non abbiamo neanche il Segno Unico o singolare che fu sollecitata dai discepoli circa il Suo arrivo e del fine del mondo, o dell'Era. Molti cristiani confondono questi cattivi chiamate segni sulla prossimità della Sua venuta come se fossero prova della sua venuta stessa. Stare per venire non vuole dire che la Sua venuta ebbe già luogo. Un altro gruppo di cristiani crede che il segno è realmente un insieme di segni. Ma questa idea è un errore! I discepoli chiedono a Gesù Un segno, ed apertamente Gesù la rivelerà senza tono evasivo e senza complicazioni.


Proseguendo verso il verso 23, Gesù predice un'altra volta l'arrivo dei falsi Cristo. Il versetto 24 ripete la stessa cosa ed aggiunge la venuta di falsi profeti che faranno portenti ed inganneranno a molti, nonostante agli scelti che appartengono a Dio. Nel versetto 26 Gesù nota sull'arrivo dei falsi Cristo e falsi profetiche appariranno ("orizzontalmente", nei deserti e le stanze, Non del cielo, o "verticalmente", discendendo di sopra verso il basso, ed ai quali non dobbiamo credere.


È in versetto 27 dove Gesù comincia a sviluppare, per così dirlo, il Segno unico, singolare, della Sua venuta o ritorno vero, contrastandola con quelli del falso Messia che si manifestano nei deserti e le stanze, hotel, case, tempii splendenti, eccetera, del verso 26. Gesù rivela nel versetto 29 che dopo essere successo tutti gli avvenimenti dei versetti 4 al 27", il sole sarà oscurato, e la luna non darà la sua luce; Le stelle cadranno dal cielo, ed i corpi celesti saranno scossi." Questi estranei ed orripilanti avvenimenti che succederanno nel cielo, precedono la manifestazione attesa del Segno Singolare o Unica.

Nel versetto 30 troviamo, finalmente, il Segno chiaro e succinto dato da Gesù del Suo vero Parusía o seconda venuta in potere e glorifica. Egli dice: “Allora comparirà nel cielo il segno del Figlio dell'uomo e allora si batteranno il petto tutte le tribù della terra, e vedranno il Figlio dell'uomo venire sopra le nubi del cielo con grande potenza e gloria”.


In risposta alla domanda dei discepoli circa un Segno chiaro e singolare della sua venuta, non della Sua prossimità!) e del fine di mondo, Gesù dice loro dubiti stesso, discendendo vistosamente di sopra in direzione a la terra, non dei deserti e delle stanze, con potere e gran gloria. A differenza del falso Cristo che appare orizzontalmente ed in gran segreto, il Cristo vero viene verticalmente e visibilmente, da sopra verso il basso, verso la terra.

Allora, se il chiamato "Cristo" non discendi Visibilmente così e Vistosamente da sopra verso il basso in direzione alla terra con gli angeli del Suo potere - Quello non È Il Cristo Vero! Ci sono uomini che normalmente proclamano loro stessi come il Messia ma che non sono discesi verticalmente dal cielo alla terra con potere e gran gloria. Inoltre, nessun uomo ha visto a qualche preteso Messia discendendo dal cielo alla terra nella maniera come sta predicha nelle Scritture. Ma quando Cristo ritorni alla terra nella forma esatta come fu profetizzata, sapremo che egli è il Messia atteso, e quindi si potrà aspettare un'immediata resurrezione di tutti i santi defunti (Giovanni 5:28,29; 1 Tess. 4:16,17). Il Cristo falso non proverrà dal cielo, né avrà la virtù di resuscitare tutti i fedeli, affinché questi, insieme ai cristiani vivi, possano essere precipitosi di una tirata alle nuvole affinché possano dare l'incontro al Sig. nella sua discesa alla terra (Veda un'altra volta 1 Tess. 4:16,17.

Aggiuntivamente a quello che si è detto previamente, in Atti 1:11 leggiamo che due creature angeliche diedero più dettagli della Parusía vera del Messia, con queste parole: “«Uomini di Galilea, perché state a guardare il cielo? Questo Gesù,— cioè, un Ebreo di circa 33 anni approssimativamente, ebraico parlante, glorificato ed immortale— che è stato di tra voi assunto fino al cielo, tornerà un giorno allo stesso modo in cui l'avete visto andare in cielo»”.

Aggiuntivamente, in Apocalisse 1:7 leggiamo: Ecco, viene sulle nubi e ognuno lo vedrà; anche quelli che lo trafisseroe tutte le nazioni della terra si batteranno per lui il petto. Sì, Amen! Queste predizioni non si realizzarono mai prima. Ogni occhio di tutte le genti della terra non vide mai a Gesù venendo allo stesso modo come Egli ritornò al cielo. Nell'anno 70 AD Jesús non discese mai dal cielo per tornare a pestare il Monte degli Olivi come è profetizzato in Zaccaria 14:4: “In quel giorno i suoi piedi si poseranno sopra il monte degli Ulivi che sta di fronte a Gerusalemme verso oriente, e il monte degli Ulivi si fenderà in due, da oriente a occidente, formando una valle molto profonda; una metà del monte si ritirerà verso settentrione e l'altra verso mezzogiorno”.

Riassunto:

In Mateo 24:3 i discepoli chiesero a Gesù che desse loro un solo segnoche indicassi loro la Sua venuta del cielo e la conseguente fine del secolo, e certamente il Sig. Gesù glieli diede molto chiaramente e senza tono evasivo nel versetto 30! Gli altri supposti segni dei versetti 4-29 sono avvenimenti che si riproporsi prima del Suo arrivo glorioso, e che si convertirebbero sempre di più notorie e generalizzate man mano che l'arrivo di Cristo fosse più vicino, come i dolori di parto di una donna adorna. Affermare che le guerre - includendo quello degli ebrei coi romani - e le dicerie di guerre, furono "il segno" della venuta di Gesù in gloria e nel Suo regno in 70 A.D, torce quello che lo stesso Sig. insegnò per quel che riguarda il Suo ritorno. Gesù disse in Mateo 24:6 che le guerre, e dicerie di guerre, non indicherebbero il fine dell'era o la Sua seconda venuta bensì la Sua prossimità (Luca 21:9 - "Quando sentirete parlare di guerre e di rivoluzioni, non vi terrorizzate. Devono infatti accadere prima queste cose, ma non sarà subito la fine»)". Così, la distruzione di Gerusalemme che prese posto per la guerra degli ebrei coi romani, non fu il segno della seconda venuta di Cristo ed il fine dell'età. Gesù non disse mai che la distruzione di Gerusalemme sarebbe il segno del Suo parusía.

Giona stesso servì da segno e modello, ed espresse la forma ed il momento della resurrezione di Cristo. Ugualmente, Lo stesso Figlio dell'Uomo venendo e discendendo dal cielo in persona Sarebbe Il Segnoe la forma che dovevano aspettare i discepoli la parusía del Messia. Pertanto, il Segno singolare che Gesù ci lasciò del Suo parusía veroNON SAREBBE QUALCHE EVENTO METEREOLÓGICO O UN PORTENTO SOPRANNATURALE ESTRANEO, BENSÌ LA SUA PROPRIA PERSONA VENENDO DA UNA MANIERA SPETTACOLARE E PERSONALE CON LE NUVOLE CELESTIALI IN POTERE E GRAN GLORIA. Il falso Cristo normalmente appare "orizzontalmente" di tra uomini, nei deserti e le stanze. D'altra parte, il Messia vero verrà "verticalmente", di sopra verso il basso, visibilmente, personalmente, della stessa forma come fu alzato, ma in senso contrario, con le nuvole del cielo e con gli angeli del Suo potere. Queste specificazioni date da Gesù Stesso, e più tardi per gli angeli per la parusía finale, non furono mai menzionate da Josefo nei suoi scritti per la sua supposta venuta nel 70 d.C..


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