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Day 04: Views on Religion

Late post! I’ve had my hands full during the weekends. 🙂

Religion. One of the most disputed topics since the beginning of time.

For all of you to know, I am a Protestant. I am involved in our church’s music ministry. I’ve accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was 4 years old. I am thankful to God that He continues to be gracious and merciful in my life, despite my imperfections and disobedience. I believe that Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth, and the life (Jn. 14:6). Having said that, I do believe that the biggest dispute between religions is that of salvationthe person of Jesus Christ (or His non-existence), and resurrection.

I believe that we are all sinners, however hard we try to be good (Rom. 3:23). The payment for this sin is death, young or old, good or bad (something to the lines of “Why do good people have to die?”). However, God made a way for us to be spiritually alive again. God’s gift is eternal life through His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ (Rom. 6:23). Jesus became Man so He can carry the sins of the world by being crucified. He was the one who bore the wrath of God the Father. I know some of you might view God as evil for letting His Son die. You see, that’s how holy He is. He cannot bear to see even one spot of sin. So if we told a white lie, got a few coins from your Mom’s purse, or got irritated with your friend, that’s already sin. Imagine mankind’s little sins all piled up…and placed on Jesus. When I think about this, I can’t help but feel grateful. He did not only die, but He also rose again from the dead. This is one of the most controversial topics that many scholars and scientists argue about. Until now, they cannot fully figure out the mystery behind such an occurrence. However, there are witnesses to this resurrection (1 Cor. 15:3-5). 500 witnesses plus the apostles? You cannot simply say that it’s mass hallucination. Jesus’ resurrection is the hope of those who believe in Him, because we truly serve a risen Savior who is actively sovereign in our lives. I also believe that Christ will come again to take up His sons and daughters, those who believe in Him.

I tried my best to summarize my belief and view of religion in two paragraphs. This song, entitled “This I Believe (The Creed)” (click the title to listen to the song) used the Apostles’ Creed as its lyrics. This is what I believe, and it is only by God’s enablement that I will be able to show and share the One who saved me.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

*that is, the true Christian church of all times and all places

 

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Sunlights and Shadows

Another day is dawning, the sunlight slowly bathed

The floors and walls of this tiny and serene space

I slowly opened my eyes covered with yellow haze

And slowly tilted my head towards the light of day

I have always feared the sun because of its radiance

The warmth it brings causes me to tremble

I shiver all over, causing my crown to slowly crumble

As I often bow down, it falls down one by one

In the middle of the day, a shadow blocked the sun

I would usually savor the occasional privilege

Of resting in the shade just for a change

To lift up my head without anyone knowing

The shadow stayed at the door for a while

Then it slowly moved from one pot to another

Gazing at the hues, taking in each color

Or maybe looking for something beyond what is seen

It slowly went towards me as I was at the end

I was the last among this line of colors in this place

And I did my best to make it my sacred space

It went towards me until I was staring at it face-to-face

For the first time, someone took notice of me

Even if I am all shrouded in the shadow

I cannot help but be amazed by it. How?

How did it see the frail and elusive me?

It kneeled slowly, reaching towards my crown

Each remaining petal it caressed, smoothing every wrinkle

Its breath would cause me to gently tingle

I wonder if this is what it feels like to be cared

Finally, it stood up and declared to all

“This one I shall take for whatever it is

I will always straighten up what might be amiss

It will never shed a crown under my care.”

Night time would come soon and it will leave

I thought under its care I will always be?

It then slowly faded away from me

While gazing at every other color in front of me

So I slowly lowered my head and trembled with fear

Sadness, anger, and anxiety overwhelmed me

It was just another shadow that will eventually flee

After it made you hope and dream and be

I gave up on hoping that someday I will be

As radiant as the flowers that are on display

I slowly shook my head and sighed to say

“Maybe I will never see the light of day again”

Another day is dawning, the sunlight slowly bathed

The floors and walls of this tiny and serene space

I slowly opened my eyes covered with yellow haze

And slowly tilted my head towards the light of day

No shadow was in sight that day

I finally realized that I indeed needed it

That he was a presence that I would deem

Necessary as the sun, even for a while each day

The sun is slowly setting and I slowly bowed

No, the shadow never showed up inside

I shook my head, shedding my crown, as I tried

To hold on to the one and only petal that I have

“You are most beautiful when you face

The sun in its most glorious bathing of yellow

That makes you lift your head and finally show

Your smile that makes the whole place better.”

This shadow was behind me all along

Letting me remember what I was really made for

The bright sun is what makes me a sunflower

And I will bask on its warmth with the shadow on my side.

___________________

-era.janeru

written: 05sept2016

given a new meaning: 18nov2016

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