GOOD STORIES WITHOUT THE POWER!
2. THE PRINCIPLE:
The other lesson that we have to deduce from the Abrahamic story above, is that God is so kind to humanity that he actually documented not just the story of what happened to Abraham, but more importantly the PRINCIPLE by which he was able to do what he did.
Unfortunately today, as I listen to my fellow colleagues, teachers, theologians, elucidate the scriptures, it is easy to remember the stories of what Abraham did rather than the principles he used in the process. This does not only pertain to the Abraham story. When most preachers speak on Jesus, Moses, Joseph, Peter, Paul or any other biblical heroes, what seems to come across is as if we simply need to know what they did and the processes and details of how everything happened. Rather than emphasizing the principles, rules, algorithms and formulas behind each story and event.
As a result we have churches and nations filled with good Christian men and women who all know the stories of the Bible, but WITHOUT THE POWER! As a matter of fact most of the world’s renowned atheists, and agnostics were raised up in churches. They remember the Bible stories from their Sunday Schools, but because they were not exposed to the power behind this stories, they grew up to become enemies of the faith of their fathers.
What is even worse than that, is the fact that majority of people who did not become atheists or agnostics, those who profess to be Christians and go to Sunday services religiously, might themselves simply know the stories of the Bible, WITHOUT THE EXPLOITS!
The point I am trying to make is, the Holy Scriptures were given to us not just to know about what happened or how they happened. Even more importantly, we are to discover the principles behind the happenings. When we read our Bibles regularly in the comfort of our homes, we are not supposed to do this simply as a religious practice or dogma. Most of us already know the stories. That is not why we read the scriptures on daily basis. The real reason why we read the scriptures on regular basis is to derive more and more secrets behind each manifestation, with the intent of reproducing them.
If you read the scriptures, yet remain where you are, then you are missing out on the most important aspect of the exercise. If you go to church regularly, listen to sermons, quote the scriptures and yet don’t come out to perform similar feats, it means you have lost out on the purpose of the exercise.
To be continued tomorrow with the following points:
- The secret behind Abraham’s exploits with God
- The pragmatic believer.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, CHURCH AND NATION