July 2020
 

We Have Two Lives,

the
tem­po­ral and the eter­nal. They seam­less­ly mer­ge into one ano­t­her. As
long as I live on earth, I have time to choo­se whe­re I would like to
live in eter­ni­ty. Do I choo­se right – or do I have wrong ide­as? Do I
live my faith after my own fashion, as I see fit, with the satis­fac­tion
of having done my best?

Let
us not make an image of GOD becau­se that is what CHRIST warns us about
in Holy Scrip­tu­re! Making an image of GOD means tailo­ring GOD to our own
liking, to our momen­ta­ry fee­lings – or “on our gut fee­ling,” as I often
hear it said. It is be-lie­ved that our own way of living is cer­tain­ly
all right, that GOD could be satis­fied with it. „After all, I did not
com­mit any crime and I think that, by doing what I do, I have done my
duty.“ With this slop­py sen­ti­men­ta­li­ty you will not make any spi­ri­tu­al
pro­gress. This is a very luke­warm atti­tu­de, by which man drifts away
from the safe shore. GOD sta­tes very clear­ly: „Your thoughts are not My
thoughts.“ If I seek the truth and cla­ri­ty, I have to think with my
heart. Then I must go for very exci­ting rea­ding mat­ter: Holy Scrip­tu­re,
which refres­hes my faith in JESUS CHRIST time and again and anew.

No mat­ter how much good I do and if I harm no one, but if I  live
in gra­ve sin, I should not think that all the good will jus­ti­fy sin.
The guilt of sin can only be jus­ti­fied by an honest Con­fes-sion – if I
do not have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to

the
tem­po­ral and the eter­nal. They seam­less­ly mer­ge into one ano­t­her. As
long as I live on earth, I have time to choo­se whe­re I would like to
live in eter­ni­ty. Do I choo­se right – or do I have wrong ide­as? Do I
live my faith after my own fashion, as I see fit, with the satis­fac­tion
of having done my best?

Let
us not make an image of GOD becau­se that is what CHRIST warns us about
in Holy Scrip­tu­re! Making an image of GOD means tailo­ring GOD to our own
liking, to our momen­ta­ry fee­lings – or “on our gut fee­ling,” as I often
hear it said. It is be-lie­ved that our own way of living is cer­tain­ly
all right, that GOD could be satis­fied with it. „After all, I did not
com­mit any crime and I think that, by doing what I do, I have done my
duty.“ With this slop­py sen­ti­men­ta­li­ty you will not make any spi­ri­tu­al
pro­gress. This is a very luke­warm atti­tu­de, by which man drifts away
from the safe shore. GOD sta­tes very clear­ly: „Your thoughts are not My
thoughts.“ If I seek the truth and cla­ri­ty, I have to think with my
heart. Then I must go for very exci­ting rea­ding mat­ter: Holy Scrip­tu­re,
which refres­hes my faith in JESUS CHRIST time and again and anew.

No mat­ter how much good I do and if I harm no one, but if I  live
in gra­ve sin, I should not think that all the good will jus­ti­fy sin.
The guilt of sin can only be jus­ti­fied by an honest Con­fes-sion – if I
do not have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to

the tem­po­ral and the eter­nal. They seam­less­ly mer­ge into one ano­t­her. As long as I live on earth, I have time to choo­se whe­re I would like to live in eter­ni­ty. Do I choo­se right – or do I have wrong ide­as? Do I live my faith after my own fashion, as I see fit, with the satis­fac­tion of having done my best?

Let us not make an image of GOD becau­se that is what CHRIST warns us about in Holy Scrip­tu­re! Making an image of GOD means tailo­ring GOD to our own liking, to our momen­ta­ry feel­ings – or “on our gut fee­ling,” as I often hear it said. It is be-lie­ved that our own way of living is cer­tain­ly all right, that GOD could be satis­fied with it. „After all, I did not com­mit any crime and I think that, by doing what I do, I have done my duty.“ With this slop­py sen­ti­men­ta­li­ty you will not make any spi­ri­tu­al pro­gress. This is a very luke­warm atti­tu­de, by which man drifts away from the safe shore. GOD sta­tes very clear­ly: „Your thoughts are not My thoughts.“ If I seek the truth and cla­ri­ty, I have to think with my heart. Then I must go for very exci­ting rea­ding mat­ter: Holy Scrip­tu­re, which refres­hes my faith in JESUS CHRIST time and again and anew.

No mat­ter how much good I do and if I harm no one, but if I  live in gra­ve sin, I should not think that all the good will jus­ti­fy sin. The guilt of sin can only be jus­ti­fied by an honest Con­fes­si­on – if I do not have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to … more

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