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First century Christians believed in the coming of Christ to establish his government on the earth and reign for a thousand years as understood from the scriptures and early Christian writers. But over time this understanding was lost. How can we prove that there will be a “Millennium?”
Canada’s Supreme Court has just given the green light to “doctor assisted suicide” in spite of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that supposedly guarantees a “right to life.” So who really has the right to decide whether you should live or die? Does God have something to say about this contentious issue of life and death?
Do you trust in the Lord without wavering, with unfeigned faith? Are you discouraged or offended by religious people who are two-faced, who are play actors on the Christian stage. The scriptures offer you advice about how to deal with the hypocrites and how to avoid the pitfall of hypocrisy and embrace an unfeigned faith.
The growing inequality between rich and poor is highlighted by the failure of “Target” in Canada and the golden handshake given to the CEO, and the recent meeting in Davos of the world’s economic powerhouses. What is really needed to remedy this present reality? In a world where injustice is rampant and financial inequity is the norm, the gospel of the kingdom gives us hope for the future.
The scriptures prophesy of the end of this world’s nations and kingdoms. But what will replace these failed systems? The gospel of the kingdom is good news about dramatic promises, a kingdom that will not end, and a king who will rule faithfully forever.
Do you treasure the true gospel of the kingdom, as the pearl of great price, valuing the gospel as something exceedingly precious? Are you able to discern the true gospel from the man false gospels? There are many secular and religious “gospels” that allure people into giving their time and heart to false messiahs, with their deceitful gospels. Paul tells us to beware of these false gospels.
The bible warns us of false gospels. Could you be conned into believing a false, ineffectual gospel that has been corrupted? Paul was concerned in his day about those who had already bought into the gospel messages of false teachers. Are you believing a counterfeit gospel, a deception that is not the gospel of the kingdom that will lead to eternal life?
Does God care about the festivals we celebrate in his honour? The scripture outlines Holy Days that are commanded, but what about other days that are not commanded? Does God leave the decision-making up to us? What criteria should we use in deciding what we should or should not celebrate? Are Christmas and Chanukah both festivals of light?