One of the things that happens over here is that (due to the placement of the international date line) we are "ahead of everyone else" -- for North America, between 15 and 18 hours. This makes scheduling meetings a challenge. But it also means that I'm working Easter Monday when people are putting up Easter Posts.
Today is Easter Sunday. Exactly one year ago I went back to Church. I did it out of desperation. I did it because I had nowhere else to turn. And sitting there that day listening to the service, a new idea came to me. It had been 35 years since the last time I had been in a church service, so in effect this was the first time that I had sat in church as an adult; an adult that had spent the past 20 years on a serious search for truth and to remake myself.
In other words, I was sitting there both as a tentatively not so stupid man, but also as an open book. And what I received was an awareness of truth.
Over the next few months I began to examine random passages from the bible. When someone would quote a bible passage I took the time to look it up, to examine it, to read background information relating to the relevant passage. Time and time again what I discovered was truth. Truth written in such a way that no argument could be brought to bear against it.
And this was when I began to understand. Consider for a moment just how hard it is to write a sentence of philosophical truth. A single sentence that nobody could dispute over two thousand years. And then take that and compound it into the bible, an entire book of truths, set out and collected and unassailable from counter argument. I mean, it’s just unbelievable.
So that’s when I finally knew. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Christ is the word: made flesh, who bore all our sins. His work of redemption is complete and we cannot add to that.
For he is risen, he has fulfilled the law and destroyed death.
The question then is how should we live, and the answer is that we should live in truth.
5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. 6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him— 11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
The problem is that we live in a foolish and corrupt generation, and that has stuck to us. We all have doofus habits. We all at times let our inner snark, wrath, or greed out. This is being corrected at this time: our greed will not be for a flash car but for food, not a mansion but a tiny house, but it remains. It remains.
I have been zeroed out a few times in my life. I have learned that you have to walk away from material things at times, for survival. You have to be prepared to let things go. For this world wants us classified as Sycthians and Barbarians, thrown out of polite society.
Because we are not like them: we choose not to be ruled by our vices. They would prefer to leverage our vices into compliance with the spirit of this age.
It is Christ who calls us not to be like that.