Archive for February, 2010
>Caleb Wilde’s “Haiti, Pat Robertson and Jesus” (DLN, Jan. 25) view of Jesus falls short of the description given in the Matthew, Mark, Luke and John gospels of the Bible. Jesus is the second person in the Trinity, Son of God, who died on a cross to save sinners from eternal hell. God, the Creator (first person in the Trinity), allows Satan to exist as part of his plan for the divine testing of one’s faith. The Holy Spirit (the third person in the Trinity) gives comfort and protection for a believer’s faith. This is a thumbnail sketch of who Jesus is.
The Christian faith recognizes the reality of sin as described in the Ten Commandments and the acceptance of the commandment from Jesus to love one another, which includes all the commendable actions being taken to relieve the sufferings of the people in Haiti due to the earthquakes. It is not a question of “What is Jesus doing?” … since he died for our sins on the cross, his mission for us is fulfilled. The Holy Spirit is now activating many followers of Jesus into action along with non-Christians to relieve that suffering in Haiti.
It is known that voodooism is widely practiced in Haiti and is an affront to God. The Old Testament tells about a flood that covered the Earth, the 400 years of slavery of the Israelites by the Egyptians, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and other incidents that reflected God’s wrath because of sin and wickedness.
Why would Haiti or even the USA be absolved from God’s judgment considering that we have legalized abortion, divorce, same-sex marriages, just to name a few of our national transgressions.
The Book of Genesis and those of the prophets are well worth reading to discover who Jesus is. He said in John 3:3, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of heaven.” This infers that there can be a difference between contemporary Christians. I would encourage other Christians to express their thoughts on God’s impact in their daily lives, in their places of work, in our land of the free, and the like.
In our pluralistic society, you can practice a religion of your choice, being aware of the differences and the consequences.