Inner peace comes from believing

Inner peace comes from believing

By REV. DR. RICHAR... | 20 February, 2016
Jesus Christ taught that change stems from our inner being. When people asked Peter, Jesus’ disciple, “what should we do?” he said “repent and be baptized, everyone of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:37-38). Peter knew from personal experience that when God entered his inner life, his outer life began to change. Mere religiosity would have resulted in empty faith.
Lovingly, God said, “Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live” (Isa. 55:3). God can only touch our inner being when we make time for Him. We begin to learn from God when we spend time with Him in silence. When we turn to God with our whole being, asking and believing that He will speak to us, change is set in motion.
A lack of love in our life, and being involved in bitter relationships, hinders us from hearing the voice of God. The deeper our relationship with Jesus, the more quickly we will hear Him. This means detaching from impurity and malice; from falsehood, mistrust, hatred and carnal desires. 
We are unable to fight the deluge of negative emotions within us through attempts at replacing them with positive ones. 
However, God, who knows our heart, is the One who can transform it.  
When we stop and focus our attention on God, we recognize His love and goodness; this love motivates us to live for Him. “For God is good and His love endures forever” (Ps. 100:5). As we read and meditate on God’s word, He guides our daily living.
Jesus said, “Go into your room, lock the door, and pray to your Father who is in secret, and He, who sees what is secret, will reward you” 
(Mt. 6:6). If you detach yourself from the excitements of life and seek God you will find inner peace.

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Secularism is not antithetical to Christianity. It is the logical and theological consequence of orthodox teaching. It has always been wrong to believe and to assume that the profane, or the secular, is contrary to religiosity. The main source of the emergence of secularity in Europe consists of the exteriority of the God postulate. So long as God is evoked as the source of all the call to which the believer has to respond, God remains an object of thought. As an object of thought God has as much substance as any reified notion conceived by the mind. Moreover there has been litlle, if any, reflection on the part of theologians, in all Christian denominations, to examine the role played by the doctrine of repentance as the easy way out of guilt for enormous crimes. It is a moot question whether, if there had been no doctrine of repentance, there would have been centuries of slavery, genocides, colonialisms, man made famines. One can imagine PizArro wiping out the Incas and then kneeling in a confessional listening to the padre telling him: "My son, say 10 rosaries. May God be with you and your sins will be forgiven!" In Canada it was normal, on Sundays, after brunch following the morning service, to take down the gun hanging on wall and to go hunting - for Indians. Oriental religions do not have repentance as a bureaucratically controlled therapy. They have no genocides of which to boast. Christian orthodoxy succeeded in annihilating the Gnostic faith, wrongly labelled a heresy. With the Gnostic God ceases to be out there! but within the 'soul", as the 'soul' . In enforcing the cult of the devotion to a cadaver on the cross, coupled with the belief in the resurrection of the body, St Paul does thereby evacuate God from the space of the soul. Hence the secularity which ensued. It did not ensue. It is present as the core of the Orthoxy and of the fundamental premise of the Faith. It just got released by the loves of the products of the materialism brought about by the Industrial Revolution. It is a Christian effect which blinkered Indians have incorporated in their polity, with disastrous cultural and moral results.

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