Number of Good Deeds Does Not Equal to Divinity
I was having a conversation with one of my mentors last night, and we both came to the conclusion, and understanding that there is a growing need to understand one of the requirements of obtaining entrance into a life of eternity. Many people believe that it is good enough to be “just a good person.” NOT TRUE. Others believe it is enough to just have faith alone, in that it is enough to believe in the existence of God. NOT TRUE. God says it is the balance of both that is needed.
For those that believe that it is good enough to be a “good person”. What defines being a “good person”? Isn’t such a definition subjective, rather than being objective? What one person may define as a “good person”, may be different from what another person may define it as, right? Many say, “helping people”. Well, how do you define that to fit to a definition to being a “good person”? Isn’t it possible for people to just do good deeds without truly loving or caring for the person? So it becomes an empty self serving act of charity. If we serve for (as in this day and age it is termed) “a cause”, for what reason are we supporting it for? Is it for genuinely finding a cure and understanding out of the love for Mankind? Or is it for a personal intention? Ambiguity, confusion…are tools that are not of Divinity. Divinity is quite clear…objective are It’s Definitions. When we use the subjective nature of flawed human logic, we will move further and further away from Divinity. Human logic is bound by earthly parameters, especially if it is devoid of faith, and following the instinct of sinful human nature. These are SELFISH acts of love. Divinity asks us to be SELFLESS in our acts of charity and love, towards each other.
For those who believe only faith is enough, those who believe in ASSURED salvation. Once we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, do our battles with evil end here? NO. In fact, upon accepting Jesus Christ’s Authority in our life, we must be fully aware that Evil will throw trials and challenges in our lives, in order for us to refine our faith in God, and to grow stronger in our faith. It also serves to further detach ourselves to the ways of this world, to which God makes very clear, that His Ways are not a part of. This includes temptations to sin like lust, greed, gluttony, sloth, envy, wrath, and pride. One good point that my mentor had pointed out during our conversation, is that each time Jesus Christ laid hands on those He performed miracles on, He said, “Turn away from your sin, and do not sin again.” Very true, we become new…born again, in mind, body, and soul, when we make Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. We stand by what He guides as our Good Shepard, through paths that are right and just. The Holy Spirit gently nudges us to ways that are right and wrong, in the Eyes of God’s Eternal Kingdom. If we continue to sin, faith is not enough. We have to believe in that faith with our entire whole being, enough to turn away from our sinful human nature, and surrender to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise you resoil the soul that you made anew upon accepting the authority of God, in your life. You can not live in sin, and challenge that salvation. Have you truly learned and become born again in spirit, if you still live in that rebellion? A born again spirit, will know of God’s Inifinite Wisdom; inequity is purged, and a hate for what is evil. There is no freedom when there is no fear of hurting, or disappointing God. That shows that there is no deep respect, as we would show our earthly parents. When God says He says He is beyond the world’s ways, who are we to challenge this? As Creations, who are we to challenge the Creator?
God judges on the intentions behind each action, because He sees all of it. Whether we believe in Him or not…that is the truth. The proof of His Existence is seen in the innocence and purity of little children. We were all once that pure and innocent. Do children think about the good deeds that they do? No. All they know is that is the right thing to do. God’s Acceptance into His Kingdom, is not defined in accordance to the earthly realm. He sees beyond what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch on this earthly realm. What kind of freedom is it, if we restrict ourselves to a belief that abides by the restrictions, boundaries, and limitations of this earthly realm. God, the Father of Creation, is beyond them. Our actions have to coincide with our faith. We have to have that conviction of wanting to know what is right and wrong, in this world, by seeking a Divine Force to lead you. At the same time, “faith without action” is also not fruitful. We should establish ourselves in a way that is inline with what Divinity had originally created for us to be; not to redefine it, without Divinity.
Though knowing that there is this OPTION in knowing that there is a path to Divinity’s Guidance into the Eternal Kingdom, there seems to be a premeditated rejection of knowing the Truth about Faith, in the world today. Many are much more swift to point a finger at another neighbor, or even at God; before reexamining themselves. We put our convictions and passions on things that have subjective meanings. We should do our good deeds, not based on obtaining any personal gain, in any shape or form. But in honor of the love of the Father of Creation, and out of that love, in the fear of disappointing Him. It is not by the number of good deeds, that determine our goodness. It is by the love sensed and invested into another, by each act that accounts for this. And only God, can see this.
For in Titus 2:11-15:
“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you.”