If parishioners, or non church people want to know the truth, ignore the teachings of most churches. Truth can be determined from a careful examination of the scriptures. Old and New Testaments. There you will discover the Christ plan and mission. Meaning what Christ expects from each of us. Upon conclusion, a vastly different conclusion will be drawn. Differing greatly from what the most modern churches teach.
In Luke we find, Jesus, our illustrative teacher, story telling again. Jesus was being told that the population of non Jewish Galileans under Pilate were screwing up the Jewish animal sacrifices with blood mixture.
Wow asked Jesus? “Do you think of those Galileans, as being people representing the most egregious behavior ever known to humanity?”
Without further elaboration Jesus said, “Hey!” ‘if you do not repent. all of you will likewise parish.'”
Then Jesus moves on asking for their recollection. Where at Siloam a tower fell on eighteen people, killing all of them. Again Jesus draws a parallel asking, “Were they the most egregious sinners in all of Jerusalem?”
As above, Jesus said, “Except you repent, you will likewise parish,” Luke 13:1-5.
With His illustrative manner, Jesus taught two valuable lessons. Looking first at the second incident involving the death of eighteen innocent people.
This is a matter of great confusion for many people. Especially, when people lose a child. Pick your corner of the world there incident after incident you’ll find innocent people dying for no apparent logical reason.
Some are prone to wonder why God would permit such occurrences. Not being able to get satisfactory answers concerning God’s non intervention or silence. They turn against God and some even curse Him.
Huge mistake! Because Jesus said, “You too will parish, if you do not repent.” People should be curious about the Christ teaching about repentance, but most are not. Again, such a shame because it is the most central teaching of Jesus Christ.
As far as the first incident, where the Jewish animal sacrifices were tampered with. Think in terms of some of histories more notable tyrants. Even though very bad, they are perceived by Christ as being no worse than any other person; even people of noble character. The same response occurred from Jesus, as He had with the blood mixtures. There is no sin greater than another transgression. We compartmentalize sin, God does not. The Christ message is the same for all and simple, “repent or parish,” Luke 13:3,5.
We as mortals trapped in a confusing world seeking understanding, as to why things unfold, as they do. We often see things in terms of the immediate. For the fortunate, maybe a life close to a century. Then some conclude life’s long journey is about over, but for that final breath. It is not, but that is for a later discussion.
God sees things from an eternal perspective. Calling for obedience first, and then adoration. Humanity most often turns its back on God; refusing to obey let alone adore. This has resulted in severe punishment for humanity all through history, and it is unfolding right before our very presences today.
God in another desperate attempt to get humanities attention. Did something only God could accomplish. He introduced Himself into this physical world as the only begotten son of God. We know this unexplainable miracle as Jesus the son of Mary and Joseph. How spectacular a miracle was this? In Revelation 19:13, the answer is as follows, “He was clothed with a robe (body) dipped in blood, and His name was called The Word of God.”
This eventually resulted in the murder of Jesus. Launching yet another approach, to get humanity to ‘obey and adore.’ During this time line, or covenant with humanity. God has given humanity what it most desires. Their freedom, and independence, allowing humanity to take responsibility for the managing of their lives and this planet.
During which time God has chosen to remain aloof and silent. Meaning God will not intervene and save the innocent from tragedy. Or interfere with evil as it reeks evil upon humanity. That is the lesson from Luke 13:1-5. God sees no distinction between the good and the bad. This time span is but a rain drop to be quickly evaporated. Furthermore, tragedy and tyrants are given over to the management of we mortals. We bare all consequences for the good, unfortunate, and bad occurrences.
Jesus taught this prayer model in Matthew six. When you pray, recognize God who is in heaven. Sacred and holy is His very name. Give God His due respect by worshiping and adoring Him. That is the lesson of verse nine.
Pray for His kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. So few words steeped with directives for our execution. If we as Christians know any thing, it is that humanity will continue to curse God by their attitude and behavior. That is why we are to work and prepare for His return. Only Jesus can save humanity from extinction. That is the lesson of Matthew 6:10. We are to ask Jesus, for our “daily Bread,” Matthew 6:11. While all of these verses deserve more commentary. The key here is found in Matthew 6:8, “… for your Father knows what things we are in need of before we ask him,” In Matthew 6:12, we are told to ask for forgiveness of our debts (sins). It is a debt that we mortals can not repay apart from the mercy of God the Father. From repentance to life in Christ the message in a few words is this. We must forgive our debtors. How can Christians having experienced God’s forgiveness not forgive those indebted to us by their transgressions. A mark of spiritual awakening, and depth can be measured by our ability to forgive others. Christians who hold grudges have little utility in the service of Christ. To much foreign baggage holding them back.
Repentance is very important in the Christ plan. In Luke thirteen, Jesus calls for repentance twice. While God has left the planet to humanities management, the central features remain the same, ‘repent and adore.’ Adoration notion found in Matthew 6:9 “Hallowed be Your name.”
The Christ plan requires first of all repentance. Then the taking up the Christ cause of challenging and changing your world.. With Christians setting aside their hopes and aspirations for the cause of Christ. John picked up on this when he wrote. Those, who do combine those attributes are examples of what it means to be a Christian. Jesus then by His innateness, and His, authority refers to us the children of God, John 1:12-13.
Failure to experience the aforementioned is the most egregious mistake of humanity. Because it leads humanity to someday, to be permanently separated, from any future after death relationship with Christ, See John 3:3.
The cause of Christ is as follows.”If any person will come after me, let them deny them self, and take up the cross, and follow me,” verse 24, Matthew sixteen. “For whoever desires to save their life shall lose it, but whoever loses their life for My sake will find it,” verse twenty five. “For what is it for a person, if they gain the whole world and loses their own souls? Or what shall a person give in exchange for his soul?” verse twenty six.
Imperatives issued by our illustrative artist, Jesus. They are not debatable or negotiable; they are absolute imperatives, and the only path available to eternal life. The cause of the “cross,” exemplified by Christ Himself.
The second Christ imperative is a willingness to lose ones life in order to gain eternal life.
And then shunning what this world has to offer, in exchange for the Christ plan and mission. Which leads to the possession of ones soul or eternal life.