In this day and age; the age of violence, needless wars, self-gratification, greed, godlessness. This, the age of sin, there is no love. Not real love, but instead the only love that truly manifests in everyday life, the love that tops the list is the unGodly, unholy love of money. That is the love that seems to be the driving force behind politicians and the acts and bills that they sign into existence. It is the love that drives most people.
There is a love that we must remember, a love that is true love and holy love. This love is from the Father, the one true God. He created all things, including you. So if God commands us to love and to show love to others as He shows us, then that is a good love, pure and holy.
1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
These verses teach us what real love is.
We are told to take this love and behave toward everyone in such a manner.
Mark 12:31 (NIV)
… ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Luke 6:35 (NIV)
But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Can you imagine a world that followed these commandments? We would not be living in a world that invades countries out of greed or hatred. We would live in a world where we all get along, share our resources and care for one another. We would be helping the drought stricken nation of Africa where famine and pestilence is killing people. We would give freely of our medications instead of charging ridiculously high prices. I could go on.
Do we not expect help if or when we need it? So then why do we not help others when they need it?
Luke 6:31 (NIV)
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Love is everything, without it we have nothing…nothing but a life of sin and misery. We have a world where people only see themselves and within their own needs and desires, nothing else.
Romans 12:9 (NIV)
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 13:10 (NIV)
Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Here are some more scriptures on Love:
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Ephesians 4:2 (NIV)
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
1 Peter 4:8 (NIV)
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 John 4:7 (NIV)
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
We must always remember to love others as God loves us.
The following is a great piece of writing put together from scriptures.
It is called “The Father’s Love Letter”. Please read it and you can also watch the beautiful by clicking the link bellow. The letter and video are taken from: http://www.fathersloveletter.com/index.html
AN INTIMATE MESSAGE FROM GOD TO YOU.
You may not know me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in my image. Genesis 1:27 your being. Acts 17:28 For you are my offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16 And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. 1 John 3:1 Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect father. Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33 My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40 For you are my treasured possession. Exodus 19:5 I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. Jeremiah 32:41 And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3 If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20 For I am your greatest encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. Isaiah 40:11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4 And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4 I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. John 17:23 For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. John 17:26 He is the exact representation of my being. Hebrews 1:3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. 1 John 4:10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32 If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7 I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15 My question is…Will you be my child? John 1:12-13 I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32
Love, Your Dad
Words paraphrased from the Holy Bible ©1999-2008 FathersLoveLetter.com
Thomas H Czech, 2012
This world as it was, no longer is.
Peace, love and harmony no longer exist.
The world I once knew is gone…long gone,
everyone who promised a better place, were wrong…so wrong.
Where do we go? What do we do?
Do we throw in the towel, do we say “we’re through”.
Oh my, I’m heart-broken, sad, forlorn,
my spirit crushed and my heart is torn.
My world is gone, my future’s no more,
I want to close my curtains and lock the door.
My tv is off, no more news for me,
no hope for anyone, and nowhere to flee.
But I did hear of one who they say is hope,
is he real? Does he know we’re at the end of our rope?
He is called the messiah, Jesus is His name,
Will he save us if I cry out His name?
I’m down on my knee, I cry out to Him,
oh my Lord I need hope for you to bring.
We have failed, greed has destroyed us all,
to the pit of despair we did fall.
We need your forgiveness, mercy and grace,
you are the only one who can save this human race.
Please do come, come back soon,
we haven’t much time, we can see our own doom.
Thomas H Czech, 2012
By: Thomas H Czech
September 17th, 2011
Our planet is a large system created to keep a multitude of life forms living and prospering.
There are more life forms on this planet than we can imagine and more that we still have not yet discovered.
Earth is created to sustain life; everything is in perfect harmony, in immaculate balance. Nothing is left to chance.
Salt-water oceans allow certain life forms where fresh water allows another type. Land allows land creatures and so on.
When humans were placed onto earth they had everything, which they needed, clean water, fresh air and pure soil–everything to sustain life. Lakes, rivers and oceans were filled with marine life, the land was covered with land animals and the air swarmed with flying creatures. Everything which was needed, was at hand, which included fruit trees, berries, vegetables and so on.
Years went by and the human population grew, as years became decades and decades tuned to centuries we learned to make tools. We then tamed animals; we also created larger and more precise machines, which made farming the land a little easier and faster.
The human population grew larger, as this happened we farmed more land and animals. As time continued on we then created more tools and machines. We also created larger wagons to move our goods and supplies by land and we created boats of various sizes to sail along coastlines and eventually to other lands.
Time went by, there was no limit to our creations. However, there is a limit to the planet and its resources. But humans only saw that there was an abundance of everything!
As the human population continued to grow, so did the need for land and resources.
Land was stripped bare and ploughed under, there was no real understanding of the need to replenish the soil of its nutrients or the need to change the fields from one crop to another from year to year to prevent certain insects or disease from taking hold. There was no understanding of replanting trees neither.
We also discovered useable minerals and metals deep within the ground, which we learned we could dig up and extract and turn into useful resources to make our lives easier and better. Within time we built better machines so we could extract what we needed at a greater rate from the earth.
Then we built machines that separated the useful stuff from the not so useful stuff, this however produced toxic by-products, which polluted the ground, water and air, but we didn’t know that it did or how bad it was and we figured we could dump it as the rain would wash it away or the oceans would just swallow it up and make it disappear.
The human population exploded, forests were cut down and wetlands were drained and filled with rock and dirt and villages, towns and cities built on once nutrient rich soil. Animals were forced to move and live in unfamiliar places, places so unfamiliar to them that they starved because they could not or did not know how to hunt there. Those that did survive did not have enough babies to rebuild their population.
People by the thousands flooded these concrete jungles.
Farms became so mechanized that they were able to plough under lush forests, jungles and other green spaces in a short time.
Green forests, swamps and ponds were filled in and crops from other parts of the world were brought in and planted, but these crops would not survive in their new soil and climate unless they were sprayed with insecticide and the soil pumped full of chemicals.
We needed fuel to power our factories and run our machines, so we burned oil and coal by the tonnes pumping toxic smoke into the air which the winds took from one place and scattered the waste to far away parts of the earth, the rain and snow would eventually bring it to the ground, polluting soil, rivers, lakes and oceans.
Quality of our air and water and soil was deteriorating fast, bringing with it illnesses and disease to every living thing.
Now, however we know what we have done, we know that we are killing our planet and ourselves by living in such a manner, and yet we are taking our sweet time making the appropriate changes.
There are people out there who say that wind and solar power is not good, yet I have seen places and been to them and have witnessed first hand how great these forms of hydro producing things are.
Burning fossil fuels or damming rivers is not the way to go; we know this now. Solar and wind are the best we have right now. We can also build affordable electric cars and yet we are told they do not work well, but they do. The technology is out there to get completely away from bad forms of power. We can live clean, we just need to have people and corporations with money to invest in clean energy and those in power to stand up and say, “Enough is enough”, and support clean and renewable energy.
©Thomas H Czech, 2011
Evolution; A Christians Perspective
It was thousands of years ago when the earth was created. The plants, oceans, lakes and rivers, all put in their proper places on this planet, the stars were scattered across the sky; the sun and moon a perfect distance from the earth.
Then animals were created and populated all of the earth, all those who are marine life filled the lakes, rivers and oceans. The animals of the land and the birds of the air have their places as well, all live harmoniously were they are supposed to live. Then man was created; what a sight it would have been for man to open his eyes for the first time and see such beauty, the different animals and plants, the multitudes of colours, textures and fragrances would have been amazing to witness for the first time. It was a little while later that woman came, she also would have seen the land as it should be, clean, friendly and whole. Vastly different to what we have today.
(A process of change in a certain direction. http://www.merriam-webster.com/)
Man and woman have been created; they work with their hands, the only tools they have. They live in the wilderness because they have been taken out of the Garden of Eden, because of sin.
They need to learn to garden, farm and hunt-they need to survive! How would they do this? They would need to adapt, to evolve.
Science would have us believe that everything on this planet and everything in space was created by mere chance, and that all living things evolve and have evolved from a single-celled organism, which evolved from inorganic matter and humans took one route which led us to become an ape then caveman and then to who we are now. However, I see it differently, I do believe humans evolve but it is not in the manner science would have us believe. When we look back at humanity to when we were first created to what we are now, we have indeed evolved.
Some would say that we have actually devolved. This means that we have actually become less civilized, and our advancements have taken us to a more uncivilized more self-destructive place; we are destroying ourselves. We destroy the land by stripping it of its trees and other plant life, we drill holes in the land and oceans and suck out its oils and gasses, we dig holes to rape the land of its other resources as well, then we empty lakes, rivers and oceans of sea life. When we do these things, we drain the earth of resources that have been a part of it since its creation; throwing the natural balance off track. That is not all, when our infrastructures break down these things spill onto the land and poison the soil and water killing even more life and polluting and poisoning the homes where we and other life forms live.
That not being enough, we need more so we illegally and unjustly invade other nations starting wars in which we not only murder innocent humans, we kill animals and plants with weapons which pollute the air, soil and waters. Is this a sign of humankind having evolved to become better and more intelligent life forms? I think not.
Evolution is a process created by God
When I look at my children; I see a process of evolution. When they are first born, they learn to cry, they cry when they feel uncomfortable, they do not know what this discomfort is, but they know they do not like it. For instance, if their diapers are dirty or wet, they do not know the meaning of wet or dirty, they just know that it is not comfortable so they cry to get the attention of someone who will take away this discomfort. The same goes for hunger, as newborns they do not understand what hunger is, they simply know that they need something, so again they cry. This is a part of nature that is instilled in the very essence of their creation!
Nurture comes into play as they soon realize that whenever they cry, mom or dad come and do something, this something takes away their discomfort, this is learned through repetition, a process where one action receives another positive action or reaction. They have evolved. We are created by God to learn and behave this way.
From the moment we are born we evolve, there are various stages we go through in our process of change. When we are babies, we evolve where we learn to crawl and then walk and soon after we learn to run.
Another stage of evolution for humankind is the learning stage, we begin to learn the moment we are born, this is a combination of nature which is we want to learn to communicate with others, so we learn speech. The same is for movement, we want to learn to walk so that we can get to where we want to be, such as near our favourite toy. In addition, there is a nurture aspect to this, we go to school, we are taught by others the things which the society we live in deems important for us to learn. These are things which do not come to us naturally, but they are taught to us through a long process and by repetition, such as reading and writing. Also we are taught right from wrong, such as that hitting or stealing is wrong. We need to be taught such things in order to be a productive citizen of our community.
Let us take this perspective of evolution to a grander scale. We see that humanity has evolved in the sense that we have learned to created such things as Automobiles, airplanes and medications. How do we come up with these things, is it mere coincidence? No, these things are given to us by God. God is the one who created us and has given us the intelligence to create and to invent.
We evolved to this stage by the careful guidance from God, and so we created things, which are to make our lives better. However, as humans like to have power over others we took the idea of cars and created tanks and other armoured vehicles, we armed airplanes which were to make travel faster with guns and bombs and took the concepts to create medicines and use it to create viruses, chemical and biological warfare etc. Therefore, it seems that every step forward in human growth we seem to take another back.
A Christians view on evolution
Now let’s take a closer look at the theory of evolution and creation.
We are created by God, God created everything seen and unseen. Nothing and no one is here by chance; everything and everyone has a purpose.
Humans are created and have evolved, but neither is done by themselves. The evolution of humans is simple; we are born, we learn and we grow. All one needs to do is follow a baby from birth through adulthood, there is where we can see how a human evolves. This is evolution in its simplest terms. The other form is humanity, as I stated earlier one only needs to go back to Adam and Eve and look through history to see how we have evolved, such as learned to create (and destroy).
A Christian’s perspective on evolution is not to believe Darwin’s theory of evolution, but instead to believe in God’s intelligent design of creation and see that humans do evolve (change) but that this evolution or change is guided and directed by God himself.
Thomas H. Czech
(October 10, 2010)
©Thomas H. Czech, 2010