The other day I just flipped through some pages in the Indian blog and to my horror I read all sorts of strange perceptions about God and Who He is etc. etc.
Permit me to throw some light on the various doubts and misconceptions many seem to have, from my points of view.
Varieties of names have been given to God and different names in different parts of the world as well. There is nothing known as God of USA, God of UK, God of Ethiopia, God of Indonesia, God of India and so on. There is only one God for the entire Earth.
I would give him the title, “True God or Creator God.” The reason why I have used the adjectives ‘true’ and ‘creator’ for Him is, to distinguish Him from so many self appointed gods. Indeed, there are thousands and thousands of such gods. But, they are not the ‘True’ nor ‘Creator’ type. However, by definition they are gods all right. Even the true God has given them recognition. In fact, it was very much in His knowledge how these fake gods came about and possibly He permitted them too.
You are confused, aren’t you? You would wonder, with so many gods around, how do I know who the True God is? It’s a difficult task all right. And yet, the true God expects you to find Him out of the galaxy of gods. “Haven’t I given the world adequate guidelines for that?” He would say.
Unfortunately, these fake gods also have somewhat similar virtues as the True God. For instance, they do have some power – power of miracles, power of healing, power of wealth etc. Isn’t it strange that they derived these powers form the True God and it was the True God who delegated these powers to them? Why and How, you would ask. Well, that’s a different story and would call for a separate article too.
Not all power have been given to them. The True God has withheld some, possibly to enable us to pick out the grain from the chaff. For example, the fake gods have no control over nature, they cannot create anything nor take away life. They cannot harm the believers of the True God in any manner without permission.
The head of all the fake gods is Satan, a very powerful and intelligent person. What’s Satan’s role on the Earth? What’s he up to? He is anti God and is always at cross purposes with the True God. He would mislead the people and persuade them to believe that he and his minions are the actual gods by performing some miracles on you. His healing will never be permanent; a lame man will continue to be lame after a couple of days. But he is the master of the riches of the world. He can give you enormous wealth if you pray to him. Satan wants the maximum number of people in his camp. He is the chieftain of Hell.
All the earthlings will have to die one day. Are you aware that there is one more life everyone has to live after the earthly death and you have no option about it? You can’t say, “Thank you very much. I have lived a good life on the Earth and I do not desire to live anymore and anywhere else.” You have no choice like that. You have to live that second life, whether you like it or not. And that life is not limited to 70 year or 80 years or thereabouts, but eternal and for ever. Eternal, may mean millions and millions of years and a very much a conscious life for that matter.
There are only two places you can spend that ‘after life’; in hell or Heaven.
Hell is Satan’s place and Heaven is the True God’s abode. Hell is a place of torment, discomfort and sometime a burning fire as well. You may feel terribly hot there and sweat and no water to quench your thirst. You may experience pin pricks all over your body or something knocking on your head constantly. These ghastliness won’t let you ‘die’ but keep you alive and force you to put up with the terror. Your thinking power will be very much operative. You could recall to your memory your entire past on the Earth, all the misdeeds you had done, about the varieties of gods you had bowed down to, how you laughed and ridiculed the sermons some Christian evangelists delivered about the True God , how you cursed the Christian pastors and Bishops and so on and so forth.
Whereas, Heaven is a place of extreme comfort and joy; you would feel exceptionally glorious there among beautiful gardens, golden roads, trees studded with rubies and emeralds, a care free life and all these in the presence of the True God whom you would be worshiping continuously. You can see Him, talk to Him, probably play some games with Him too. But you wouldn‘t know where you came from and who you are. You may not even know your name. You will have no memory of your life on Earth. You could ask the True God, “Holy God, who am I? Where did I come from? [Similar questions a little child would ask its mother on the Earth]. Then the true God would tell you what you need to know about yourself. Actually you may not even care to know anything about your past because the present is so marvelous, beautiful and in gorgeous surroundings. You will also have a mansion of your own to live in, with all kinds off facilities; you will be clothed in velvets. And you will have a company of thousands and thousands of believers there with whom you could talk, talk about the goodness of the True God, how wonderful He is etc.
So much about your future residence, which you have to choose while you are alive on the Earth and never a minute later.
Many do not know or do not want to believe that the True God visited the Earth some 2000 years back. But that is a fact. Several certifications and documentation are available in this regard. Some 700 years earlier, prophet Isaiah had forecast that a virgin will give birth to a boy who will be Immanual (meaning ‘God with us’). And truly a virgin did give birth to a baby boy.
This baby had to have a name and it was JESUS. He lived on the Earth for 33 ½ years. Why did the True god have to come to the Earth? Any reasons? He came down to reveal several truths not known to the world till then. One among them is the reality of a second life and how to spend it in God’s house. Man by nature has been seeking the Creator God. He had his own ideas of how to reach God and be in His presence. This is when several religious heads appeared and gave all types of discourses. One said, go and wash yourself in the river Ganges and you will go to Heaven. Another said, renounce everything, go and meditate in the Himalayas and you will get salvation. Be kind to all people, give to the poor and do always good deed and you will be in Heaven after your death, said another. Like this, there were so many suggestions and speculations about the method to reach God’s abode.
Jesus said, “All your imaginations and the modus operandi of how to reach God are wrong. The real truth is something else. To step into Heaven, you have to be 100% holy and not one of you is that holy. Even 99.99% holiness is unacceptable. You cannot live a 100% holy life on the Earth nor could you make yourself holy through any other means. “ Only I could make you totally holy and thus give you the right to walk into Heaven. For that, you have to put your entire Faith completely in me, that’s all.”
Some intelligent person could have asked, “It sounds very simple, doesn’t it? Is it really so?” It is indeed simple and the True God had made it simple because He wants every human being to come to him and not to step into Satan’s settlement. Next, Jesus had also made it clear that “You cannot reach Heaven by any other way. I am the only Way. All who had recommended any other route before my birth are wrong and in fact they are thieves and robbers.” And there is no question of Satan or his supporters ever allotting a place for you in Heaven. He is a controller of hell only..
During His life on the Earth, Jesus performed several miracles, a kind which no man had performed in the world history even till today. Has any magician or the so called holy men brought to life a dead man? Has a lame man from birth been made whole by any one? Has any born blind man received his sight either by medical means or any other? Has nature obeyed any man? It did at Jesus’s command. Has anyone walked on the water? Jesus did. Whatever He did was absolutely miraculous. It was clear that only the True God could do all these things. Jesus performed these miracles to substantiate that He was not an ordinary man.
Some lepers and blind men who were cured instantly, worshipped Jesus. Jesus did not forbid them. Even His disciples who did not know much about His divinity, in spite of witnessing so many miracles, did not really believe that He was God Himself in human form until He became alive after 3 days in the grave. Then they at once knew that he was not a prophet, not a teacher nor any of that kind, but the True God Himself. And they worshipped him wholeheartedly and Jesus accepted and acknowledged their worship. (Earlier during His ministry, Jesus had said, “Do not bow down to any idols or any image nor worship anyone except the True God.)
Short of saying that He is God, He had obliquely hinted, “My Father is in me and I am in my Father. My Father and I are one. ” The True and Creator God is JESUS.”.
Harbour no doubt on that and start worshipping and trusting Him from today.