The Message - Sermon

Enlightenment

Enlightenment frees us from the bondage of any false interpretation of the Scriptures. It leads us to attain the spiritual knowledge and understanding of the Almighty God, who He is and what He wants from us and why we are here today and will be gone tomorrow.  Are we here on a mission or just existed by chance,  created, or evolve.

Some anointed Thinkers of the past lost their lives seeking answers to human existence, expressing human potentials and life form.  As the generation progresses, some early church fathers supported these great thinkers’ theories. Augustine or St. Augustine adopted some of Socrates’ teachings and St. Thomas Aquinas was Plato’s immortal soul theory. Is there any connection with Paul or St. Paul’s treatment about women to Aristotle’s treatment for women?  Do we have an accurate or definite answer?  We don’t! Do we have an opinion on how Paul’s ministerial mind works at that time? Possible! Was he under stress to work for his own forgiveness?  We do not know this either.    

When we seek for enlightenment, we do ourselves a favor; we help unveiled what is dormant within us.  We start to do the thinking and for all you know, our belief system starts to function to the fullest and reach the apex of our thought until we cannot think any further and still fall short of an answer. Habakkuk, during his time, kept questioning God why his requests are not being answered.  He did not realize that the answer has already been given.  Sometimes our emotion dictates to make a quick action only to be shaken when wrongdoing superseded the good thing.   

From childhood to adulthood fear is our greatest enemy to move on. Its existence is a burden and overshadows our opportunity to use the powerful built-in our body, the power to think, our capacity to ask, our choice, our will of self-control; and using all these powers, fear will depart and the truth will surface and set us free.  The Bible said, “Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”, some people used this word “fear” as respect.  If that is so, we do not need to talk about it, but it is not how some felt about it. Every time we have done something wrong, we are shaken, cannot think right, feeling self-pity, convicted by our own conscience. In this situation, we have to remind ourselves to fear no evil, for he cannot destroy the body and soul.

There are many kinds of fears that clutter the human mind.  We will talk about the two kinds of fears which is Fear of God and fear for ourselves. We fear God because we are concern that we might offend Him because we love Him and respect Him. He is our provider of all the things we need to survive,  like the air we breathe, water that sustains our life, and the heat of the sun that gives us strength and energy.  We could ask for a luxury living but it doesn’t mean that it will be given to us without working for it.  Money doesn’t grow on a tree, but if we will ask for our needs then that is a different story.  

 The second Fear is fear that God may harm us, punish us, or make our life miserable. That is not the way we want to know Him;  not the way we want to pass to our children, to our grandchildren, to others that don’t know Him, why will He do that.  God is a loving God, a good and the greatest Father of all. We can always lean on Him in times of need. When we go back to ancient times, yes He did punish those people because of disobedience to His will but they were God’s servants during those times that need to follow certain laws.  We are no longer under the laws of Moses, through the redemptive blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, that graces us to be the children of God. 

Fear is like the shadow that follows us everywhere we go, whatever we do, so keep focus and trust that He, our Lord God Almighty will never leave us nor forsake us and that is a promise.


Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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