Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. (Galatians 1:4)

Thought:

This is an evil world in which we live. That is a sentence that very few people would argue with. But the question of whether or not there is any alternative, any possibility of rescue from the evil of this world, has been at the centre of religious debate for a long as people have had any concept of it. Regardless if the possibility of salvation, for many non believers the first question is: from what do we need to be saved or rescued? The concept of being saved from sin is meaningless to them. The word has no place in our society these days. So it has occurred to me that if people can agree that our world is a dangerous and evil place, full of fear, loneliness and sadness, then surely they can agree that if salvation were an option, then they could see the point of being rescued from those things. It strikes me that salvation is really a change of attitude or seeing ones place in the world from a new perspective.

Word:

Galatians 1:1-7 NLT

This letter is from Paul, an apostle. I was not appointed by any group of people or any human authority, but by Jesus Christ himself and by God the Father, who raised Jesus from the dead. All the brothers and sisters here join me in sending this letter to the churches of Galatia. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. All glory to God forever and ever! Amen. I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately twist the truth concerning Christ.

Goal:

This new perspective, this salvation, brings a great peace and a desire to share that peace through forgiveness and a new compassion and understanding of the suffering of others. But when all the others seem not to care or even notice your own salvation, it can be extremely easy to doubt everything and go back to your old way of life with all the others. This is probably why Paul felt compelled to write to the Galatians to express his shock at how soon they were turning away from their new faith in the Good News as he had recently taught them. There are many influences in the world that twist the truth about Jesus. My goal is to resist them by clinging to the Word of God as written in the Bible.

Today’s readings:

Isaiah 15:1-18:7, Galatians 1:1-24, Psalms 58:1-11, Proverbs 23:12

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