A gift for you- money within – open and see.
Today I received an envelope with this title opening to see to my surprise the dollar bill inside. Then reading the message:
Please don’t throw this away, it contains valuable information.
Why give away money?
There are four reasons: First, as a small token of apology for the fact that so many have asked for money in the name of Christianity. Christians should be giving to the community, not taking from it.
The second is to ask you an important questions. Do you consider yourself to be a good person? Let’s look at the Ten Commandments and see if you are. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen anything? (The value is irrelevant). Have you ever used God’s name in vain? Jesus said, ”Whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Have you ever looked with lust? Will you be guilty or innocent on the Day of Judgment? Will you go to Heaven or Hell? If you are guilty of breaking those four, God sees you as a “lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart.” And the Bible makes it clear that you will end up in Hell. But there is good news. Even though we broke God’s Law (the Ten Commandments), He became a man to pay the fin. Jesus suffered and died on the cross (taking our punishment upon Himself), then He rose from the dead: “loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God doesn’t want you to go to Hell. He can forgive you and grant you the gift of everlasting life, so confess your sins to Him right now, put your trust in Jesus, and you will pass for death to life.” The third reason for giving you the money is to show you that you have faith. Perhaps you are saying, “How can I know if the gospel is true?” Maybe you felt the same about this gift, but you had enough faith to open and see if money was inside. Do the same with the gospel. This gift as mere money, God’s gift is everlasting life – so what are you waiting for? You may not have tomorrow. The fourth reason: The information you are now reading was hidden from you by the money. The Bible says things of God are hidden from you because of your sin. Allow God to wash away your sins and your eyes will suddenly be opened to a whole new realm.
Pray something like this: “Dear God’ today I turn away from all of my sins (name them). I put trust in Jesus Christ as my lord and Savior. Please forgive me, change my heart, and grant me your gift of everlasting life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.” Then read you Bible daily and obey what you read (see John 14:21). Go now to www.livingwaters.com and click on “Save Yourself Some Pain.” There you will find important principle that will help you grow in your faith.
As a Christian I was intrigued and taken aback by the audacity of the givers of this envelope and message. I am not one to force my beliefs on others, and at the same token I do not wish for them to force their belief upon me. However, it made me question the true meaning of being a Christian. My position on my own Christianity is pretty timid against others who claim the same Christian Faith. The beginning of this message was tough to read, and of course anyone who is reading this, and any human for that matter is a, “lying, thieving, blasphemous, adulterer at heart”, and upon further inner critique I had to admit that I as a Christian am all of these things. But how can I call myself a true Christian if this is correct? Jesus was human and battled the human condition wrought with temptation, so if he battled then of course who am I to think I am any different in that capacity. True Christians are sinners. True Christians are not perfect and True Christians do not judge others for their sins, they offer assistance to others through testimony and by walking the walk and talking the talk. I have found in my journey as a Christian, first raised a Roman Catholic: Let me tell you, I learned mounds of deceitful, perverse illusions of faith during my childhood journey of Christianity. My Father was a womanizing abusive alcoholic, my mother converted to Catholicism in fear of losing my father and appeasing her mother-in-law with daily rituals of kneeling and rosary, attending Catholic school and keeping up appearances. Every Sunday was a show and every confession was a wash. Indeed, my exposure to this pseudo Christianity could have derailed my actual faith and caused me to become a non-believer, But, deep inside me from a place that was untouched by human manipulation, there was a light of truth, a knowing of sorts that could not be contained and put out; There was an innate knowledge of good and evil and the consciousness to know the difference. When I was alone and bared my soul, my salvation was known to me and my maker. I did not need the convoluting middle man to state my case, and I especially did not have the fear of damnation at these moments. I felt the God of love and kindness, the God of forgiveness and understanding, the God of comfort and peace. It was only in the moments on Sundays did my faith seem less than. My conclusion in assessing the feeling of inadequacy came to the revelation of the plight of human intrusion and distortion of Catholicism and Christianity will not only fail the needy souls, but deter any acknowledgment of the innate light in one’s own being. I do not attend church because of the mishandling of faith and followers. I do not take the Bible as literal, but as lesson. I do not tout myself as being more because I am Christian; I merely offer testimony and ministry, when needed. The institutionalization of Christianity was the beginning of the end for the true Christian. I do not need a church or synagogue or other “PLACE” to affirm my Christianity or to have others accepts my faith in their terms. I only need a quiet moment wherever I am to gain wisdom and strength from my Lord Jesus and my God. I can only control my actions and thoughts (and sometimes not thoughts) and can only offer a word of inspiration to others who are searching. Christianity today should have just as many freedoms as any other religions, but true faith and Christianity is through selflessness and service.