January 23rd – Religious Devils!

I read these words of Dr. Nelson Kraybill, the Programme Director of the London Mennonite Centre . He wrote:”450 years ago the INCA monarch Atahualpa was held prisoner in South America by the European conquerors. His captors wanted Atahualpa to accept the Christian faith. A priest carrying a cross in one hand and a bible in the other approached the prisoner and said: ‘I am a priest of God and I teach divine things to Christians. I have come likewise to teach you. God, who is one in essence and a trinity of persons, created heaven and earth and all that they contain. He formed of clay Adam, the first man, and from one of his ribs…” On and on it went. He came to: “Jesus Christ, who had redeemed us by dying on a cross. Jesus Christ rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven, leaving the apostle St. Peter as his vicar on earth, having put the whole world under his jurisdiction …” That’s some of what he said – don’t blame me. The speech went on longer, then the Inca monarch was given an opportunity to accept the doctrine about Jesus. He refused, but instead agreed to pay an enormous ransom in exchange for his life. The Europeans accepted this offer and received a room filled with gold, and two rooms of silver, and then decided to execute him anyway. On the day of his execution Atahualpa was given one last chance to become a Christian, with the incentive that instead of being slowly burnt alive, he would be speedily strangled. The Inca consented. He was baptised, given the Christian name of John and then executed while the Europeans chanted their creed.” Doesn’t your blood boil at such cruelty, sadism, greed and injustice? How could any one associate Jesus with such devilry? How could they be so blind to the light of Jesus, the peace maker? How could they live like the devil in the name of Jesus? Today – the word is – Our faith must live in our lives. If we don’t practise what he preached we are not his servants at all, whatever we claim to believe. Listen to Jesus in Matthew 5. 43-45
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy’. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
We can never achieve what is right by doing what is wrong.
A Prayer: Lord, enable your followers not only to repent and confess their sins against others, but to express repentance to those whom they have so grievously harmed.
Now read Isaiah Chapter 52: 13 to 53:12.

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