Peace 2017-41

                                                                                        Peace    2017-41

Peace is word meaning tranquility, calm, restfulness and not meaning discord and the like. It is used for greeting and sometimes in asking for quiet or order.

I use it in closing my emails and suggest that those receiving them, have periods of time that are indeed, calm and collected and tranquil in nature. It is my way of saying, take care and be restful in your life.

It would be terrific if our existence would be a long enduring form of peace without conflict, fear, or violence of any sorts, but that is usually not the case.

If we have a peace treaty, hostility sometimes stops, and this is due to some kind of compromise involving communication back and forth between the warring factions, which is usually the beginning of the end of conflict. This is the ultimate goal of those involved with the process.

Christians who believe that Jesus of Nazareth to be the Jewish Messiah called Christ (meaning Anointed One) also believed He was the messianic prophecy of Jesus, in which He is called, the “Prince of Peace”, one of many such titles that Jesus was given over the years my Christians.

Peace can be measured.  At least, it can be shown to exist by some groups using indicators of internal and external levels of peace today.  Iceland is said to be the most peaceful country in the world with Syria the least, according to the Global Peace Index produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace which evaluates peacefulness in countries, using 23 indicators of the presence/absence of violence. Wonder what it is like, living in Iceland? Other groups rank other countries either better or worse than these mentioned.

Peace on Earth, is the concept of an ideal state of happiness, freedom and peace within and among all people and nations on earth.  To achieve this stature is argued back and forth as to how to achieve this and is debatable. The basic Christian ideal specifies that peace, can only come by the Word and love of God, which is perfectly demonstrated in the life of Christ. Even this is contradicted in the Scriptures, but this is one context that I have read.

Anyhow, peace be with you. May you live in peace, be peaceful and may peace be part of your life forevermore.


Den Betts

What is a Christian? 2015- 79

What is a Christian?  2015- 79  

Christian, what is one?

The easy answer is one who believes in Jesus Christ and practices the faith of a believer of Jesus. A Christian is a person that is a follower of the world’s largest religion with about 2.4 billion adherents.  Christians believe that a man named Jesus is the Son of God, and was fully divine and fully human and became the savior of humanity. His coming as Christ or the Messiah was prophesied in the Old Testament of the Bible. To my non-Christian followers, let me expound on this subject for a moment.

Christian theology is expressed in ecumenical creeds. These professions of faith state that Jesus suffered, died, was buried, and was resurrected from the dead in order to grant eternal life to those who believe in him and trust in him for the remission of their sins. The creeds further maintain that Jesus bodily ascended into heaven, where he reigns with God the Father, and that he will return to judge the living and dead and grant eternal life to his followers. His ministry, crucifixion and resurrection are often referred to as “the gospel“, meaning “good news” (Greek: εὐαγγέλιον euangélion). The term gospel also refers to written accounts of Jesus’s life and teaching, four of which—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—are considered canonical and included in Christian Bibles.”   This per Wikipedia Click on blue words for more info on it.

Many people say they are a Christian without really knowing what a Christian is and the history of the religion. The Bible New Testament was compiled from writings and sayings of those that lived after the man Jesus died. Jesus is quoted from what is believed He said to them at the time. Most Christians have not read the Bible in its entirety, or usually read portions of it as deemed fit at the time. Some of the Christian thoughts have come from those sayings in the Bible and the Bible is used to make certain points or so in daily life.

The feeling of how Jesus relates as the Son of God, in relation to God and the Holy Spirit is not easy to fathom for some. This concept is sometimes hard to understand and to some, to accept. Other religions do NOT see this concept, as a fact and deny the Christian beliefs as not worthy of respect and these differences of opinion have created much discord in the world today.

“The central tenet of Christianity is the belief in Jesus as the Son of God and the Messiah (Christ). Christians believe that Jesus, as the Messiah, was anointed by God as savior of humanity, and hold that Jesus’ coming was the fulfillment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. The Christian concept of the Messiah differs significantly from the contemporary Jewish concept. The core Christian belief is that through belief in and acceptance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, sinful humans can be reconciled to God and thereby are offered salvation and the promise of eternal life.

While there have been many theological disputes over the nature of Jesus over the earliest centuries of Christian history, generally Christians believe that Jesus is God incarnate and “true God and true man” (or both fully divine and fully human). Jesus, having become fully human, suffered the pains and temptations of a mortal man, but did not sin. As fully God, he rose to life again. According to the Bible, “God raised him from the dead”, he ascended to heaven, is “seated at the right hand of the Father” and will ultimately return  to fulfill the rest of Messianic prophecy such as the Resurrection of the dead, the Last Judgment and final establishment of the Kingdom of God.”  Per Wikipedia

I cannot add to what I have shown above, but as a self-admitted Christian, I believe in what I have written. To those of other faiths, I do not care what you believe or do not believe. This is not a cruel thought, just a fact. We all have beliefs! Some people do not have a belief in God, Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit and that is a belief in that way of thinking. So be it if that is the case. Others of different faiths believe in a different God or many God’s and if so, that is your belief. When we can get together, talk, discuss and acknowledge our differences without discord we will be on a path of understanding that will go beyond belief; and that will be great.

Den Betts

Messiah 2014-35

Messiah 2014-35

I think of a promise of eternal life. So simple of an idea, but something for all of us to hold onto, to live for, to realize that we will have a continued life here after. We may never see the return of Christ in our lifetime, but regardless, the promise is there from his suffering on the cross then. With the promise, comes the realization that we do have this chance of living again, sharing and joining with past family gone before us. That being said, this poem relates mainly to the coming of Jesus and will we have learned, and the the joy of His coming and offering peace, finally on Earth.

Messiah 2014-35

A promise to return

Worldwide interest!

Will we learn from the past?

Multitudes of people

Joining arm in arm

Seeking a common goal.

He will come once again

Offering peace and understanding