We move on to the fifth of the seven letters in Revelation. We’re on the home-stretch. This time the letter to the dead church in Sardis. Jesus has very little in the way of good things to say about the church in Sardis. And, of course, bad things. In this church, the examination will again be about the relationships between the good and bad statements. But this time, Jesus very clearly points out the differences to the church. And therefore, to us as well.
Wisdom From the Spirit
The Trinity: Is there one Christian God? In other words, do you agree with the following statement? There is one true God in three persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Would you believe, only 56% of Americans strongly agreed with that statement? As of 2019, about 65% of the population of the U.S. claims to be Christian. That means at least 9% of them don’t agree that there is one Christian God, made up of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Oops.
Truth is, that number could be over 9%. There are likely quite a few non-Christians that would know Christianity teaches about the Trinity: one God in three Persons. Even Muslims know about the Trinity in Christianity, even though they teach it’s not correct. Oops again.
If God is here, where is He? That question seems to have a lot of doubt built into it. Not since God is here, or since God exists, but If God is here. Not to mention the obvious doubt that God is here, since there’s no apparent evidence of Him.
However, there are people who end up at this site looking for answers to questions like these two:
What does God want?
Does God cry when we die?
These are people that believe that at least God is here, but maybe wondering whether he still cares.
The questions: Don’t just listen to who? Do what? And the answers: Don’t just listen to Jesus. Do what He said. In a sense, it seems so obvious. At least it should seem obvious that someone who calls themselves a Christian would naturally listen to Christ. And do what Christ said. And yet, it’s not always the case. Not only today, but even back in the early church. Even way back in the 1st century AD. It seems that old saying, the more things change the more they stay the same, is really true.
The goal here wasn’t to tell you that toothless will be in Heaven. And it wasn’t to get you to want to ride around the universe on him. No, the goal was to get you to think. Even more so, to dream. And dream big. Really big. And very good. To get you to realize that no matter how good you may think this life is, the next life will be so much better. Better than you think. Better than you can dream about. And something you really don’t want to miss.