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Many people these days seem to turn to Christianity mainly for the sake of their own personal material fulfilment, rather than because they want to surrender themselves to God and follow Jesus’ example  during His life on earth, or simply achieve spiritual growth.

I feel that many Christian denominations tent to focus on material prosperity and worldly achievements, as opposed to spiritual growth and spiritual fulfilment. It seems as though  the ultimate purpose of being a Christian is to achieve self-benefits without self-sacrifice or deprivation. Which is as convenient as it is far from the truth. 

Some Christian completely distort Jesus’ teachings to fit their views, and their understanding of Christianity has no resemblance to what you see in Jesus’  ministry, or for that matter, the Bible itself.

A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish. (Psalm 49:20)

Recently, an American Pastor was talking on TV about her book ‘Buy the Shoes, Eat the Coockie’ – or something to that effect – I must admit I was very saddened by her arguments. After watching her interview, I found myself wondering about  the purpose of penance, self-sacrifice or as Catholics say, ‘the offering up’ of one’s sufferings as means of  achieving  a holy life…

There are plenty of instances in the Bible where Jesus talks about material wealth and the lack of it, as well as spiritual growth and the way to the truth. Many interpretations, however, seem to fall short of understanding His words, even though they sometimes can be plain clear. 

Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:25)

A good Christian wants to be more like Jesus Himself.  A good way of  ‘practicing’ this is to always remember to ask ourselves a very simple question, whenever we found ourselves in position when we are not sure which way to go: What would Jesus do/say if He was me right now? I am certain that if we put our own will aside and listen carefully to the answer, it would most definitely lead us  to live a more sanctified way of life.

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