Thursday, July 16, 2009

The Everlasting Question

That very question which Pontius Pilate asked Jesus: “What is truth?” (Jn. 18:37) is the everlasting question deep within the heart of every human person. How important that is, is exemplified by the common Chinese saying: “It is shameful to ask a question but it is more shameful not to ask a question.” Asking is like a search for an answer. The world today is messed up or confused for not seeking true answers. Students who don’t ask or look for answers tend to remain ignorant. How right was Jesus in saying: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened for you. Everyone who asks always receives, everyone who seeks always finds, and to everyone who knocks, the door shall be opened” (Mt. 7:7).. God’s word can’t be mistaken nor tell a lie because God is a God of truth and love.

Many questions need answers but we must ask or look for them so as to solve the unpeace and confusion in our world. Questions such as: Must we be afraid? Is violence an answer to problems? Is revenge the answer? (see Rom: 12:18-21). Can you pay for the value of one human life? Is that the basis of the Law—“Do unto others what you want others do unto you” (Mt. 7:12)? Is the pornography, hedonism or sexual freedom truly an answer to man’s quest for happiness? Are the very last destinies of man either heaven or hell, depending on whether they keep God’s commandments of justice, truth and love? Are all men called to become saints? Are all religions the same? If not, which one provides the true way? Should we respect all religions as we respect every person created by God? Did Jesus die on the cross and rise from the dead 3 days after? What are the clear facts and signs, the proofs that are beyond question? If you truly ask, seek and knock at the door of truth in all sincerity, you will certainly find the answer. Jesus, the Son of God or God’s Second Person, can’t lie nor be mistaken when He says: Everyone who seeks always finds: (Mt. 7:7). Of course being sincere means being true to ourselves and our efforts in achieving the goal. Think deep within yourself why the Lord Jesus had said: “At this time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ So he called a little child to him and set the child in front of them. Then he said, ‘I tell you solemnly, unless you change and become like little children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. And so, the one who makes himself as little as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven’” (Mt. 18:1-4; see also Mk. 10:15, Lk. 18:17). It is the humble whom Jesus took to himself. It is the humble that enter God’s kingdom. The proud had so many reasons for sticking to their pride. Where have all the proud people gone? When will they ever learn? That is a question we may ask ourselves. The proud think they know all the answers, the humble realize there is still so much to learn, so be open to listen.

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