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Is It Wise?

by Garreth L. Clair

Many people today are living their lives a certain way because they have decided that is the way they want to live. Everyone lives a certain way today because they have made the choice to live that way. Environmental conditioning has played a part in the lifestyle of each of us even though we have truly used our ability to make the choice. For instance, if we have been exposed to conditions of poverty this has caused us to think a certain way about our life and has contributed to the choices we made in life in most cases. The only way one will ever overcome these adverse conditioning circumstance is by sheer will. Every person has the innate ability to be whatever they choose to be, this is especially true in the U.S.A. If one has a strong enough desire to succeed in a given area of endeavor, that person will find a way to excel in the world in spite of a lack of opportunities and social advantages that have been available to others. The human spirit will extend itself toward an achieve goal with a bit of encouragement. This is often been proven in many cases where a little encouragement has been offered to men and women who have been subjected to poverty and deprivation. One can see many examples of this with immigrants that have migrated to the U.S.A. in the past 100 years.

The same kind of problem is seen in the spiritual [i.e. the religious endeavourers] relationships that many people have due to a lack of opportunities and personal drive. God has revealed Himself to the whole of mankind so that everyone may benefit from His “Amazing Grace”, yet many people do not benefit because of environmental and economic situations. There are many people today who think that they are too poor or to deprived of the ability to understand true religion that they do not even attempt to be religious. There are also many people with no understanding of the nature of true religion [i.e. Jesus Christ and His Church].

Those who are feeling that they are too wicked or have done too much evil in their lives are mistaken and need to lay aside such reasoning because Christ died for the ungodly, cf. I Timothy 1:8-15, “But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully, as knowing this, that law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and unruly, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for abusers of themselves with men, for men stealers, for liars, for false swearers, and if there be any other thing contrary to the sound doctrine; according to the gospel of the glory of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. I thank him that enabled me, (even) Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he counted me faithful, appointing me to (his) service; though I was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: howbeit I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord abounded exceedingly with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. Faithful is the saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief:” [ASV]

There is never a reason for people to make a choice that leaves God, the Bible, and true religion [i.e. the religion of Jesus Christ] out of their life. The ancient prophet, Jeremiah said; “O Jehovah, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23). Indeed, many people who have turned away from true religion ought to rethink their life options, there is an open door for every person who has a desire to become a Christian and live their life for God, cf. Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” [ASV]

Please, for your life in the future and throughout eternity consider seriously the religion of Jesus Christ. You are welcome by faithful Christians throughout the world to come and serve God with them. Will you consider investigating the church of Christ in your community? You will be welcomed!