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不要愛世界? [翻譯]

本帖最後由 小火車 於 2016-5-1 11:21 編輯

In 1 John chapter 2, there is a very important scripture with regard to the believers. It’s in verse 15 that he says, ‘do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. All that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who doe the will of God lives forever.


Now, what does it mean to love the world? Well, first of all we need to define what the world is. The world has to do with all that stands contrary to the revealed will of God. Also it says that the world is passing away. So, there is a way in which we can also add an extra definition, but we have to be very, very careful, and that is this the world is also something that is temporal. Now, so the world is, first of all, that which is contrary to the will of God. And secondly, it has the aspect of temporal. Now, so in order to know what ‘the world’ is, we need to study the Scriptures. And we need to find those things which God is against. Those ideas, those attitudes, those actions, and those words that are simply opposed to the God’s Scripture. That’s one aspect of ‘the world’.


Now there are some people that are very serious about walking with the Lord, and I praise God for them. And they look at Scripture and they say, ‘God is against this – I’m not going to do it. God is against that – I’m not going to do it.’ And that’s good! But then they also get to this aspect of this thing is passing away so it must be worldly. And that’s a little bit dangerous. Why? There are many things that are passing away. They are not necessarily evil. Let me give an example: my body is passing away. That doesn’t make it evil. The sunset I saw this morning is passing away. That doesn’t necessarily make it evil. Even my marriage, with my lovely wife, is passing away. But that doesn’t make it outside of or opposed to the will of God.


It seems like there’s two extremes in the Christian life. You know what I mean. Someone who does not take the commands of God seriously, and is simply just living continuously like an unbeliever. There is a person who takes God’s commandments seriously but becomes monkish, becomes separated from life and becomes separated from many of the things that are manifestation of God’s common grace in this world.


A holy man isn’t someone who just goes to church, isn’t someone who just reads his bible, or just prays. A holy man is a person involved actively in relationships, is someone that can look at all the grace that God has given us in this life, whether it’s marriage and children or friends, or even food, or creation. So many experiences that God has given us that are manifestation of His grace and so many people deny those things. They’re opposed to them, they hate them but actually, they are good gifts of God.


One of the things that I would say is that if you’re just like the unbelieving world, you’re in trouble: you’re worldly. On the other hand, if your desire to obey God has just separated you from almost everything in life, even the good things, and it’s gradually taking more and more of your joy away and making you severe and loveless and critical, then you’ve got a problem on the other side. The Christian is someone who is not bound by things, not even bound by the good things of God, and yet, at the same time, knows how to enjoy them and delight in them


One of the things that I’m so worried about, often, because of the way I preach sometimes, there is a need point out sin, but you need to realize that which is life is not sin. There’re so much good in this world, so many things to enjoy. I’m overwhelmed at the goodness of God. One time, years and years ago, someone told me this and I’ll never forget it. They said, ‘Paul, God put leaves of tress. He didn’t put religious tracts on trees!’ And what they were trying to teach me was this, ‘Paul, just because it doesn’t have the title of being religious or even Christian, that doesn’t make it evil.’ And I’ve taken that hard, because I see that it’s biblical. I enjoy my friends. I enjoy even my interaction with many, many lost people that I want to win to the Lord, the times that I’ve had with them, the conversations, even the laughter that I’ve had with them. I enjoy nature. I enjoy hiking and kayaking. I enjoy laughter. And, you know I make it in trouble on this one, I enjoy grabbing my wife in the kitchen and doing a dance through the living room, as my children are all applauding, and laughing.


One of the things also if you’re a parent, I want to say this, you know there are so many evils out there for our children and we have to guard them from those things. But here’s something else, you need to replace those things with something good. If all you ever do is to take away the world from your children, but you do not allow them to experience the good graces that God has given us throughout this planet, then you are going to create either a religious hypocrite, or someone who will eventually turn away from the faith, or someone who is severe and loveless and legalistic, and we don’t need any of those things.


Godliness is not removing yourself to live on a farm, 40 acre of farm in Kansas, so that the world doesn’t touch you. Godliness is living on this planet, interacting with Christians and unbelievers, seeing all the wonderful things from prayer to Bible study, to fasting, to walking down a country lane, to poetry. It’s being to take in all these things and to appreciate them, while, at the same time, loving the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength and seeing all these good gift come from Him.