Archive for July, 2011

Like the Law of Gravity, love is also flowing from God to the world. However, in order to achieve ultimate love between God and the world, love needs to break the law of gravity. That is, love of the world must go up to God. In this sense, whereas classical theism follows the law of gravity of love, panentheism breaks the law.


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It is the place of both the birth and the death that free will is useless.

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The Compassionate Mind

Word of God: Luke 5:32
Title: The Compassionate Mind

Do you know how many number of cases to wear our clothes?
1) Right side of front and back
2) Opposite side
3) Right side of In and Out
4) Opposite side of in and out

I usually wear like number 2, 3, 4 at home, so my wife always scolds me: “Why do you wear it like that?” At home I just wear as it is. I do not want to turn my attention to others. When I go outside, I wear it properly, but at home I just want to be comfortable.

If I wear this clothes like number 2, 3, or 4 at church, you may think, “He must be crazy; He must be sick; He is out of mind.” Why? Because it is not a proper attitude to wear clothes.

However, if you see homeless people wearing like that, what do you think? Do you think, he is crazy; he is out of mind? I don’t think so. You may have compassionate mind for the poor/homeless people.

Today’s Bible teaches us such a kind of compassionate mind for others.

1. Background: Luke 5:27-32
Jesus called Levi (Matthew: Matthew 9) as a disciple who was a tax collector. At that time, tax collectors were sinners because they unrighteously collected tax from the people. So people didn’t like them. However, Jesus called Matthew as one of his disciples. Then, Matthew invited Jesus to his house and was having dinner. Many sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples.

The Pharisees saw this and asked Jesus’ disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?” This question was very reasonable. Why? Because at that time eating with sinners was very unusual, because most people didn’t like them. However, Jesus became their friends. So the Pharisees did not understand Jesus’ action.

Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Who needs a doctor? Not the healthy but the sick. Jesus equalized sinners with the sick. So he accepted them.
And then Jesus said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13, Luke 5:32)

This was the reason why Jesus came to the world. How about now? Does he still call his disciples? YES. Jesus is still calling sinners even now. You and I were sinners, but by the grace of God, Jesus called us as his disciples.
If you read Matthew 9:1-8, you can see that Jesus argued with some of the teachers of the law. The story is like this. One day some men brought a paralytic to Jesus, lying on a mat.

They had eager mind to help their friend, the paralytic. They might think. “Jesus is coming, we have to let this friend meet Jesus. This may be the last chance to be healed.” So they brought him to Jesus, lying on a mat.

Jesus saw their faith and said to the paralytic: “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”
At this, the teachers of the law said to themselves: “this man is blaspheming.” Why? They thought, only God can forgive our sin, but Jesus said, your sins are forgiven. Is he God?

Yes Jesus is our God. Although he was a man, Jesus was God, so he can forgive our sins.

Knowing their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?” The teachers of the law entertain or enjoy evil thoughts. Jesus saw such a mind from the teachers of the law.

If we look at someone’s inner mind or hidden mind, which is different from the outer action of someone, we cannot easily open our heart to such a person, since we see one’s two faces.
However, if we look at someone’s honest mind which is same with his/her action, we can rely on him/her.

Compassionate mind/heart
We were also sinners, because of Adam’s original sin, but God gave his son, Jesus Christ, because God had compassionate mind for the world, for the earth, for you and me, so that we are saved. Because of Jesus Christ, we have eternal life. God shows us God’s compassionate mind. It is free.

Therefore, we also have to show our compassionate mind for others. Just as we receive God’s grace for free, so we have to give our compassionate mind for others for free.

Do you like to criticize others or do you like to embrace others? Even though we need to criticize others, we have to criticize them with compassionate mind. Although without the compassionate mind, to criticize someone can make your feeling good, it is useless.

What is justice? Justice means to give peace or to settle any injustice where there is suffering or injustice. However, justice without love would cause another suffering or injustice. Justice is not to pierce but to embrace. Thus justice must get along with love.

Last Tuesday and Wednesday, I got almost 20 calls from somebody. When I got it for the first time, I said, “You called a wrong number.” But he called almost 20 calls and said, “there are something wrong.”

Finally I called a local cellular phone store and told the situation. He said, “Do you want to block that number?” “Yes, I do.” After blocking that number, I received no longer any call from that number. It makes comfort my mind.

And then, I thought, when we are in trouble, in order to block evil in our life, we have to call the person who knows the system of our life and who can solve the problem of life. Who knows our life? Who can solve our problem? Only God. God alone knows our life. God alone can solve our problem. God alone protect us from the evil. So, we have to call, we have to pray to God.

God has compassionate mind for us and stop them entering us.

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Word of God: Matthew 6: 21
Title: Our Heart toward God

One man participated in any seminar program about self-reflection and recognized that he was not doing well for his wife. So after seminar, he sent a text message to his wife. It was a poem, “A Flower,” written by Taeju Na in Korean.
“자세히 보아야 예쁘다. (A flower is beautiful when we look at it in detail)
오래 보아야 사랑스럽다. (It is lovely when we look at it for a long time)
너도 그렇다.” (So do you)

What does it mean? It means that ‘wife, I did not recognize that you are so beautiful. I am sorry.’ If you receive this message, what would be your response? You may say, “thank you, honey. You are also handsome.”

However, he got a text message from his wife: “what do you want from me?” His wife did not recognize her husband’s changed mind and attitude.

What do you learn from this short story? It is hardly easy to find better happiness than to communicate our mind or heart with others such as friends, classmates, and even family.
If you say to your dad and mom, “I love you dad and I love you mom,” if you show your mind/heart to them, they will be very happy. Why? Because they know your inner mind.

If you read Matthew 6:19-24, you can find that Jesus talks about our mind. Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.” Why? “(because) moth and rust destroy” and (because) “thieves break in and steal.”
So, Jesus says, “store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” Why? There are no moth and thieves in heaven.

BUT, you can ask: How can we store our treasures not on earth but in heaven? In order to live very well, we think we have to have big money on earth. It seems to be right.
If we store money in bank, there must be neither moth nor thief there. It is safe.

However, Jesus says today’s word of God, Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What does it mean? If your treasure is here, your mind is here. If your treasure is there, your mind is also there.

Jesus teaches us a very different direction of life, because we are the people of God, because we are the citizen of heaven.

And Jesus knew that “You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24)
Do you know the parable of rich man in the Bible? He asked to Jesus: “What good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus said, “Sell all your possessions and give to the poor and then come, follow me.”
What was a rich man’s response? The Bible says, “he went away sad.” (Matthew 19). What does it mean? He did not follow Jesus because of his money. It is not easy to follow both God and money together.

The people of the world pursue the abundant life in this world. They want to have good houses, good cars, and enough money to do everything.

Ok. We live in this world. It means that we need money and we need material, but as Christians we should not live with the same value of the world alone. Although we live in this world, we have to have the value of the kingdom of God.

So if we pursue the same value, we are not different from the people of the world.
That is the message of the Bible.

Let’s suppose that there is a tree here. How can it bear good fruits? In order to bear good fruits, it must be a good tree. The tree must be good. Unless the tree is good, it cannot bear good fruits.

Matthew 7:18 and 20, “A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit…. By their fruit you will recognize them.”

Christians should show the world the life of fruit. How can you get the good fruit? You have to be a good person and have a good mind.

In order to keep a good mind, we need to focus our heart toward God.

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“Jesus replied, ‘Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then John consented.” (Matthew 3:15)
Although God can do everything God wants and wills, God does not use God’s own authority to fulfill all righteousness but begs baptism from a man John. This reminds me of God’s kenosis or God’s self-emptying from Philippians 2. This image of Jesus may be different from Jesus we make in the fossilized doctrine. The fact that Jesus was baptized by a man John does not mean that the authority of the earth dominates that of the heaven but that through the apostolic tradition or spirit of the earth God fulfills the vision or will of the heaven, declaring that “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” What we learn from baptism, God meets and works with the world together.

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