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Tuesday, 15 May 2018 18:46

Bible Study Review - May 10

We would first of all like to acknowledge the efforts of Father Emmanuel, the spiritual Father for many of us, in preparing and conducting the Bible Study lessons each week. They allow us to grow in knowledge and spiritual understanding for the ultimate goal of drawing nearer to God. Furthermore, it should be noted that the ideas drawn in this article are merely summations of the talks given to us each week, and are not intended to replace the talks themselves.

The main focus point for this week was money, and the love of it based on the themes of the last chapter of the first letter of St Paul to St Timothy.

We should be careful that we don’t let money become the centre of our lives. Just as it is written, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10)

We only have to look at the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. It was out of love of money and greed that he was driven to betray Jesus and to deliver him up to the Jews to be crucified. They gave him 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus. Just as is referred in the above, “Money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

To illustrate the effect that the love of money can have, and how it contradicts the teachings of the Holy Gospel, an example was given. In this example, there was a gardener, and the gardener didn’t earn very much but whatever he made, he gave to those in need. God provided for this man and took care of him. One day, a thought entered his mind, and he thought to himself that he would keep a little aside for when he grows old and needs it. He started doing this, putting money aside, until one day, he got sick. Spending all his money on doctors, they eventually came back to him and said they would have to amputate one of his legs. The man, hearing this, went away and remembering what he had done repented for hoarding his money away. Hearing his repentant spirit an angel of the Lord came done and the man seeing this, said that he would no longer store up money for himself and asked for God to heal him. At that moment, the angel touched him, and he was instantly healed. When his physician inquired about him for fear of his ill health he was astounded to find him in good health working in the field once again.

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Monday, 02 April 2018 12:57

Bible Study Review - March 22

We would first of all like to acknowledge the efforts of Father Emmanuel, the spiritual Father for many of us, in preparing and conducting the Bible Study lessons each week. They allow us to grow in knowledge and spiritual understanding for the ultimate goal of drawing nearer to God. Furthermore, it should be noted that the ideas drawn in this article are merely summations of the talks given to us each week, and are not intended to replace the talks themselves.

It seems suitable to first set the focus point for the lesson in question. While there were many ideas and points covered, the general idea was that of love. To speak of love, how can we not speak of God? As Father repeats time and time again, "God is love". If a person says that they love God but still holds a grudge against their neighbour, the person is fooling themselves. For it is not possible for them to say that they love God and not love their neighbour.

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another." (1 John 4:7-11)

It is important to note here that unless something is done out of love, it has little benefit. Take, for example, the Pharisees, whom we so often use to show this contrast. The Pharisees were focussed with correctness and conventionalism. Being more concerned with correct practise, they left little space for God, and so became blind to the Truth. They could not even see the Lord standing before them, despite all the miracles and wonders performed by Him. They had no love in their hearts, and so God could not dwell in them. So it is with us! If we become too preoccupied with what we do and how we do it, and have no love in our hearts, we can also fall into the same trap.

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