As I said in Christianity and its Evolution, Christians in its time were more fearful of God than today. Today Christians have become so accustomed to the way the world thinks and does the things that they believe those are the right ways and therefore they do them as well. This has made the world not believe us, because like it they also get sick, they get divorced, they have financial problems, they speak the same language, and even worse, we have become a people without answer to our problems. Therefore, like the world we run to the doctor, to the psychotherapist, to the loaner, to the judge, etc.
What has happened to Christians? Where is their God? Where is the God they always pray to, and never seem to get an answer? Is it because of God, or because of us?
When you realize that what you do once doesn’t get an answer, do you go and do it again? Then why have we been making the same mistakes? We try to find the answer to our nation, our state, our city, and all we do is run to the government, read books, fill ourselves with medicine, we try to get distracted from our problems with sports, hobbies, drugs, food, and all sorts of things, that we have become a desperate people. I have seen so many young people tired of religion. The pastor preaches, but somehow they are not filled anymore. The truth is… THEY ARE NOT SEEING WHAT YOU PREACH.
They yearn for an answer, but they don’t come to you because they don’t see it there. Instead, they kill, watch pornography, end up in jail, commit suicide, steal, and hate, hide themselves in music, etc. Then we ask ourselves why the street isn’t so safe anymore. Not only that, but even in the own church we see all types of sin. We have tolerated abortion, fornication, adultery, but whenever someone comes to do the right thing we push him, kick him, stab him with our words, and mark him as the worst.
Are we not seeing the truth? Those veils of darkness that sin has put in your eyes don’t let you see. Then we boast of how great our race is, and all the wonderful things we’ve done. When the truth is we have been denying God since the day we were born.
Jesus said in Matthew 3:2
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
The word repent originally comes from the Greek words meta an noeó. Meta means “changed after being with”, and noeó means “think”, together they mean to change the mind. Repent means to change the way we think. We need to change what we believe, if it isn’t bringing good results. We need to challenge our way of thinking in order to find the truth.
The Didache, a brief early Christian Treatise that was considered by some of the Church Fathers as part of the New Testament, but rejected as spurious or non-canonical by others, was not accepted into the New Testament. After being lost for centuries and rediscovered, it is now considered part of the category of second-generation Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers. The Apostolic Fathers is a term used to describe a group of Early Christian writings produced in the late first century and the first half of the second century. Some of the writings among the Apostolic Fathers seem to have been just as highly regarded as some of the writings in the New Testament.
In the Didache, we see that there are two ways. There is the way of life and the way of death. In chapter 5, we see how it describes the way of death:
“But the Way of Death is this: First of all, it is wicked and full of cursing, murders, adulteries, lusts, fornications, thefts, idolatries, witchcrafts, charms, robberies, false witness, hypocrisies, a double heart, fraud, pride, malice, stubbornness, covetousness, foul speech, jealousy, impudence, haughtiness, boastfulness. Persecutors of the good, haters of truth, lovers of lies, knowing not the reward of righteousness, not cleaving to the good nor to righteous judgment, spending wakeful nights not for good but for wickedness, from whom meekness and patience is far, lovers of vanity, following after reward, unmerciful to the poor, not working for him who is oppressed with toil, without knowledge of him who made them, murderers of children, corrupters of God’s creatures, turning away the needy, oppressing the distressed, advocates of the rich, unjust judges of the poor, altogether sinful; may ye be delivered, my children, from all these.”
Something very similar we find in the Bible in Galatians 5:19-21:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you, as I have also told you in the time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Also, in the Didache we find the way of life. In chapter 1 we find that it says that the way of life is:
“First, thou shalt love the God who made thee, secondly, thy neighbor as thyself; and whatsoever thou wouldst not have done to thyself, do not thou to another.”
In the Bible we see the same in Romans 13:9:
“For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” “Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.”
We have forgotten about love. We cannot know God without love.
1 John 4:8
He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love.
With this we go back to the beginning. We need to fear God.