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09. 03 2013

Born from above or sinners

By Gabriel Baicu

No man on earth can stop sinning as long as it is still motivated by his human nature. Why? This is because every man is a sinner in God's sight precisely because of his human nature. Sin dwells in us, in our genes, in our most profound structure. I don’t refer here to facts considered criminal or offensive by the society, which are also sins in God’s eyes, because all this can be prevented by education. There are many citizens all over the world, who never performed any crimes or offences, in their entire life. Nevertheless, this time I want to speak about the interior movements of any human being and to the visible sins. Hard to be seen from the outside, some sins, such as: malice, hypocrisy, envy, greed, indifference, selfishness etc, thrives in the human nature unless this nature is regenerated in a spiritual way. Probably a careful analyse can emphasis all this deficiencies, considered as such only when we have a term of comparison, for example in the Christ teachings, but this kind of investigation presupposes a long personal relationship.

 All people have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3; 23) It is impossible to be otherwise as long as the human being is a natural being, led by his or her human nature. It is impossible not to sin as long as we are directed in our choices by our flesh:

 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. 16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. (Galatians 5; 13-17 NRSV)

 We cannot be without sin as long as we are led by the flesh. As much as we will try, we remain sinners until God, through the Holy Spirit is giving us birth from above.

 3 Jesus answered him, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above." 4 Nicodemus said to him, "How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother's womb and be born?" 5 Jesus answered, "Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. (John 3; 3-6)

 Any man or woman, who is not born from above, meaning spiritually regenerated will continue to sin no matter how often he or she will visit a church building or a Christian assembly, no matter how much he or she will pray or how many times he or she will read the Bible. Our human nature produces sin such as our lungs breath.

 We need a new nature, meaning God’s nature. Jesus couldn’t live without sin if He were only man and not God, in the same time. In a sense, Jesus is us, all of us, when we live in the divine nature. He is the pattern of a spiritually regenerated human being; He is the Son of Man, meaning the man having a double nature, divine and human, that is a spiritually regenerated human nature. We become one with Jesus; we become Him, by being like Him. It will be no difference between us and Christ, in the Kingdom of God, on the new earth, we will be perfectly one. We are already one, in this life, not perfectly one, when our human nature and His human nature are in us. The hierarchy between Jesus and us, He is the boss and we are his subjects, is an invention of the institutional churches, in order to make us to obey them, because they present themselves, directly or indirectly, as being the replacement of Christ, on earth. That is true for all institutional Churches, the organized religion, which tends to impose a certain religious doctrine onto believers. That is true not only for the Roman Catholic institutional Church, regardless of what some representatives of other institutional Churches, Protestants, Reformats, Evangelicals, etc, officially or not officially maintain. Starting with Luther, some sustain that the Roman Catholicism is the epitome of the Anti-Christ, but this is not actually the message of the Bible. All imposed authority, in matters belonging only to the competence of individual consciences, such as the religious believes is the epitome of the Anti-Christ. Such an imposed authority can be exercised by any organized religion and in fact many they do it.

 What can we do, in order not to sin? We can do just one thing, namely to escape from our own human nature and to “live by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh,” as Paul said in Galatians. No matter how much we will fight not to sin, living in our unregenerate human nature, it is impossible to succeed completely. Why are we not informed by the institutional Churches about that? That is because they don’t have any interest to do that. Sinners need the institutional Churches, in order to confess their sins and be supported in their demand for forgiveness. The institutional Churches get, in this way, an authority over us, based on our imperfections, them which are not perfect in themselves. This kind of authority is a fictional one because in fact it doesn’t come from Jesus’ teachings. We are inoculated with the idea that we, the sinners are in need of the institutional churches to teach us how to live without sin. We are persuaded by them that we need them constantly, because they are a spiritual guide, which help us fare correctly. It is not like that, but we are taught just that. In reality, we need Christ in a personal manner, in order to give us birth from above, to regenerate our human nature, to live in us and to share with us His divine nature.

 The institutional churches don’t teach us what to do in order not to be sinners any more, but they teach us to come back to them over and over again. In order not to be sinners any more we need to suffer a profound transformation of our minds and our hearts, to get a new spirit and a new hart. Heart transplantation is needed for a Christian, a heart from above; more precisely we need to be a receiver of new hearts and the donor is Christ. We find this kind of promise in the O.T. also:

 26 A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will remove from your body the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27 I will put my spirit within you, and make you follow my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances. (Ezekiel 36; 26-27 NRSV)

 We must be led by the Holy Spirit and not by the flesh and if we do that we can successfully won the battle against sin. The real motivation for sainthood comes from above and is transmitted to us by God. Only God can give us what He knows that we need in order to be strongly motivated to live for Him. The kind of love and peace that one can experience with God is enough to compensate all promises from any given temptation on earth.

 Uselessly, the religious functionaries utter loud, vociferous remarks or threats against the sinners but they are not able to explain how the sainthood works. First, all believers must know about the need to be born again and afterwards the sainthood comes naturally, from that. The institutional Churches don’t need saints they need sinners, people who feel guilty all the time and who need the pardon of the institutional churches and are influenced by the words of the religious clerks. The one who doesn’t sin any more it is more independent, less obedient to the religious functionaries because he or she knows that they are not under their authority, but are free, in Christ. How can the religious leaders remain leaders if the people led by them would be more spiritual than themselves? What need still remains for someone to be led, in his or her spiritual life, from outside if he or she is already led from inside, by God? What we really need is to be guided by Jesus, from inside and all the other Christians are only our brothers and sisters. Christ also is our brother, the first born among many brothers and sisters. (Romans 8; 29)

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