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Alex’ view – Racism is a sin

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Alex’ view – Racism is a sin

Hello my brothers and sisters,

I ask God for blessing us today as and will continue do this as He always does! Today I got it on my heart to touch on the subject on racism. As I am a Christian I will follow Gods guidance in everything so also this subject.

This subject is one that we are faced with more and more. In the general way, because how much closer we come to the end time, the more people show intolerance towards one another. And that tolerance more often or not is associated with racism. But we are also faced with this subject because my wife and I are an interracial couple (I am a Dutch guy and she is a beautiful Ghanaian woman). Not everyone agrees with our choice and sometimes you see the surprised looks and sometimes also angry looks (or even angry comments). But also I see how for example the African and Afro-American woman are being faced with racism just because of the fact that they are dark and female.

I pray to God that people will stop being racist and intolerant towards each other. Even when we don’t agree with the choice of someone else (e.g. homosexuality is a sin, but that does not justify us to be hateful and racist towards them. Homosexuality is not more a sin then other sins (with the exception of insulting the Holy Spirit). God will judge us on our sin (all our sins!) so we don’t need to do that. But to come back on the subject. Racism is wrong and God makes it very clear in the Bible that He does not allow it and considers it a sin!

In the Bible I found some verses that touch this subject.

Romans 10:12 (NIV)

12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile–the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,

In This verse God lets us know that He sees no difference between people. He makes it known very clearly that he is the Lord of all of us, so he doesn’t exclude nobody! He only wants us to call on Him so he can richly bless us!

1 John 2:9 (NIV)

9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.

As Christians God will not accept us to be racist or judgmental to others based on race (or even sexual preference) and makes it know that although we might think we are in the light, as long as we hate our brother then we will still be in the darkness. So racism is a sin and it is a sin that can cost you entering heaven! Stop hating others just because they have another skin color!

John 13:34 (NIV)

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

This is a very beautiful verse as it shows that we need to love others as we are loved by God! He even asks us to love other the same way. Again, God makes no distinction of any kind. So we cannot choose who we will love as ourselve!

And I want to close this “Alex’ view” with the following verse

Genesis 1:27 (NIV)

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God made us all in His own image! This verse is in the beginning of the Bible and God makes very clear that everybody is created to His image. If we sin by being racist then we are actually attacking God and calling His word to be incorrect. And God never makes mistake!

To be clear homosexuality is a sin according to the Bible so God did not create people as gays. That is a lie of the devil! The devil wants us to believe that people are born that way, but God is not gay and cannot have created homosexuals, because that is not a creation in His image! But when we are begin racist to someone that is gay, then we are also sinning. Let God deal with everybody and their own sins!

There are lots more verses about this subject and I hope that you will all go deeper into this subject with God!

God bless you all!!

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Bible study ‘Gospel of Mark’ – Introduction

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Dear brothers and sisters,

In my first blog on the Gospel of Mark I will do a short introduction on Mark.

Who is Mark?

Mark or, to give him his full name, John Mark was a Jew who possessed both a Jewish name, John, and a Roman name, Mark.

He lived in Jerusalem by around AD 42. His mother was called Mary (the commonest name for Jewish women), and his cousin was the early Christian leader Barnabas, who had lived in Cyprus. As a young man Mark accompanied Barnabas and the apostle Paul on a mission trip, but appears to have dropped out.

However, in later life he continued to work with Paul and with Peter. He was the apostle Peter’s interpreter in Rome in the early 60s of the first century and thereafter went to Alexandria in Egypt. He is best known through the Gospel he wrote.

Why was Mark written?

Mark was written to inform people about Jesus: his teaching, his deeds, and, especially, his identity.

Although Mark informs readers of the identity of Jesus in the first verse of his Gospel, he also recounts how it took the disciples and others a long time to realize who Jesus was. In fact he specifically emphasizes how Jesus was secretive about his own mission and identity, though he revealed more to his inner circle of friends (the disciples). This is often called the Messianic Secret.

Each of his actions and sayings carefully revealed more about him, until half way through the Gospel, Peter realizes that Jesus is the Messiah. It then takes the rest of the Gospel to explain that the Messiah is not a victorious conqueror in the way that people expected, but someone who was going to save people by dying a shameful death.

Who is Jesus according to Mark?

Jesus is God’s son and the long awaited saviour, called Messiah by the Jews. Messiah, translated into Greek, gives us the word Christ. God’s son could not be understood by Jews to mean a lesser god, since they knew there was only one God—God’s son is in fact God himself.

That’s why Jesus can forgive sins, when only God can do that (2:7). It is also why Mark can quote prophecies about a messenger being sent in front of God and apply them to a messenger being sent in front of Jesus (1:2–3). Jesus is Messiah because he is the one that people have had to wait for, and he is the only one who can rescue humans. However, Jesus’ identity as God’s son and as Messiah would be so liable to misunderstanding if they were revealed at once, that Jesus deliberately keeps his identity secret, seeking to minimize the publicity given to miracles while he focuses on teaching the twelve disciples.

Why does Mark say Jesus came?

Mark’s Gospel tells us that Jesus did not come to help people who think they are good, but to help people who do bad things (2:17). Jesus describes himself as a doctor, who, of course, spends time with ill people, not ones who are well. Jesus then explains that he came to give up his life (10:45).