Perhaps the greatest challenge mankind has faced down through history is that of living together in godly love — with peace, harmony and good will. Failing that challenge has produced conflict, slaughter, mayhem, wars, death and misery on a massive and near universal scale down through history from the first man and woman to the present day.
God has provided in his Word the instructions for meeting that challenge. Those who desire to be in the Kingdom of God will have to learn how to apply the principles found in God’s Word that show us how to live in peace, as much as it’s up to us as individuals.
Jesus said the second of the two greatest commandments is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” He also warned, “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12).
We’re living in an age where love is growing cold, and being replaced all too often by bitterness, aggression, hatred, violence and other evils, as God’s law is despised and rejected.
Regardless, God’s commandments still stand, and those who love their neighbors in accordance with God’s instructions will reap rewards now and in the ages to come. Who is your “neighbor”? And how are you to love your neighbor? Principles we can apply to this precept are found in Scripture, as we seek to apply God’s word in learning how God would have us love our neighbors.
The Passover is about human destiny. It’s about why you exist. It’s about your future, and the future of mankind.
The Passover is also about God’s love. It is about God’s love toward us and about our love toward God, and about the love we may have toward one another through God’s Holy Spirit.
The Passover is the first of seven annual festivals God commands to be kept by his people. Like all of the commanded festivals, there are lessons pertaining to God and our relationship with God to be learned and reminded of in keeping the Passover. To learn the lessons intended by the Passover, it’s important that it be observed at the right time. And it’s even more important that it be observed in the right manner and spirit and with the proper understanding.
In this article I will discuss the Passover, what it means, and how it relates to God’s plan of salvation.
In a six month period just over a hundred years ago, from April to early October, in 1919, race riots bloodied the streets of at least twenty-five American cities and towns.
These were but some of the many riots involving ethnic hatreds between and among various groups that have occurred within the United States during its history. This in addition to various wars, including the French and Indian War (during the Colonial period), the Civil War, and other wars involving American Indians.
Conflict between ethnic groups, whether designated races, nationalities, or some other term, is a problem that has gone on among human beings the world over from the earliest times of human existence.
What is the origin of such hatreds, how are they propagated, and what can we as Christians do to make sure we are not drawn into such evils?