Destinul tragic al Tinerilor Crestini din Diaspora Romana:

Un alt apel al tinerilor romani din Statele Unite si Canada, in care ei ne solicita ajutorul nostru, al tuturor fratilor romani din Diaspora. Acesti tineri romani care nu s-au nascut in Romania, sau au fost prunci cand au plecat de acolo, si nu inteleg bine,  sau deloc Limba Romana, si implora pastorii din bisericile romanesti, totodata pe frati si surori,  sa-i ajute si sa-i sprijine in rugaciune, ca ei sa ramana in Casa lui Dumnezeu si sa  intelegem situatia pe care ei o confrunta. Oare ce este mai important, sufletul unui copil de-al nostru, sau limba ce o vorbim!

Este timpul sa facem loc copiilor nostri in bisericile noastre, chiar daca multor frati nu le place acest lucru. Sa le dam si lor un timp de a vorbi si a lauda, ba chiar de al cunoaste pe Dumnezeu in limba pe care o cunosc ei, adica Limba Engleza . Pentru ca sunt multi dintre ei care vin purtati de parintii lor la Biserica si nu inteleg nici macar o boaba din ceea ce se predica.

Oare nu trebuie sa avem grija si sa ne ajutam proprii nostri copii? Pana si in Romania avem Biserici unde fratii crestini se aduna laolalta si unde se vorbeste si se predica atat in Limba romana, precum si in Limba Maghiara si asta la fiecare program, si fratii traiesc in partasie si in dragoste in ciuda acestui fapt! Acest fapt il cunosc personal si nu este vreo inchipuire. Sa facem asadar totul ce ne apartine noua ca sa ne castigam copiii pentru Imparatia lui Dumnezeu, fie ca ei vorbesc sau nu Limba Romana. Dar sa citim in continuare ceea ce au ei de spus, prin propriile lor cuvinte pe care le gasim in continuare:

poza de la Romanian American Network, care raporteaza ca in anul 2002 sunt 1,200,000 de Romani in SUA. Scrisoarea via http://tineriromaniamericani.wordpress.com

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Iubiti frati romani, spre deosebire de toate stirile crestine din lumea virtuala, publicatiile noastre reprezinta o drama tragica, care caracterizeaza si ilustreaza vieti reale, ale crestinilor romani din Diaspora. Articolele noastre reprezinta un conflict foarte complex si puternic, cu intamplari si situatii tragice, care se da intre doua generatii crestine. Prima si cea mai lovita-n soarta generatie suntem noi, tinerii romani nascuti sau crescuti in America si Canada, care de ani de zile ne luptam pentru: supravietuire, recunoastere si acceptare in bisericile romane. A doua generatie sunt frati mai in varsta si pastorii nostri, care de-o viata se lupta din rasputeri, pentru a-si pastra si mentine: pozitiile dominante, puterea totala, si controlul absolut in bisericile dansilor. Pastorii si lucratorii nostri in general, eii sunt ingroziti ca vor fi inlaturati de la putere de catre generatia tanara, si ca rezultat isi vor pierde functiile si salarul. Frati mai invarsta si batrani din poporul roman sunt inspaimntati, ca acceptandune si pe noi isi vor pierde: limba, cultura, oboceiurile si traditiile romanesti din biserici. Noi tinerii traim groaza de-a fii respinsi si alungati, groaza unui necunoscut care ne pandeste la usa, groaza izolari si a singuratati din bisericile romane, cat si pericolul de-a ne pierde pentru todeauna de la credinta. Complexitatea acestui destin nefericit si a acestei vieti tulburatoare, ne afecteaza mult linistea si pacea sufleteasca si ne pune azi la o rascruce de drumurii. Cei mai multi am ajuns ca sa nu mai intelegem: ce inseamna crestinismul, care-i definitia Casei Lui Dumnezeu si cine sunt adevarati lucratorii in Campul Evangheliei. Ca rezultat, majoritatea tinerilor parasesc bisericile romane pentru todeauna. Situatia deplorabila in care ne aflam ne obliga acum, ca din nou sa apelam la sprijinul si ajutorul dumneavoastra, a fratilor nostri romani de pretutindeni.

Stimate cititorule cerstin, cand vei citi aceste randurii desigur ca-ti vei spune: “eu nu-i stiu cine sunt acestia, nu le cunosc situatia, nu-i treaba mea. In realitate, pierderea acestei generatii tinere de la credinta, pe mine nu ma va afecta niciodata cu nimic, de ce sa ma implic”. Legat de cazul nostru, am vrea ca sa-ti spunem crestine draga, o intamplare adevarata din Sfintele Scripturii (Luca 22:55). Biblia ne spune, ca in timp ce “mai mari preoti si batrani poporului” il condamnau pe Isus, in curtea preotului Caiafa pritre cei adunati, se afalu si uni care asa ca si dumneata, stateau retrasi deoparte si se incalzeau la focurile aprinse de catre “ceata preotilor criminali”, privind cu indiferenta acea scena tragica. Istoria ne spune, ca atat acesti oameni pasivi si indiferenti, cat si cei care lau condamnat pe Isus, au avut aceiasi soarta si acelasi destin tragic. Azi cu inimile noastre pline de durere, iti aducem o veste trista crestine draga!!! In curtile mai marilor nostri preoti, de ani de zile generatii intregi de tinerii din bisericile romane din America si Canada, au fost condamnatii si sacrificati, de catre “ceata preotilor nostri si de catre batrani poporului roman”. Noi suntem ultima generatie de tinerii ramasi prin bisericile romane, caruia ni sa dat deja sentinta si ne asteptam condamnarea. Fratele nostru drag!!!! tot ce-i posibil ca-n scurt timp, cu cei mai multi dintre noi, nu te vei mai intalni niciodata prin nici o biserica; nu ai vrea ca acum inainte de-a fi prea tarziu, sa ne intinzi o mana de ajutor??? Orce sprijin adus cazului nostru este bine primit, orce genunche plecat pentru a ne ajuta in rugaciune este mult apreciat, si orce interventie facuta in a ne imbunatati situatia, este bine venita. “PLEASE HELP!!!!”. Noi va multumim anticipat, in numele Domnului Isus.

P.S. Catre adminstratorii site-urilor crestine: datorita nevoilor urgente si a situatiei precare in care ne aflam, noi va rugam iubiti frati, ca sa publicati aceste randuri cat si blog-ul nostru (http://tineriromaniamericani.wordpress.com) pe site-urile dumneavoastra, ca frati nostri romani si oameni Lui Dumnezeu, sa afle de situaia noastra, pentru a ne ajuta in rugaciune. Va multumim. Cititi in continuare:

The price of following Christ for some in Ethiopia – losing your family

„Kedija” and „Musa” are both former Muslims who have suffered separation from their families in Ethiopia because of their decision to follow Jesus. Both have been persecuted because of their refusal to return to Islam. You’ll hear their amazing stories of how they came to Christ and how a tentmakers project funded by believers in Canada and Scotland is allowing them to be missionaries in areas of an east African nation that is hostile to Christianity.

from VOM C

Ethiopia: Hand Up, Not Hand Out

Afterlife – Is this all there is? (Inspiring Philosophy)

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Inspiring Philosophy: Why is it that when we look around us we constantly ask, „Is this all there is?” If this it it, and all that there ever has been, why bother even asking the question? It should be instinctively self evident for us. But, for some reason it isn’t. To say that this life is all there is is denying the fundamental question in us all, that never ceases to go away: Is there more to life than just this world? 

„Atheism turns out to be too simple. If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning.” C.S. Lewis

Theistic Thinker: The assumption here seems to be that size determines value. But, this seems to be grossly false. We don’t think that a grain of sand on a big beach is insignificant to the beach as a whole, because of its miniscule size, but rather, because the grain of sand does not contain any special potentiality that will make a difference to the beach as a whole.

The Cartesian Theist: Relative size does not determine value. If someone told you how incredibly tiny your newborn baby was compared to our entire galaxy, and that on this basis, he or she is insignificant, and therefore of no value, you would think that they were absolutely crazy. And, you would be right to think that way. And, there is no good reason to think that size determines value, and we know it most when we become parents for the first time, when we stare at that tiny little life which has just come into the world. It is for this reason, we should reject the suggestion that a human being, or humanity as a whole is analogous to a grain of sand.

Theistic Thinker: Now, what about the universe as a whole? Take the whole observable universe, which contains billions of galaxies, receding away from us in all directions, as a result of cosmic expansion. Do we have any potentiality that makes a difference for the universe? Yes, I think so. Not only do we, or any other similar species possess the structure to alter the potentiality of the universe for our future. But, arguably, of much more importance, we also bring an element missing in the universe. We bring in concepts such as love and compassion. The universe is not happy, and it is not sad. It is not even emotionally neutral. It is we, as human beings that introduce these concepts into the universe. This is indeed significant, in my opinion.

The Dutch Philosopher: It seems this life offers us opportunities that we will not be able to have in heaven. For example, the ability to be brave- to face one’s fears and overcome them. To express compassion- it can only be done if there is sorrow. But, most importantly, this life gives us the opportunity to uncoerced, choose God to be our Father, Savior, Teacher, and Mentor or to reject Him.

The Cartesian Theist: I think some atheists created the greatest ever psychological crutch, the idea that death is the end, the idea that there is no one other than myself, whom I am accountable to. The idea that I will not be judged. The idea that no one has the right to judge the way I live my life, other than myself. Must be some huge comfort- far from diminishing the idea of living your life well in this life, the idea of a judgment at the end of this life puts the greatest possible motivation on living well in the here and now. But, not out of fear and punishment, so much as a way of showing our appreciation to the Creator for all that He has given us. And, that every breath we take is thanks to Him.

Inspiring Philosophy: Some might say, „Knowing this life is all there is, really makes me want to do something good with it. But, I have to ask: Why? Why care about anything?” You know, in 70-80 years it’s all just going to end. Nothing you’ve done will matter at that point. No one can punish you for the wrongs you’re committed, no one can congratulate you for the good you’ve done. You can live a life of complete selfishness, with no other intention than to please yourself. And, once you die, it’s all over. So, if this life is all there is, why live a life of helping others, where in the end, everyone you’ve helped just passes away.

So let’s say that you can become a very influential person. The effects you had on the world will be remembered in 100 years. After 1000 years, the history books might still mention you. But after years, and years, no one will remember. So, why care, if this life is all there is? Everything you do will end up in the grave as well.

The Dutch Philosopher: In contrast to the non believer, who lives life on a sensual level, pleasing their desires and finds no satisfaction, because, eventually everything gets boring. Or, the nonbeliever that lives life on an ethical level, trying to do the good, but continues to fail. The christian believer that lives life on the God centered level, receives a personal relationship with their Creator, forgiveness of sin, and finds ultimate purpose that starts now. (5:00)

Published on Feb 22, 2013 InspiringPhilosophy

This is a Christian response to ‘Afterlife’ by „TheThinkingAtheist”. He refuses to accept this as a response video so far. The idea for this response video is owed to TheCartesianTheist. A link his channel and the channels of everyone involved are linked below:

The CartesianTheist:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheCartes…

TheisticThinker:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheisticT…

The DutchPhilosopher:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDutchP…

C S Lewis – The Screwtape Letters (2) C. S. Lewis’s Concept of Hell

Taken from the C.S. Lewis Study Program ‘The Screwtape Letters’ a six-part video study guide of one of the most popular and profound works of C.S. Lewis. By Dr. Jerry Root – noted C.S. Lewis scholar and faculty member at Wheaton College. CSLewisInstitute

The Screwtape Letters is a satirical Christian apologetic novel written in epistolary style by C. S. Lewis, first published in book form in February 1942. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter. The uncle’s mentorship pertains to the nephew’s responsibility for securing the damnation of a British man known only as „the Patient”. The Screwtape Letters comprises thirty-one letters written by a senior demon named Screwtape to his nephew, Wormwood, a younger and less experienced demon, who is charged with lewis holy trinity churchguiding a man toward „Our Father Below” (Devil / Satan) and away from „the Enemy” (God). (Read more, including the plot of the book at Wikipedia)

Here are the six parts Dr. Root covers in 4 separate videos (which I will post as soon as they each become available):

  1. Background
  2. Doctrine of Hell
  3. Three major themes that run through these letters
  4. Antidote to Screwtape’s wiles and what Lewis might say about how we might protect ourselves against various forms of temptation.

See Part 1 – The Background here

In Part 2, Doctor Root gives one more background on which Lewis paints the Screwtape Letters, and that is Lewis’s concept of hell.

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