3 Reasons to Live a Different Life as a Believer

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF ZACHERYPIERPONT.COM)

 

3 Reasons to Live a Different Life as a Believer

Look guys, it’s okay to be different. Believers in Christ ARE different from the rest of human kind. They should be!

But from my (maybe near-sighted and shallow) perspective of the world, it seems that most Christians, not all, but some are fearful of being different. It’s sad, and frankly it’s a great problem. Here are three reasons why it’s totally okay and important to be different from the world as believers in Christ.

 

#1: Jesus Is Different!

 

All over the New Testament of the Bible, it’s clear and easy to see that Jesus was and is different.

When Jesus came to earth, people were filthy and sinful. They still are today. Jesus was holy. When Jesus lived on earth and came with the righteousness of God, He was different!

He was completely different from anything the world had ever seen. Rather than filth, Jesus brought cleanliness. Rather than evil, Jesus brought good. Rather than sin, Jesus brought holiness. That’s different! Jesus introduced the world to the hope and the difference that we desperately needed.

 

#2: This Earth Isn’t our Home

 

Let’s be real, the world can be pretty cushy at times and there are things that bring joy.

But it’s not home.

The following sentence is pretty Cliché, but it’s true.

There’s no place like home.

It’s okay to be different because the world isn’t our home, we’re basically foreigners on this planet.

We’re completely different because our home is brighter. Our home is holy. Our home is eternal. Our home has Jesus!

 

#3: The Gospel Transforms us

When believers initially trust in Christ and give their lives to Jesus. They are changed.

You are changed, you’re different. Everything the world offered you before is gone, your old self is gone. Christ now lives in you.

Instead of the filth in the world, now we have Christ cleansing us. Instead of the world’s evil (which was ours), we have Christ’s holiness!

If you’re a Christian living in this world, you’ll be seen as different, maybe pretty strange and stupidly weird to the rest of the world, but that’s okay! In fact, it’s necessary! God has transformed you, he’s taken the earth’s dead ends and given us a road that leads to eternity.

So guys, don’t be afraid of looking stupid to the world. Don’t be so concerned and conceited with your self-image that you take away the hope of the gospel.

Act like you’ve changed, be at peace that you’re called by Christ to be different.

Live your life for the glory of Christ.

-Zachary

 

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Enlightenment Is Only Possible Through The Dalai Lama?

(THIS ARTICLE IS COURTESY OF THE ONION NEWS)

I believe the best way for us to grow as human beings is to free ourselves from the anxieties and attachments of daily life. If we pursue practices and rituals that lead toward a oneness with existence, if we devote ourselves to mindfulness and...

I believe the best way for us to grow as human beings is to free ourselves from the anxieties and attachments of daily life. If we pursue practices and rituals that lead toward a oneness with existence, if we devote ourselves to mindfulness and meditation, then the cultivation of harmony is available to us all. However, if it is true spiritual enlightenment that you seek, you’re gonna have to get past me first.

For those with the patience and the commitment, a path to nirvana awaits, and I—His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet—am standing right in the middle of it, ready to throw down.

It will be a difficult journey, one upon which you must elevate yourself from excess and learn to derive pleasure from simplicity. There will be many obstacles to overcome, and often it will seem as though your greatest adversary lies within yourself. But in fact, your most determined foe is stronger, fiercer, and coming straight out of Dharamsala packing 600 years of reincarnated spiritual wisdom and a blazing left hook. And you’re gonna have to build up some serious inner strength before you take me on, because I bring the pain, and I don’t back down.

Is it the knowledge of the universe you seek? Do you wish to attain a realization of the interconnectedness of all things? Then you must possess kindness, perseverance, compassion, tolerance, and an iron jaw. Because the only way you’ll ever come to experience the metaphysical unity of mind and soul is by tangoing with yours truly, capiche?

You will find there is much to gain from leading a more mindful existence, one that allows you to center your thoughts and channel all your energy into coming at me with everything you’ve got. And you’re gonna need it, because once you step into the ring with me, you definitely won’t want to shift your attention away from the now.

You will know that life is suffering after I’m done with you.

A serene existence free of worry and strife awaits you if you can take down this lean, mean incarnation of the high bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara. So come on. Let’s do this thing. You’ll become acquainted with the universal impermanence of being real quick.

I got nowhere else to be, compadre, and I’m ready to impart on you some serious teachings, if you get my drift. Perhaps you wish to learn release from feelings of longing. Then you must abandon your attachment to all material things, except, of course, your first-aid kit. Do you have what it takes to relinquish worldly desires? To abandon the idea of self? To surrender to that which you cannot control? To reach a state of utter tranquility? Okay, then. Nut up and take a swing.

It requires careful discipline to live a mindful life, but you will find there are great rewards in separating yourself from the physical experience of what I’m about to do to you. It’s you and me, buddy. If you want your enlightenment, come and get it. But I’m warning you, if you seek a state of pure transcendence, then the last thing you’re going to see is a flash of crimson robe as you hit the deck. And when you’re gripping your throbbing head trying to figure out what just happened, you can meditate on this: When your ass gets knocked to the ground and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?