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March 31, 2010

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Perspective

by Rev. A. J. Iovine

When it comes to religion, many times it all comes down to perspective.

We Christians say that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. To weak-kneed and non-Christians, they see our exclusive proclamation that salvation only comes through faith in Jesus Christ as hogwash. They view an exclusive God as a cruel God. Why would this type of God let people be condemned? Their perspective is grounded in feelings instead of God’s Word.

Our spiritual perspective comes down to that blessed Word, which is our Lord Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” (John 3:16-18)

The question for the Church is how we make this paramount religious perspective the dominant force within our faith. The heart of the Christian is to tell this Gospel perspective to everyone where we live our days as defined not by our jobs or families, but by our faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. This is THE Christian perspective, for in this life our faith and hope in Him comes first.

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