Life in Christ

 

“I ran through life trying to accomplish as much as possible. The average lifespan of a man during my lifetime was 72, and to me that was not nearly long enough. I was determined to live life to the fullest and to savor it completely. I ate with my Italian friends in Venice, danced throughout the night with the Swedish, climbed Mt. Everest with the Himalayans, and caught sharks off the coast of Japan to make Sharkfin soup. I did it all. I was searching to be made whole.

 

While I was abroad I also ventured down several spiritual paths. Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, among several others. These religions had admirable attributes, but none could provide the historical, doctrinal, or spiritual freedom I was searching for. I knew that there was more to life than the meditation of the Buddhists, the four goals of Hinduism, the religious structure of Islam, or the peaceful seclusion of the Shinto. These were all admirable, but did not provide completeness. How is a life of meditation going to help my spiritual life? How is a life of peaceful seclusion going to solve anything?

 

Time and time again, I found myself being drawn back to God. Like the religions of old, I found these to have a beginning and I could see the end of them as well. Each of these religions, while ancient, did not contain the substance that would help them continue into eternity. They were fundamentally flawed. Each of them took bits and pieces from Judaism/Christianity and tried to create something different.”

 

The disciple John put it this way, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it,” John 1:1–5.

 

From the very beginning of creation, God/Jesus was there. Since that time man has sought some sort of relationship with God, and when man became angry with Him, he would create his own religion. However, even with these religions taking pieces of Judaism/Christianity, there is no hope within them.  

– Lucas Suddreth

 

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