Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Easy Christian Solutions to LIfe's Problems...

Below is a guest post by Karen Anderson...

Easy Christian Solutions to Life’s Problems

If there’s one thing that can be said with certainty about life, it’s that it is not easy. We are beset with problems at every turn, and not all of them have visible or viable solutions. So unless we learn how to cope with them, we’re going to end up becoming victims of stress. I’ve learned through experience that one of the best ways to deal with stress and reduce its detrimental effects on our life and our health is through religion. Spirituality can work wonders in helping you find solutions to life’s problems, so if you’re looking for answers, here are a few Christian solutions to the common ills that plague you:

· M Money: It’s not an exaggeration to say that the world revolves around money. Without this manmade concept of riches, we would have no life. And even though money is not everything, we do need enough of it to live satisfactorily. So if you’re having money trouble, the best way to get over it is to analyze your spending habits and make the necessary amends. Remember the parable of the talents where God rewarded his servants who had used their money to make more money and punished the one who was too cowardly to invest it wisely? Well, there’s a lesson we can learn from this story – it pays to spend less than what we earn and also put away an amount that accrues interest and will stand us in good stead in the event of a rainy day.

· R Relationships: No man is an island and we need other people for our emotional and sometimes even physical needs. Whenever any relationship in your hits a problem or goes through a bad patch, all you need to do is remember the commandment that says – Love your neighbor as you love yourself – the neighbor here refers to your loved one. And when you love them as much as you love yourself, you see things in a different light. It’s not all about you and you’re able to understand their feelings as well. This positive outlook changes your relationships for the better.

· W Work: To be successful at work and avoid problems at your workplace, all you need to do is take heed of the fourth commandment – Observe the Sabbath as a holy day and work diligently on the other six days of the week. When you follow this to the letter, you not only get all your work done efficiently and on time, you also prevent yourself from falling prey to stress and overwork by taking adequate rest and rejuvenating yourself on Sunday.

Our lives revolve around money, friends, family and work, not necessarily in that order. By using lessons from the Bible wisely, it’s easy to solve any problems we may face.

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This guest post is contributed by Karen Anderson, who writes on the topic of online bible colleges . She welcomes your comments at her email id : karen.anderson441@gmail.com

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The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

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4 comments:

societyvs said...

I like the concept Karen is trying to teach here - the principles and intents in the teachings of Jesus. Noteworthy thing worth mentioning - Christianity does not celebrate the 'sabbath' (nor keep it)...Karen is making a point about something Judaism does.

I do agree with looking at the concepts of money, relationships, and work and trying to infuse our faith into the daily endeavors in a way that works and is meaningful (I think all Christians do this to some degree).

However, I also think the solutions are a bit 'easy'. Resting on a Saturday is great - I agree - and can help one rejuvanate their system. However, if we rest on a Saturday we will also rest on a Sunday since most nothing is open...and I guess I don't mind - the more rest the better.

The parable of the talents is not about money because it is not 'literal' (it's a parable about something else). However, if we use the concepts with regards to money I think it may lead away from Jesus' view of money through-out scripture...he was not a big fan.

M.A.C. said...

I agree that Christianity does not keep the Sabbath day as described in the Hebrew scriptures, but then neither did Jesus. It was one of the excuses used to pursue His death.

Stating ones belief is the cornerstone of belief in Jesus Christ. It is the springboard for sharing your belief with others. I have heard Jewish people who practice Judaism to the letter say that Christians have done a good job of spreading their faith.

Rest is needed for anybody be they Christian or otherwise. However we must recognize that the tradition of going to church to gather on any day is not what the Sabbath day was meant to be.

I think taking the text literally may result in a moment for one and not another. Parables are ways of relating a story that is meant to be thought about. It will have many meanings depending where you are on the path that ends in LOVE.

Consider; Matthew 13:34-35, Mark 4:13, Luke 8:9-10 - on parables

2 Peter 1:3-11 - on love

societyvs said...

"I agree that Christianity does not keep the Sabbath day as described in the Hebrew scriptures, but then neither did Jesus. It was one of the excuses used to pursue His death" (MAC)

I have heard this reasoning before but I doubt it is true. There is actually no proof Jesus did not 'keep' the Sabbath (as a rest day). He very likely did as was the custom of most Jewish people of his day.

Nonetheless, I think the concept is what matters the most (as well) - taking time to rest and rejuvenate. I think it would be a nice thing if society deemed Saturday as the 'day off' for everyone - but this is just not the case (and won't ever be again in Capitalist societies). So where we get some rest where we can...which also means enjoying that time off BTW.

M.A.C. said...

Sorry for the great delay in answering your comment I have been very busy.

My comment is not reasoning it is fact. Allow me to expand by use of the Law. If you fail to keep any one (1) of the Ten Commandments you are guilty of all. Same goes for the Sabbath.

Jesus said;

"My father has been working until now, and I have been working"

The very next line in that text John 5:18;

Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.

Now here comes some reasoning since Jesus Christ is our only saving grace, then the Law has no hold over us as believers. Therefore if Jesus did it so can we in fact Jesus said we will do greater things then He did.

If only we believe...