April 17th, 2007
When you’re caught up in a stressful lifestyle, it becomes hard to imagine any reality beyond. The purpose of life seems to be to get the work done so that you can keep your clients or customers or boss off your back, so that you can take enough money home to keep your family off your back, so that you can buy the stuff that you see in advertisements so that you can keep the advertisers off your back. But what if there’s more to life than the daily struggles to meet deadline and quell panics? What if there really is a kind of wisdom that was known in ancient times that could unlock the secrets of happiness and fulfilment and purpose and meaning?
Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy — Chapter 3
3:1 Be aware that in the last days, dangerous times will arrive. 3:2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, egotistical, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3:3 unloving, unforgiving, insulting, undisciplined, savage, haters of good, 3:4 traitors, irresponsible, conceited, and lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. 3:5 They will show an appearance of godliness, while denying its power. Steer clear of these people. 3:6 Some of them sneak into houses and entrap gullible women who are overloaded with sins and swayed by cravings of various kinds, 3:7 always learning but never able to come to understand the truth. 3:8 These men oppose the truth in the same way that Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses. They have twisted minds, and their faith has no value. 3:9 But they will go no further, because their stupidity will be obvious to everyone, as happened with Jannes and Jambres.
3:10 But you have observed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, and perseverance, 3:11 and the persecutions and misfortunes that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra. I endured those persecutions, and the Lord rescued me out of all of them. 3:12 Yes, everyone who wants to live a godly life trusting in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 3:13 Evil people and cheats will grow increasingly worse, deceiving and being deceived. 3:14 But you must keep going with the things which you have learnt and become convinced about, knowing who you have learned them from. 3:15 From infancy, you have known the holy writings which can give you wisdom to receive salvation through believing in Christ Jesus. 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and useful for teaching, warning, correcting, and instructing people in righteousness, 3:17 so that followers of God can be competent, equipped for every good work.
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