|404: adj. Internet slang; Something not found. Lost. Something with no substance behind it. An empty
link. Not connected to reality. Incomplete.
The life you are looking for
has been placed out of your reach. The life you have now may be void
of meaning, depth, richness, destiny, purpose, and relational peace. In fact, when we
grasp and strive for only this life, we miss out on both the blessings we
can know now on this earth and the eternal joy we can have with God in eternity. For some people, life on earth is the only hell they will
ever know. For a vast majority of humanity, earth is the only heaven
they will ever know.
A thief has tried to steal,
kill, and destroy you and all aspects of the life God wants you to
have. He has also deceived you into believing one or more of the
1, There is no God and the cosmos is all that there is or
ever will be;
2. You can determine your own destiny apart from God;
can become God;
4. There is a God, but He is very capricious, mean, and
harsh and will squash you like a bug for getting out of line;
5. There is
a God, but He is so loving that He will overlook all of your sins;
can live with God for eternity just by being a good person and performing religious
7. God will let you into heaven because your good works
will outweigh your bad works;
8. There are many ways to God, and all will
get you to Him as long as you are sincere in your belief;
9. Humans are
just complex combinations of natural chemical processes and we will cease
to exist when we die;
10. Nothing you do in this life matters;
are many other books other than the Bible which can lead you to spiritual
fulfillment and the knowledge of God;
12. There are greater prophets than
Jesus and His apostles-- the revelation of these later prophets supercedes the
revelation of those already found in the Bible;
13. You can enjoy the
benefits of knowing God without true repentance and turning from your own
14. God is a force... God is pure thought... God is pure mind... He
is a power that pervades the universe... and if we just can come to that
understanding, we will realize that this God force is inside of all
15. There are many, many gods and each has their own
whims and desires... you must work to please all of these different gods
in order to enjoy life (otherwise, watch out!);
16. Man's problem is
not sin... it is his lack of self-realization and enlightenment which
blinds him to the divinity that is part of his nature;
17. The spirit
world is where we can find beings of greater enlightenment and power that
are eager and willing to help us along on our spiritual journey;
18. Wisdom can be achieved by looking inward through constant meditation;
19. There is a God, but He is not interested in you (for sure) and it
appears He is not that interested in the affairs of earth in general;
20. Following an 8-fold path or a obeying a 5-pillar regimen or partaking
of sacraments or ascribing to any set of spiritual disciplines will
satisfy the emptiness of the soul inherit in the human experience.
Your life is lost when you
accept any one of these statements as truth.
All religions to some degree or another contain some degree of
truth. Only Jesus of Nazareth makes the ludicrous claim (by human
terms) that He Himself embodies TRUTH in His person. God wants you to find
your life, but you can only find it by following an amazing paradox: you
must lose your life and give up your right to it on this earth in order to
gain the true life that only God can offer. Jesus said, "I have come
that they may have life and have it more abundantly" (John 10:10) and
"He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it."
What is the value of a gold ring that is lost?? It is
still worth as much as it was before it was lost. A gold ring is a
gold ring. The only difference is that it is of no use to its owner.
You have lost it, but someone else will have it.
What then is the value of a lost person?
A lost man, even
one who is a thief or an adulterer or a murderer, has the whole value of a
man. To God, you are the most VALUABLE
in the universe!! You are worth an infinite amount to God... that is
why He sent His Son Jesus to pay an infinite price so that you could be
found. What is an infinite price? It is the blood of a pure,
innocent man (who by nature was God, but by role was a servant) being
spilled to atone for and remove the power of sin over us and the death penalty
we (who are guilty as charged) legally and
rightfully deserve for our sins.
Consider the following parable Jesus spoke about the value of
one solitary person in the world:
Luke 15:4-10 "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?
And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!'
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."
If you would like to find your life, please try the following:
- If you have been deceived by the intellect of men, the
philosophies of this world, the false spiritual experiences of other
religions, higher revelations from spirit guides and ascended
masters, or even the stale lifeless version of Christianity that many
Western churches offer, then Return
to the Truth. Jesus the Messiah said that
He was THE truth, THE way, and most of all THE life. L. Ron
Hubbard cannot offer you spiritual life, no more than any prophet or shaman
or holy man of any world religion that you can think of can
either. You cannot separate the teachings of Jesus and pick only
those that fit within your religion or idea of spirituality. You
must accept His exclusive statements about His person and work just
like you do His good moral teachings that even the world admits are
revolutionary! Jesus said clearly, "I and the Father are
one." and "No on comes to the Father except through
me." The Bible also says (Acts 4:10-12), "let it be known to you
all ... this (Jesus) is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.'
Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Bible, and then look for links to the the Gospel
of John and the book of Romans... these two books are the best place
to start in discovering who Jesus was and why He came. Begin to
that the Bible is the only reliable source of truth in regard
to discovering who God is.
- You must Turn
from sin and and turn
back from doing things your own way apart from God: this is called
repentance. You must do this and then turn TO God. If you
just repent without turning to God in truth, there are many false
prophets, false religions, false spirits, and false people who can
easily give you something that will fill your spiritual void.
Repentance means to change your mind about how you think regarding
sin, God, heaven, hell, the world, your life, your career, your
family, your spirituality, your sexuality, your behavior... EVERYTHING
that you are a sinner in God's eyes, accept responsibility that the wages
of your sin is death, and then accept the forgiveness God offers you
freely in Christ Jesus.
- If you will
for God with ALL of your heart, the Bible tells us that we will find
Him! He cannot be something you pursue as a hobby or a passing
curiosity. Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to
acknowledge that God is ONE, and to love that one God with all your
heart, mind, soul, and strength: in other words, with every part of
your being. Not just your mind, but your body also. Not just
your emotions, but your intellect too. Not just your spirit, but
your will as well. You must SEARCH for God with all of your
being, as if your very life depended on it (which by the way, it
- You must Receive
the free gift of life that God offers you
in Jesus Christ. You cannot earn it and you cannot wait until
you get more holy or more righteous to accept it. God takes you
as you are... no questions asked. But, of course, He does not
expect you to stay the way you are either. He loves you too
much. He will work with you until His work is accomplished in
you.. to make you look like the person of His Son Jesus: pure, holy,
loving, compassionate, generous, faithful, forgiving, powerful, and
righteous. These are all things we can never be in and of
- Jesus did not shed blood so that you would become a
Christian... for many people the word "Christian" is related
to holy wars, inquisitions, bigotry, persecution, the holocaust,
clinic bombings, and witch burnings. You do not have to become a
"Christian" to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
You can keep your heritage, nationality, and customs. You do
have to Become a
Disciple or follower of
Jesus, however. You do
have to become a "believer." This is not optional. You
learn how to follow Him as a believer by reading and studying His word
(the Bible, which means "THE Book") and finding
fellowship with other believers in Jesus who are committed to Him and
His ways. People may call you a Christian because of your change
in life and the profession of your belief in Jesus as your Lord, but
being "Christian" does not mean the removal of your identity
or belonging to a specific people group or culture. The Bible
states that only in Christ can dividing walls be torn down between
races, genders, and social classes-- yet at the same time the Bible
does acknowledge these distinctions among people.
to find you! He is already looking for
you, but the question is, ARE YOU LOOKING FOR HIM??? You see, God has
given us all free will and choice... He will not help you or invade
your life unless you ASK Him first! He is not rude and will not
interrupt you or your life for the most part. He has done all
that He needs to do so that you and the rest of the world would know
the greatness of His love. He has given creation, conscience,
the Bible, the history of the Jewish nation, and most of all, His Son
Jesus (who splits time in half by his life) as clear messages of His
love and His law. Though the vast majority of the world rejects and
curses Him, He still today offers the same unconditional love,
acceptance, and forgiveness. John 1:12-13 tells us: "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God."
other people about your decision to follow Jesus
in water (it is like getting married and wearing
your wedding band, so that people know you belong to someone else
with other believers who will pray for you and
encourage you in your new walk. Look
another believer who has
walked with the Lord for a while and ask them to disciple you and
help you grow as a believer.
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