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Jesus’ perspective on prayer.

Jesus Christ said, “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth; they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then you’re Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This then is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed is your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’”
(Mathew 6:5-13)

Prayer in the Christian life is the connection between our heavenly Father and us. We praise God and thank Him for His goodness. There are no timetables for prayer. You can connect with God any time and pray because our Father opens his hands to us day and night. There is no limit to his mercy.

A clean body is not the issue. The issue is a clean heart. Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside is full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” (Mathew 23: 27-28) We come to the throne of God by faith with a clean heart and simply tell Him our concerns and needs, and trust Him to answer our prayer in Jesus’ name.


The Christian approach to business and finance.

Jesus said in Luke 20:25 “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” Jesus separates the state from spiritual life. At the same time he encourages us to work hard and not to be lazy.

I used to work in a bank in the Middle East and so I know that even the Islamic banks charge interest. However, they call it profit or administration expenses rather than interest.

There are millions of Christians around the world doing business every day. The important thing is to do business honestly, fairly, with integrity and in keeping with the law.

What did Jesus have to say about marriage and sex?

In the Bible (Mathew 19:3-9) some Pharisees came to test Jesus. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate….I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” Jesus’ argument is that God ordains marriage to only one woman (or man). There is no room for any affairs with other women.

He said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mathew 5:27-28)

In Christianity marriage is a holy relationship. Jesus honored women and gave them the same rights as men. A woman’s share is not half that of a man; it is equal. A woman is not a possession or property. She is not a toy, or just for a man’s pleasure. God loves women as much as he loves men.

It is written in the Bible, “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) It is very clear that Jesus Christ focuses on the highest spiritual goals.


What does Christianity say about ethics?

Jesus Christ said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.” (Mathew 7:12) This is the golden rule in a Christian’s life. Jesus also teaches “You have heard that it was said “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Mathew 5:43)

Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth that is what makes him unclean.” (Mathew 15: 10-11) Jesus is always looking at hearts. He wants to cleanse the heart of man, and then everything we do will be good.

“God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24)
The main point in Christ’s teaching is our inner life (soul and spirit). He came to set us free from all the things that tie us to evil.

The Bible says, “Finally brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8)

God wants us to be holy. Jesus commands us to be holy. “Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be self-controlled, and set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written, ‘Be holy, because I am holy.’” (1 Peter 1: 13-16)

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
Jesus loved eating fish, but he never asked his followers to eat fish like him. He respects the will of the man. He wants us to worship God, not out of fear, but out of love. God is love and he is our heavenly Father. All ethics come from within the heart of man, not from the outside.


What does the Bible say about food?

The Scriptures and Christian churches condemn drunkenness and excess. Saint Paul states that one must not be addicted to wine (I Timothy 3:3), but he recommends that Timothy “use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.” (I Timothy 5:23). Many Christians voluntarily abstained from all alcoholic beverages for the sake of people who cannot control their cravings. Some Christian denominations forbid members to drink alcohol, but others permit it.

Pork is not forbidden because Jesus focused on the heart of man, not the meat. What is the most important to you – your soul or your body? If I don’t like pork, I don’t eat it. If I don’t like chicken, I don’t eat it. I am not a slave any more. I have freedom in Jesus Christ.


What is Jesus’ teaching about loving your enemy?

One of the names of Jesus is “Prince of Peace”. When the angels came to announce Jesus’ birth they said, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2:14) In the Old Testament Isaiah (10:6) wrote about Jesus and his birth, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace.”

Jesus taught, “Love your enemies.” (Mathew 5:44) When the Roman soldiers came to lay hands on Jesus and take him, one of his followers drew his sword. Jesus said, “Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Mathew 26:52)

Jesus himself never hurt anyone. “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Mathew 9:35)
Jesus loved people and lived among them to give them hope and peace. He never asked his followers to attack anybody or to hate. He teaches us to forgive others and help all kind of mankind and love everybody. He lived what he taught.


What does it mean to be a follower of Jesus Christ?

The real Christian person is the one who has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You can’t say you are my friend unless you have personal relationship with me. We eat together, talk, laugh and cry, and listen to each other. To be a friend with somebody means you understand him and he understands you. That is exactly what it is like in a personal relationship with Jesus.

In John 8:31 Jesus said, “If you obey my teaching …you are really my disciples.” In John 14: 20, 23 Jesus told his followers, “…You are in me and I am in you…Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love him. We will come to him and make our home with him.”

Jesus also said, “I do not call you servants any more. Servants do not know their master’s business. Instead I have called you friends.” (John 15:15) Friendship means love and care. “Just as the Father has loved me I have loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 15:9) Followers of Jesus walk with him every moment of their life, obeying his commands and loving him.

 
       
 
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