Love and Hate

This is for the fools of this temporal world... Now most people wouldn't even understand, grasp, and comprehend how much danger I put myself into just calling you fools... As most people know me; I love reading my religious texts... So before I go any further let me explain the danger I am putting myself into by just calling you a fool... According to Bible, as it is written in Matthew 5:22 "...But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell." So why am I taking this risky move? "For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come." (Isaiah 63:4) What needs to be done and what needs to be said need to come out of darkness into light... I "... write this to make our joy complete. This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth." (1 John 1:4-6) "Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him." (1 John 2:9-11) "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives." (1 John 1:8-10) "The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both." (Ecclesiastes 2:14) I ask to myself: 'Why should I care then if the same fate is going to overtake both of us?' Truth of the matter is as clear as crystal... Even though I might not be by your side and holding your hand and wherever you might be, we are the children of Abraham, the children of Noah, the children of Adam... Whoever and wherever you might be, you are my brothers and sisters... How can I not love you when God loves each of us and teaches us to do the same? Who am I to put conditions and limits to the love that I have for each of you... As Jesus once said, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light." (John 12:35-36) Then what is the meaning of these hateful words and actions between the brothers and sisters in this world? Have we all lost the light or even worse, have we all let the light diminish? "This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another." (1 John3:10-11) "My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice." (Ezekiel 33:31-32) "Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how

we set our hearts at rest when we stand before God. For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." (1 John 3:18-22) As Jesus once explained "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40) Dear brothers and sisters, let us love one another as Almighty God loves us and as He taught us how to love one another... without limits... without conditions... Let us walk from darkness into light... from path of destruction to path of salvation... "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8) "Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs." (Proverbs 10:12) "Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commands." (Deuteronomy 7:9)

Ahmet ALTIN (07 April 2011)