Why I don't think anyone can be sure that Jesus is returning soon
I know this is a controversial statement but please hear me. Firstly, I am a firm believer in the second coming of Jesus. Secondly, I believe that we should always live with an urgency of a soon return of Jesus. My stance is the same as that of John Walvoord who said:
“Stay alert as if the Lord will come tomorrow, but prepare as if he will not come in your lifetime”
Furthermore, my sincere opinion is that the points listed below applies to any eschatological view. In fact, I think they stand apart from any particular view point. My attempt is not to promulgate another “this is the way” eschatological view point regarding the end times. But rather to propose another view that may be equally valid from a Scriptural perspective. Here are my reasons for this position.
Victor Hugo once remarked: You can resist an invading army but you cannot resist an idea whose time has come.” The iDare2Care event proved to be one such idea, echoing as it did the campaign that is sweeping across the globe, namely the CEO SleepOut, a philanthropic initiative that began in Australia 10 years ago with the aim of drawing attention to the global issue of homelessness and raising funds to help combat the scourge. (Recently, South Africa took up the global challenge, successfully hosting the first CEO SleepOut to be held on African soil – the Inaugural 702 Sun International CEO SleepOut™ in Johannesburg).
Wayne Sandeman, Pastor at His People Christian Church Durban, had no idea the extent to which his God-inspired idea to challenge the status quo concerning the plight of the homeless in Durban would be embraced and adopted by his fellow ‘Durbanites’. However, at 5pm on Friday 15 May 2015, approximately 1000 people (including many from different churches around the City) braved the early winter chill and gathered at the City Hall in Durban, to participate in what became known as the iDare2Care initiative.
By Michael Cassidy
With the assisted suicide issue flying round South Africa right now, it seems appropriate this month to explore the evocative and emotive topic of euthanasia. Some call it “mercy-killing” or “physician-assisted suicide”. Initially it would seem to be a subject relevant only to those near the end of life or to the loved ones of people in such a p
redicament. But it cannot be separated from the wider issues of the purposes and ends of life, plus the whole issue of God, His sovereignty over life and death and His relationship with humans.
Some countries, like the Netherlands, Belgium and Colombia, have al- ready legalised euthanasia. In the Netherlands the Euthanasia Law even states that persons sixteen years old and older can make an advanced “written statement containing a request for termination of life” which the physician may carry out in a medically appropriate fashion. Children twelve to sixteen years old may request and receive euthanasia or assisted suicide. In this case a parent or guardian must “agree with the termination of life or the assisted suicide.” A person may qualify for euthanasia or assisted suicide if the doctor holds the conviction that the patient’s suffering is lasting and unbearable.” There is no requirement that the suffering be physical or that the patient be terminally ill. This in my view is unconscionable. Even the prospect of “euthanasia tourism” exists. The law does not prohibit doctors from administering euthanasia to nonresidents (from “Patient’s Rights Council” website).
Here in South Africa now there is also a pro-euthanasia movement afoot, which the SA Medical Association thankfully opposes. Perhaps the key problem relates to the basis in all countries for their decisions, because in western countries, anyway, there is no current consensus about the basis for ethical decisions. This shattering reality means that less and less is there any core set of values with wide assent which can be invoked to regulate our culture’s competing voices, interests and practices as they jostle one another for supremacy. In consequence we are ethically adrift. This aggravates our problem.
Why young professionals need to start life, work and business on a foundation of faith?
Every Monday morning millions of professionals around the world go to work forgetting what they heard or did on Sunday and move across an imaginary demarcation line. This says there is little relationship between what they experience on Sunday and what they do on Monday.
Sound preposterous? It may, but this is the mindset of many professionals in our world today. The spiritual does not mix with their everyday world of the workplace. “What happens on Monday has no relationship to what takes place on Sunday,” they say. These are the thoughts expressed so much in our day and time, although they are not expressed in such direct terms
In simple terms, what I am saying is that most professionals either do not see the need to live out their faith in their workplace and business or they don’t believe in starting their lives, work and business on the foundation of faith. They view their lives, work and business as secular with no direct relationship with the supernatural/ faith.
When I was younger, I remember making and selling cupcakes, crunchies, jewellery, ice-lollies and other food at different stages in my life. I always loved being in the kitchen. I maximised on Market Days by buying different stalls, hiring some of the students to sell for me and paying them. It was not out of necessity, but from a desire to always capitalise on opportunities. Entrepreneurship is a spirit that I have always had.
When I was 14 years old, I used to sing in the church choir. A certain lady, Cindy Small Shaw, came to visit our church. She did not know me from a bar of soap, but we ended up working together in the music department, ministering at different churches and even recording an Album.