Where is God and his presence?
On 04-03-11, I read news on CNN about a minister (pastor) found died, and his old associate wounded in a church. I then recall other similar incidents, for instance, I have heard of armed robbers that came to a church, after Sunday service, and stole the money received on the day’s offering. Also, I read about a criminal caught with a gun hidden in a holy book. I was once in a house where armed robbers robbed, and funnily one of the robbers took a big bible. He stole it as they searched the man’s home in the presence of the man, and your guess can be as good as mine is. I wondered what he was going to do with the Bible: go to church with it or sell it.
It is also now known that some Muslims extremist uses the mosque as their planning ground and do hide their weapons in it which they use to attack innocent citizens. The comments I read on the news posted by other readers online suggests that people have witnessed similar incidents. I can still remember the days, even until today when one is not expected to do unwelcome things in the church or other sacred places. A preach or priest would say, “You don’t do that in the presence of God or “don’t you know you are in the presence of God?” Such utterance may seem to suggest that such places like a church are the presences of God. There were days men had some respect for God and his sacred sites. Men were awed by the mysteries in the presence of God just like the Israelites exclaimed when God roared like thunder.
The current happenings in human history and surge of evil have caused men to make a mess of virtually all known sacred places that we have to ask ourselves “ where is the presence of God?” (For those that believe in God) Some people wonder, how evil takes place in the sacred sites, and God would keep quiet and watch such a thing happen in his presence?
But even those that built a temple for God knew that God is more significant than those temples, and so he does not dwell in temples, neither does he dwell in the scriptures else men would not hidden guns in them. God is believed to be everywhere including in the temples built for him, and he is a witness to all things that happens under the sun.
No wonder, when some people say, “let us go and see God in his temple.” Other would say, “He is right here with me.” But I say, “A time shall come when men shall stop believing in God and start living in God. Only then shall man ask his fellow man, “Who are you?” And man would answer, with absolute certainty, “I am that I will I am. “
Human has made a mess of the sacred places, by their deeds which they commit without fear or respect for God or at least for their fellow man, which they can see. But I know that some people know that God does not dwell in those temples, and such people have made their body the temple of the living God. They are, continually, in the presences of their God and they live a life that would reflect that. The point is that it is a shame for a man to disrespect that which others hold sacred. Therefore, let us learn to respect others and their holy things as we would like for yourself. No man has the right to take the life of another man, let allow kill someone in the church. It is time for us to think again because it is indeed time.
N. K. David
Author of the book
“It is time we truly know why Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus.”
Published by author house UK Ltd and it is available worldwide online stores and on the publisher's website.
It’s a must-read for all humanity.