Monday, January 21, 2008

Guardian Angel and Chain Letters: Faith or Unbelief

Perhaps, I will use this opportunity and just talk about certain fallacies and nescience in Christendom on blessings. I have read many chain letters and seen even those who do not believe in God forward them with such alacrity for either fear of a curse or an attempt to be counted blessed. Even if you are a Christian or not: listen to me and listen to me good. There are two principles that should guide your life; man does not hold the key to your blessings, and no mortal can reverse God’s decree on you.

That picture (one female white angel guarding a Christian) is a false presentation just like many painted Jesus as white. I have said here in one of my lessons: Was Jesus Black or White? that Jesus was mixed color because of his genealogy which had both Light Skinned and Dark Skinned.

The first thing is that the picture presents the guardian angel as a woman. There is no angel anywhere in the Bible with a female name anyway. Angels neither have a male nor a female feature (Mt 22: 30).

Secondly, the chain letters are an oriental practice from the wheel in Buddhism and Hinduism where the whole world worked as one in chains put together. A break in one of the chains brought life to a standstill. One thing Christians must know is that no one can curse the person that God has blessed (Num 23:20). That is because we are no more under the condemnation period once we are called the sons and daughters of God and start to walk in the spirit rather than the flesh (Rom 8:1). If God be for you, no one can be against you (Rom 8:31). If God sets an open door before you, no man can shut it if you will just keep his word and not deny His name (Rev 3:8).

Thirdly, the idea of a guarding angel is taken out of context (Ps 91:11). The Christian must believe that God is omnipresent, omnipotent and omniscient. If God is omnipotent, he does not need to rely on angels to protect you because his eyes are running to and fro seeking those whose hearts are towards Him so that He can help them (2 Chr 16:9a). More so, we must realize that angels are ministering spirits (Heb 1:14). In the course of ministering to and for you, they also fight your battles like the case of Daniel (Dan 10:13).

Perhaps everyone should know that: “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all” (Eccl 9:11). And that: “promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another” (Ps 75:6-7). That means, if you do all you suppose to do and make yourself blessing ready: wait on the Lord. Listen to me: I said wait on the Lord. Are you waiting? If you are waiting on the Lord, you do not complain and do not feel bad when your whole surrounding seems to make fun of your coming to earth. I mean even when it seems like you have come on earth to leave others. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith” (Hab 2:3-4). Our fretting comes from our desire to make God keep our pace of 1000 miles per hour in life so that we can keep up with the Joneses and the Elizabeths.

Therefore, it is unbelief for any Christian to feel guilty if they did not forward a chain letter or worst still to be scared they will be cursed. Each time I see a forwarded mail, I look at it if it contains a blessing or a curse. Once it says you must send it to five people, or it states I must send it to the next person, I just delete it. That is a time waster.

Until then, never forward a chain letter to anyone.

Prince & PA Hamilton Ayuk

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