I am from where people eat poisoned foods 我來自人們吃有毒食品的地方
We live in a 21 century modern world with internet. Nobody needs to be convinced that internet plays a very interesting role in all our lives. Just like any advanced technology came to the human society, internet could be a blessing or could be a drain on our precious resource-time. It is interesting to view internet and get a good look at how it affects quality of our lives.
There are a few things that we should know about the internet:
1. First of all, internet provides us with a 24 by 7 access to unbounded sources of knowledge. Someone may have said that it is a free university offering to anyone having an access to internet. You can google to almost anything and get a ton of all kind of knowledge- both good and bad. This access alone could improve our quality of life if we use the internet with clear understanding of what it is. Whether positive impact or negative impact to one’s quality of life depends greatly upon one’s discernment.
2. Internet provides unprecedented access to all kind of audience worldwide across all culture/political/geographical lines. E-mails and on-line shopping are
two great conveniences to improve communication and access to commercial goods. Even here, discernment is a must to safeguard our identity and privacy. Just like any tool, it is the people who use it
for good or use it for evil.
3. One of the impact of internet is the unprecedented access to pornography. We shall clearly know that pornography is an industry which covers all sort of evils from human sex trades to prostitution and to destabilization of the society. Pornography attracts people, young and old, and causes great damage to our quality of life. Always remember that pornography is not a victimless enterprise. On the contrary, there are countless people who fell as victims to this evil. To the Christian community, pornography wastes many people time and is a manifestation of the lust of eyes, the lust of flesh, and the pride of the life. Prevailing availability of pornography is a key part of the schemes of this deceptive world to prevent people from knowing God. This is also a part of struggle of putting death the deeds of flesh. We need to return to the Bible and with the Holy Spirit help to counter this enemy of God.
4. Another effect of internet is the entertainment. We can waste our lives in the time spent in news, sport, music, and movies. Just video game alone will
impact negatively the lives of countless children. Computer graphics and programming are such that unless one involves in blowing up something, it is no longer attractive to excitement. Thus, without
discernment, we are growing up to be restless and mindless as well in the video games. Today we have accessed to hundreds of cable channels and could be entertained 24x7. This is all part of the end
times phenomena to blind the eyes of the people, even whole generation, so that God is outside our vocabulary and is out of sight and out of mind.
You may ask what kind of discernment should we have to avoid all the pitfalls. This is indeed a great question? Let us ask you first: what are your safeguard
in this world? Use your rationale? Or your own mind? It is indeed useless to think that we can fight against flesh by our own power. Many people are trapped in this cage because they are dead in
transgressions. They have lost the touch to the value of life, let alone the unsurpassed value of eternal life. The following are a few Bible teachings that we should get hold of them as our lives
depend upon them.
1. Romans 7:21-25
21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22 For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, 23 but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. 24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
21 我覺得有個律，就是我願意為善的時候，便有惡與我同在。 22 因為按著我裡面的意思，我是喜歡神的律， 23 但我覺得肢體中另有個律和我心中的律交戰，把我擄去，叫我附從那肢體中犯罪的律。 24 我真是苦啊！誰能救我脫離這取死的身體呢？ 25 感謝神！靠著我們的主耶穌基督就能脫離了。這樣看來，我以內心順服神的律，我肉體卻順服罪的律了。
2, 1 John 2:15-17
15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
2. 約翰一書 2:15-17
15 不要愛世界和世界上的事。人若愛世界，愛父的心就不在他裡面了。 16 因為凡世界上的事，就像肉體的情慾、眼目的情慾並今生的驕傲，都不是從父來的，乃是從世界來的。17 這世界和其上的情慾都要過去，唯獨遵行神旨意的，是永遠常存。
3. Romans 13:11-14
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
3. 羅馬書 13:11-14
11 再者，你們曉得，現今就是該趁早睡醒的時候，因為我們得救，現今比初信的時候更近了。 12 黑夜已深，白晝將近，我們就當脫去暗昧的行為，帶上光明的兵器。 13 行事為人要端正，好像行在白晝。不可荒宴醉酒，不可好色邪蕩，不可爭競嫉妒。 14 總要披戴主耶穌基督，不要為肉體安排，去放縱私慾。
4, 2 Corinth 5:14-15
14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.
4. 哥林多後書 5:14-15
14 原來基督的愛激勵我們，因我們想：一人既替眾人死，眾人就都死了； 15 並且他替眾人死，是叫那些活著的人不再為自己活，乃為替他們死而復活的主活。
5. Colossians 3:1-5
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
5. 哥羅西書 3:1-5
6. Galatians 2:20
20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
6. 加拉書 2:20
7 Galatians 5:24
24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
7. 加拉書 5:24
Reality Check 現實的考驗
You may ask why reality check has anything to do with a person's quality of life? Let us use a few examples to illustrate the importance of living within reality of one's life.
Example 1: We should live to the reality of our limitations. Take income for example. We should live within the level of our income. Of course, it is easy said then done in view of the statistics on the average debt balance of credit cards of more than $30,000. Yet, live within one's means is the foundation of wellbeing for each family.
Example 2: We should live to reality of our limitations. Take life-span for example. None of us will live beyond our life-spans. So we should not assume that we 'll live forever. The reality is that tomorrow may not belong to some of us in one of these days. So what does this reality means? Well, it is a question each of us need to spend sometime to ponder on?
Example 3: We should live to reality of our environment. You may rightly ask what do you means our environment. Here we refer the environment to the society we live in such as type of government, type of cultural traditions and etc. If you are living under a tyrant or lawless terror groups, then your quality of life can not be assured in any way.
So let us examine a few reality check so that we can act accordingly to improve quality of our lives.
According to the Bible, there is none righteous, not even one. So beware of gurus or self-proclaimed saints. The world's problems are from people and most of the problems are indeed from selfish and lawless people. So your quality of life will be affect by the problems created by people such as traffic jams, air quality, water quality, and regulations under normal circumstance and by wars, terrors, violence by thefts and crimes.
According to the Bible, everybody is going his/her own ways if we do not follow teaching of the Bible. Our Creator with long suffering has great mercies to wait for our return to God. The Bible says that most people love darkness rather than light. They rejected willfully God as told in Romans 1.
Romans 1:18-22 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The Guilt of Humankind
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of those who by their wickedness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made. So they are without excuse; 21 for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools;
18 原來，神的憤怒從天上顯明在一切不虔不義的人身上，就是那些行不義阻擋真理的人。19 神的事情人所能知道的，原顯明在人心裡，因為神已經給他們顯明。 20 自從造天地以來，神的永能和神性是明明可知的，雖是眼不能見，但藉著所造之物就可以曉得，叫人無可推諉。 21 因為他們雖然知道神，卻不當做神榮耀他，也不感謝他，他們的思念變為虛妄，無知的心就昏暗了。 22 自稱為聰明，反成了愚拙，
In today's me-generation, people are inconsistent and selfish. Just look at how many billions of dollars spent at hospitals and doctors' offices. Yet, people refuse to go back to our Creator for eternal life. People knows how fragile life is. How uncertain life is. Yet, we live just like that there is no end to our days.
So all is said and done. Only few realize the futilities of a crooked generation and moan at the rampage of evils prevailing in this world. Yes, many evils are committed under the name of a religion and/or a holy war. Just look at what happen in many continents today to have a reality check.
So we plead with you on behalf of our precious Lord Jesus Christ again. Choose life over death. Chose light over darkness. Chose eternal blessed life over self indulgences of a very limited time in this world. May you listen to Jesus call one more time:
Matthew 4:17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
17 From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
馬太福音 4:17 新修訂標準版（NRSV）
Please listen to what God's call to you:
John 3:16 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
Psalm 36:9 New King James Version (NKJV)
9 For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.
詩 篇 36:9
There is no doubt that technology does improve quality of life. For example, advance in medicine has benefited to treatment of many diseases and improves greatly quality of life from pain management to life extension. Advance in aircraft technology has contributed greatly to the comfort of worldwide traveling. Computer and internet has great impact to learning, social media, and communication.
It is therefore very important for all of us to be an effective technology user. To many older folks, we are kind of falling behind in learning new technology.
We really need to force us to change this bad habit in order to take advantage of technology to improve our quality of life.
Take using a cellular phone for example. An I-phone is a great tool for our safety as well. I-phone can give us driving instruction in GPS. I-phone can be used
to search restaurants or shops. I-phone can also be used as a camera or can be used to listen to radio news etc. So it is important to learn various ways of using I-phone. Now if you use
I-phone for phone only, then you lose lots of opportunities of improving your quality of life by I-phone. Why running to banks when you can deposit checks by I-phone. Now it will take some effort of
yours to learn all the features of I-phone. But we need to do it for our quality of life sake.
Similarly, a computer is a great tool for many things other than just receiving e-mails. we can use computer for many things including on-line shopping and finding many information.
One of the things that hinder us from catching up technology is that it changes all the time. Yet, we need to learn it as much as possible. There are classes
at community colleges that open to anybody with a nominal fee. Also, just point and click of a software application may be a fast way of learning the particular software
Blessed are you who take a great interest in learning new technology! Blessed are you leaders of the Christian churches that offer technology classes to your
congregation to improve their quality of life.
The Bible tells us to love our brothers and sisters. For those who are technology savvy, one way of really loving your brothers and sisters is to teach a class of "how to use a computer" or "how to use I-phone".
As we start the new year, it may be beneficial to reexamine the contents of a high quality of life. According to the Scripture, man consists of three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Thus the contents of the quality of life should cover body, soul, and spirit. This is like to live in a three-story house. You can not just decorate one floor only.
The Bible advises us against placing all our resources at things of this world.This means that we need to pay attention to the spirit side of our lives as well.
Obviously, poor health will degrade the quality of life in the body domain. Similarly, we need to have a high quality to our spiritual wellbeing as well.
The business world has capitalized our vanities to beauty by cosmetics; our vanity to be proud by material wealth such as luxury cars, houses, yachts, and
private planes; and our vanity to be entertained by gourmet foods, sports, and movies.Yet we all know that life is more than material things.
商業世界，已資本化、用化妝、美化我們的虛榮心; 用物質財富，如豪華汽車、房子、遊艇和私人飛機，來炫耀我們的虛榮心; 用美食、運動、電影娛樂，來滿足我們的虛榮心。然而，我們都知道，生活不只是、這些物質的東西而已。
This is what the Scripture reminds us;
26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Thus, we need to add the wellbeing of our spirit to our overall quality of life. You may ask what is spiritual wellbeing? An example should suffice to prove this. Why do people enjoy peace more than excitement? Why do some people spend time in volunteering services to others? Why people enjoy sing hymns? Now some people may deny existence of love or even spirit. Luckily, God provides everyone with the same 24-hour day so that each of us is free to pursue our own happiness.
The following are a few bible verses for your consideration in planning your 2015 year.
1. Romans 8:5 on the hidden driver
5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
2. Galatians 5:19-21 on the deeds of the flesh
19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
3. Galatians 5:22-26 on the fruit of the Spirit
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
4. John 6:63: Our Lord's instruction
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
19 情慾的事都是顯而易見的，就如姦淫、汙穢、邪蕩、 20 拜偶像、邪術、仇恨、爭競、忌恨、惱怒、結黨、紛爭、異端、 21 嫉妒、醉酒、荒宴等類。我從前告訴你們，現在又告訴你們：行這樣事的人必不能承受神的國。
3. 加拉太書 5：22-26 聖靈的果子
22 聖靈所結的果子，就是仁愛、喜樂、和平、忍耐、恩慈、良善、信實、 23 溫柔、節制；這樣的事沒有律法禁止。 24 凡屬基督耶穌的人，是已經把肉體連肉體的邪情私慾同釘在十字架上了。25 我們若是靠聖靈得生，就當靠聖靈行事。 26 不要貪圖虛名，彼此惹氣，互相嫉妒。
4. 約翰福音6:63 我們主的指示
May each of us value our life enough to give ourselves a chance to ponder the above scriptural verses! For those of us who just want the straight answer, we need to
return to our Savior Jesus Christ our Lord for His gift of eternal life by trusting in Him
We all know that health conditions affect quality of life greatly. For example, insomnia affects many people's quality of life because they can not have a good sleep and a good rest. Similarly, any illnesses and pains will definitely affect our quality of life. So if we ponder on quality of life, we would quickly see that eternality of life is a key factor in determining quality of life. It is indeed easy to realize that without life, there is no quality of life.
Thus, one of the key aspects of quality of life is for us to pursue our own eternal life. Actually, it is interesting to investigate the source of death. Per medical science, death comes as a result of a disease which causes detrimental loss of body/organ functions due to inflammation or corruption. That is why mankind spends billions of dollars a year to seek medical help.
When God created men, it was perfect. That means men will not die as originally created. But God told Adam and Eve that they will die if they eat the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden. Unfortunately they were tempted by the Devil and disobeyed God, and hence sinned against God. Death came into the world because of sin. In other words, corruptions entered into the world because of sin. We can clearly see pollutions and corruptions everywhere today. Death is indeed an unspeakable tragedy for each of us which impacts every fabric of our being. That is why the Gospel of Jesus Christ is so precious that we ought to listen to it. God sent His only begotten Son to come to this world to save us from sin.
For those of us who are truth seekers and who do not yet know the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you need to hear the Gospel and believe in Jesus Christ to receive your eternal life. Jesus saves us with greatest sacrifice. He paid the ultimate love to die for us to pay the penalty of sin for those who believe in Him.
With all the endeavors we pursue in this life, there is no more important than to pursue the eternal life because it is ultimately the issue of the quality of life. We sincerely urge you to believe in Jesus Christ who love us to the end. Time is of essence. The following are a few very precious reminders from the Holy Bible:
1. John 3:16-17
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
2. Matthew 11:25-28 Come to Me
25 At that time Jesus said, I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. 27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. 28 Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
3. Luke 9:25
25 For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world, and loses or forfeits himself?
16 「神愛世人，甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們，叫一切信他的不致滅亡，反得永生。 17 因為神差他的兒子降世，不是要定世人的罪[a]，乃是要叫世人因他得救。
2. 馬太福音11：25-28 來到我這裡
25 那時，耶穌說：「父啊，天地的主，我感謝你！因為你將這些事向聰明通達人就藏起來，向嬰孩就顯出來。 26 父啊，是的，因為你的美意本是如此。 27 一切所有的，都是我父交付我的。除了父，沒有人知道子；除了子和子所願意指示的，沒有人知道父。 28 凡勞苦擔重擔的人，可以到我這裡來，我就使你們得安息。
3. 路加 9:25
As we grow older, our value system may change because we are more keenly towards things which are more precious to us. For example, in a disaster situation such as a house fire, after getting all the people out, many people tend to save their bible and family pictures. If you ask them why, the overall answers seem to be that those pictures are irreplaceable. Why? Because they treasure the relationship and memories of those relationships.
Thus, human relationship is a key factor in our quality of life. Obviously, this goes both ways. A great relationship enhances quality of life and a
lousy relationship has a negative impact to our quality of life. Since we are influenced greatly by our close associates, it is important that we choose carefully our
The Bible clearly teaches us this truth in Psalm 1:1-3
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water,
Which yields its fruit in its season
And its leaf does not wither;
And in whatever he does, he prospers.
We might ask what consists of a good relationship? From our experience, most important factor in a great relationship appears to be " can enjoy each other's
company." In other words, a good company means that we can talk freely and enjoy talking with each other. Thus, a good relationship needs to be cherished and nurtured as it is indeed rare and
As we grow older, many good friends departed due to old age. For many old folks, they are lonely and actually quite resign to this sad situation. That is why
in this gospel website we keep encourage folks to seek also eternal relationship with our Creator God. The Bible tells us that not many things last forever. The world and its lusts eventually will
pass away. However, a few things will last into eternality: they are faith, hope, and love. It is therefore of essential importance that we beech you and encourage you to seek a blessed relationship
with our Lord Jesus Christ who loves His own and save them into eternal relationship. This is what He said to His own that will include you if you believe in Him:
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
Our Lord Jesus loves us to eternality:
13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.
Our Lord promises us that because He lives, we shall live also.
19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.
It is indeed beyond our comprehension that God pledges His divinity to love us and to guarantee our eternal life with Him; a blessed and never interrupted eternal fellowship. What a blessed Lord Jesus Christ we have. May He receive honor, adoration, and worship from us forever and ever, Amen.
In a polluted world, all things decay according to the second law of thermodynamics. Because of decay, all things will lose their normal functions eventually.
This means that chaos will increase and hence quality of life will decreases if you do not spend your resources to maintain it.
A few examples will help. A car needs regular maintenance such as oil change, rotation of tires, and add air to maintain right air pressure in a tire. Also,
need to add water to the coolant system and oil to the oil system to make your car last longer. A house has many things which need maintenance. For example, we need to replace the worn out parts such
as light bulbs, toilet valves, and sprinkler parts and others to keep life functional.
So maintenance is a necessary work we need to do it. This means that we need to be trained for right knowledge, and also need to have a right tool to do it.
Now because we live in a sinful world, we are also subject to decay as well. So your quality of life depends upon your maintenance of yourself a lot. Life is full of events which can affect your quality of life greatly. Examples are illness, accident, and external events such as crime and prosecution.
Ignorance is not a bliss. That is your quality of life will be worsen even if you ignore it. Just visit a hospital will convince you the facts even you deny the existence of illnesses. Because mankind has physical body, emotional soul, and divine spirit, we can not ignore maintenance of body, emotion, and spirit. Your world view or your value system or your upbringing will affect your views on many issues.
Now how do we maintain the health of our soul and spirit? What are the tools or infrastructure for such a maintenance? Instead of asking another human being, we should be better off ask the One who created our first parents Adam and Eve. For example, Ps 119:9-11 tell us clearly the following:
9 How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
Furthermore, our Lord Jesus Christ teaches His disciples in the Upper Room discourse john 15:3 the following:
3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
That is why that we have this website to remind the truth seekers, the eternal life valuers, and the haters of the second law of thermodynamics to return to the Bible to seek our Creator to enlighten us about reality of this world and this life of ours.
詩 篇 119:9-11所示：
9 少 年 人 用 甚 麼 潔 淨 他 的 行 為 呢 ？ 是 要 遵 行 你 的 話 ！
10 我 一 心 尋 求 了 你 ； 求 你 不 要 叫 我 偏 離 你 的 命 令 。
11 我 將 你 的 話 藏 在 心 裡 ， 免 得 我 得 罪 你 。
約 翰 福 音 15:3
3 現 在 你 們 因 我 講 給 你 們 的 道 ， 已 經 乾 淨 了 。
It is interesting to observe the following facts;
1. Because of pollution, we are limited in our life span.
2. None of philosophical, political, commercial, educational, and religion gurus will solve all the ills of this world for us. In other words, there is none Shangrila in this world that we can find it. Even if it exists, we can not ever be in it because we will certainly mess it up.
3. Thousand years of evolution convinces us that we are going down rather evolving into a better human race. Two world wars, numerous regional wars, and evils in every cultures/society should teach all of us a real lesson.
4. All said done, you should be aware of: the world is hanging on the balance of individuals whether evil or goodness.
Very sad indeed. You should know that the world is not totally going to the abyss of madness yet because there is still a lot of decent people in this world
who are afraid of God and have basic human decency to constrain evil.
Thus, for our life quality sake, return to the teaching of our Creator and love Him and love our neighbors.
The following are a few Scriptural verses which may help us to ponder this issue:
1. Colossians 3:12-13
12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one
another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
2. Matthew 22:35-38
35 One of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love
the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and foremost commandment.
3. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be
adequate, equipped for every good work.
4. Psalm 1:1-2
1 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night.
1. 歌 羅 西 書 3:12-13
12 所 以 ， 你 們 既 是 神 的 選 民 ， 聖 潔 蒙 愛 的 人 ， 就 要 存 憐 憫 、 恩 慈 、 謙 虛 、 溫 柔 、 忍 耐 的 心 。
13 倘 若 這 人 與 那 人 有 嫌 隙 ， 總 要 彼 此 包 容 ， 彼 此 饒 恕 ； 主 怎 樣 饒 恕 了 你 們 ， 你 們 也 要 怎 樣 饒 恕 人 。
2. 馬 太 福 音 22:35-38
35 內 中 有 一 個 人 是 律 法 師 ， 要 試 探 耶 穌 ， 就 問 他 說 ：
36 夫 子 ， 律 法 上 的 誡 命 ， 那 一 條 是 最 大 的 呢 ？
37 耶 穌 對 他 說 ： 你 要 盡 心 、 盡 性 、 盡 意 愛 主 ─ 你 的 神 。
38 這 是 誡 命 中 的 第 一 ， 且 是 最 大 的 。
3. 提 摩 太 後 書 3:16-17
16 聖 經 都 是 神 所 默 示 的 ， 於 教 訓 、 督 責 、 使 人 歸 正 、 教 導 人 學 義 都 是 有 益 的 ，
17 叫 屬 神 的 人 得 以 完 全 ， 預 備 行 各 樣 的 善 事 。
4. 詩 篇 1:1-2
1 不 從 惡 人 的 計 謀 ， 不 站 罪 人 的 道 路 ， 不 坐 褻 慢 人 的 座 位 ，
2 惟 喜 愛 耶 和 華 的 律 法 ， 晝 夜 思 想 ， 這 人 便 為 有 福 ！
There is very little doubt that food intake is closely related with quality of life. Watch what we eat is quite simple, isn't it? Yet from percentage of people so overweight, the fact has not been well heeded.
We may ask why? If you think this issue more carefully, it is partly due to lack of appreciating the preciousness of this life we have. It is indeed a profound lesson for us that God views our life so precious that He sent His only begotten Son to die for us to redeem us. Yet, many of us are so cavalier to trash our own lives. Indeed, very sad, isn't it. So if you love your body, watch what you eat.
Nutritionists have warned us again and again that there are several groups of food that we need; fruits and vegetable, fish, and protein. Since I am not a medical doctor and neither a nutritionist, what we do is just to remind you what everybody knows already.
Avoid the fast food that is loaded with fats.
Avoid the junk food that is loaded with sugar.
Eat more fruit and vegetables and exercise regularly.
Mirror is indeed a good advisor. Women use mirror for their beauty. Men should use mirror to look for their shape. Is your midsection likes a D or B. In any event, a D-shape midsection will affect your quality of life severely. You may say that I do not feel it now. Indeed, you will eventually. Just listen to the advice of the American Heart Association.
So we are what we eat. Obesity is a cause for many conditions which lead to poor quality of life. We are also what we do not eat. A diet without vegetable and fruit will also cause us problems. A good health habit will contribute a long way to good quality of life. Thus we should pay attention to:
* Keep hydrated, particularly in a hot day
* Eat right and avoid too much sodium
* Manage stress
* Well rest for nice sleeping
* Identify allergy food
We should get regular checkup and obtain specific medical prescriptions from our own doctors. For people who are die-hard to convince themselves, please visit any nursing home to get yourself educated.
Similarly, people, who ignorantly think that they live forever in this world, should heed the warnings of the Bible. For their spiritual wellbeing sake, they should seek their Creator Jesus Christ's favor before it is too late.
The following are a few scriptural reminders;
1. Luke Teaching in the Villages
22 And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and proceeding on His way to Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
2. Luke 13:1-5 Call to Repent
13 Now on the same occasion there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered this fate? 3 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish
3. Romans 13:11
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
4. Acts 17:30
30 Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent,
5. 2 Corinthians 6:2
2 for He says,
“At the acceptable time I listened to you,
And on the day of salvation I helped you.”
Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”—
1. 路加福音13:22-24 在村中的教學
22 耶穌往耶路撒冷去，在所經過的各城各鄉教訓人。 23 有一個人問他說：「主啊，得救的人少嗎？」 24 耶穌對眾人說：「你們要努力進窄門。我告訴你們：將來有許多人想要進去，卻是不能。
2. 路加福音13：1-5 呼叫悔改
13 正當那時，有人將彼拉多使加利利人的血摻雜在他們祭物中的事告訴耶穌。 2 耶穌說：「你們以為這些加利利人比眾加利利人更有罪，所以受這害嗎？ 3 我告訴你們：不是的！你們若不悔改，都要如此滅亡。 4 從前西羅亞樓倒塌了，壓死十八個人，你們以為那些人比一切住在耶路撒冷的人更有罪嗎？ 5 我告訴你們：不是的！你們若不悔改，都要如此滅亡。」
Exercise and Quality of Life 運動與生活品質
Many people would agree that moderate exercise helps to maintain physical health and increase stamina. Many people, particularly seniors, have a daily walk habit to maintain good health. Thus, it is evident that moderate exercise increases quality of life. Since human being consists of body, soul, and spirit, it would seem that a person should also exercise for the health of soul and spirit as well. We may legitimately ask what are the exercises for soul and spirit.
We take it that soul is closely related to our mind. Thus reading and thinking are good exercise for the soul. Since we are interested in the quality of life, a habit of reading scripture and thinking about eternal life should be a good exercise for our souls.
You may ask " What about the spiritual exercise?". According to the Bible, God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Of all the creation, only man was created in the image of God. Thus, it is the spiritual part of man that we are able to communicate and understand spiritual things. It would be beneficial then that we exercise our spirit by praying and praising God for all He has done unto us each day.
It is our conviction that we should not just exercise only physical side of our being but should exercise our soul and spirit as well in order to maintain a real quality of life. Just as we should pay attention to eternal life beyond our physical life, we should pay attention to our wellbeing in our soul and spirit.
The following are a few scripture passages for your meditation on this subject.
2 Corinthians 4:18
18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 13:5
5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you—unless indeed you fail the test?
12 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
12 所以弟兄們，我以神的慈悲勸你們，將身體獻上，當做活祭，是聖潔的，是神所喜悅的，你們如此侍奉乃是理所當然的。 2 不要效法這個世界，只要心意更新而變化，叫你們察驗何為神的善良、純全、可喜悅的旨意。
7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
7 我們沒有一個人為自己活，也沒有一個人為自己死。 8 我們若活著，是為主而活；若死了，是為主而死。所以，我們或活或死，總是主的人。
63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
3 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 所以，你們若真與基督一同復活，就當求在上面的事，那裡有基督坐在神的右邊。 2 你們要思念上面的事，不要思念地上的事，
Space-Time and Quality of Life
You may wonder what space and time are to do with quality of our lives. Another way of saying is what the space and time are to do with our happiness. To our fascination, modern physics regards that both space and time are pertinent in describing an event. As life consists of many many events imbedded in time and space, it behooves us to think about this matter and more importantly to seek what the Bible teaches about this.
Regarding the happiness of life, our Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples on the eve before His crucifixion that
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33)
You may wonder why this verse and what this verse is to do with our happiness? One of the things that we learned through our experience is that many events in our lives are beyond our control. For example, your birth was not based upon you at all. Similarly many events in life are due to outside forces such as natural disasters, man-made wars, and other people actions. So first thing we should note is that peace may not be attainable by our effort alone. The Holy Scripture keeps reminding us to recognize God and hence deligently seek His grace and help in our needs.
Where to seek peace, it is in Jesus Christ. Why? Because that is what the Scripture teaches and you can actually experience that as well by your faith. Nobody need to teach us that there are a lot of miseries in life. You may wonder what the Scripture teaches us about this.
" Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:4-7)
Thus, our happiness is in Jesus Christ our Lord. In Christ, we may have peace. In Him, we rejoice. Actually, in Christ, we have all heavenly spiritual blessings as well. This is a great lesson to be experienced by faith.
If you try to rely on your strength, your resource, and your effort to attain this, you will be totally disappointed because that is your way and not Almighty God's way. His way is by faith--in everything whether in green pasture or in trouble waters, by prayers and supplication with thanksgiving!
Where to seek Him: in everything. That is anyplace where any thing occurs. That is where you are.
When to seek Him: in everything. That is any time when any thing happens. That is when you live which is now.
4 你 們 要 靠 主 常 常 喜 樂 。 我 再 說 ， 你 們 要 喜 樂 。
5 當 叫 眾 人 知 道 你 們 謙 讓 的 心 。 主 已 經 近 了 。
6 應 當 一 無 罣 慮 ， 只 要 凡 事 藉 著 禱 告 、 祈 求 ， 和 感 謝 ， 將 你 們 所 要 的 告 訴 神 。
7 神 所 賜 、 出 人 意 外 的 平 安 必 在 基 督 耶 穌 裡 保 守 你 們 的 心 懷 意 念 。
如果你試圖依靠你的力量，你的資源，你的努力來得到這個；你會很失望，因為這是你的方式，而不是全能的上帝的方式。他的方法是通過信仰 - 無論是在綠色的牧場或麻煩水域，一切經由感恩的祈禱和祈求！
If someone tells us a way to increase our quality of life and it is easy and free, we would quickly ask the person to tell us the way. Actually, there is indeed such a way. This is particularly easy if you really learn to do it.
The way is to sing a classical hymn which is loved by so many brothers and sisters throughout the years.
You may say ,"I have no music talent and that I can not sing." But the way is not for you to sing for others but sing to yourself for your own enjoyment. Actually, you can just sing alone with the church hymn song. Or even better, if you can ask a brother or sister to record the song for you to be listening to and sing alone. For example, at the hymn section of this website, you can sing alone right now to enjoy a particular hymn song you like.
This really works. Try it and your enjoyment will convince you to add more songs to your memory.
As you enjoy and think about the lyrics of the song, rejoice in the Lord for worshipping Him in singing the hymn.
Seniors and New Technology
The world changes very quickly these days, particularly in computer/phone technology. The whole world advances except for the poor and the senior. The poor was left behind because of no money. The senior was left behind because of lack of energy. As the whole world involves around new advances of the information technology, the senior group faces great challenges indeed.
Daily life becomes even more isolated for seniors because they do not know how to use a computer or a smart phone to reach the world. New technology brings in new convenience if you know how to live with that technology. Otherwise, it is a curse or a frustration to say the least.
in the 21 century, it is wireless and it is on-line! Our seniors need to be students of technology again. The church needs to provide help in this area by offering basic classes to seniors so that they can live with necessary knowledge to survive in the technology era.
Light and Salt
One may wonder why the Scripture commends us to be light and salt of the world. Furthermore, what are salt and light to do with our quality of life. There are a few obvious facts. In the darkness, we can not function effectively without light. Similarly, we can not function well in a decaying world without salt.
A main function of light is to illuminate the world so that we can see the environment around us and know our pathway. In a corrupt world, we need salt to preserve food so that food is preserved before consumption.
There are many events in life frustrated us due to the corruption process. If you do the maintenance chores in your house, most of the chores are due to the causes of corruption or decay. For example, lightbulb burned out or plumbing leaks due to broken seals, etc. In a corrupt world, we need to put our energy in a system to compensate the waste heat loss to produce work.
Why Christians are light and salt of the world because without light and salt the quality of life deteriorates very quickly. Because of total deprivity of human nature since Adam sinned, many things messed up by humankind. If you do any repair work, you know very well that sometime we need to pay the penalty of fixing a lousy job done by someone irresponsible before. To be salt and light means that we need to do things in a right way when the world is cutting-the-corner all the time.
As a light shinning in the darkness, Christians refuse to participate in a great deal that is in darkness. As salt of the world, we preserve righteousness, honesty, truth, and integrity in a crooked world. Thus professionalism is required in doing repair work. This means do it right by right materials with right tools and right knowledge obtained by proper training. This applies both to spiritual and physical things around us.
The Bible reminds us the following:
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”
20 Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21 Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Narcissist vs Self Denier
We all know what narcissism means. A narcissist is the one with excessive admiration or love of oneself. A narcissist's mind is filled with nothing but self and is self-centered. A narcissist concentrates on nothing but self--self indulgence, self interest, self comfort, self love, self, and nothing but self. One may think that narcissists should have high quality of life because they spent all their energy and resource on themselves. On the contrary, narcissists are so fearful of their images by others that they are seldom peaceful within themselves.
But the world is full of narcissists who make themselves miserable and also make people around them miserable because they do not care about anybody but themselves. They constantly take, take, and take but seldom appreciate anything other than themselves. As a matter of fact, a narcissist's mind is so inundated with self that there is no place for others, let alone God. A narcissist can not take any criticism because a narcissist considers himself/herself as perfect and "how dare anyone criticizes me."
On the other hand, a self denier answers a much higher call from Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords to follow Him by self denial. Because of Jesus 's love, so a follower of Jesus loves also without prejudice to anyone. Self denial is a sure way to cure self indulgence in a materialistic world.
The Holy Scripture defines love as follows: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
" Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant; does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered;does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away."
So the narcissist's love does not fit the love definition at all. Actually, a narcissist can not even love himself/herself at all because a narcissist's life is filled with conflicts--conflicts with others and conflicts with self.
A Christian is blessed because he/she loves Jesus rather then love self. You may ask why is it that this is a blessing. This is because all human's love is imperfect and limited while Jesus' love is God's Love which is perfect and enduring forever.
Obviously, to be a narcissist or to be a Jesus Christ's follower is a matter of choice. That is why the Scripture reminds us the narrow and wide gates
“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. " (Matthew 7:13-14)
Thus, from total reality perspective, self denial to follow Jesus is the way to go. This God's way is definately different from the world's way which is centered on self and flesh gratification.
That is why our Lord teaches us in John 6:63,
"It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life."
He who has an ear, let him hear what our Lord says to His Church.
“ 愛是恆久忍耐，又有恩慈，愛是不嫉妒，愛是不自誇，不張狂， 不做害羞的事，不求自己的益處，不輕易發怒，不計算人的惡， 不喜歡不義，只喜歡真理； 凡事包容，凡事相信，凡事盼望，凡事忍耐。 愛是永不止息。先知講道之能終必歸於無有，說方言之能終必停止，知識也終必歸於無有。”（哥林多前書13:4-8）
“ 你們要進窄門。因為引到滅亡，那門是寬的，路是大的，進去的人也多； 引到永生，那門是窄的，路是小的，找著的人也少。”（馬太福音7:13-14）
“他便救了我們，並不是因我們自己所行的義，乃是照他的憐憫，藉著重生的洗和聖靈的更新。” ( 提多書3:5)
“你們既因順從真理潔淨了自己的心，以致愛弟兄沒有虛假，就當從心裡[a]彼此切實相愛。 你們蒙了重生，不是由於能壞的種子，乃是由於不能壞的種子，是藉著神活潑常存的道。”(彼得 前書1:22-23）
“親愛的弟兄啊，我們現在是神的兒女，將來如何，還未顯明。但我們知道，主若顯現，我們必要像他，因為必得見他的真體。凡向他有這指望的，就潔淨自己，像他潔淨一樣。 凡犯罪的，就是違背律法，違背律法就是罪。你們知道，主曾顯現是要除掉人的罪，在他並沒有罪。凡住在他裡面的，就不犯罪；凡犯罪的，是未曾看見他，也未曾認識他。 (約翰 前書3:2-6）
You may wonder why washing hands is related with quality of life. Actually, the habit of washing hands has great impact to your health and hence is very important to your quality of life
Attached is a picture of hand washing. It shows that most of hand washing is not effective if we do not pay attention to the details. Why we need to wash hands? It is because the world is badly contaminated and there are many diseases transmitted through hand contamination.
A simple effective hand washing will go a long way to keep you healthy. Why? Because water is a very effective cleansing agent to wash away uncleaned things. Look at the picture again which will certainly alert you greatly how you should wash your hands and also teach your kids the importance of washing hands.
Now if you realize that our hands are so easily contaminated in our daily living, how about our minds get contaminated daily by the corrupt world. Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us that a person is defiled not because of external contamination but due to internal contamination.
18 And He *said to them, “Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.) 20 And He was saying, “That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, 22 deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”
This great teaching from our Lord emphasizes greatly that we need to pay attention to purify our hearts from daily contamination. One may wonder how to cleanse one's heart? The Holy Scripture reminds us the following:
5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,
22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart, 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.
2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.
Being Busy and Quality of Life 忙碌對生活品質的影響
One of the phenomena of the modern world is that things move quickly. In the morning, we have the rush hours for highway congestion. People work very hard to make a living. Overall, we can say that indeed it is a busy world.
As people become accustomed to the busy world, they learned to be multi-tasked. To be efficient, they have to make quick decisions on many things and hence grow to be impatient in their manners including how they handle human relationship.
So it is quite easy to see the relationship between being busy and quality of life and the quality of life for those that are around the busy people. Unfortunately, the whole world is full of busy people and the problems of “being busy” are so intrinsic and systemic that no wonder we have so much troubles in the world.
Interesting enough, the word “business” in English is a noun form of being busy. In the business world then, being busy is the norm of its life style. In fact, so many people are on the 24x7schedule because most commerce activities are operated on a global scale which covers many time zones. So it behooves us to sit back and take a break once awhile to contemplate the implication of “business” on quality of our lives.
Actually, the Chinese word of “being busy” carries an interesting meaning. Components of the word in Chinese convey the meaning that “the heart is dead” and another similar word also expresses the meaning of “forgetfulness”. It seems quite logic to think that one’s “business” will turn a person to be forgetful of many important things in life such as one’s heart or soul. To the westerners, the Chinese phrase “the heart is dead” does not means that one has a heart attack. Rather, one’s heart is so busy that it does not care anymore.
Now you might wonder what the Creator says about “being busy”. The Bible reminds us the following:
Ecclesiastes 9:1 For I have taken all this to my heart and explain it that righteous men, wise men, and their deeds are in the hand of God. Man does not know whether it will be love or hatred; anything awaits him.
Ecclesiastes 3:14-15 I know that everything God does will remain forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him. That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by. “我知道，神一切所做的都必永存，無所增添，無所減少，神這樣行，是要人在他面前存敬畏的心。現今的事早先就有了，將來的事早已也有了，並且神使已過的事重新再來。（傳道書 3:14-15）。
Psalm 127:1 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
Matthew 16:26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
Thus, it is important to renew your relationship with God and be reconciled to God because all good things including your salvation come from God. Also it is noted that people are busy because they need to work hard to raise their families. What the Bible teaches us are not to spend all our effort in things on the earth because our homes are in heavens. We should spend effort to pursue eternal food as instructed by our precious Lord Jesus Christ in John 6:26-29.
因此，這是很重要的，要更新您與上帝的關係，並與上帝一致；因為所有的好東西，包括你的救贖，都是來自上帝。人們都在忙著， 因為他們需要努力工作來養家。 “聖經”教導我們、不要將我們所有的努力、全都花在地球上的事務上；因為我們的家園是在天上。我們應該聽從、我們珍貴的主耶穌基督、在約翰福音 6:26-29的指示，花力氣去追求永恆的食品。
John 6:26-29 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” 28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.
”“耶穌回答說：「我實實在在地告訴你們：你們找我，並不是因見了神蹟，乃是因吃餅得飽。 不要為那必壞的食物勞力，要為那存到永生的食物勞力，就是人子要賜給你們的，因為人子是父神所印證的。」 眾人問他說：「我們當行什麼，才算做神的工呢？」 耶穌回答說：「信神所差來的，這就是做神的工。」”（約翰福音 16:26）
That is why the Scripture reminds us the following verse for living our busy lives in this world.
(2 Corinthians 4:18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
This topical article is a follow-up to an earlier article on “Being busy and quality of life” First of all, "busyness" will bury us in the worldly pursuits and blind our heavenly perspectives. Furthermore, "being busy" will affect our quality of life in many ways. A few examples will illustrate the issues.
本文是接續前一篇文章“忙碌和生活品質”。首先，忙碌會讓我們在世俗上的追求消失一空，更讓我們迷失了、我們對天國的展望。 此外，忙碌更會在許多方面，影響我們的生活質量。 舉幾個例子說明問題。
Example 1, Husband and wife are both busy and are frequently on out of town trips. Impacts are quality of family life, kids’ upbringing and supervision, and husband and wife togetherness.
Example2, A husband is so busy for his business that he does not have time for his kids and wife. Furthermore, many chores around the house are delayed, let alone upkeeps of the house.
You may ask why the divorce rate is so high (around 70% of new marriages) in California and why there are so many juvenile delinquencies. It is very clear that the traditional family unit is under huge stress due to the busyness of our world. There are too many broken hearts, broken marriages, and broken homes. Pretty soon, couples with single marriage will become an endangered species.
The fix is that we need to return to the Bible. We need to reconcile to our God through our Lord Jesus Christ again. Not just individuals but also our society as well. It is indeed very sad to see the fabric of our society—our family—is being destroyed right before our eyes. You may ask why there are so many cheatings and where did loyalty go these days. This is a very good question. The Bible tells us all these corruptions come from the world in 1 John 2:16-17. And we need our faith in the Lord of Jesus Christ to overcome the world temptations as reminded by the Scripture in 1 John 5:1-5.
1 John 2:16-17 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 5:1-5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
修復的方法是，我們需要回到“聖經”。我們需要藉著我們的主耶穌基督、聽從我們的神。不只是個人，我們的社會也該如此做。這是非常悲哀的，眼睜睜地看著、我們的社會、我們的家庭的結構，就在我們面前崩潰了。你可能會問，現在為什麼、沒有了忠誠而有這麼多的欺騙？ 這是一個非常好的問題。問問你的心靈。你會知道確實的原因。聖經告訴我們這些敗壞污染都是來自這腐敗的世界。(見約壹 2:16-17)。我們需靠我們對主耶穌的信心オ能得勝這世界。(見約壹5:1-5)
約 翰 一 書 2:16-17 因 為 凡 世 界 上 的 事 ， 就 像 肉 體 的 情 慾 ， 眼 目 的 情 慾 ， 並 今 生 的 驕 傲 ， 都 不 是 從 父 來 的 ， 乃 是 從 世 界 來 的 。 這 世 界 和 其 上 的 情 慾 都 要 過 去 ， 惟 獨 遵 行 神 旨 意 的 ， 是 永 遠 常 存 。
約 翰 一 書 5:1-5 凡 信 耶 穌 是 基 督 的 ， 都 是 從 神 而 生 ， 凡 愛 生 他 之 神 的 ， 也 必 愛 從 神 生 的 。 我 們 若 愛 神 ， 又 遵 守 他 的 誡 命 ， 從 此 就 知 道 我 們 愛 神 的 兒 女 。 我 們 遵 守 神 的 誡 命 ， 這 就
是 愛 他 了 ， 並 且 他 的 誡 命 不 是 難 守 的 。因 為 凡 從 神 生 的 ， 就 勝 過 世 界 ； 使 我 們 勝 了 世 界 的 ， 就 是 我 們 的 信 心 。 勝 過 世 界 的 是 誰 呢 ？ 不 是 那 信 耶 穌 是 神 兒 子 的 麼 ？
What is a safety net. A safety net is the one used in circus to protect the trapeze players when they perform high flying acts. In case of mishaps in their acts, they will fall onto the net and hence protect them from serious injuries. In our lives, there are many tribulations from natural disasters, illnesses, poverty, to man-made wars that cause us grief, sadness, helpless, and distress. A safety net provides us with an immediate help and support. Because of uncertainties in modern living, it is indeed beneficial for each of us to think about what are our safety nets.
Before talking about safety net, perhaps it is important to know that the ultimate function of a safety net is to save lives. Since total reality of life consists of both physical and spiritual aspects, it is quite naturally to seek the Bible to see what our Creator says about this issue.
John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
約翰福音4:13-14 耶穌回答說：「凡喝這水的，還要再渴， 人若喝我所賜的水，就永遠不渴。我所賜的水要在他裡頭成為泉源，直湧到永生。」
John 6:34-35 Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.
約翰福音6:34-35 他們說：「主啊，常將這糧賜給我們！」 耶穌說：「我就是生命的糧。到我這裡來的，必定不餓；信我的，永遠不渴。
John 8:12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?
”約翰福音11:25-26 耶穌對她說：「復活在我，生命也在我。信我的人，雖然死了，也必復活； 凡活著信我的人必永遠不死。你信這話嗎？」
Luke 12:29-32 And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
路加福音12:29-32 你們不要求吃什麼、喝什麼，也不要掛心。 這都是外邦人所求的。你們必須用這些東西，你們的父是知道的。 你們只要求他的國，這些東西就必加給你們了。 你們這小群，不要懼怕，因為你們的父樂意把國賜給你們。
Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all [a]who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
You may ask why so many Bible passages. It is because the humankind have so many stresses and needs. Our God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, and He loves us with everlasting love.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.
帖撒羅尼迦後書2:16-17 但 願 我 們 主 耶 穌 基 督 和 那 愛 我 們 、 開 恩 將 永 遠 的 安 慰 並 美 好 的 盼 望 賜 給 我 們 的 父 神 ， 安 慰 你 們 的 心 ， 並 且 在 一 切 善 行 善 言 上 堅 固 你 們 。
Jeremiah 31:3-4 The Lord appeared to Israel from afar, saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness. “Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! Again you will take up your tambourines, And go forth to the dances of the merrymakers.
耶利米書31:3-4 古時耶和華向以色列顯現，說：『我以永遠的愛愛你，因此我以慈愛吸引你。』 以色列的民哪，我要再建立你，你就被建立。你必再以擊鼓為美，與歡樂的人一同跳舞而出。
So there is no question that our foremost safety net is our Lord Jesus Christ whom we love. For those who are truth seekers and are still seeking the true God, the Bible reminds that you must believe as follows:
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
When we talk about safety net, we need to realize that it refers to people that will help us and understand us in our distress. This means that we are also part of the safety net for others as well. It is important to realize that we need to maintain our safety nets by investing our time and resource so that our safety nets are sound and active.
Given this understanding, let us discuss a few safety nets that are very important to our wellbeing. First of all, our family is our safety net. Although obvious, it is not so easy to maintain this safety net. You may ask why? This is because there are so many broken families. We are reminded of the following:
A. There are many single parent families in our society.
B. The divorce rate is more than 50% of the newlyweds in the state of California.
C. Children are the most suffering victims from a broken family safety net.
Why so many broken families? Mostly are due to broken marriages. We may also ask why are so many broken marriages? We believe that this is mainly due to the fact that we wonder too far away from the Bible teaching. We are in a culture which rebels against God constantly. Our society is so self-centered that we cannot even see our love one’s needs other than our own needs. In other words, the whole world is corrupted by our narcissism.
In this environment, a steady marriage becomes an exception rather than the norm. Fidelity and self-denial are the endangered characters. Modern grand scale social experiments such as modernism, sexual revolution, drug culture, and rationalism brought us two world wars, many more regional conflicts, and many broken families. Indeed, the Bible calls this age as a crooked and perverse generation.
It is very important then that we need to find a safety net. Now if you are one of the few luckiest people that have this family safety net, please spend your energy and resource to maintain and nourish this small group of people you love. Now if you are among majority of people who do not have this luxury, then we need to cultivate some other safety nets such as your closest friends. But most of all, we encourage you to get the ultimate Safety Net first with Jesus Christ as discussed in the first article on this subject.
One of the safety nets that have large applications is the church fellowship groups. Normally, a church fellowship group consists of church brothers and sisters who are in the same age group. Since all the church members are believers, they already have the Big Safety Net of Jesus Christ. In reality however, not all the members of a fellowship group are believers, the benefits of the church safety net depend largely upon the leadership of the church pastor and elders.
It should be noted that there are some people who come to church with ulterior motives. Normally, children, seniors, and Christians are easy targets for the wicked. Hence, it is not surprised to see that there are false teachers, and phony believers hiding within church for wicked reasons. Despite this defect, one can still enjoy great benefits from the church fellowship groups if one exercises cautions and discernment.
Maintenance of a safety net is a responsibility of ours. Generally speaking, a functional safety net requires strong infrastructural support. There are few things in life that are free. All good things are from our Heavenly Father who provides the required infrastructural resources to carry them out. A safety net is no exception. It requires strong infrastructural support such as prayers, administration, service, and love. If we enjoy the benefits then we need to help as well when we are able.
The more prayer partners you have, the stronger safety net that will be available to you in time of needs.We need to recognize that ultimately it is our Lord Jesus Christ who provides with the help we need. To some one, we may become the helper sent by God to help the one in need. It goes both ways. God helps us when we need help and God may send us to help the others. We should try to be generous and loving kindness to our sisters and brothers in the faith. And this is what the safety net of the church is all about. When we love our Lord, we love whom He loves. When we love our sisters and brothers in the faith, we also love our Lord.
The Bible reminds us the following:
1 John 3:16-17 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?
約翰一書3:16-17 主為我們捨命，我們從此就知道何為愛，我們也當為弟兄捨命。 凡有世上財物的，看見弟兄窮乏，卻塞住憐恤的心，愛神的心怎能存在他裡面呢？
Lately there are so many news about the willful contamination of processed food with industrial
chemicals which are detrimental to the public health. Obviously, quality of food is a great public
health issue and affects our quality of life. There are so many unscrupulous and wicked people
who produce very harmful products such as contaminated starch products including rice noodles,
biscuits, etc. These evil and wicked merchants and manufacturers even produce contaminated
infant formula in the Far East region in Asia. You may ask what kind of the world that we are
It is sad to say that the latest incident of poisoned starch products will not be the last time we
heard of the poisoned food issues. We may ask where are the food inspection agencies.
Actually, when the whole system is corrupted, all things are more or less contaminated
such as air, water, food, etc. Why? Because the human hearts are evil and reprobate.
It is therefore a reproof on the theory of evolution. The humankind is not evolved better,
rather we are going down and out: just knowing two world wars and numerous regional wars
in the most bloodiest 20th century will surely make us sick already.
Actually, the situation is clearly portrayed in the Holy Scripture. It was a beautiful world when
God created it. Indeed, " And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. "
( see Geneses 1:31).
Through the ages, there have been many attempts to improve the human hearts and
behaviors by soft education or hard labor techniques and they are all ineffective in
changing human history. Of course, stricter laws and enforcement will help, but it will
not last long in a corrupt and bribable society to return to the chaos we face today.
It is indeed proper to say unless we, as a society and as a human race, return to
God by repenting our lawlessness against God, we are doomed. The history has clearly
shown that we can not save the world. That is why God, due to His mercies and
compassions to the mankind, has provided us a way out-- Salvation through the
Savior Jesus Christ our Lord. The more places you visited and the longer time
you live, the deeper you will know that the human race needs a Savior to lead us
to the eternal city which has foundations whose architect and builder is God.
We have all been frustrated and heavily burdened by the conflicts, deceptions, natural
and manmade calamities, and daily struggles. Our hope is indeed to return to almighty
God and His glorious Kingdom. If you ever look at the pictures of the homeless orphans
in a war-torn country and asked where are the justice and hope for them, then you
know that we can not trust the world system and all their rationalism to save us at all.
From the bad news of the contamination of the physical food, it would prompt us to think
what about the contamination of the spiritual food? Luckily, there are many warnings of
that in the Scripture. As can be expected in any generation, there are always more than
a few false teachers claiming that they have special revelations from God to them personally
so that they have special insights to show us the right path. It is clear that throughout
church history we always have this kind of false teachers. They are nothing but demons
presenting themselves as the angels of light. They are after your money
and for their fleshly desires such as fame, pride, sex, and power, etc.
Of course, they will quote the Bible and portray that they are the true believers.
They will use all the right tones and will mix truth with their clever devices and new
interpretations such as Jesus Christ already returns and the true believers will hear
his voice etc. Just like the Scripture already warns us that anti-christs appear from
time to time in each generation. And our generation has them as well.
The following are a few ways of detecting them:
1. Just like the poisons adding to the physical food, they add some poisons to the pure
spiritual food of the Scripture such as their special revelations and interpretations of the
Scripture or their new sacred books.
2. They always claimed to be the real and unique one just like the Pharisees' claim that
they were the true separated ones in the first century. They like to accuse you as not sincere
and not trust God with their hidden agenda. What else could they do other than using
this age-old deceptive scheme.
3. Watch out their twisted use of the scripture passages. Watch out how the devil used
the scripture verses in the temptation of our Lord in the wilderness as revealed in Matt 4:1-11.
They always throw doubts against the scripture just like the old Serpent suggesting doubts of
what God told Eve with a current day twist such as "are you sure that it is always a hearsay
when deviates from the Bible?",etc.
4. The Bible is the best defence against all the teaching of false teachers. When in doubt,
concentrate on the context of the passage in the book and the context of the book in the
Scripture. Also any interpretation should not be in conflict with the whole scripture teaching.
5. There are many classical bible commentaries to help us. If we check a few more
commentaries (not just one or two), we can get a reasonably good understanding of the
contextual issues such as the Lord's second coming and be able to discern the false teaching
rightaway. Works of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Athanasius, John Calvin, Martin Luther,
Jonathan Edwards, etc., should help a lot. More recent works such as Matthew Henry's
commentary; J. Vemon McGee's Thru the Bible; John Piper's commentary including the
Romans; R. C. Sproul's work; Arthur Pink's exposition including the gospel of John;
Albert Mohler's writings; and John MacArthur's New Testament Commentary series, etc.,
offer very good bases to discern the false doctrines and revelations.
6. The church history has repeatedly shown that many hearsay and false teaching tend to be
on the claims of Jesus Christ's return already, the predictions of the endtime prophecies,
and claims in conjuction with healing, etc. There are no surprises here simply because these
are the age-proven plots which can easily be reused to deceive people.
Enough have been said. Here are a few reminders from the Holy Scripture: • Isaiah 59:16-19 He alone come to rescue us 16 And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one
to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness
17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head;
And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal
as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense
to His enemies; To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the west And His glory from the rising
of the sun, For He will come like a [d]rushing stream Which the wind of
the Lord drives.
• Proverbs 3:5-6 We need to trust the Lord wholeheartedly Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. • Isaiah 45:21-23 The only True God 21 “Declare and set forth your case; Indeed, let them consult together.
Who has announced this from of old? Who has long since declared it?
Is it not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me,
A righteous God and a Savior; There is none except Me. 22 “Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I am God, and there is no other. 23 “I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth
in righteousness . And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will
bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
• Acts 4:11-12 Jesus Christ is the only Ssvor 11 He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became
the chief corner stone.
12 And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven
that has been given among men by which we must be saved.”
• John 3:16 Salvation by Faith Alone 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
可以很正確的說，除非我們整個社會及全人類，回歸上帝；並且懺悔、曾無法無天地反抗上帝；我們注定是會毀滅的。歷史已經清楚地證明，我們是無法拯救、這個世界。這就是為什麼，上帝因他的仁慈和對人類的憐憫，已經為我們提供了一條出路，那就是通過我們的救主、耶穌基督的救贖。在參觀過更多的地方及活得越老的你，就會越知道，人類需要一個救世主，帶領我們到永恆的那座有根基的城 ,就是神 所經營所建造的。。
5. 我們有很多正確的聖經參考文獻，可以幫助我們。如果我們察看更多參考文獻（不只是一個或兩個），我們可以理解到上下文經文的背景。奧古斯丁，湯瑪斯阿奎那，約翰加爾文，馬丁路德，喬納森愛德華茲的作品，應該對我們有很大的幫助。近代的作家如亨利馬修的解經，J. Vemon麥基的直通“聖經”，約翰派珀的解說包含羅馬書，RC斯普勞爾的作品，和約翰麥克阿瑟的新約聖經解說系列，提供了非常好的基礎，以辨別假的教義和啟示。
6.從教會歴史上，可以看出假教師、假基督的異端邪說主要是在 (1)基督己經來了、而且自稱是基督, (2) 有關末世預言的新信息或新啟示, 和(3) 對神的醫治的宣示。其實，這都不是值得我們驚奇的，因為,這些都是歷世歴代常用的騙術而己。
• 以賽亞書 59:16-19
16那時，耶和華看見沒有公平，甚不喜悅。他見無人拯救，無人代求，甚為詫異，就用自己的膀臂施行拯救，以公義扶持自己。17他以公義為鎧甲，以拯救為頭盔，以報仇為衣服，以熱心為外袍。18他必按人的行為施報，惱怒他的敵人，報復他的仇敵，向眾海島施行報應。 19 如此，人從日落之處必敬畏耶和華的名，從日出之地也必敬畏他的榮耀。因為仇敵好像急流的河水沖來，是耶和華之氣所驅逐的。
• 箴言 3:5-6
• 以賽亞書 45:21-23
We may ask what timely action is to do with the quality of life.
Procrastination is a disease of “fears for changes”. There are many issues in life which require timely actions to resolve them. People who procrastinate to “tomorrows” tend to live a low quality of life for “todays”. Why? . Because they keep delay the timely actions to fix the problems of “yesterdays” and hence their problems remain for “todays” to affect their life quality. Perhaps we should take a few examples.
The fundamental issues behind all of these are that our minds are darkened by the deceptions of this world and that we are deeply bound by the slavery of this materialistic world.
In the first chapter of the Romans, the Bible tells us the following with regarding to the decaying, corruptions, and deaths in this world.
“For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.” (Romans 1:21)
Thus, the most important timely action in one’s life is to maintain a good relationship with God. This means that we need to believe the atonement done on our behalves by Jesus Christ on the cross to make right our relationship with an angry God. God is very angry at us because of our sins against a holy and righteous God. This is very important because without faith in Jesus Christ we cannot be saved. The Bible keeps reminding us this teaching very clearly;
”And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
One may ask what is the hurry. Tomorrow the sun will still rise from the east. Well, tomorrow the sun will rise again but we may not be here to see it. So we should not assume all along in each day of our lives that we are going to live forever. Yet, still so many people hold on to this ignorance and pursue things such as materials, power, fame, riches, lust, and pride as if their lives have no end in sight.
So first of all, we need to take timely action to believe in Jesus Christ our Lord. Then, we can ask God to guide us through this evil world so that we can be blessed with the strength to take timely actions to right many situations in our lives to improve the quality of our lives.
Time is of essence. The bible reminds us that we should waste our time by procrastinations because the time is evil indeed:
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. ( Eph 5:15-17)
21 因為他們雖然知道神，卻不當做神榮耀祂，也不感謝祂，他們的思念變為虛妄，無知的心就昏暗了。(羅馬書 1:21)
12 除祂以外，別無拯救，因為在天下人間，沒有賜下別的名我們可以靠著得救。(使徒行傳 4:12)」
以 弗 所 書 5:15-21
15 你 們 要 謹 慎 行 事 ， 不 要 像 愚 昧 人 ， 當 像 智 慧 人 。
16 要 愛 惜 光 陰 ， 因 為 現 今 的 世 代 邪 惡 。
17 不 要 作 糊 塗 人 ， 要 明 白 主 的 旨 意 如 何 。
18 不 要 醉 酒 ， 酒 能 使 人 放 蕩 ； 乃 要 被 聖 靈 充 滿 。
19 當 用 詩 章 、 頌 詞 、 靈 歌 、 彼 此 對 說 ， 口 唱 心 和 的 讚 美 主 。
20 凡 事 要 奉 我 們 主 耶 穌 基 督 的 名 常 常 感 謝 父 神 。
21 又 當 存 敬 畏 基 督 的 心 ， 彼 此 順 服 。
With so many baby boomers coming into retirement age, there will be more seniors soon in our society. For seniors, it is important to recognize the following:
1. With the passing of many friends and old age relatives, the senior group is generally in a stage of loneliness and increasing isolation.
2. The decaying bodily functions lead to more acute day to day problems for the senior group. Incapacity of any body function such as walking without assistance or memory loss etc tends to reduce quality of life and adds to a general bleak depression for many seniors.
3. With life time experiences, seniors are not easily persuaded that they need help with anything let alone simple self-sustaining functions like eating and walking… Yet continuous aging and decaying make seniors vulnerable and helpless.
The famous saying "an old soldier never die but fading away" fits the senior group quite well. How to improve the quality of life during the remainder of one's life so that the seniors can sail into golden sunset is indeed a keen societal issue of our days.
Whenever in doubt, it is best to ask our Creator about important life issues. The following is the Scripture description of nature of life in general and old age in particular.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.
12 So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
14 O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Actually, the Bible reminds us that few things in this world are of eternal value.
1 Corinthians 13:13
13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
For seniors, hope is a key ingredient of a happy life. Why? Because ,for christians, the coming eternal life with our almighty ,merciful , and loving God in His glorious kingdom is much much better than what we have experienced in this life. The Bible puts it this way;
3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away."
5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
Because of this promise, believing seniors can look forward to a blessed future amidst many bleak circumstances.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 describe this confidence vividly.
16 Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 17 For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
So seniors need to seek faith in God accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. This is the only hope for a peaceful and joyful remaining life in this wicked world. For seniors, time is of essence because tomorrow is indeed elusive.
3 我聽見有大聲音從寶座出來說：「看哪，神的帳幕在人間！他要與人同住，他們要做他的子民，神要親自與他們同在，做他們的神。 4 神要擦去他們一切的眼淚，不再有死亡，也不再有悲哀、哭號、疼痛，因為以前的事都過去了。」 5 坐寶座的說：「看哪，我將一切都更新了！」又說：「你要寫上，因這些話是可信的，是真實的。」(啟示錄 21:3-5)
16 所以我們不喪膽，外體雖然毀壞，內心卻一天新似一天。 17 我們這至暫至輕的苦楚，要為我們成就極重無比、永遠的榮耀。 18 原來我們不是顧念所見的，乃是顧念所不見的，因為所見的是暫時的，所不見的是永遠的。(哥林多後書 4:16-18)
You may wonder why "Finance and Women" has to do with the quality of life. In this 21st century world, how to handle one's finance is very important to ensure the quality of life. As a matter of life, we need to have money for food and housing expenses.
Why we choose this topic of "Finance and Women"? First, Women live longer than men on the average. It is important for wives to learn finance so that she can function well when she outlives her husband. Some wives are so ignorant of finance that they do not know where are the family assets. Some wives can not even write checks and pay bills. So it is very important for a husband to share family resources with his wife so she can survive beyond his death. This is best love that he can show her.
It is particularly important for a young couple to share their finance resources so that survival spouse can continue to take care of their children even after unthinkable tragedy happened to one of them.
Finance is a complicated issue. A young family should have life insurance of the bread winner so that there are emergency funds for the surviving spouse to take care of the family. A will is also a prudent way of avoiding many conflicts in the family.
Finance and Women is indeed a key issue in ensuring quality of life. You may find the following verses useful:
Ps 90:12, So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.
Ps 91:14, “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
你可能想知道、為什麼 “財務與婦女” 與生活品質有關。在這21世紀的世界，要確保生活品質，如何處理自己的財務是非常重要的。因為日常的生活中，我們需要錢、來支付食衣住行的費用。
You may wonder why the freedom of choice has to do with quality of life. Actually, if you reflect carefully on your life and the societal events in general,
you would find the infrastructure of quality of life has a lot to do with the freedom to choose. A few examples will show clearly that this is so.
Example 1- Lately, there were terrorist activities in Africa that 250 school girls were kidnaped by the Jihadist Boko Haram in the name of religion. Those school girls were either sold to be slaves or abused. Obviously, lost of freedom and being taken by heartless terrorists have a lot to do with their quality of life. The tragedy of this event demonstrates clearly the deprivation of Boko Haram in their vicious campaign of killing innocent people. You may ask where is the justice for the kidnaped school girls. If we multiply this kind of injustices throughout the world and throughout the human history, how can we in our conscience place our trust on the world system and accept the theory of Darwinism that the human species will evolve into a better , advanced, and more kinder and livable civilization.
例1：最近，發生了回教極端聖戰暴徒組織t Boko Haram 藉宗教的名義，在非洲綁架250女中學生的恐怖活動。將那些仍是在學的女學生，當作奴隸販賣或加以虐待。很顯然，被無情的恐怖分子綁架控制、失去了自由，大大的影響、改變了她們生活的品質。這種剝奪的悲劇事件、也清楚地顯示在Boko Haram的殺害無辜人民的惡毒宣傳影片裡。你可能會問、被綁架高中女生的正義在哪裡？如果在世界各地，並在整個人類歷史上，這種不公平的待遇、不停地重複發生；在我們的良知裡，怎麼可能信任這個世界體系，並接受達爾文的理論，說人類將進化到一個更好的，先進的，更親切和宜居的文明。
Example 2- There are many addictions in this world including alcoholism, drug abuse, gambling, power grabbing, and pornography. An addiction is a trap that the addict cannot get oneself free. Addicts spent most of their focus on themselves and hence not only affect their quality of life but also affect those close to them. Addiction is a tragedy for oneself, family, and society all around.
These two examples are extreme cases among many other examples of our daily living that freedom of choice affects deeply our quality of life. Freedom of choice is a sacred gift from God that a true religion will never force us to accept a belief or risk the head being cut off like those events vividly displaying in front of the world today in some parts of the world.
Please protect this inalienable human right in your choice of your daily activities. Watch where you spend most of your time. The following are a few reminders from the Holy Scripture;
1. Deuteronomy 6:5 -- " You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might."
2. 1 Corinthians 6:12
The Body Is the Lord’s
12 All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.
3. 1 Corinthians 10:23
23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify.
4. Philippians 3:8-9
8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
The title of this article was taken from a conversion from a friend. He related an incident when asking a new acquaintance where she came from. She answered that "I am from where people eat poisoned foods". Amazing, isn't it? The scope of poisoned foods from greedy merchants are so vast that the consequences of poisoned foods are impacting all walks of life in this generation and the future generations as well after you and I are gone.
Indeed, this is a pervert generation. It seems that there is no right or wrong anymore. This relativism has permeated throughout the world, whether in eastern or western societies. Here are a few latest examples;
1. Merchants used the trench oil as cooking oil and contaminated many processed foods. Various harmful contaminations were also found in the imported foods from worldwide areas.
2. Flours were contaminated that impacted noodles, biscuits, and other processed foods
3. Evil merchants color the yellow croaker fish with gold color powder paint to indicate the freshness of the fish for higher sale prices.
4. Restaurants use boron to make shrimps bigger and fresher
You may recall, just a few years ago, that the infants' formula were contaminated that caused death to many infants. Even dog foods were contaminated. The collection of trench oils, reprocess them, and then resell them as cooking oil were reported years ago as well. Even eggs can be faked by chemical substances. No wonder that "I came from where people eat poisoned foods".
We may ask where are the government food inspectors. We all know the answers. Corruption is on a rampage that no integrity exists in many governmental systems across the world. The phenomena apply to many countries indeed.
Since quality of food definitely affects our quality of life, what can you do. Not too much if you can not place confidence in any cultures or systems. You probably will laugh at the suggestion that we are hopeless unless we, as a society ,return to the teaching of the Scripture. When there is no absolute right and wrong in a post-modernism culture, this poisoned food environment is what we reap.
由於食物的品質、肯定會影響我們生活的品量。你能做些什麼？沒什麼用處, 如果你不能信賴任何文化或制度系統。你可能會嘲笑我們的建議，除非，整個社會，回歸到聖經的教導, 我們是沒有希望的。在後現代主義的文化中、沒有絕對的對與錯，這種有毒的食物環境，是我們的自食惡果。
Someone may say that this is due to the evils of the capitalism. This is definite not the whole truth because the poisoned foods come from all kind of political systems, not just the capitalism system. Actually, the poisoned food phenomena are not as prevailing in U.S.A. because integrity of the food inspection is still intact without being swayed away by corruption.
Ask yourself where are the worst places for air pollution. Where are the worst places for water pollutions. Today, the earth is heavily polluted that it will have to take a great moral revolution in order that this suicidal trend can be reversed in human civilization. Just look at the following:
1. Air pollution causes damages to your lungs as well as causes impacts to plants by acid rain.
2. Chemical pollution has great damages to your health through mercury and other heavy metal poison to sea foods.
3. Pollution of pesticides has great damages to your genes and posterity. Furthermore, pollution of artificial man-made substances such as food additives, plastics, and preservatives are so wide spread that our children suffer from many birth defects and diseases.
In 21th century, after the great enlightenment of self-awaking plus great revolution of "everything goes", we human being species has evolved through the Darwinism to this kind of advanced civilization which, in last 100 years, produced two world wars, Korean war, Vietnam war, Cambodia massacre, countless regional wars, and endless conflicts in Africa , Middle East, and Asia, even today. Food pollution is nothing but a small episode of much larger global issues.
Don't you think that we should return to our Creator for a change before we completely go full speed to our self destruction process on a global scale!
We all can recall the landing of our species on the moon not many years ago and the beautiful picture of the earth taken from the moon. Indeed, what a beautiful picture of the Earth from the space. The earth is our home for all human race. There is only one and no more. Yet, you may ask what are we doing to it today. You can even see the garbages floating in the middle of all the oceans. It is indeed sad, isn't it?
Here are a few reminders from the Scripture:
20 But you did not learn Christ in this way, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, 22 that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.
43 For there is no good tree which produces bad fruit, nor, on the other hand, a bad tree which produces good fruit. 44 For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. 45 The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.
The Heart of Man
14 After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, “Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: 15 there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. 16 [If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
2 Corinthians 7:1
Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
The Hope of the Human Race
The New Heaven and Earth
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.
20 你們學了基督，卻不是這樣。 21 如果你們聽過他的道，領了他的教，學了他的真理， 22 就要脫去你們從前行為上的舊人，這舊人是因私慾的迷惑漸漸變壞的； 23 又要將你們的心志改換一新， 24 並且穿上新人，這新人是照著神的形象造的，有真理的仁義和聖潔。
43 「因為沒有好樹結壞果子，也沒有壞樹結好果子。 44 凡樹木看果子就可以認出它來。人不是從荊棘上摘無花果，也不是從蒺藜裡摘葡萄。 45 善人從他心裡所存的善就發出善來，惡人從他心裡所存的惡就發出惡來；因為心裡所充滿的，口裡就說出來。
14 耶穌又叫眾人來，對他們說：「你們都要聽我的話，也要明白。 15 從外面進去的不能汙穢人，唯有從裡面出來的乃能汙穢人。
21 我又看見一個新天新地，因為先前的天地已經過去了，海也不再有了。 2 我又看見聖城新耶路撒冷由神那裡從天而降，預備好了，就如新婦裝飾整齊等候丈夫。3 我聽見有大聲音從寶座出來說：「看哪，神的帳幕在人間！他要與人同住，他們要做他的子民，神要親自與他們同在，做他們的神。 4 神要擦去他們一切的眼淚，不再有死亡，也不再有悲哀、哭號、疼痛，因為以前的事都過去了。」 5 坐寶座的說：「看哪，我將一切都更新了！」又說：「你要寫上，因這些話是可信的，是真實的。」6 他又對我說：「都成了！我是阿拉法，我是俄梅戛；我是初，我是終。我要將生命泉的水白白賜給那口渴的人喝。 7 得勝的，必承受這些為業：我要做他的神，他要做我的兒子。
以色列阿，你要聽！耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。
萬物都是藉著他有的, 我們也是藉著他有的。(歌林多前書 8:6)
Supremacy of Jesus Christ our Lord - Phil 2:9-11; Col 1:15-20
主耶穌的絕對優越性—無不口稱耶穌為主 (西 1:15-20)
Inerrancy of Holy Scripture - Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18
Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18
Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6
For I delight in loyalty
rather than sacrifice.
And in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.
The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 2:4
Self-denial and be patient in enduring afflictions are the God's ways for us in following Jesus Christ our Lord - Matthew 16:24