Reminder from a pastor... 一位牧師的提醒
Reminder from a pastor...一位牧師的提醒

在2016 年,增加這警訊綢頁,期盼經由弟兄姊妹、深深體會世風邪惡、道德淪亡。我們要清楚世界的騙術,保守信心,一心一意仰望主耶穌,敬虔度日,努力傳福音。

In 2016, we added this webpage to remind our readers to be watchful in this perverted and wicked world. Do not be a victim to so many traps of this lustful world. Rather, keep our focus on our merciful and almighty Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him faithfully each day.

 

* How to be deceived (Part 1)- Wallet/purse being stolen     

* How to be deceived (Part 2)- Religion Deception                

How to be deceived (Part 3)- Main Stream Media Bias against Christ

* How to be deceived (Part 4)- Entertainment  (9/2016 )         

* 如何被欺騙(part 1)- 錢包/皮包被盜 

* 如何被欺騙(part 2)- 宗教的欺騙                                                   

* 如何被欺騙 (Part 3)- 主流媒體反對基督的偏見 

 如何被欺騙(第四部分) - 娛樂​ (New)

 

 

 

 

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How to be deceived 如何被欺騙 (Part 1)

 

You may wonder why we titled this article this way. Normally, we would title how not to be deceived. But since most of us are more likely in this perverted and wicked world to be deceived, we  titled  the article this way to bring to your attention how bad we are in multitude of deceptions in this world.  In our world, deceptions rampage and wickedness seems to be a norm rather than an exception in our era. 

你也許會奇怪,為什麼我們為這篇文章,下這樣的標題。通常情況下,我們的標題應該是,如何不被欺騙。但是,在這個變態和邪惡的世界中,大多數人都是容易被欺騙的受害者,我們用此標題,是要引起你的注意,我們這一世代,不例外的,也是身處在一個很糟糕的,以欺騙橫行和充滿邪惡為常態的世界裡。

 

I was deeply impressed by this story. In the story, a man came to a tavern asking for a drink. The bar tender could tell that this man was in some sort of shocks. So he asked the man “ Are you OK? What happened ?” After gobbling down the drink in one shot, the man began to say “ You won’t believe what I just saw a few minutes ago. You know.  I just returned from a long trip. On the way here, I met a few people and saw that they can turn  their heads 360 degrees. Isn’t this very shocking indeed?” The bar tender said, “ O, it is nothing, I can do that as well and he turns his head 360 degrees ”. The story ends there and it does not tell us what happens to the man. When odds become the norm, we need to wake up. An example of 360 degree turning head is the spinning of truth by media pundits.

我深深地被這個故事打動。在故事中,一個男人來到了一家小酒館要一杯酒。酒保看出這個人是在受到某種衝擊的驚嚇中。於是問這顧客,"你沒事吧?發生了什麼事?“,在一口喝下一杯酒後,該男子開始說,”你不會相信幾分鐘前,我所看到的。你知道我剛剛從長途旅行回來。來這兒的路上,我遇到了幾個人,看到他們能夠把他們的頭轉360度。這不是非常令人震驚嗎?“。酒保說,”哦,那沒什麼,我也能像他們一樣,可以將頭轉360度“。故事到此為止,並沒有告訴我們,那個人後來發生什麼事。當奇怪的事成為常態,人們見怪不怪時,我們該需要清醒了!這能轉360度頭的一例子, 就是通訊界的時事評論大師能把黑變成白、白变成紅的轉圈技巧。

 

Let us examine a few examples.

Example 1- Why we fell to be a victim of pocket pickers or purse snappers? If you ever being a victim to this crime, you would know the following:

 * Wallet/purse being stolen is not a random event. Rather, you were being followed and targeted for awhile for that event. 

讓我們看看幾個例子。

實例1-為什麼我們淪為口袋被偷取或錢包被偷竊的受害者?如果你是一個這種罪行的受害者,你會了解以下內容:   

*錢包/皮包被盜,並不是一個隨機事件。相反的,你已經被盯上了。竊賊們已經跟隨了你一段時間,才動手偷竊你的財物。

 

    * Typically, there was a group of pocket pickers working together to target you by surrounding you and separating you from your group. Just like the wild dogs in Africa chasing a deer to separate the deer from the herd for the kill. So beware that you are targeted not by one, not by two, but by a group of wicked persons, including young hoodlum.
   * 通常情況下,是一些人組成一個偷竊集團,盯住你,圍繞著你,將你與其他人隔開,在適當時機才下手偷取財物。就像非洲的野狗群,首先鎖定追逐一隻鹿,將它與其他鹿群分開時,再痛下殺手。所以要小心,你不是被一兩個小偷盯住,而是被一群邪惡的人,包括年輕的流氓。

    *  There is a Russian proverb— “You can’t lick your elbows” which means the dangers are so near yet you could not do anything about it. So beware of your situation always.
   * 有個俄羅斯諺語,“你不能舔到你的手肘”。這意味著,當危險是如此接近,但你不能做任何事情。所以要保持警戒,隨時注意你週遭的情況。

 

    * We are all very careful ,yet due to a few moments of distractions, our purses or wallets are gone. 
So what can you do. All the Monday morning quarterback advices are useless after your purse was snapped. The following are a few things for your consideration in your trip:

  * 我們都非常小心,但偶而分心了一下子,我們的皮包或錢包就不見了。
所以你能怎麼辦呢?你的錢包被偷竊後,所有的馬後砲建議是無用的。以下是,在您的旅行中,您可以事先注意的幾件事情:

 

    1. Keep your passport in the safe in your hotel. Keep a photo copy of the passport with you.

    2. You can’t lose it if you don’t have it with you. Only take one or two credit cards with you. 

    3. If you think that you may spend 300 dollars for that day, then just carry three hundred dollars and separate the money in several places in your pockets. A front pocket is better than a back pocket. Inner pocket is better than outside pocket. Why carry more than your need to be stolen or worst to be robbed.
    4. There criminals are so sophisticated and well trained. Some of them invite themselves to a wedding reception to steal purses. Some of them buy a short domestic flight ticket to steal purses in the flight. In a cafeteria, your purse will be gone if you leave it at the table to get your food, even abroad a cruise ship! Just remember that criminals know when and where to strike you and you do not know them. Someone says that there are but tourists and thieves in a few tourist attraction places— A sad comment indeed.

1.將護照放在旅館的保險箱內,保持安全。隨身只攜帶護照的影本。
2.如果你不攜帶它,就不會失去它。所以只需要隨身攜帶一兩張信用卡即可。
3.如果你認為這一天,你可能會花300塊錢,那麼就帶三百元,並分開放在幾個口袋。前面口袋比後面的口袋好。裡面的口袋比外面的口袋好。為什麼要攜帶超過需要的錢,而製造機會被竊取,或更壞的被人搶了。
4.犯罪份子是如此複雜和訓練有素。他們中有些人不請自到,參加不認識人的婚禮,只為偷竊收禮台的紅包/
錢包。他們中有些人,買了短程的國內飛機票搭乘,為了在飛行途中,偷取乘客的錢包。在餐廳,去取食物時,如果你把皮包留在餐桌椅上,離開你的視線的錢包,將會不翼而飛的消失。甚至在國外遊輪上也是如此!只要記住,犯罪分子知道何時何地打擊你,你不認識也不知道他們是誰,無法防備。有人說在幾個熱鬧的旅遊景點中,只有遊客和小偷而已。確實是個可悲的評論。

 

We’ll cover more examples in next article. In the mean time, please meditate the following:
Matthew 6:19-21
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

 

我們將在接下來的文章中,舉出更多的例子。在此同時,請默想以下內容:
馬太福音6:19-21  
論真財寶
19「不要為自己積攢財寶在地上,地上有蟲子咬,能鏽壞,也有賊挖窟窿來偷。 
20只要積攢財寶在天上,天上沒有蟲子咬,不能鏽壞,也沒有賊挖窟窿來偷。 
21因為你的財寶在哪裡,你的心也在哪裡。

How to be deceived (Part 2)- Religion Deceptions   如何被欺騙 (Part 2)- 宗教的欺騙

Example 2, Religious deceptions

Whenever there are public needs, con artists will appear with various schemes to deceive the public. The con artists in the religious deceptions are after money, power, sex, and fame. Through human history, there were no lack of such false messiahs, false elders, and false prophets. From time to time, there were even anti-Christs appeared to deceive.

例2, 宗教的欺騙
每當大眾有需求時,騙子們就會出現,用各種掩人耳目的手法來欺騙大眾。宗教欺騙的高手們追求著金錢,權力,性和名望。在人類的歷史上,從不缺少這樣的假彌賽亞,假長老,假先知。三不五時,甚至出現,打著反基督的旗幟,行欺騙之實。


Where is the source of all the deceptions. It is from the Devil. the Prince of this world. It is very important to point it out that our Lord Jesus Christ came to this world two thousand years ago to save the lost mankind.
    1 John 3:6-9
    6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him. 7 Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8 the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

所有欺騙的來源是哪裡?就是來自魔鬼,這個世界的王子。我們一定要知道,我們的主耶穌基督兩千年前到這個世界,就是來拯救喪失的人類。
約翰一書3:6-9
6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。7小子們哪,不要被人誘惑。行義的才是義人,正如主是義的一樣。8犯罪的是屬魔鬼,因為魔鬼從起初就犯罪。神的兒子顯現出來,為要除滅魔鬼的作為。9凡從神生的,就不犯罪,因神的道存在他心裡;他也不能犯罪,因為他是由神生的。

 

So according to the Scripture, the Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the Devil. We also are told that the Devil has sinned from the beginning and is the father of lies because he lied from the beginning. In the dark kingdom of the Devil, lies and deceptions are the norm. All occults, all deceivers, and all false religions are the products of this dark kingdom of the Deceiver Devil. 
所以,根據聖經,上帝的兒子顯現出來,來摧毀魔鬼的作為。我們也被告知,魔鬼從一開始就已經犯了罪,是謊言之父,因為他從一開始就撒謊。在魔鬼的黑暗王國,謊言和欺騙是常態。所有的邪派,所有的騙子,和所有假宗教,都是此魔鬼黑暗王國的產品。


Just look at the religions of the world throughout human history. Indeed, we may wonder: how many millions were misled into the bottomless pit!  Every time, I saw two of the cult religion people walking door to door in my neighborhood. I have the following two thoughts:
1. The devil and his cohorts are looking for people to devour
    1 Peter 5:8
    8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
2. In general, I would see that the cult team consists of two persons i.e., a senior oversees a junior.  That is, “controlling” is the scheme of the deceivers.  That is why it is so hard to get out of any slavery organizations. Actually, the two are deceivers and themselves are also deceived by the Devil.

只要看看,人類歷史上的宗教世界。我們真的非常訝異:有多少百萬人,被誤導到此無底洞!每次看到兩個邪派宗教的人,在我家附近挨戶登門拜訪時,我有以下兩個想法:
1.魔鬼和他的同夥,正在尋找可吞吃的人。
彼得前書5:8
8務要謹守、警醒,因為你們的仇敵魔鬼如同吼叫的獅子,遍地遊行,尋找可吞吃的人。
2.一般情況下,我會看到邪教團隊由兩個人組成,即資深監督小輩。也就是說,“控制”是騙子方案的架構。這就是為什麼,要脫離任何奴隸制組織是如此困難。其實,兩者是騙子和他們自己也被魔鬼欺騙。

 

So one may ask, with so many deceptions, how do you know the truth?  
    Romans 1:18-21

    18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 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.

因此,人們可能會問,有這麼多的欺騙行為,你怎麼知道的真相?
羅馬書1:18-21
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。

 

Most of religions are old. Their holy writings were written in the ancient time as the results of the revelations by their gods. Now if the religion were true and their gods were true, then they would have revealed the Cosmo in a way consisting with what we know today in astronomy. If not, you can toss their writings out.
Another way you can tell is how they treat female. Is she a co-heir of the heavenly kingdom or otherwise? 
See 1 Peter 3:7
    7 You husbands in the same way, live with your wives in an understanding way, as with someone weaker, since she is a woman; and show her honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered.

大多數宗教都很古老,有長久的歷史了。他們在古代所寫的神聖的著作,是述說著通過他們的神所給的啟示。現在,如果他們的宗教是真實的,他們的神是真實的,那麼他們所揭示的宇宙,應該與我們今天知道的天文學相同。如果沒有,你就能扔掉這種著作!
另一種方式,你可以看看他們是如何對待女性。他們是以天國的共同繼承人對待她們,或是以其他方式?
見彼得前書3:7
7你們做丈夫的,也要按情理和妻子同住,因她比你軟弱,與你一同承受生命之恩的,所以要敬重她。這樣,便叫你們的禱告沒有阻礙。

 

Perhaps, a brief comment  on a current phenomenon is warranty. If one were filled with the Deceiver’s spirit, one could even claim to be the Christ in this world and would be able to deceive many people. Perhaps, even establishes a false religion. This actually happened in 20th century in China and in South Korea; one claimed to be the returned Christ in female gender in China and the other in male gender in South Korea. Since both claimed to be the returned Christ, a simple comparison of what they claimed against each other will manifest their falsehoods. The sad thing is that even after the one claimed to be the Christ  died as in the case of South Korea, their followers still hanged on. They all claimed to believe the Bible. But the Bible never says that the returned Christ will die and the Bible also indicates the way Christ will return in His second coming. Please ask yourself how can people be so ignorant to be deceived. Yet, the sad truth is that it has been so throughout the ages.
也許,我們也該對當前的現象,作簡短的評論。如果一個充滿欺騙邪靈的人,甚至宣稱自己是這個世界的基督,將會欺騙許多人,甚至建立了一個虛假的宗教。這實際發生於20世紀,各有一位自稱是重返基督發生在中國和在南韓。女性基督在中國出現和男性基督在韓國出現。由於兩個都自稱是重返基督,簡單的比較他們彼此的聲稱,就能揭穿他們的謊言。可悲的是在韓國,即使在自稱是耶穌的人死了,他們的追隨者仍然持續存在。他們都聲稱相信聖經。但聖經從來沒有說,重返的基督將會死了。並且,聖經也表明了基督第二次降臨返回的方式。請你想想,人怎麼可以如此無知而上當受騙。然而,可悲的事實是,古往今來就是如此這般受騙。


The following verses are great for our meditation.
(1) Be alert and sober
    1 Thessalonians 5:4-6
    4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober
(2)  Know the Time of our era
    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
(3) Know the anti-Christ are in the world
    2 John 6-7
    6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
(4) Put on the full armor of God
    Ephesians 6:10-18
    10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 

讓我們來默想,下面聖經的經句。
(1)要警醒和謹守
帖撒羅尼迦前書5:4-6
4弟兄們,你們卻不在黑暗裡,叫那日子臨到你們像賊一樣。5你們都是光明之子,都是白晝之子。我們不是屬黑夜的,也不是屬幽暗的。6所以,我們不要睡覺,像別人一樣,總要警醒謹守。
(2)了解現今就是我們該趁早睡醒的時候
羅馬書13:11
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。
(3)知道世界上敵基督的出現
約翰二書6-7
6我們若照他的命令行,這就是愛。你們從起初所聽見當行的,就是這命令。7因為世上有許多迷惑人的出來,他們不認耶穌基督是成了肉身來的。這就是那迷惑人、敵基督的。
(4)穿戴神所賜的全副軍裝,就能抵擋魔鬼的詭計
以弗所書6:10-18
10我還有末了的話,你們要靠著主,倚賴他的大能大力做剛強的人。11要穿戴神所賜的全副軍裝,就能抵擋魔鬼的詭計。12因我們並不是與屬血氣的爭戰,乃是與那些執政的、掌權的、管轄這幽暗世界的,以及天空屬靈氣的惡魔爭戰。13所以,要拿起神所賜的全副軍裝,好在磨難的日子抵擋仇敵;並且成就了一切,還能站立得住。14所以要站穩了,用真理當做帶子束腰,用公義當做護心鏡遮胸,15又用平安的福音當做預備走路的鞋穿在腳上。16此外,又拿著信德當做藤牌,可以滅盡那惡者一切的火箭;17並戴上救恩的頭盔,拿著聖靈的寶劍,就是神的道。18靠著聖靈,隨時多方禱告祈求,並要在此警醒不倦,為眾聖徒祈求;

How to be deceived (Part 3)- Main Stream Media Bias against Christ                                                      如何被欺騙 (Part 3)- 主流媒體反對基督的偏見 

Example 3- 
Ever since the sexual revolution liberalism of the 1960’s, the social and moral environment  in western societies has continuously  shifted towards anti-Bible and anti Christian settings. All  main stream media have reflected this trend. Thus, the information/data/reporting  in the media has carried this bias. In other word, Christian values and moral standard are no longer the main stream values. On the contrary, all Christian values are marginalized. Some of the liberal media have even characterized Christians as  narrow minded bigots.

自從20世紀60年代的性自由解放革命,西方社會中的社會和道德環境,不斷地傾向反聖經和反基督教。所有的主流媒體都體現了這一趨勢。因此,在媒體中的信息/數據/報告都有這種偏差。換句話說,基督教的價值觀和道德標準,已經不再是主流價值觀。相反的,所有的基督教價值觀已被邊緣化。甚至一些自由派媒體,將基督徒說成心胸狹窄的偏執狂。


For Christians, you need to recognize this trend and bias. Thus, most of the programs on TV or things reported in the newspapers are filtered in such a way that there is no trace of biblical values in them. If you are  a Christian, don’t take all these junks into your heart. Post modernism and new age movement are detrimental to your spiritual growth in Christ. A key ingredient of the current trend is to tolerate any or all  fads whether they are against anything or for everything.
對於基督徒來說,你需要認識到這種趨勢和偏見。因此,大多的電視節目及報紙報導,都已經過了這樣心態的過濾,其內容再也沒有聖經價值的痕跡。如果你是一個基督徒,不要聽信這種垃圾訊息。後現代主義和新時代的運動,是不利於你在基督裡的心靈成長。在當前主流媒體的關鍵態度是,容忍一切,無論是反對任何事或支持每件事的風尚


So beware of this bias and  the schemes that blind your eyes from seeing the glory of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you want to keep your sanity and avoid all the things feeding you day and night by the conglomerates of “me, me, me” businesses. Our societies have undergone transformation to an “everything goes”  madness.
所以,要小心這種偏見和架構,蒙蔽了你的眼睛,而看不到耶穌基督福音的榮耀。如果你想保持你的理智,要避免這種圖利自我的企業集團,不分晝夜所灌輸給你的所有事情。因為我們的社會已轉變成"什麼都可以"的瘋狂狀態。 


Do take time and great effort to protect your marriage, your kids, and your family. Focus yourself on the Bible and do pray that God has mercy on our leaders and our societies. We need to heed the following dire warning!

2 Peter 2:4-9
Doom of False Teachers
4 For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; 5 and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly; 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— 9 then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment,

Beware!  My brothers and sisters in the Lord, don’t be deceived by the media bias.

要花時間和很大的努力,來保護你的婚姻,你的孩子和你的家人。專心於聖經並祈求上帝憐憫我們的領導人和我們的社會。我們需要注意以下可怕的警告!

彼得後書2:4-9
假教師的末日
4就是天使犯了罪,神也沒有寬容,曾把他們丟在地獄,交在黑暗坑中,等候審判。5神也沒有寬容上古的世代,曾叫洪水臨到那不敬虔的世代,卻保護了傳義道的挪亞一家八口。6又判定所多瑪、蛾摩拉,將二城傾覆,焚燒成灰,
作為後世不敬虔人的鑒戒;只搭救了那常為惡人淫行憂傷的義人羅得。8因為那義人住在他們中間,看見聽見他們不法的事,他的義心就天天傷痛。9主知道搭救敬虔的人脫離試探,把不義的人留在刑罰之下,等候審判的日子。

要小心!我的主內兄弟姐妹們,不要被媒體的偏見所欺騙。

How to be deceived (Part 4)- Entertainment             如何被欺騙(第四部分) - 娛樂

 

In a very busy and hectic life pace, people seek entertainment to escape the reality for a short period of time and to rejuvenate  mind and body. In the world, there are various entertainments including video games, musics, movies, sports, hobbies, and outdoor activities. There are also adult entertainment including illicit sex, pornography, illegal drugs, and gamble activities.

 

活在一個非常繁忙和忙碌的生活節奏中,人們會尋求娛樂,來短暫的逃避現實,以恢復體力和心力。在世界裡,有各種娛樂活動,包括視頻遊戲,音樂,電影,體育,嗜好,和戶外活動。也有成人娛樂包括非法性行為,色情,毒品,和賭博活動

 

In a post modern era, our civilization does not have  wrong and right in entertainment as far as it is legal or consensual. From Christian perspective, entertainment area is the area that Christians are easily led into temptation and away from edification.


在後現代化的時代,我們的文明沒有對或錯的娛樂,只要是合法或兩相情願。從基督教的觀點看,在娛樂這一區塊裡,基督徒很容易被誘惑而導致遠離聖潔熏陶的道路。

 

Ephesians 5:15-17 
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.
 

 

以弗所書5:15-17

愛惜光陰
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不要做糊塗人,要明白主的旨意如何。

 

 I used to wonder why making the most of my time has to do with “because the days are evil”.  There is no question that the days are evil in our time. I began to understand this truth once I take a close look at the modern entertainment world. Just look at a few examples.


我曾經想,為什麼要愛惜光陰,與"因為現今的世代邪惡"有關?毫無疑問現今是一個邪惡的世代,我仔細看清楚,現代化的娛樂圈,我終於明白了這個道理。只要看看幾個例子。

 

Example 1- Video Games
There are many kids playing all kind of video games day in and day out. Most of the activities are not profitable. In other word, many kids waste so much time in the video games that they do not have time for their studies and that they do not have enough time for sleeping. Video games cause addictions to many people including kids, teen agers, and even adults. Actually, video games are a very big business. Even adults are spending many hours in video games and choose  to live in a fantasy world.


例1-電動視頻遊戲

有很多孩子們,每天不分晝夜,都在玩各種電子遊戲。大部分的活動都是沒有益處。換句話說,許多孩子浪費很多時間在視頻遊戲,而沒有足夠的時間來學習,作功課和睡覺。視頻遊戲讓許多人成癮,包括兒童,青少年,甚至成年人。事實上,視頻遊戲是一個非常大的商機。即使是成年人,也在視頻遊戲中花費許多時間和寧願變成活在一個幻想的世界中。

 

Example 2 - Gambling
Same thing happens in the gambling business. It is a multi-billion business. People spend time and money in contributing to the gambling entertainment. We can say the same things about illegal drugs, illicit sex, and pornography.


例2  ​​- 賭博
同樣的事情也發生在賭博業。這是一個數十億的商業。人們貢獻許多時間和金錢給賭博娛樂行業。我們可以說,非法毒品,非法性行為,色情都是同樣的狀況。

 

Many Christians waste much time in entertainment. We would like to point out the following:

1. What is temptation? Temptation in the Christian perspective is the state of getting into sins if we fail the test of temptation.
Temptations in the world consist of “lust of eyes”, “lust of the flesh”, and “the pride of this life”. None of the temptations are harmless as some of the liberals want us to believe or want us to rationalize as adult entertainment. There are always evils involved in temptations. Take the pornography business as an example. This multi-billion business has vast evil infrastructures including human trafficking, prostitution. videos, adult websites,  illegal escort ,illegal massage activities, etc. These evils destroy family, marriage, and societal stabilities. They also destroy children normal cares, family relationship, and love. The human tolls are countless and sufferings are indeed tragic and heart- broken!

 

許多基督徒,浪費許多的時間在娛樂。我們想指出以下幾點:
1.什麼是誘惑?誘惑在基督教的觀點就是正在陷入罪惡的狀態
,如果我們陷入誘惑
誘惑的世界包括“眼睛的慾望”,“肉體的情慾”,和“今生的驕傲"。沒有一個誘惑是無害的,儘管某一些自由主義者希望我們相信誘惑是無害的,或希望我們合理化為成人的娛樂。誘惑總有涉及一些罪惡。就拿色情業為例。這數十億的企業有龐大複雜的邪惡結構,包括販賣人口,賣淫。視頻,成人網站,非法陪同伴侶,非法按摩活動等,這些罪惡破壞家庭,婚姻,社會的穩定性。他們還破壞孩子正常的照顧,家庭關係,愛情。人們得付出無數的代價和痛苦,實在是悲慘的和令人心靈破碎!


2. If you love the world, you will love the adult entertainment. If you love the world, you will have no time and no heart  for loving God. If you really love God, you will hate the evils of the world. In other word, you will hate sins including things that take your time, your love, and your mind away from God.


2.如果你愛這個世界,你一定會喜愛成人娛樂。如果你愛這個世界,你將沒有時間愛上帝,也沒有心愛上帝。如果你真的愛上帝,你會恨這個世界的罪惡。換句話說,你會恨罪,包括讓你,浪費你的時間,你的愛,讓你的心遠離神的事物。

 

3. Why  it is very easy to be led away by entertainment?. In other word, why Christians are easily led astray by the world entertainment. Just call it adult entertainment does not make it not evil, let alone sinful. Our Lord Jesus Christ indeed warned us that flesh is not profitable. The Bible indeed warns us that if you love the world then you do not love the Father. 


3.為什麼會很容易,被娛樂吸引而沉迷?換句話說,為什麼基督徒很容易被世界娛樂引入歧途。把娛樂說成人娛樂,並不表示該娛樂不邪惡,有罪的。我們的主耶穌基督的確告誡我們,肉體是無益的。聖經確實提醒我們,如果你愛這個世界,那麼你就不愛天父。

 

So beware of the traps and beware that you are targeted by  multiple deceiving ways by the so- called adult entertainment including sport etc. You may argue that movies and sport are not necessarily evil. Indeed, you are absolutely right.  The Bible does not prohibit us from sport and movies. But when we do not heed Ephesians 5:15-17 that we need to watch where and how much we spend our time, we could easily rationalize ourselves into various entertainment activities because the days are evil.


所以要小心陷阱和提防你,被所謂的成人娛樂包括沉迷球賽等多種欺騙方式盯住。你可能會認為,電影和球賽不一定是邪惡的。事實上,你是絕對正確的。聖經並不禁止電影和球賽娛樂。但是,當我們不聽從以弗所書5:15-17時,我們不注意,我們花多少時間在什麼地方。因為現今的世代邪惡,我們很容易地理性化,讓自己陷入各種娛樂活動裡。


It is also true that we will be led into the world entertainment activities if we do not content with the love of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Not to sin  is not in our head through rationalization but in our heart through our love toward our wonderful God because He loves us first without bounds.
 

這也是事實,我們將被引入世界的娛樂活動,如果我們沒有滿足於主耶穌基督的愛裡。不犯罪不是通過我們頭的合理化,而是在我們的心,通過我們對我們奇妙神的愛,因為祂先沒有界限的愛我們。

 

So once more beware of your time. Beware of your heart! Beware of your rationalization! And most of all beware of your love toward our Lord Jesus Christ who loves us to the end! 

Finally, let  us ponder the teaching of the following precious verses:

 

Ps 97:10-12
Hate evil, you who love the Lord,
Who preserves the souls of His godly ones;
He delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown like seed for the righteous
And gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.

 

所以再次愛惜你的時間。當心你的心靈!當心你的合理化!最重要的是當心你給我們的主耶穌基督的愛,因為祂愛我們到底!
最後,我們以詩篇 97:10-12來共同敦促激勵;


詩篇 97:10-12
耶和華做王威嚴炫赫
10 你們愛耶和華的,都當恨惡罪惡,
他保護聖民的性命,搭救他們脫離惡人的手。
11 散布亮光是為義人,預備喜樂是為正直人。
12 你們義人當靠耶和華歡喜,稱謝他可記念的聖名!

Reminders... 提醒

Only God - Deut 6-4-5

我們神是獨一的主

以色列阿,你要聽!耶和華 ─ 我們神是獨一的主。

你要盡心, 盡性、盡力愛耶和華─你的神。(申6:4-5)

 

然而我們只有一位神,就是父,

萬物都本於他,我們也歸於他.

並有一位主,就是耶穌基督,

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)

所以,神將他升為至高,

又賜給他那超乎萬名之上的名, 

叫一切在天上的、地上的,和地底下的,因耶穌的名無不屈膝,無不口稱耶穌基督為主,

使榮耀歸與父神。(腓2:9-11)

 

 

Inerrancy of Holy Scripture Psalm 19:7-9, Matt 5:18

聖經的精確性(詩 19:7-9)

馬太福音 5:18

我實在告訴你們,

就是到天地都廢去了,

律法的一點一畫也不能廢去,

都要成全。 

 

 

Glorious Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ which demonstrates the love of God - John 3:16-18

主耶穌榮耀無比的十字架

神愛世人,甚至將他的獨生子賜給他們,

叫一切信他的,不至滅亡,反得永生。 因為神差他的兒子降世,不是要定世人的罪,

乃是要叫世人因他得救。 信他的人,不被定罪;不信的人,罪已經定了,因為他不信神獨生子的名。

(約翰福音 3:16-18)

 



Obedience to God is much better than offering sacrifices - Hos 6:6

我喜愛良善(或譯:憐恤),

不喜愛祭祀;

喜愛認識神,勝於燔祭。

(何西阿書 6:6)

 

For I delight in loyalty 
 rather than sacrifice. 
And in the knowledge of 
God rather than burnt 
offerings. 

(Hos 6:6)

 

 

The righteous shall live by faith alone - Habbakuk 2:4

義人因信得生  迦勒底人自高自大,心不正直;惟義人因信得生。(哈巴谷書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

於是耶穌對門徒說:若有人要跟從我,就當捨己,背起他的十字架來跟從我。

(馬太福音 16:24)

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