Easter, Christianity: Minimizers of Faith and Critics of the Church

By Nneka Okumazie

A major source of desperation is deceitful assumption about causative happiness: where the thinking is – get something, to become ultimate happiness.

But, any new thing can spike happiness for anyone in the immediate term. Prolonged happiness in any situation can be psychological: of contentment, acceptance, or mind renewal.

Some people, in the middle of something they use to get by, or say addiction, find that it is not a key to happiness, but are stuck with it and whatever problem got them there.

There are mind, behavioural and situational problems rooted in many lives that they can’t seem to find answers or solutions to – with the help of medications, therapy, meditation, strategy and consultations.

Maybe sometimes, mind, behavioural and situational solutions require new roots in something better, as alternative to the problematic one – to eclipse it.

Some people, crushed by some failure, often forget that what they painfully missed out on, they can still get: newer, better, lasting and far valuable.

But some, consumed by failure, were propelled to bitterness, envy, hate, wickedness, greed, desperation, deceit, pride, etc.

Consumption by failure can hinder the ability to be happy. This ability is different from just happiness – which can come from new stuff.

There are people who really know how to be happy. There are some who know contentment. There are some who are great with faith and with hope. There are some also, full of despair, bent on minimizing the faith of others.

There is a connection of the Christian faith with hope. Hope with rejoicing.

[Romans 12:12, Rejoicing in Hope, Patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in Prayer;]

There’s also a general connection of rejoicing with gladness, or say happiness.

[Psalm 118:24, This [is] the day [which] the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.]

There are some genuine Christians who hear and see the Lord in their lives. There are instructions and directions that come, in activities, helpful to avoid falling into error – which causes sadness.

But some have not experienced the Lord, His word, or power. They nominally know stuff about the Christian faith and scriptures, so their goal is to attack the faith, to weaken the faith of as many as possible.

Yes, Jesus lived, died and rose. This is why there’s Easter. Possibilities are numerous in the Christian faith because of the sacrifice of Christ.

[John 19:30, When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is finished: and He bowed His head, and gave up the ghost.]

Anyone can believe or say whatever they want but Christ can do all things for His people.

[John 20:29, JESUS saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed [are] they that have not seen, and [yet] have believed.]

Easter is a time to remember that Christ is ageless, matchless and far powerful beyond what anyone can think.

[John 1:1, In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God.]

There are many who think in their own understanding that whatever they do is hidden, but there is the Creator, who sees all.

[Proverbs 15:3, The eyes of the Lord [are] in every place, beholding the evil and the good.]

[Psalm 24:1, The earth [is] the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.]

[There’s a hymn about Christ’s resurrection: Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph o’er His foes; He arose a victor, from the dark domain, And He lives forever, With His saints to reign. He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!]

[Matthew 26:30, And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.]

There are promises for the righteous in the kingdom of God; those who wouldn’t let their faith fail towards the journey beyond this world.

[Matthew 13:43, Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.]

[Revelation 2:10, Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.]

[Luke 24:5, And as they were afraid, and bowed down [their] faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the Living among the dead?

[Luke 24:6, He is not here, but is risen: remember how He spake unto you when He was yet in Galilee]

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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