Children Should be Grateful to Their Parents

Dealing with ungrateful children the Christian way


Why are some children unappreciative of the sacrifices being made by their parents? Why is it that many of them do not even have a sense of gratitude? 

Having unappreciative and ungrateful children is something that makes parents think that they are a failure in what they have done, and what they do, are still not enough. 

In life, there are certain realities that we have to accept. First, you cannot really please everybody, and second, not everybody has a sense of gratitude. 

We have to accept the fact that while there are people who acknowledge and give importance to every favor and good deed done unto them, there are also those who never show thankfulness and appreciation at all   even if you give them everything that you have. Why? It is either they are not yet satisfied with what you have done and given them, or they are simply ungrateful. 

One Filipino song goes, “Kahit konting pagtingin kung manggagaling sa‘yo ay labis ko nang ligaya dahil sa ikaw ay mahal ko.” [Even a little love that will come from you will give me immense joy because I love you.] 

For somebody who loves, even a small amount of love coming from his loved one is enough to make him or her happy. That small amount of love is very much appreciated. Similarly, for parents who deeply love their children, a simple gesture of appreciation for that love, coming from the children, is enough to brighten up their day, because that simple gesture of appreciation manifests that they also love them. 

If both love and kindness are given to somebody who loves you, surely that person would be appreciative. And surely, too, that person will reciprocate, meaning, you will be loved back, and your kindness will be valued. 

So, if your children love you they will not take for granted each act of kindness, big or small, as well as your every gesture of love. Instead, they will always be thankful and grateful to you. And they will give you love and show you kindness in return. 

But if your children do not reciprocate the love that you give them, if they do not show you gratefulness and appreciation for all the good things that you have done to them, it only means that they do not love you. 

It is a sad reality but there are really people who are inherently unthankful.  

LUKE 6:35 (KJV) says,


But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.


Thankfulness is a manifestation of gratefulness. Hence, to be unthankful is to be ungrateful, and you can never please people of this kind. 

However, God commanded us to be thankful. 

COLOSSIANS 3:15 (KJV) says,


And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.


It is very important that we show gratitude even for the smallest acts of kindness rendered unto us. If you have a sense of gratitude, if you have love for others, especially to your parents, you will never fail to acknowledge their good deeds and sacrifices. 

To hear a mother lament for her child’s ungratefulness is something that really pricks my heart because I know how much a mother sacrifices for her child. 

Since my childhood, I have been suffering from asthma. I remember whenever I had asthma attacks my mother would do everything to ease my suffering. She would run her hands on my back as I gasped for breath; and she was always by my side, watching over me. I would forever be grateful to her for her love and sacrifices. 

That is why I pity mothers whose children do not show them any gratitude. It implies that their children do not love them enough. 

I also have children and grandchildren so I know the joy it brings a parent if his good deeds are being appreciated. Every parent wants to give everything that his beloved son or daughter desires, to the point that sometimes, in order to buy it, he has to make certain sacrifices like setting aside his personal needs. Sometimes, even if he craves a particular food he wouldn’t buy it because he is saving the money for the thing that his child wants. 

Sadly, some children do not realize the sacrifices that their parents have to make, their mothers especially, just to make them happy. 

It is, indeed, very disappointing to see children who seem to have forgotten and are taking for granted their mothers’ hardships in raising them. They do not acknowledge their mothers’ sleepless nights, monitoring their condition, whenever they were sick and the nights that their mothers had to wake up even during the wee hours just to feed them when they were still babies. And most especially the travails that mothers went through during their pregnancy up to the day they gave birth to their children, where throughout that period their lives were in peril. 

And what is very disheartening is that when they grow up, they even become disrespectful. 

If you happen to be one of these children who hardly show love and gratitude to their parents, I advise you to change. Love your parents while you still have the opportunity. Do not wait for the time that you would be showering them with love but they are no longer capable of feeling it. Now is the right time to make them feel how important they are to you. 

But children of this kind are not a hopeless case yet. There is still a great chance that they will change for the better. From being disrespectful, disobedient, ungrateful, selfish, and uncaring, they may still become respectful, obedient, grateful, and loving children. How? If only their parents will introduce them to the word of God and the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ at the earliest possible time. The word of God can work wonders; it can easily mold and refine the character of children. 

By listening to the teachings of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, with God’s help, these children would realize their great indebtedness to their parents as well as the rightful way of treating them. They will develop a sense of gratitude and they will become more appreciative of their parents’ sacrifices. 

And most of all, they will become grateful and thankful not only to their parents but also to God. 

Sign of the Cross: A Catholic Practice Without Biblical Basis

Is The Catholic Sign of The Cross Biblical

The members of the Catholic Church are distinguished from the members of other religious denominations by their adherence not only to idol worship but also to certain rituals and practices which they, themselves, do not have a clear understanding of. One example of this is the sign of the cross.

Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross? What is the sign of the cross all about?

First of all, let me make it clear that making the sign of the cross is not a commandment of God. Catholics should not even be doing it because it is wrong.

According to the book on the catechism of the Catholic Church, making the sign of the cross is a prayer for deliverance from their enemies.


It says,

And tanda ng Santa Krus
Ang ipagadya mo sa amin, Panginoon naming Dios
Sa mga kaaway namin
Sa ngalan ng Ama, at ng Anak,
At ng Espiritu Santo. Siya nawa

Another Catholic book, Discourses on the Apostle’s Creed, even stressed the formidable power of the sign of the cross.



It says,

And St. Teresa states that Satan had no power over the cross, nor over any object over which the sign of the cross has been traced. It is the Christian’s strongest and most powerful weapon against Satan.

They said, according to Saint Teresa, the most powerful weapon in winning over Satan is the sign of the cross because he (Satan) has no power over the cross and over other objects onto which the sign of the cross has been traced.

The question is, who is this Saint Teresa that they were talking about? She was not even a preacher of Christ! And yet the Catholic Church is banking on what she said.

However, members of the Catholic Church seem to be confused as to when they are supposed to make the sign of the cross and what should their intent be in making one.

Practically on all occasions, you see Catholics make the sign of the cross. Whenever they perceive danger lurking or when they feel the presence of an evil spirit, they make the sign of the cross. Whenever they are terrified by roaring thunder and streaks of lightning, or whenever they are scared by ghosts, they also make the sign of the cross because they want to be delivered from impending danger.

Now, if making the sign of the cross means they are praying for their deliverance from the enemy, and that it is a very powerful weapon against Satan, as stated in their books, why is it that Catholics also make the sign of the cross whenever they see the statue of Mary, either inside the church or during processions? Does it mean that Mary is their enemy and they are praying to be delivered from her?

Why do they make the sign of the cross whenever they pass by a church? Are the minions of Satan there and do they want to be delivered from them? Is the enemy there, too?

Before eating, they also make the sign of the cross. Why? Is the devil also in the food that they are about to eat?

What is worse is that the sign of the cross is also being made by people who do evil things. They make the sign of the cross, not to pray for deliverance from evil, but for success in executing their evil acts.

A thief makes the sign of the cross first before robbing a certain household.



In boxing matches, a boxer, whose ultimate objective is to give his opponent deadly punches, also makes the sign of the cross before the fight starts. And when he finally knocks out his opponent, he makes another sign of the cross. On such an occasion, how are you going to interpret the boxer’s sign of the cross?

A pickpocket who succeeded in stealing the contents of a woman’s bag also made the sign of the cross before fleeing.


Is the sign of the cross really a prayer for deliverance from evil? If so, why do Catholics make the sign of the cross even in front of what they consider holy and sacred, like churches and statues of Mary, and of their other saints? Why do they make the sign of the cross before and after doing unlawful acts? Or, is the sign of the cross an expression of joy and thankfulness for successfully carrying out an evil act?

Beloved Catholics, I am calling your attention. Please try to ponder all these things. I am sure that you understand the point that I am trying to drive at. Just do not forget, making the sign of the cross is not a commandment of God. MAY GOD BLESS YOU!

Believing Paradise on Earth? You Must Be Misled

Why heaven is not located on earth

It is evident that people from different religions have a very vague, sometimes weird and illogical, notion of where Heaven, or Paradise, is. Some of them think that Heaven is right here on earth, while others presume that it is elsewhere.

Definitely, those who believe that Heaven and Paradise are right here on earth are grossly mistaken. We can say that such a belief could either be a product of their wild imaginations or a mere result of the false teachings that they’ve heard from their respective preachers who are ignorant of the Bible.

Please, do not believe the concocted stories of such people about heaven. Believe in what the Bible says instead. The Bible is reliable; it is precise, complete, and definite.

Actually, despite the attempts of some people to discredit the Bible, nobody has yet succeeded in disproving it. Science, archeology, and history have proven that the Bible is authentic and it speaks of the truth. It is because it came from God.

Indeed, the Bible mentions that Heaven exists.

GENESIS 1:6-8 (KJV) says,

6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

The firmament being referred to in the verses above is the heaven that we know; it is the vast space that we see above. But we have to understand that there are three heavens in the Bible, and the highest of these three is the third heaven, in which is what we call Paradise.

Paradise in the third heaven was attested by Apostle Paul.

2 CORINTHIANS 12:2, 4 (KJV) says,

2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.

The Apostle Paul was caught up (in spirit) to the third heaven, where Paradise is. It is the very kingdom that was promised by the Lord Jesus Christ to those who will be saved. The Bible also calls it the New Jerusalem. And it is not here on earth!

There is no truth to the claim of Apollo Quiboloy that the New Jerusalem is in Davao. That is not true; do not believe him!

But long before Quiboloy made that stupid claim, other religions like the Jehovah’s Witnesses have already been fooling many people that Paradise is here on earth.

That is a lie! Paradise is in heaven; it is the place where the throne of God is situated.

REVELATIONS 22:1-2 (KJV) says,

1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

When John was caught up to the third heaven, he saw the throne of God, from where a pure river of water of life was flowing. He also saw that on the other side of the river was the tree of life.

According to REVELATION 2:7 (KJV), the tree of life is in Paradise.

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Very clearly, from the account given by John, the throne of God, the tree of life, and the river of water of life are all in Paradise.

Are humans capable of determining how high the heavens are?

ISAIAH 55:8-9 (KJV) says,

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

The heavens are higher than the earth, according to the word of God. This pronouncement is something that has not been disproved by anybody until this day. In fact, until now, despite the sophisticated instruments in science, no scientist has ever come up with exact figures that would indicate how high heaven is from the earth. Even the Hubble Space Telescope failed to measure the distance of the heaven from the earth, not even the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) which is a more powerful telescope as it could reach as far as 13 billion light-years from the earth.

God said: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” That is why up to now, nobody has ever reached heaven.

Heaven and Paradise are not in this world. Remember what the thief told the Lord Jesus Christ while they were both suffering in the cross? The thief said, “. . . Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.” (LUKE 23:42, KJV)

If it were true that Paradise is here on earth, why would the thief still ask Christ to remember him when He comes to His kingdom, or to Paradise?

If it were true that Paradise is here on earth, then, the Lord Jesus Christ should have corrected the utterance of the thief. He should have told the thief, “Don’t worry, both of us are already in Paradise.”

But instead, the Lord Jesus Christ answered the thief, “. . . Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (LUKE 23:43, KJV)

This clearly proves that Paradise is in another place. It is somewhere outside this world.

For you not to be misled, believe in the word of God. Do not believe the Jehovah’s Witnesses; do not believe Quiboloy. Paradise, or the New Jerusalem, is not here on this earth, and more so, it is not in Davao. That is a big falsehood.

Do not entertain incongruous stories about Heaven, or Paradise, which were invented by false prophets. It is best to believe in God and in His words, which are recorded in the Bible. If you do this, you will never be deceived and you will never go wrong. And most of all, you will never believe that Paradise is here on Earth because the Bible tells us that it is in the third heaven.

How Soon Is the Imminent Coming of Jesus Christ

Understanding the return of Jesus Christ

From the things that are observable in nature, like the seasons, we are being forewarned of certain eventualities. Each season is an indicator of what is to come.

So if you want to find out when the Lord Jesus Christ is coming, you can also refer to the seasons and you will be provided with clear signs.

MATTHEW 24:32-33 (KJV) says,

32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, all of you know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise ye, when all of you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

The seasons give signs. So it is important that we are able to read and understand the signs they reveal.

For instance, in the Philippines, a certain fruit-bearing tree called “siniguelas” grows. If you want to find out when the “siniguelas” tree is going to bear fruits, you have to be observant to the changes that take place in the tree. The first sign that you will see is that, the tree is shedding its leaves. When the tree has practically become bare of leaves, later on, it will grow flowers which will wither after a certain period of time. And once the flowers have completely dried, the fruits will appear.

In countries that experience the four seasons, people also see signs given by nature which tell them the imminence of a particular season.

For instance, before winter comes, the leaves of trees change their colors; from green, they turn to yellow and brown. After some time, they wither and fall. In other words, the fall season signals the commencement of another season which is winter. And after winter comes spring, wherein the sprouting of new leaves is one of the signs to be seen; and after spring comes summer.

The same principle applies to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. When He is about to come, we are not only to observe signs in nature but also take note of the things that are happening around us. Christ cited specific occurrences that will surely happen and that will surely not slip our attention. And once we see them, we are to understand that those are signals of His coming.

What are those?

MATTHEW 24:6-8 (KJV) says,

6 And all of you shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

The Lord provided us with many signs like wars and rumors of wars, conflicts among nations and kingdoms, famines, and pestilences that would infect humans and animals.

And all these things are already happening in this dispensation although, perhaps, not at peak levels as of yet, but nonetheless, we are witnessing how these things are now being realized.

Today, humans are exposed to different kinds of pestilences that are fatal to mankind. For example, there are now diseases that come from animals like the avian flu; there is also the Ebola virus which originated in Africa. And according to scientists, the Ebola virus came from the blood of bats, and this virus was acquired because some Africans eat bats.

Aside from those, there is also Hepatitis B, C, and D, AIDS, and many more.

Other signs include famine, earthquakes in diverse places, and the uprising of nations against other nations.

And since we are now seeing how these events happen in our time, we can say that His coming wouldn’t take very long.

Inasmuch as we have been foretold of the signs of His coming, as conscientious Christians, we need to see to it that before that day comes, we have made the necessary preparations. Make sure that you have done everything that you need to do in order to be assured of your salvation. Make sure that you spend your life in service to God.

ECCLESIASTES 12:1 (KJV) says,

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them;

It is best that you start serving God while you are still young. Abide by His will; follow His commandments.

ECCLESIASTES 12:13 (KJV) says,

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Develop fear in God and obedience to His commandments. Actually, the only service that you can render to God is by following His commandments. And it is in your fulfillment of His commandments that you will merit salvation.

ECCLESIASTES 12:14 (KJV) says,

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

God will judge humanity. He has an appointed time for it; it is inevitable. So, if you care about your salvation, serve God; and serving God means obeying His commandments. If you are spending your life in service to God, if you are abiding by His words, you have a very great chance to salvation.

Feeling Hopeless? Pray for Divine Providence

What does the Bible say about suicide

A person who experiences a deep feeling of hopelessness because he can't find a solution to his problems, or because he can't cope with the predicaments he is going through thinks that taking his own life or committing suicide is the only way to get out of the situation.

As the number of suicide cases everywhere in the world keeps on increasing, one couldn’t help but worry. One of the main worries of many people is focused on the inevitable consequence of committing suicide. They want to find out if there is still forgiveness that awaits the suicides, or if they still have a chance to salvation, or if they are already doomed to suffer in hell eternally.

If you were to ask me about what lies ahead for those who committed suicide, I’m sorry but I am not in the position to pass judgment on them. In the first place, I do not know them; I do not know what ran in their minds; I do not know the circumstances that they went through; I practically do not know anything about them. But more importantly, the Bible does not give me any right to pass judgment on them; instead, the Bible has prohibited the true Church of God to judge those who are outside its jurisdiction.

1 CORINTHIANS 5:13 (KJV) says,

But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

It is God who judges those who are outside the Church of God, according to the Bible. So, we better entrust the lot of the suicides to God’s judgment.

If a person who committed a questionable act, for example, happens to be a member of the Church of God I would be able to come up with a prudent decision or judgment about his case because, we, in the Church, have a record of the brethren’s obedience to Christ’s doctrines, like their attendance in our congregational gatherings and how they live their lives.

Among the members of the Church of God, there exists genuine care for each other. If they disobey the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ, if they lead wayward lives, they are reported to the Church administration. And if anyone has been reported for his disobedience or wrongdoing, his attention is immediately called upon. This is not to make him a subject of ridicule and gossip, but for him to be corrected or be given disciplinary action if needed. This is because we do not want any of the brethren to go astray or to continue doing things which are against the will of God.

If there is no complaint made about a particular member, it means that member is faithfully abiding by the doctrines of Christ. And if I say that he has a great chance to salvation, I would not be violating the word of God inasmuch as he is one of us in the Church; he is not an outsider.

Whenever a member airs a complaint, or an accusation, against another member, the Church administration deals with it in accordance with the provision in the Bible.

1 TIMOTHY 5:19 (KJV) says,

Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.

Plain accusation is not enough. The complaint or the accusation should be attested by, at least, two or three witnesses.

Actually, there are brethren who have been in the Church for a long time and still, nothing negative has been reported about them.

TITUS 1:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;

There are members who do not transgress the law of Christ. As a result, they have never become subject to any disciplinary action.

Why am I mentioning this? This is just to show you that, in the Church of God, we judge only those who are among us. We are able to pass judgment on our erring brothers and sisters because we have a basis in doing so. We always base our decision on both documentary and testimonial evidences. But we do not do that to those who are outside the Church of God because, according to the Bible, it is God that judges them.

This is the reason why I cannot give a categorical answer as to whether a person who committed suicide could still be forgiven and be saved, or if he is already condemned because he is not a part of our organization.

The brethren in the Church of God are well-taught about the essence of life and the ultimate purpose of human existence. Also, instilled in their hearts is the fear in God. That is why I can boldly claim that no faithful member of this organization would ever think about taking his own life, no matter how great the odds are. Our brethren may be poor in terms of material things but they are full of hope.

As we know, suicide stems from a strong feeling of hopelessness, just like what was experienced by Judas Iscariot. Seeing himself in a very hopeless situation after betraying the Lord Jesus Christ, Judas Iscariot hanged himself.

The Bible has a record of people who committed suicide due to hopelessness because of their disobedience to God. Aside from Judas Iscariot, Saul, the king of Israel, also committed suicide after God had condemned him for being rebellious.

Biblical accounts show us that the people who committed suicide were all evil and disobedient to God.

But if you will obey God, you will never get depressed, you’ll never lose hope, and you’ll never ever contemplate about committing suicide.

As long as a person lives, it is but natural that he experiences failures and problems that are sometimes depressing. However, God is teaching us a way on how to deal with our day to day worries and troubles.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7 (KJV) says,

6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Do not be depressed; do not be anxious about anything. All you have to do is pray, and the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

With this very comforting biblical pronouncement, how will you ever think of killing yourself? Although depression is said to be one of the risk factors to suicide, prayers could counter that risk. Prayers could be our potent antidote to depression; and prayers could thwart suicidal thoughts.

I hope you understand why I do not want to judge those who committed suicide. It is because God forbids us to judge those who are outside the Church of God.

We are not like the church of Manalo which has condemned all of those who are outside their church. The former leader of that church, Eraño Manalo, had come up with declarations such as there is no salvation outside their church, and that those who are outside their church will never be heirs of heaven because they are already sentenced to suffer in the lake of fire.


“ALAM KO NA MARAMI PONG HINDI SANG-AYON SA MGA KAIBAYO NATIN SA PANANAMPALATAYA. HINDI SILA PAPAYAG, IGLESIA NI CRISTO LANG ANG TAGAPAGMANA! HINDI SILA PAPAYAG, TAYO LANG ANG TINUBOS! EH PERO, MGA KAPATID, MAY KATUBUSAN HO BA SA LABAS? KAYA HINDI PWEDE, MAGMANA NGA SA LABAS NG IGLESIA. . . PANO KA PAGMAMANAHIN EH SENTINSYADO KA SA APOY!”

That particular pronouncement was also reflected in an article written by Eduardo Manalo in their official publication, Pasugo, June 1976, page 9) where he also said that those who are outside their church will not be saved.

 
To pass judgment even to those who are outside your jurisdiction manifests gross cruelty and is an outright defiance to the word of God.

Actually, the church of Manalo has also accused the Catholic Church and the different Protestant churches to be of satan.


I refuse to judge those who are outside the Church because it is God who would judge them.

I want to reiterate that, in the Bible, those who committed suicide were all in a state of hopelessness and they were all disobedient to God. But if you are obedient to God, you will never lose hope.

Follow the prescription of the Bible. Whenever problems beleaguer you, all you have to do is pray to God and He will give you peace. Never make suicide an option. Entrust your cares and worries to God; you can always count on Him.

When you feel that everyone else misunderstands you and nobody cares for you, do not forget there is God who always cares and understands. Just never fail to implore Divine Providence. AMEN.

Behind Every Answered and Unanswered Prayer Is a Loving God

Why God does not answer all prayers

Every person who prays and makes a request to God definitely wants his prayers to be answered and his request to be granted at the soonest time possible. But that does not happen all the time. While it is true that some prayers are readily granted, there are also prayers that are not granted at all, and sometimes, if granted, it takes a while before the person receives it. But what could be the reasons behind these?

First of all, you have to understand that there is always a valid reason why God does not instantly grant the prayers and requests of a person. God’s response to prayers sometimes depends on the person making it – if he is upright, or if he is wicked. One thing is for sure, God does not listen to the prayers of a wicked man.

Consider what PROVERBS 15:8 (KJV) says,

The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

God is delighted with the prayers of the upright, and we can be assured that He listens to his prayers.

1 JOHN 5:14 (KJV) says,

And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

God listens to the prayers of the upright especially so if what he asks for is something that is in accordance to His will.

On the other hand, what does the Bible say if the one making the request, or if the one praying, is wicked or an evildoer?

1 PETER 3:10-12 (KJV) says,

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

God admonishes people to be upright, to do righteousness, to do good deeds, and to speak without guile. Even a person’s tongue should be disciplined because the tongue that we use in speaking is the very tongue that we use in praying.

If the person praying is somebody who deliberately does evil things and intentionally defies the word of God, even if he keeps on praying, God will never listen to him. God is not deaf but He has a way of evading the prayers of the wicked; He has a way so that their prayers would not reach His ears.

LAMENTATIONS 3:44 (KJV) says,

Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayers should not pass through.

God covers Himself with clouds in such a way that the prayers of the wicked would not be able to pass through, because their prayers are an annoyance to Him.

JOHN 9:31 (KJV) says,

Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

However, we have to realize also that, there are times that God does not answer even the prayers of a righteous person. Why?

JAMES 4:3 (KJV) says,

Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.

Do not forget, God is love. So, if He sees that what you are asking for is something which will do you harm, or if it is something which will make you indulge in worldly pleasures, He will not give it to you. And you have to understand that it is His love for you that prompted Him not to give you what you want, because He doesn’t want you to go amiss or to fall to sinfulness.

Just like a loving parent who would not yield to the request for a blade of his three-year-old child, even if he keeps on crying, because playing with blades could wound him; and neither would a parent give his child a cigarette lighter or match to play on because that could cause fire.

God is like that. If He sees that what you are praying for will do you good, He will surely grant it; but if what you are asking for will do you harm, or will lead you to destruction, He will never give it to you even if you repeatedly pray for it.

MATTHEW 7:9-11 (KJV) says,

9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

Keep in mind, God gives nothing but good things; He doesn’t give bad things, or things that will pose danger to His children. If an ordinary parent would not give his child stone when he asks for bread, or serpent when he asks for fish, how much more is our Father in heaven who knows and is capable of giving what is best for us, His children.

If an ordinary parent, despite his limitations, would not give his children anything that will compromise their safety and protection, all the more is our Father in heaven who cares not only for our physical welfare but most especially for our spiritual well-beings.

If we will only put ourselves in the position of God, we will come to understand the reasons why God does not grant all the prayers of men, or why we need to wait long before we get answers to our prayers.

In addition, God observes perfect timing in granting our prayers. God gives us what we need at its perfect time. When He sees that the right time has come for you to have it, He will give it to you even if you don’t ask for it.

PROVERBS 19:14 (KJV) says,

House and riches are the inheritance of fathers: and a prudent wife is from the LORD.

If you are righteous, and when God sees that the right time has come for you to have a spouse, He will give it to you even if you do not pray for it. Just like what He did to Adam. Adam did not ask for a wife; in fact, he did not have any idea about woman because there was no other human being in the Garden of Eden that time. But when God saw that he already needed a companion and helpmate, God gave him Eve.

GENESIS 2:18 (KJV) says,

And the LORD God, said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Upon seeing the situation of Adam, what did God do?

GENESIS 2:21-23 (KJV) says,

21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

God gives what we need at the right time. Remember Adam was not given a woman at once. God made him realize first the would-be importance of a woman to his life. For a long time, his companions were only the different kinds of animals, birds, etc. And none of them could be of personal help to him. For instance, when his back got itchy, he had nobody to scratch it for him. If he would let the tiger or the lion scratch his back, he would end up wounded and bleeding because both of them had sharp claws. So, God gave him a helpmate, a wife, even if he did not ask for it.

EPHESIANS 3:20 (KJV) says,

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

God gives even the things that we do not even think of, even the things that we do not ask for, if He sees our need for them. I have experienced this many times in my life. God has given me lots of things which I did not ask for and things which I did not even think of. For example, I did not pray to God to give me grandchildren. In fact, I did not even think that there will come a time in my life that I will need grandchildren. But at His perfect time, God gave them to me, and they now serve as my source of joy now that I am quite old.

At this point, I have realized the importance of grandchildren to elderly people like me. At my age, I feel pain in my joints, in my knees especially, that is why I have difficulty in rising again after our congregational prayer. But because God had seen that I would need the assistance of my grandchildren in my senior years, now I have a grandson who immediately comes to my aid every time he sees me struggling to rise after our congregational prayer. He never fails to assist me in standing up again. And I am very thankful to God for giving me wonderful grandchildren even if I did not ask for them.

Always remember, God has His reasons for granting, for not immediately granting, and even for not granting at all, our prayers. He knows what is best for us.

Probing on the Existence of the Lord Jesus Christ


I really find it ironic and absurd that there are people who profess to be affiliated with religious organizations that claim to be Christians and yet they remain to be in doubt as to whether the Lord Jesus Christ really existed or not. I really wonder why despite their membership to those churches which also use the Bible, their uncertainty about Christ’s actual existence has not been dispelled yet.

As far as I am concerned, I have more than enough reasons to believe the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only the stupid atheists and agnostics question the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ has already been in existence even before the creation of the world, and He exists up to now. Before everything else started to exist, Christ already existed with the Father. He taught it, and it is proven by the words of God in the Bible.

JOHN 8:56-58 (KJV) says,

56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad.
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

In the ‘An American Translation’, verse 58 has been rendered as: “Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you, I existed before Abraham was born!’”

That is why we can say that preachers today who teach their members that Christ’s existence began only when He was born of Mary are grossly mistaken. That is a proof of their lack of understanding of the word of God in the Bible.

Remember, there is no other person who existed with the Father in eternity but Christ.

MICAH 5:2 (KJV) says,

But though, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

According to the prophet Micah, He came from everlasting. And this is supported by another verse.

In Proverbs 8:22 (KJV), the wisdom of God said, “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.”

The beginning of the way of the Lord is in eternity. The “wisdom” existed with the Lord in eternity. Who is this “wisdom” that existed with God in the beginning of his way, before his works of old?

1 CORINTHIANS 2:6-8 (KJV) says,

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

The “wisdom” that the Apostle Paul was referring to was the Lord of glory and the Lord that was crucified, who is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:24 (KJV) says,

But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

In the Old Testament, Christ was called as “the wisdom of God.” He is the power of God and the wisdom of God. Please take note of the definite article “the” that was used which implies that there is no other “wisdom” in the Bible that existed with God in eternity except the Lord Jesus Christ. He is called “the wisdom of God.”

Luke 11:49 (KJV) further proves that the wisdom of God is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

The Lord Jesus Christ existed in eternity; He does exist until now. And His existence will be until forever. As written in Revelation 1:17-18 (KJV),

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:
18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

When John saw God, He told him, “. . . I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore,”

What I have cited are but some of the verses from the Scriptures that prove the perpetual existence of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, apart from the biblical bases, we also have other evidences that would prove the Lord Jesus Christ’s existence. One of which is a particular account in the annals of Roman history.

Roman historian, Tacitus, recounted something there where he made reference to Christ, Tiberius Caesar, and Pontius Pilate.


According to this information, there was a group of people, called Christians, the followers of Christ, on whom Emperor Nero inflicted the most exquisite tortures. While Christ (or Christus), on the other hand, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of Pontius Pilate. This implies that the Roman society acknowledged the existence of a community of Christians during that time, when Rome was still very powerful.

Aside from that historical record, we also have physical evidences that prove the existence of the other persons that were mentioned in the annals – Tiberius Caesar and Pontius Pilate.

When the Lord Jesus Christ was born, the emperor of Rome then was Augustus Caesar who reigned from 31 BC to 14 AD. Eventually, he was succeeded by Tiberius Caesar who reigned from 14 AD to 37 AD. These two Caesars – Augustus and Tiberius – were the ones in power during the lifetime of the Lord Jesus Christ on earth.

And archeological discoveries confirm the existence of these Roman emperors.

Coins that bore their images had been unearthed and are now kept in museums. They are the very coin mentioned in the Bible when the Pharisees were trying to entrap the Lord Jesus Christ in order to find a ground for His death under the Roman government.


This is recorded in Matthew 22:17-21 (KJV), which says,

17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They say to him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.

The story mentions of a coin wherein the image of Caesar, either Augustus or Tiberius, is in the inscription. As mentioned earlier, samples of these coins had been found. I, myself, also have a coin in my library that bore the image of Tiberius Caesar and another coin that has the image of Augustus Caesar.

About the procurator of the Roman Empire, Pontius Pilate, we also have physical evidence that confirms his existence.

In 1961, a limestone was discovered, and the text that was inscribed in it included the names of Tiberius Caesar and Pontius Pilate.


Obviously, the limestone that was discovered by this Italian archeologist was made under the instruction of Pontius Pilate. Probably, it was made in Pilate’s desire to please his emperor, because inscribed in it was a dedication to Tiberius Caesar.

All these prove the authenticity and truthfulness of biblical accounts, specifically the ones concerning the existence of the Lord Jesus Christ, and even the references made to certain personalities like the Roman emperors – Augustus and Tiberius, and the procurator Pontius Pilate as they are also backed up physical evidences and historical accounts.

And I do not believe that Roman historians would connive and invent a story about Christ whom the Roman Empire put to death. The existence of Christ and the group that He led 2000 years ago, called Christians, are some facts that Roman history couldn’t hide because they had been documented and were made part of their annals.

Indeed, biblical accounts, historical records and archeological discoveries are more than sufficient to cast all doubts about the existence of Christ. Christ existed in eternity with the Father, He exists now, and He will exist until forever. AMEN.