Apostolic Orthodox Church (AOC)

Holy Synod of Saint Athanasius Congregation

In America & The Middle East


Why Do I Follow Jesus?

Living beings on earth cannot have acquired life and existence on their own, as evidenced by the fact that they cannot retain this life and lose it in destruction and decay. There must be a source of life, which is alive in Himself, and He is the one who provided these beings with the power of life and existence. If we look to the man in whom the image of the infinite mind is imprinted that made him a wise, rational being, we find that his wisdom bears fruit in works of love and goodness for humanity. But when the man lost contact with the source of his life, enlightenment, and understanding, he employed reason and wisdom to invent tools of murder, demolition, and destruction. Whoever carries within himself life, his wisdom bears the fruit of love, joy, and peace. In contrast, he who is separated from the source of his life and the light of his heart and mind, has become haunted by death and hatred that comes out of him against others by killing, destruction, and demolition. “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45).

Modern man has established his well-being on sex and pleasure and the plundering of the wealth of weaker peoples, and that is why his civilization has become inhabited by death and anxiety and threatened by the horror of destruction and annihilation. He lives haunted inside and surrounded by death and fear.
Why did Christ present Himself with the phrase “I am the way, the truth, and the life? No one comes to the Father except through me”(John 14:6). The direct answer is that He gives man what is in Himself and has given it with proof. He raised the dead, healed the sick, and opened the eyes of the blind. He ordered the coming out of the unclean and evil spirits that tortured the human being. He revealed the truth and the love of Father God. He forgave the sins of sinners and gave them a life triumphant over death, hurts, and sorrows. So whoever can give man life, love, and Joy, He necessarily has the way leading to the source of life and joy.

The world has many doctrines, religions, and philosophies that promise man happiness, life, and healing. However, the evidence is still the actual result capable of improving human life. As a minister of Christ for many years, I can pass on my experience to those who want to know Him. I have seen with my own eyes that Christ still grants healing to this day. He heals patients with diseases for which there is no cure. He restores sight to the blind and releases from the chains and bondages of sin, hurts, and sorrows to those who ask Him. 

The problem for many believers is that their faith is like straw, devoid of the power of God’s life and love. Also, others confuse the Gospel of Christ and the teachings of the New Testament with the legacies of the teaching of the Old Testament before the covenant of grace. That is why they have not experienced anything real from Christ in their lives and thus have provided others with a faint and sometimes repulsive model of the Christian life. But the truth is that Christ who is life, and in Whom life was a light for man and the world, is still overflowing with His eternal life that prevails over those who come to Him and ask for His indwelling with a sincere heart and will “I have come that they may have life and that they may have it abundantly”( John 10:10).

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