HOW YOU CAN BECOME HAPPY

 

 

 

You are unhappy, it doesn’t matter if you are young or old, rich or poor, wise or unwise. You have tried many times and in various ways to become happy, but all your efforts were in vain. Of course, you have wondered why absolute unhappiness reigns in your heart and why all your efforts to find happiness were in vain; however you have not been able to give an answer to these questions, and perhaps you have come to the conclusion that true happiness does not exist on earth. Therefore I want to tell you why you are unhappy and how you can find the true happiness you are looking for.

You must understand that happiness cannot be found in the fleshly lusts nor in the world’s amusements, nor in riches, nor in studies, nor in sport, nor in eastern practices, nor in marriage (even though it is lawful and right for a man to get married), nor in the Roman Catholic religion, nor in the Jehovah’s witnesses religion, nor in the Mormon religion, nor in the other sects; happiness cannot be found in esoterism, nor in occultism of which the world is full, for happiness is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Therefore whoever has found Jesus Christ has found happiness, but whoever has not yet found Jesus, has not found happiness. For this reason you are unhappy, therefore, because you have not the Son of God. Now, you will say to me: ‘What does ‘to have the Son’ mean?’ I will give you the answer, but in order to answer you exhaustively I need to speak to you first of all about the sin of the first man.

Now, after God created the heaven and the earth, He made man in His own image and after His likeness and put him into the Garden of Eden. And the Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground, trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. Among those trees there was one tree called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, whose fruit – even though it was good – man was forbidden to eat. For God said to man that he was free to eat from any tree in the garden but he must not eat from that particular tree for if he ate of it he would surely die: “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:16-17). However, Adam and Eve his wife disobeyed God. And that disobedience produced death, that is to say, it brought unhappiness, fear, sense of guilt, and shame to them, and their fellowship with God was broken off. So it was through the disobedience of Adam that unhappiness entered the world. As long as man obeyed God he was happy, but when he disobeyed he became unhappy. But the sin of Adam had baleful consequences also on his descendants for sin passed through him to all his descendants bringing forth the same bitter fruits in their life. Therefore, if today, after thousands of years, man is unhappy the reason is because he is born with sin, that is, he is born prone to sin and through sin he dies for “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23), thus man is spiritually dead. Obviously, man today does not sin by breaking the same command as did Adam, that is, by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because that tree does not exist any longer on earth, but he sins by breaking other commands of God, such as the command not to kill, not to make idols, not to steal, not to lie, not to covet, not to commit adultery and many others. Therefore, the reason why man is unhappy is called SIN. Today it is not easy to hear about sin, some people even believe that sin does not exist, some others make light of sin, but you must understand that sin is stronger than any man for there is not a man on earth who never sins, there is not a man who is not slave of sin. A man is a slave to whatever has overcome him (2 Peter 2:19) and man became a slave of sin when he was overcome by it in the Garden of Eden.

Therefore, since men are bound by sin and they cannot help sinning, and sin is the cause of their unhappiness, they need to be delivered from the bondage of sin, in order to become happy. I say that they need to be delivered because – as I said before – sin is stronger than man, and thus he cannot be delivered from sin by his own efforts. Man – to use a passage of the Scripture – is held fast by the cords of his sin (Proverbs 5:22) and he needs somebody to break those cords.

And who can deliver man from sin? Only Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is able to deliver him from sin for He overcame sin. How? Let’s see how. First of all, Jesus Christ was not born like all other men for He was begotten by the Holy Spirit in the womb of His mother, thus He was not born under the bondage of sin. Nevertheless, Jesus during His life in all points was tempted as we are, yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15). This is a fundamental point, Jesus did not know sin. However, in order to set man free from sin, Jesus not only had to live a sinless life, but He had to die also. Why did He have to die? Because the power of sin is the law (1 Corinthians 15:56), thus Jesus had to bear the curse of the law in order to strip sin of its power over man and since it is written: “Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree” (Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 21:23), Jesus had to be hanged on a tree. Therefore He had to die an ignominious death, and Jesus died this kind of death in that He was crucified. The Righteous One, the One who never knew sin, died on the cross in order to deliver us (or to set us free) from the law, by which we were held, that is, from the power of sin. On the cross Jesus bore all our sins in His own body; He did what the prophet had said the Christ would do (Isaiah 53:11). Jesus purchased our freedom from the law of sin.

The apostle Paul explains to the saints of Rome how believers through the death of Christ are no longer under the bondage of sin. Here are his words: “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death. But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held; that we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter” (Romans 7:4-6). Therefore we preach Christ and Him crucified as the only means of salvation.

Jesus had to rise again also, for His death without His resurrection would not have been able to set us free from sin, as it is written: “And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:17). And thus Jesus rose from the dead and appeared to His disciples. Yes, Jesus Christ is risen! That’s what the Scripture says (Luke chap. 24).

Having explained that sin is the cause of unhappiness and Jesus Christ through His death and His resurrection has provided redemption from sin, I will tell you now how a man can experience redemption. One can receive redemption from sin through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. In other words, he must feel guilty and sorry for his sins (this implies that he must forsake his sins), and must believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins and He rose again for our justification (Romans 4:25). When he does these things, Jesus Christ comes into him and He delivers him from the bondage of sin and he is able to say together with Paul: “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of [in] the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). Then he has the Son of God in his own heart, that means he has everything (Colossians 2:10) for in Christ besides the forgiveness of sins and the freedom from the bondage of sin, there is peace (the peace which enables every Christian to be calm and to trust in God in the midst of all kinds of distresses) and joy, for his conscience is now purged from the dead works which defiled it and he knows he has become a son of God, an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ, who when he dies he will go to heaven to be with the Lord (where life is far better than here on earth) and on that day he will receive his own reward according to his own good works. This is the joy of salvation about which the prophets of old spoke, and about which the apostle Peter speaks when he says: “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet. 1:8-9). When you have this joy you are compelled to say with the Psalmist: “Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased” (Psalm 4:7).

Here is how you can become really happy. What will you do now, after you have read these words? Will you decide to repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ, or will you decide not to take such a decision for you think that only crazy people can take such a decision and since you are an intelligent person you can’t accept this kind of things? I don’t know which decision you will take but I know that if you refuse to repent and believe in Jesus Christ and you die in that condition, a far greater unhappiness than that you have experienced until now is awaiting you. First of all, because you will go to hell, which is a place of torment in the hereafter where an unfanned fire is burning and where the souls of sinners are continually weeping and gnashing their teeth because of severe and unceasing pain. And secondly because after having suffered terrible torments in hell you will rise again at the end of times together with all those who died in their sins like you, and you will appear before God in order to be judged according to your works and to be condemned to eternal infamy and suffering in the lake of fire and brimstone which is a place of torment different from the one where you will go just immediately after death. Do not hesitate therefore, repent and believe in Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins.

 

 

 

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