Bethany Independent Presbyterian Church

Myanmar

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TRUE NIBBANA

 

Rest! God rested on the Sabbath

He is the God of rest

Treasuring and preparing it for us all

Work! Jesus works even on the Sabbath

He is the Lord of Sabbath

Laboring and embodying Divine rest on earth

 

See! Gotama is not silent

One must see all is empty

Removing and banishing one’s view of self

Toil! Nibbana is within one’s reach

One must become selfless

Abandoning and renouncing all, nibbana is attained

 

Hear! God speaks to us today

Let us not harden our hearts

Giving up and letting go all our life and selfs

Trust! Jesus gives Himself for us

He truly is our sole Nibbana

Trusting and obeying, we find our life rested in Him

 

Glossary

Nibbana           = extinction of all sufferings)

 

                                                                                                                                   

Inspiration from Psalm 95; Hebrews 3:7-11

                                                                                                    By Pastor Tomas Zatel

26 February 2020

Jesus and Sunnata

Sunnata is anything

Sunnata is neither a thing nor a condition

But the ultimate potentiality; thus, begetting and restoring all

Sunnata transcends all

Sunnata is both samsara and nibbana

For the transcendent reality; hence, embracing and filling all

God is sunnataic

God is neither a being nor a non-being

But the ultimate Source of all; thus, begetting and creating all

God is Self-emptying

God is both a three and a one

For the triune God in history; thus, revealing as Father, Son, and Spirit

Jesus empties Himself

Jesus can be neither defined nor formulated

But He is the God Emptied; thus, reconciling and enlightening all

Jesus is sunnataic

Jesus is both divine and human

For He is the God Emptied; hence, embracing and saving all

 

Glossary

Sunnata           =  emptiness/void

Samsara           = circle of births and rebirths

Nibbana           = extinction of birth (and thus of suffering)

                                                                                                                                 

 Inspiration from Philippians 2:5-11
By Pastor Tomas Zatel

17 February 2020

Job and Anatta

Did Job love God for nothing? He did; God knew so well.

Though tried hard, Job would not give in to temptations, or blame others;

But he would keep hanging on to God even in moments of despair.

For he knew he and his possessions were gifts of God;

He did not conceive himself apart from God the Source.

And thus went praying, “Naked I came; naked I go!”

 

Did God prove Satan wrong at all? He did; Satan was silenced.

While on trials, no cursing of God, no blaming of God, on Job’s lips;

But only a hesitant raising of a hand to God asking ‘why?’

For he was aware neither he nor God had wronged the other;

He saw no match between his kamma and his losses.

And thus continued testifying, “God is right; God is gracious!”

 

Must all love God for nothing? Yea; This, God expects of us all.

Sincerely one may ask, “How could I truly love God for nothing at all?”

As both Jesus and Gautama affirm atta by abnegating atta,

So I also must seek to abide by their words of wisdom,

Accepting that I am anatta apart from God the Self,

And thus keep loving, “Anatta I was; Divine I become!”

 

Glossary

Annata            =  no-self/non-self

Kamma           =  deeds

Atta                   =  self/soul

 

 

Inspiration from Job 1
Pastor Tomas Zatel

30 January 2020