Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Default Day of Year Text for Apr 16Peasant Pilgrimage
In Tibet, peasants make a regular pilgrimage around a sacred mountain, stopping every few steps and prostrating themselves on the rocky ground. Then they stand up and repeat the painful ritual. One woman, who had done the 32-mile pilgrimage 29 times, was asked why she did it. She said, "We want to be reborn in Heaven." How tragic that humanity thinks that by self-suffering, they can enter Heaven. They crawl on their bloodied hands and knees, fast certain foods, cut themselves, lie on beds of nails, or sit on hard pews. They think that God will consider their suffering or sacrifice to be a worthy atonement for their sin. Yet, the suffering has been done. Jesus cried, "It is finished!" Because of Calvary, salvation is a free gift. There goes another minute. Gone forever. Go share your faith while you still have time.