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靠自己?

他們說:「來吧!我們要建造一座城和一座塔,塔頂通天,為要傳揚我們的名,免得我們分散在全地上。」【創世記 11:4 】

「為要傳揚我們的名」這句話,照 Roger Christopherson 的希伯來文本的說明解釋,其實就是「讓我們自己成爲我們自己的救贖吧!」,這句話就說明了世上所有的假宗教一貫的思想,意即「靠自己」得救。相對於這樣的思想,基督信仰完全相反,人不可能靠自己得救,救贖百分之百是出於上帝的恩典而非善功,我們回應這種百分之百恩典的救贖,無須善功,就是單純地悔改並接受耶穌成爲我們的救主。

以下出自:http://www.theseason.org/genesis/genesis11.htm

Genesis 11:4 And they said, “Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.”

In the Hebrew text, “let us make us a great name“, reads, let us provide our own salvation.” These are the same people that lived and remembered the great flood. All of the souls that lived through the flood and were on the ark were still alive during the life time of this committing of themselves to Nimrod. They knew the devastation that came upon the earth, and that it was caused by God.

They also knew that God had made a covenant with Noah that mankind would never be destroyed by flood waters again. However, they did not believe God, nor did they trust Him. They knew of Nimrod’s mighty strength, and most of the people relied on him for security, as we read in Genesis 10:8-11. They trusted Nimrod. Hitler and the Nazi’s rose to power under the same conditions, protection, security, law and order. The Germans had faith in Hitler, that he would bring peace and prosperity, however they did not consider the cost.

The people of Nimrod’s day just didn’t believe in the covenants, and instructions that God gave after the flood, and they banded together for protection from the wild animals, and relied on their tower to offer them salvation from another flood. This was their means to have access to heaven. The term “a name” in the Hebrew text manifested their independence from God, and showed their reliance on Nimrod. Nimrod’s Babylonian system is built upon a false hope of peace and salvation.

8 你們得救是本乎恩,也因著信。這並不是出於自己,乃是神所賜的;9 也不是出於行為,免得有人自誇。 10 我們原是他的工作,在基督耶穌裡造成的,為要叫我們行善,就是神所預備叫我們行的(與神同行的「行」)。【以弗所書 2 :8~10】

8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. – “Ephesians 2 :8~10”

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