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【雙語園地】人會失去方向感 We could become disoriented

 

人會失去方向感

作者/英譯:盧國禮

耶穌說﹕"我為審判到這世上來﹐叫不能看見的﹐可以看見﹔能看見的﹐反瞎了眼" (約翰福音 九﹕39﹐和合本) 。

法利賽人便反問耶穌說﹕ "難道我們也瞎了眼嗎﹖"

耶穌對他們說﹕"你們若瞎了眼﹐就沒有罪了﹔但如今你們說﹕'我們能看見'﹐所以你們的罪還在 " (約翰福音 九﹕40 – 41﹐和合本) 。

Charles R. Swindoll 在他 Disorientation 的文章中講了一個故事 (這是 President Harry Truman  總統喜歡講的故事) 我覺得很有意思﹐容許我與大家分享。

有一個人工作的時候﹐頭部意外被擊中了。 撞力很大﹐他因此昏迷了一段時間。他的家人相信他氣絕死了, 便請殯儀館的人來醫院把他殮葬。第二天清晨﹐他突然醒來﹐在棺木上坐起來。他非常混亂﹐貶眨眼﹐看看周圍的情況﹐試想想﹐究竟是甚麼一回事呢?

他想﹕"如果我是活著的﹐天啊﹗我在這軟綿綿的盒子裡幹甚麼﹖但如果我死了﹐我為何需要去小解呢﹖" 這受傷的人實在霎時間迷失了方向感﹐不知所措。

其實﹐ 失去人生 方向﹐多少時候都會發生在我和你的身上。我們是否曾經歷過一些人生低潮?在工作繁忙壓力下﹐背著重擔﹐沮喪失望﹐事事不如意﹐對人和事皆提不起興趣﹐失了信心﹔甚者﹐憂鬱成病﹐要長時服藥才可能痊瘉。在此情此景﹐人會不知不覺或自覺地失去了方向﹐活著不知有何意義。有眼卻看不見﹐有耳卻聽不到﹐所以耶穌說世人都瞎了眼。

相反﹐我們可能活得豐富﹐事業有成﹐有家庭幸福﹐社會地位﹐權力都有﹐但卻不會珍惜他所擁有的﹐不知自律﹐行差踏錯﹐召來官非禍患﹐遺臭後世。又有些大有能力的人﹐假冒為善 ﹐假情假義﹐有如一世紀時耶穌疚病的法利賽人﹐同樣也是失去了方向。活人卻似死人﹐過著行屍走肉的生活。所以﹐耶穌說世人雖然能看見﹐他們的罪還在。

衛星導向是廿一世紀科技的突破﹐可是人造儀器始終不能百份百信靠而無誤。如果前面有工程進行中﹐臨時改路或交通阻塞﹐導航系統可能不會發出正確指示﹐還需個人的觀察和判斷來抉擇; 好比人在患難中﹐低谷裏﹐怎能走向光明?怎樣倚靠 神的聖手扶持我們﹐走過死蔭的幽谷﹐不怕遭害?

現今高科技的世代﹐很多駕車的人都喜歡裝上衛星導航儀﹐我們要到的目的地﹐很容易預設輸入導航儀﹐它會叫我們向前﹐轉左 或轉右﹐用最短的路程達目的地。本來﹐對環境不熟識的駕駛者﹐例如﹐在新市鎮 或未到過的區域﹐是可倚靠著導航儀去到達目的地﹐這當然 是無可厚非。不過﹐有些人士就算認識路途也利用導航儀﹐為的是不想用心駕車﹐全賴儀器。習慣了便不知不覺﹐失去了辨別方向的能力和知識﹐很容易迷失道向。

歷史告訴我們﹐教會也曾失去方向才發生十六世紀宗教改革。 神"使用馬丁路德在教皇具有無限權勢﹐幾乎整個教會都走邪路的時候﹐敢於振臂而起﹐不但作中流砥柱﹐並且逆流而上﹐持守聖經真理﹐於 1517 年將 '因信稱義' 的信仰帶回教會之中。" (大使命雙月刊第八十四期﹐ 2010 年 2 月版﹐第七頁)

信仰的四大支柱教義就是 "惟獨信心"﹑ "惟獨聖經" ﹑ "惟獨耶穌" 和 "惟獨恩典"。我們信徒要切實了解﹐接受及實行。在信仰和生活中﹐扎根並抓緊 神的話(聖經)。 盡心﹐盡性﹐盡意﹐盡力去作﹐持守真道﹐傳揚純正福音﹐等候 主再來。感謝 神﹗我們如此行﹐教會 (弟兄姊妹) 就能得勝﹐抵禦一切異端邪說﹐並站立得穩。

眼的必能看見 神的帶領﹐有耳的必能聽聞 神的呼召﹐我們便不會失去方向感了。 阿們﹗

 

 

We could become disoriented

by: Francis Loo

Jesus said, "For judgement I have come into this world. So that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."(John 9:39).

Some Pharisees then asked Jesus, "What? Are we blind too?"

Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains" (John 9: 40-41).

Charles R. Swindoll in his writing Disorientation tells of a story (which was President Harry Truman's favourite anecdote). I find it meaningful. Let us share it below:

There was a man accidently hit his head so hard during work that he fainted for a period of time. Members of his family thought that he was dead. They began to ask of the service of the funeral home to the hospital. In the following day, early in the morning, the body suddenly awoke and sat on top of the coffin; he was so puzzled that he blinked his eyes, looking around--trying to think what could have happened.

He thought: "If I were alive, my God! What would I be doing in this cozy box? But, if I were dead, why should I need to pee?" The injured person at that moment had lost his directions—not knowing what to do.

Actually, loss of directions in one's life oftentimes also happens to me and to you. Is it not our common experience having been through the valley of the shadow of life? Under work pressure, bearing the heavy load, feeling frustration and disappointment, everything is against our wish. We'd have found no interest in any person and anything –loss of faith; we would even suffer from depression that requires prescribed medication for a long time. In these circumstances we would (knowingly or not) lose our sense of directions—living but not knowing the meaning of life. We have eyes but cannot see. We have ears but cannot hear. That is why Jesus says that humans are blind.

On the contrary, we may have a delectable life--successful in work, happy family, good status in society, and with power; but we may not cherish what we have possessed. Not knowing self-discipline, we may act and do the wrong things, resulting in litigations and self-destruction—leaving behind a notorious name in the generations to come.

Also, there are some influential people who are hypocritical similar to the first century Pharisees whom Jesus critiqued. They also lost their sense of directions-- just like a living "dead". Therefore, Jesus says although humans can see, their guilt of sins remain, and their minds' eyes are blind.

Global Positioning System (GPS) is the hi-tech of the 21st Century. But artificial intelligence cannot be 100 per cent reliable and accurate. If there were road work ahead with temporary detour or traffic jam the GPS may not be able provide very accurate directives, and we still need individual observation and judgement to select directions. Just like when we are in adversity, down in the valley, how can we see the light? How we rely on God's holy hand to help us to pass through the valley of death without harm?

Nowadays in the hi-tech epoch, many vehicles drivers like to install satellite positioning tools to direct our journey. After inputting the destination into the gadget, which is easy, we'll be guided to go forward, turn left or turn right and to arrive at the destination via the shortest route. Basically, if the drivers who do not know the area, for instance in a new town or have never visited the place before, relying on the GPS to go to the destination is unquestionable. But, some people who know their ways still use the GPS completely dependent on it for the sake of inattentive driving. Subconsciously, they get into the habit of loss of ability to know and tell the directions—easily get lost.

In historic time when the Pope had all the ruling power and he led almost the whole church astray, Martin Luther dauntlessly raised his arms as if pillars holding the truth in the Bible against the current. In 1517 he brought back to the church "salvation is justified by faith" (Great Commission Bi-Monthly, February, 2010, P7).

The four supporting pillars to the doctrine of faith are: "only faith", only Bible", "only Jesus" and "only God's grace" We believers must truly know, receive and practise faith in life rooting into the Word of God(Bible). With all of heart, all of soul, all of mind, and all of strength to hold fast to the truth, we proclaim the gospel—waiting for the second coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Give thanks to God. If we walk in this way, the church (brothers and sisters) will be victorious standing firm against all heresies.

Those who have eyes must be able to see God lead the way. Those who have ears must be able to hear God's calls. We will not lose our awareness of directions. Amen!

 

喜樂 Joy

喜樂的心乃是良藥;憂傷的靈使骨枯乾。箴言 17:22
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

然而,我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的 神喜樂。哈巴谷書 3:18
yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. Habakkuk 3:18

要常常喜樂,不住的禱告,凡事謝恩。帖撒羅尼迦前書 5:16-17
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

饒恕 Forgiveness

主啊,你本為良善,樂意饒恕人,有豐盛的慈愛賜給凡求告你的人。詩篇 86:5
You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Psalm 86:5

你不要說:“我要以惡報惡”;要等候耶和華,他必拯救你。箴言 20:22
Do not say, “I’ll pay you back for this wrong!” Wait for the LORD, and he will avenge you. Proverbs 6:14

你們饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必饒恕你們的過犯;馬太福音 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14

你們不饒恕人的過犯,你們的天父也必不饒恕你們的過犯。馬太福音 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:15

你們各人若不從心裡饒恕你的弟兄,我天父也要這樣待你們了。馬太福音 18:35
This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart. Matthew 18:35

謙卑 Humility

敬畏耶和華是智慧的訓誨;尊榮以前,必有謙卑。箴言 15:33
Wisdom’s instruction is to fear the LORD, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

敬畏耶和華心存謙卑,就得富有、尊榮、生命為賞賜。箴言 22:4
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4

凡事不可結黨,不可貪圖虛浮的榮耀;只要存心謙卑,各人看別人比自己強。腓立比書 2:3
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Philippians 2:3

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

驕傲 Pride

驕傲來,羞恥也來;謙遜人卻有智慧。箴言 11:2
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2

驕傲只啟爭競;聽勸言的,卻有智慧。箴言 13:10
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. Proverbs 13:10

驕傲在敗壞以先;狂心在跌倒之前。箴言 16:18
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

但他賜更多的恩典,所以經上說:神阻擋驕傲的人,賜恩給謙卑的人。雅各書 4:6
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

忍耐 Patience

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

並且你們要為我的名,被眾人恨惡,惟有忍耐到底的,必然得救。馬可福音 13:13
Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. Mark 13:13

不但如此,就是在患難中也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance. Romans 5:3

我們行善,不可喪志;若不灰心,到了時候就要收成加拉太書 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

你們也當忍耐,堅固你們的心,因為主來的日子近了。雅各書 5:8
You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. James 5:8

溫柔 Meekness

回答柔和,使怒消退;言語暴戾,觸動怒氣。箴言 15:1
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

溫柔的人有福了,因為他們必承受地土。馬太福音 5:5
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

用溫柔勸戒那抵擋的人;或者 神給他們悔改的心,可以明白真道。提摩太後書 2:25
Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 2:25

只要以裡面存著長久溫柔、安靜的心為妝飾;這在 神面前是極寶貴的。彼得前書 3:4
Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:4

嫉妒 Envy

不要為作惡的心懷不平,也不要向那行不義的生出嫉妒。詩篇 37:1
Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong. Psalm 37:1

心中安靜是肉體的生命;嫉妒是骨中的朽爛。箴言 14:30
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30

在何處有嫉妒、紛爭,就在何處有擾亂和各樣的壞事。雅各書 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16

生氣 Anger

當止住怒氣,離棄忿怒;不要心懷不平,以致作惡。詩篇 37:8
Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil. Psalm 37:8

好生氣的人,不可與他結交;暴怒的人,不可與他來往。箴言 22:24
Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered. Proverbs 22:24

愚妄人怒氣全發;智慧人忍氣含怒。箴言 29:11
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11

生氣卻不要犯罪.不可含怒到日落。以弗所書 4:26
In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry. Ephesians 4:26

我親愛的弟兄們,這是你們所知道的,但你們各人要快快的聽,慢慢的說,慢慢的動怒,因為人的怒氣並不成就 神的義。雅各書 1:19,20
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. James 1:19,20

災難 Calamity

謹守口與舌的、就保守自己免受災難。箴言 21:23
Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23

民要攻打民、國要攻打國、多處必有地震、饑荒.這都是災難的起頭。馬可福音 13:8
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains. Mark 13:8

憂愁 Worry

你們不要憂愁、因靠耶和華而得的喜樂是你們的力量。尼希米記 8:10
Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

主雖使人憂愁, 還要照他諸般的慈愛發憐憫。耶利米哀歌 3:32
Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:32

凡勞苦擔重擔的人,可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。馬太福音 11:28
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

我留下平安給你們、我將我的平安賜給你們.我所賜的、不像世人所賜的.你們心裏不要憂愁、也不要膽怯。約翰福音 14:27
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

應當一無掛慮,只要凡事藉著禱告、祈求和感謝,將你們所要的告訴神。神所賜出人意外的平安,必在基督耶穌裡,保守你們的心懷意念。腓立比書 4:6,7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7

因此, 你們是大有喜樂, 但如今, 在百般的試煉中暫時憂愁。彼得前書 1:6
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6

患難 Trouble, Suffering

義人多有苦難,但耶和華救他脫離這一切。詩篇 34:19
The righteous person may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all. Psalm 34:19

神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助!詩篇 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

耶和華本為善,在患難的日子為人的保障,並且認得那些投靠他的人。那鴻書 1:7
The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him. Nahum 1:7

為義受逼迫的人有福了,因為天國是他們的。馬太福音 5:10
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:10

不但如此,就是在患難中,也是歡歡喜喜的。因為知道患難生忍耐。羅馬書 5:3
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; Romans 5:3

我想現在的苦楚,若比將來要顯於我們的榮耀,就不足介意了。羅馬書 8:18
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

因為你們蒙恩,不但得以信服基督,並要為他受苦。腓立比書 1:29
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29

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