Ligia Seman – „Funiile dragostei”

FuniileDragosteiCopertaIubirea între fericire şi nefericire, între dramă şi împlinire într-un roman de tip “clasic” 

În 1970, regizorul american Arthur Hiller câştiga Oscar-ul cu un film de mare succes, intitulat simplu, „Love story”. Ecranizarea sa după cartea lui Erich Segal, avându-i în rolurile principale pe Ali McGraw şi Ryan O’Nael, prezintă povestea de dragoste a doi tineri, studenţi, ce se căsătoresc şi au parte de o fericire de scurtă durată (tot încercând să aibă copii, vor descoperi că ea suferă de o boală incurabilă). Dramă, lacrimi, suferinţă, un tagline celebru – „love means never having to say you’re sorry” – şi o coloană sonoră de neuitat, aceasta ar fi în câteva cuvinte istoria filmului.

Un love story oarecum similar ne propune şi Ligia Seman în cea mai populară carte a ei, „Funiile dragostei”, tiparită la editura Cetate Deva, în anul 2008, care impresionează prin aceeaşi reluare a clasicei poveşti de iubire frântă înainte de termen, de data aceasta din cauza unui mediu social ostil. Continue reading

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Reflections on the Practice of Love

This was the first Christmas we celebrated without my father’s physical presence among us. His absence made the joy of celebrating Christ’s birth bittersweet. Though we all remarked on his physical absence, in spirit, we all felt that he was among us. We missed him most when the time came to say the prayer at the Christmas Eve dinner table. This had always been his task. Always eloquent in his prayers, he would enumerate our blessings and give thanks. Invariably, he would give praise for each family member and pray for togetherness. His prayers would always end with the same final words: “We pray this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.” We decided to re-publish his 2007 Christmas article, “si Totusi Iubirea…” in part because we missed seeing his words printed in the newspaper, and in part because the article’s message uncovers new meanings in the present context. I have been having mental discussions with him lately, as we would often have when he was in life. You see, my father taught me the art of discourse, because he would always start with an interrogation of premises, followed by a Socratic method of questioning that would develop the exchange patiently.

Usually, we would come to a communicative understanding or an impasse, depending on how the argumentation process would unravel. Few people appreciate this kind of engagement, because it requires a collaborative process. Like a game of chess, each argumentative move matters, and one cannot move on to the next phase until the other discussant agrees to move that way.

You will note that in Cristian Ioanide’s article, “si Totusi Iubirea…,” he argues for Christianity’s uniqueness among the religions of the world using two principal arguments. The first, he says, is that Christ did not seek to prolong the time He lived among His disciples in order to perfect their understanding of His teachings. Rather, Christ came to spread His message and to suffer a premature death. (El a venit doar sa-si lanseze mesajul Sau si ca sa sufere o moarte prematura si napraznica.) This message is found most summarily in John 3:16 and was sublimated in Christ’s resurrection in order to prove the message’s veracity. The second argument has to do with the fact that Christianity, unlike other religions, does not give a strict code of laws to follow. The divine logic embedded in the message is therefore much more mystical and ephemeral, though certainly not relativist:

“Credinta crestina este singura religie care da frau liber discernamantului. Iar discernamantul este o pictura din maretia lui Dumnezeu.Iar Dumnezeu este nesfarsita Dragoste.Iar Dragostea este mai presus de reguli, si deci, de Lege.Apostolul Pavel, acel superb matematician al crestinismului, spune: Acum, deci, raman acestea trei: credinta, nadejdea si dragostea; dar cea mai mare dintre ele este dragostea… iar dragostea nu va pieri niciodata.”

To recap the divine logic’s movement: the Christian faith encourages the exercise of free will and discernment; good discernment corresponds with an incarnation of the greatness of God; God is limitless Love; Love is higher than rules, and therefore above the Law. In the final calculation, as St. Paul states, there remain faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love.

Indeed, the absence of strict rules and regulations in the Christian faith has made the practice of love uniquely susceptible to interpretation. I am reminded of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov, where Ivan undertakes a timeless philo-theological question: why would God, if He is a good God, allow the suffering of innocent children? This reality seemed particularly evil to Ivan because presumably children do not yet have the consciousness and intentionality of sinners. The most long-standing answer to this question has been as follows: for humans to truly possess free will entails that God cannot dictate or fully determine our actions. If this were the case, we would simply be automatons. Rather, we must choose to do good in the world and choose the practice of His commandments to love one another and to love God above all else. So, to answer Ivan in The Brothers Karamazov, it is not so much that God allows the suffering of innocent children but that humans choose evil over the practice of love.

In abstraction, discerning the practice of love over evil appears to be relatively simple and straightforward. Placed in specific contexts, however, a number of complications may be raised. Take for example the current economic crisis prevalent throughout the world and in the United States. Clearly there are those who know that their actions have caused widespread suffering for others. Homelessness, displacement, the inability to sustain one’s family due to joblessness, hunger—these are not small evils to structurally instantiate at a political-economic level because of the exorbitant greed of a few. (Those who think that the culprits are not so clearly demarcated should read about the political corruption cases, pyramid schemes, people walking away with millions while claiming innocence, and a government that continues to provide bailouts without strict regulations to the banks and industries that got us here in the first place.) What does love look like vis-à-vis these purveyors of suffering? Should we forgive them? Should we recognize our own culpability in these structures? Should we accept the inevitability of greed’s consequences in the world and claim that nothing is new under the sun? Or would the practice of love actually require collective action whose aim is to establish conditions that are conducive to the proliferation of love, faith and hope?

My point is that a desperate socio-economic context creates deep paradoxes in the practice and instantiation of love. Put differently, some contexts encourage the practice of love while others perpetuate divisiveness, radical stratification and denigration. What, then, is our duty in the present moment? Is it primarily to our own families, to their well-being? Or, would the practice of love that Christ commands direct us to focus on saving the entire community? What if saving the community entails that our own family fares worse in some respects? To take another difficult socio-economic context, how might one instantiate the practice of love in the context of the present Israel-Palestinian war? What does the practice of love look like when radically unequal power relations structure a socio-political setting?

Often, people delimit the practical application of their love to a finite community. That community is defined in multiple ways: it might be as small as one’s immediate family or it might extend globally and transnationally. This raises another question: how should we define community? Do we define it as the Christian community? Do we define it locally? Do we define it as a group of people bound by a particular ideology and shared values?

In fact, Christ placed no limitation on the notion of community, insofar as He demanded that the practice of love be extended even toward one’s enemies. The elevation of Love above the Law eradicated the strict boundaries of community in place at the time of His coming. And as Cristian Ioanide mentions in his article, the apostles modeled the practice of love in a community as follows: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” (Acts 2:42-47)

It is in times of difficulty, strife, scarcity and radical divisiveness that Christ calls upon us to practice love toward one another the most. It is in every day and in every act that He asks us to surpass our human tendencies and to choose the instantiation of love.
Paula Ioanide PhD
Portland, Oregon
http://www.romaniantimes.com

What is Christmas?

By Camelia Micu

Vancouver, Washington

Christmas is my favorite holiday.  Now, you’re probably be asking yourself why did I choose Christmas as my favorite and not Easter, The Resurrection…Well, to be quite honest with you, I love Easter just as much for we remember the death of the greatest King bearing our sins and celebrate His victorious and glorious Resurrection.

Not only did our great King rose from the death, but it was that through his death and His precious shed blood that our sins have been washed away and He so graciously gave us His salvation…”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)”.  What an amazing remembrance we have to know that our sins have been washed away through his death and received salvation and eternal life instead.  Who does that?  And, the chorus to this song came to mind…”How many kings step down from their thrones?  How many lords have abandoned their homes?  How many greats have become the least for me?  And how many gods have poured out their hearts to romance a world that is torn all apart?  How many fathers gave up their sons to die for you and me only to reward us with life instead?” No other King has ever done that for me!!!  So, that’s way I love Christmas for without the magnificent celebration and the birth of the greatest King on earth as in heavens, there will not have been death and a resurrection…GIVING…for it was foretold long ago: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)“ and only because, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)”.

I will not be able to ever give back as much as God gave for me, but all I can do is give Him my whole heart and life.  By letting God be my Wonderful Counselor (and not someone I may visit an hour or two in exchange for money), by trusting in God’s faithfulness for only He is the Everlasting Father and by always being grateful and thankful when down in the valleys as well as when high on the mountain and not only for the material blessings (which again He gives to us), but for the ultimate gift of salvation and eternal life coming down from the Father of Lights…”Every good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of heavenly lights. (James 1:17)”.

You see, Christmas is the gift itself and I’m not talking about the wonderful gifts we give and receive from one another.  Or is Christmas all about the gifts?  Is it all about the beautiful lighting displays?  Is it all about the tall and beautifully decorated Christmas tree?  Surely not, even as much as I love giving and receiving gifts, admiring the beautiful lighting displays and decorating my Christmas tree while singing along the beautiful Christmas songs, but, to me all this does is pre-setting our lives, hearts, minds and souls for the joyful celebration, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ!

For, He is Peace!  He is Joy!  He is Love!  He is every good gift from God’s heart to ours for only Jesus is the Gift that perfectly fits every heart and it is with His love that all celebration starts.  We rejoice in Him as we remember His birth and thank God for sending His only Son to earth.  His life led from a manger to a cross on a hill where He faithfully followed His Father’s perfect will.  He freely laid down everything so that we could live and there is no greater treasure anyone could give.  Like a scarlet ribbon His love wrapped around the cross and He offered it to us all at the greatest cost.  So each time that we give we remember what He’s done and honor the perfect Gift – God’s one and only Son.  Together, let’s celebrate and share Jesus, the perfect gift in a way that brings “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:14)”.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Blessings for the New Year, from my home to yours!

Bisericile Emergente Vestice

Dupa epuizarea rapida a primului tiraj, pastorul Constantin Ghioanca, parte din echipa profesorala a Institutului Teologic Baptist din Bucuresti, prezinta cititorului o editie revizuita si adaugita a cartii de mare interes, Bisericile emergente vestice: din perspectiva baptista româneasca.

Grupuri-tinta:
-studenti la seminarii sau la alte institutii biblice;
-pastori, preoti sau alti slujitori ai bisericii;
-învatatori de scoala biblica;
-responsabili cu învatatura în biserica;
-lideri de închinare;
-toti crestinii interesati de tema bisericii în cultura postmoderna.

Caracteristici speciale:
-prima carte scrisa pe aceasta tema în România;
-contine adaugiri importante fata de prima editie;
-prezinta aparitia si dezvoltarea bisericilor emergente;
-discuta caracteristicile de baza ale bisericilor emergente;
-aloca un capitol pentru identitatea baptista în România;
-evalueaza în mod critic dogma si practica bisericilor emergnte;
-ofera o perspectiva baptista asupra acestor biserici;
-anticipeaza perspective noi în eclesiologia baptista româneasca;
-contine cinci anexe foarte utile.

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The Final Judgment, from Myth to Reality!

Now you will gain a new perspective regarding  The Final Judgment

Interview conducted by Mircea Alb – 1997

Lia Rusu

Graphics and Romanian text editing – Mircea Alb – 2010
E-mail : a.mircea@yahoo.com
Translated from Romanian
Copyright © 2010. All rights reserved.

Introduction

My name is Lia Rusu and I was born in 1947 in Oradea, Romania. I am a professional artist and former visual arts instructor at the College of Fine Arts, University of Oradea. The following testimony describes an unusual experience that I had in the summer of 1993 regarding the Final Judgment mentioned in the Bible.

The Beginning of the Experience

I became a Christian around the age of 24. Early in my faith, while reading the Bible, I became very impressed by the passages that mentioned that we will be held accountable for how we live our lives. Specifically, after death, each individual will come face to face with God in order to be judged according to all of their deeds and actions while living on Earth.
I began wondering, how was it possible for God to know even the most insignificant details of our lives on Earth? And how could God record everything? Even though I was eager to know and learn more about this subject, I knew it would be difficult to understand it thoroughly, yet I was equally curious to find out how the final judgment from the Bible would take place.

The Angel’s Visit in My Room

I did not understand all these matters at that time, but eventually I stopped being preoccupied by this particular subject. Time had passed, and after many years, at a time when I was no longer thinking about it, I received a visit. During the summer of 1993, in one of the early mornings between 4 AM and 5 AM, I was suddenly awakened. I sensed that somebody had entered into my room, and when I looked closely at that person, I instantly understood that it was an angel. His presence did not make me feel uncomfortable, nor did it create a state of fear in me. The angel approached my bed and talked to me in a soft and resolute manner:
Lia, you have wished to see what the final judgment would be like and I have been sent to take you to see it, but for this to happen you must first die.
When the angel told me that I would have to die in order to be able to see what the final judgment would be like, I worriedly replied that I did not want to die because I had small children that needed me. Then the angel replied,
Just believe, because with God all things are possible.
Journalist – So, did you see someone enter your room?
Lia – Yes, I did see an angel.
Journalist – What did this angel look like? Could you describe the angel in more detail?
Lia – Certainly. The angel looked like a person, but he was taller than a human. He was very luminous and his body was entirely dressed in a coat of light. Very simply put, in his presence I felt immensely confident and totally safe.  That is why I was not afraid at all when I saw him in my room.
Journalist – What was the apparent age of that angel?
Lia – The angel looked like a young man, of age between 25 and 30 years old.

The Travel into Space

After the angel told me that all things are possible with God, he continued,
Come after me, but step only where I step, and do not turn to the side.
When the angel spoke and asked me to follow him, I was compelled to do so at that moment. Throughout my entire experience, I was unable to refuse anything he asked me to do.
Therefore, when the angel asked me to follow him, I felt that I was rising to my feet off the bed and that I had to go after him. We moved very quickly, riding on white horses for part of our  journey. At a certain moment, we stopped and dismounted in front of a very wide river. I knew that we had to cross, but there was no bridge anywhere to be seen. Then the angel told me again,
Step only onto the shape of my footprints and follow me!
He moved ahead and walked on water as easily as he would have walked on ground, and I followed right behind him stepping precisely onto the shape of his footprints as he had instructed.
To my amazement, I could feel that the water was hardening and becoming as dense as stone wherever I would step. We walked on water as if we had been walking on solid rock. We crossed that wide river very easily, without my feet getting wet at all. When we arrived on the other bank of the river, I noticed that my body had gone through a transformation. I immediately realized that my body was no longer composed of matter (flesh and blood) and it no longer had weight.
I now possessed an extremely light body, and found that it could penetrate effortlessly through everything. Moreover, I came to have an extra sense that I did not have before. I was able to understand absolutely anything and everything that was happening to me and around me. I was able to communicate with the angel without using my voice, through direct thoughts exchanged between us. I was effortlessly asking him something in my mind and he was answering the same way.

The Visit to Hades*

* N.T. – Hades (a Greek word) is the translation of “Sheol” (a Hebrew word, from the Hebrew Scriptures). It refers to the temporary abode of the dead (Revelation 20:13, Acts 2:31, etc.) who are awaiting their resurrection. It is separate and distinct from the final “Hell” (a translation of Greek word Geenna “??????”, equivalent to the Hebrew Ge Hinnom, or English “Gehenna”, the eternal Lake of Fire, – Revelation 20:14-15) which is the place of eternal punishment for the damned. (For more details, see any New Bible Dictionary).

Right away we started to descend together through the ground. From the very beginning I knew the angel would take me to Hades because he had previously told me,
Now we shall travel the distance that separates us from Hades.
We were able to pass through Earth’s matter without any difficulty. Suddenly, the foundation of the Earth appeared in front of us. I was deeply impressed by its great appearance and grandeur. I stopped for a few moments to admire it. It was so beautiful! As I stood in front of it, I immediately understood that God had settled the Earth on a foundation.
Journalist – In what shape or form did you see or perceive this foundation?
Lia – Even though in school we were not taught that the Earth has or is settled on a foundation, when I was in front of it that’s exactly what I saw. This foundation had the shape of huge pillars, extremely solid, that seemed to be fashioned from a kind of white, shiny marble. In fact, it is very difficult to me to describe the beauty of that foundation, not to mention everything else that I saw there. It appeared to be an enormous construction, very majestic, and firmly anchored in the Universe. Stopping to admire that beautiful piece of God-made architecture, the angel warned me that we needed to continue our journey and move farther on toward Hades.
As we continued beyond the foundation of the Earth and were travelling, I came to see some gigantic gates in the distance. I instantly understood that these were the gates of Hades. As we drew closer and closer to the gates, I began to feel a profound pain and a heavy spiritual weight within me. My suffering was becoming more pronounced and harder to bear with every step. Then, I started to moan like someone who is going through intense pain or suffering. I asked the angel why I was feeling pain as we were approaching the gates of Hades. The angel answered,
You feel exactly what a soul feels who comes here from Earth after his physical death and who must enter Hades. Therefore, you experience the same feelings.
As we continued our approach and were getting closer and closer to the gates, the spiritual pain and weight within me became almost unbearable. Many of you may have experienced great trials in life, troubles and despair, hopeless situations when you could find no encouragement or consolation from anyone or anywhere. That is how I felt then. I felt that once I entered through those gates, any hope of ever getting out of that place was lost.
After I entered Hades, I lost any previous desire to see any family there, or to find answers to questions like “Where were they?”, “What were they doing?” or “How they were doing?”
The moment I entered, I realized that all the souls in that place had a body identical to mine, with the same properties. Everyone was perfectly conscious and understood absolutely everything that was happening around them. Everybody knew where they were and why they were in that place.  All of whom I was passing by knew who I was, and I knew who they were.
Journalist – Did that spiritual body we are discussing have a shape?
Lia – Yes, it had the shape of the human body with the only difference being that it was not made from flesh and blood.
Journalist – Did it have a face or facial features?
Lia – Yes, certainly.  There the spiritual body had the same facial structure and appearance as that of the respective human while living on Earth, but it was, let’s say, rejuvenated. For instance I knew that a man who stood in front of me was in fact my former neighbor from across the street who had died some time before. I knew it was him and I even felt his pain because he was in that place. He also knew who I was. There, absolutely everything is known.
Journalist – Even though, let us say, that man died at 60, was his face looking like it was in his youth?
Lia – Yes, every one had the same facial appearance that he or she had while living on Earth, but evidently rejuvenated. There, even though I may not have known any particular person before, when I was in front of anyone, I instantly knew everything about that person.  I knew things such as: what kind of people or nation that person had belonged to, what had been their cause of death, even if the death might have occurred 2000 years ago. All that information was instantly available to me! I also knew that all the souls that were present there were waiting for the Final Judgment.
Then it was given to me to understand and feel the pain, spiritual burden and despair of those souls that were in that place. Furthermore, I knew that once one entered into that place, hope was lost of ever being able to get out again.
Hades is the very first great separation from God, and all the souls found there were fully conscious that once in that place, they could no longer reconnect to God in any way. They knew they would be summoned to face God at the final judgment for their deeds while living on Earth. They also knew they could not correct anything from their past. Once they had died and had been brought to that place, any hope of mediation or help from God was then gone forever.
That was the reason all those souls were living in a state of terrible agony and sorrow, of insecurity and uncertainty because they did not know the verdict they would receive at the Final Judgment. Would they be forgiven for the mistakes they made during their lives, and thus, be saved from that place? Would they be found guilty and be sent to Hell forever? Each of them was very familiar with the facts of their own life and was fully aware – more than ever – of the significance and gravity of sins. Each had a chance to turn onto the right path during their Earthly lives but they had disregarded it. Tortured and torn apart by all those thoughts, everyone was frantically analyzing the facts of their lives, trying to find something, anything that might come in their favor or could soften their circumstances at the Final Judgment. Therefore, each soul was intensely preoccupied by their own situation, no longer caring for anyone else around them.
Overwhelmed by the torturing atmosphere of that terrible place, I did not want to go any further or see anything else that existed there, as I had initially wanted when the journey began. I was intensely overcome with the deep sorrow and awful pain of being forever separated from God.
The separation from God that one feels in Hades cannot be compared to any pain felt on Earth! I wish that no single soul on Earth would ever end up in Hades. Words cannot describe what is felt when you are separated from God in that place.

The Journey onto the Mountain of God

Being afraid of staying there longer or to be forgotten by the angel in that place – where once arrived you cannot exit – I started to cry and groan like a child. Noticing the state I was in, the angel escorted me out from Hades and told me,
Now we are going to go farther and climb onto the Mountain of God.
As we departed from that terrible place, the pain and burden I was feeling started to fade away. Ahead of us laid a completely different perspective. The distances of the Universe are enormous, but we managed to move with an astonishing speed.
It seemed to me that only a few moments had passed and we already arrived at the foot of the Mountain of God. Suddenly I found myself in front of a very high and imposing mountain.  Then I understood that the mountain was the Mountain of God and we would have to climb that mountain the same way one would hike on a mountain on Earth. Everything was in an unimaginable display of splendor and holiness, almost impossible to be described in words.

The White Path

While looking at the mountain, I noticed that, starting from its base, there was an extremely white path, as wide as a human palm, unfolding up the entire mountain toward its summit. I had never seen such an intense white on Earth. Any footstep, had it been stained, would leave a trace on that path. It depended on whether your feet were dirty or not, if your life was clean or not.
The angel warned me not to step aside from the path because the mount is holy and if I hesitated from the path I would fall down from the mountain. Why was this so?  Because I would need to be able to understand certain aspects and scenes that I was about to see.
All those who were ascending on that path were dressed in white clothes. I understood they represent people still alive on Earth. At a certain moment, during the ascension, I noticed that some were walking more easily and some were having difficulty in their walk. Some were crawling on their elbows and knees and hence had many wounds. The angel explained to me that some were ascending much harder than others because they had endured humiliation and sufferings on Earth due to their faith in Jesus Christ, and some paid even with their own lives.
I saw an old little man that was climbing with very much difficulty; he was wounded all around his elbows. When I saw him, I instantly acknowledged everything about him – where he had been from, what church he had belonged to, and so on. Being anxious to find out the explanation, I asked the angel,
Why is that old man having such a hard time moving forward on the path?
The angel explained,
He is persecuted every day because of his faith in Jesus Christ, but he stands strong in his faith.
I noticed the difficulty with which this old man was climbing on the path. He was earnestly advancing despite of his sufferings and was ready to even give up his life for Jesus Christ.
As we were moving ahead onto the path, I saw that some were stepping outside of it. They were not able to return onto the path because in the meantime it was occupied by those who were going up. Therefore, instead of going up, these backsliders were going back down. Moreover, some of them were not able to simply walk down, but they were tumbling toward the base of the mountain. Then I asked the angel,
Who are those that are descending? Stop them, please, do not let them go down!
The angel replied,
I cannot stop them, I am not allowed to. I do strictly what I am told to do. If I am told to do something, I do it, or if I am told not to do something, then I do not do it.  I have no right to stop anyone. Everyone is free to do whatever they want with their life.  Each individual is free to decide either to climb the path of their life to God until the end, or turn away from the path, abandoning it, if they choose to do so.
Then I asked the angel,
What will happen to the souls of those that are descending?
And the angel answered,
They are now going where we have come from – Hades.
Being worried for the fate of those souls and knowing what their ending would be in that place, I insisted on asking the angel again,
Oh, but stop them, do not let them reach Hades!
The angel told me again,
I cannot do that. I only do what I am allowed to do. These souls go there because they no longer like the path that leads to God, but they will be held accountable for their decision.
Journalist – Who do you think these descending souls were? Coming back to our life on Earth, who might represent these souls?  They must have an equivalent in our world, right?
Lia – Yes, that is correct. Those souls as I understood represent the people still alive on Earth that had decided at a particular moment in life to come to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, adhering to His word.  They loved and revered Him for a while, but then they started disliking the pure life they were supposed to live, as Jesus asked them to live. Therefore some of them said to themselves,
“This path is too hard and too narrow for me. In fact I cannot do whatever I please, I cannot have a lover or an affair if I want, I cannot get rich and do dirty business, I cannot do this and that.”  These people no longer wanted to go with Jesus because Jesus Christ Himself is the path, the white path onto the Mountain of God. On that path one can only step with extreme care because any spot, no matter how faint it might be, is still visible and any soul will consequently be scrutinized for all the unclean spots and traces left behind on the path.
Those souls were going back to the life they had before coming to Christ, they were going back to the sinful lifestyle from their past. They were doing this consciously and not determined by anyone else. They began to dislike living a clean life. They abandoned their faith in God and His salvation and went back to their previous worldly sinful lifestyle.
They traded their salvation for worldly pleasures. This may seem very pleasurable at the time, and some may think this exchange will bring prosperity and freedom, but one cannot see how they reached this prosperity, whether or not there is an extramarital affair or some other sin behind their apparent success. These people may say: “Why not? It is not such a big sin.” According to their logic, nobody sees it, nobody knows about it. This type of reasoning leads to actions that are profitable or pleasurable for a short time for some, but in the end they will be asked to give an account for their deeds. Their judgment will be much more severe because they had heard the truth but chose to ignore it.
As I stood on the Mountain of God, I suddenly saw an immense fire on the top of the mountain. That fire was so great and imposing that you could not take your eyes off it. That fire was continually and relentlessly burning! It had a common base for three immense and distinct flames. When I looked at it, I instantly understood that this was God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It was the Divine Himself within the fire on top of the mountain!

In the Final Judgment Courtroom

After that we immediately turned to the left and the path suddenly changed direction. An enormous hall appeared in front of us. It was the courtroom where the final judgment would be held. Its dimensions were immense and seemed to be of cosmic magnitude. What was interesting about these heavenly dimensions was that the greater they were, the closer they appeared to be.
When we arrived at the doorsteps of this hall, above it there was the same immense three-flame fire that I had previously seen on the top of the Mountain of God. There I also saw a huge bright cloud, which I understood right away that it was formed of all the saints that had lived on Earth and had been subjected to the First Resurrection, which I had not witnessed.
Then the angel placed me exactly on the doorstep of the judgment courtroom. In front of me stood this huge courtroom, and deeper into the courtroom there was a very large and long table. At each of the two ends of the table there was an angel, both of which looked like the one that was escorting me. The two angels were assisting a third person that was sitting at the middle of the table. I immediately understood that the third person was the Lord Jesus Christ. On the sides of the courtroom were very many immense shelves having a multitude of books on them.
These books were in fact the book of life of each individual that ever lived on Earth, containing a record of their entire life with all their actions and deeds.
Suddenly, a very loud noise was heard, a roaring sound produced by large crowds of people in motion. This marked the resurrection and the beginning of the judgment of those in Hades!
They were marching toward the final judgment courtroom, coming aligned in huge columns. They had been resurrected by generations, starting with the first generation that inhabited Earth and ending with the last generation. Among them were teenagers, men and women, young and old, belonging to all the nations of the world. They were coming in huge waves, one wave after another, like the waves of an ocean. It was a terrifying and trembling noise that seemed to shake the whole Universe. One angel was sitting to the right and another to the left and they were arranging those coming in into two rows by the time they were entering the hall. Everything was being conducted and executed in a perfectly ordered fashion.
After the resurrection of the dead ended, a total silence settled in. The entire audience was waiting for the judgment to begin.

The Judgment of a Man

I personally witnessed the judgment of one man.  He was brought in front of Jesus by one of the usher angels. Then one of the two angels sitting at the table extracted that man’s life book from a shelf in the library and placed it on the table, in front of the Lord Jesus.
The next moment a screen of gigantic dimensions appeared in front of all of us, similar to a cinema screen. The kind of technology that I have witnessed over there is not known on Earth: when the Lord opened the book of life of that man, starting with the first page, the entire life of that man started rolling on the screen in front of us and in front of the whole Universe. The Lord Jesus was not in a hurry and while He was patiently turning each page of the book, images and sound showed everything that man had done during his life.
Everything could be seen to the finest detail, moment by moment, day by day, starting from birth, through childhood, youth, and adulthood up until death. At the Final Judgment, everything that man had done, whether good or evil, every thought, word and feeling from his entire lifetime was shown exactly like a film in front of us all. Nothing remained hidden! Everyone could see and hear even the most intimate thoughts and feelings that man had during his life, including the most discreet, known only to him, all of them resonated and were speaking loudly and clearly to all of us.
At this judgment, the Lord Jesus was the only judge.  Nobody intervened, not even the Father who was overseeing from the summit of the mountain. Jesus Christ was the only one that decided and gave the final verdict, after analyzing the whole life of the one who was on trial.  The analysis and judgment were made in front of everyone, so that all could see clearly that His judgment was righteous.
And thus we found that this man was a priest in a church while living on Earth, and hence the truth had been relatively available to him. After watching the life of that priest in fine detail, I felt full of shame. I fell down on my knees right there on the doorsteps of the courtroom. I bowed my head to the ground, feeling I was a tiny particle of dust in the presence of Lord Jesus.
After witnessing all those events, I became more conscious than ever and fully convinced that all we do on Earth is recorded and nothing can be hidden nor concealed from the face of God. In those moments I began thinking about my life and I boldly, but fearfully, said to myself, “Lord, only Your mercy and clemency can pardon us from Your righteous judgment!”
After that man’s entire life had rolled in front of everybody, the Lord asked him,
Do you have anything to say in your own defense?
The man bowed down his head in front of the Lord and was silent. He could say nothing in his defense, because he knew that nothing he did had remained hidden.
In those moments I understood – and this fact shocked me profoundly – that whenever necessary, the Lord could ask any of the saints from that shiny cloud above the courtroom to stand as witnesses for any relevant moment from that man’s life. Some of them had lived in close proximity of the judged person and could have confirmed any aspect or detail related to that man’s life.  Moreover, it did not matter what kind of religion the man had embraced during his life on Earth. The judgment was made according to the amount of knowledge and how much was fulfilled in accordance with the Ten Commandments from the Bible.
Furthermore, the Lord Jesus could also summon non-living things as witnesses, things that were around the person at certain times, such as the closet from his room, the crossbeam of his house roof, the road the man had walked on, the tree he had passed by every day or anything else. These objects could appear as living beings before the Lord, and testify, confirm or deny facts, events and details regarding that person. This is the majesty of the Lord Jesus. When I saw and understood all these things, I was in complete shock and tremble because I never would have thought that something like this is possible.

The Verdict and the Sentencing

In the moments that followed, a dense silence enveloped that judgment hall. All of us were waiting for the final verdict with great anxiety and tension. This man’s eternal destiny was being decided, and he would either, be forgiven and accepted into Heaven or he would be condemned and sent to Hell forever. The judgment of that man continued. Lord Jesus opened another book that was on the table, which I understood that it was the Book of Life. The Lord searched and found the man’s name written in it.  Then, the Lord addressed the man,
Because of the words you have told others about Me, that I am Life, that I am eternal Life, and that knowing Me by hearing My Word and choosing to follow Me means gaining eternal life, I pronounce you blessed, because others around you have benefitted from the words you have spoken.
The next moment, all those that were present including the angels, saints and all other celestial beings erupted in a loud cry of joy because one soul had been pardoned. The Lord Jesus then signaled to the Sun to come closer. The Sun, with all its great beauty, came in the form of a living being, bowing to the ground as it stood before the Lord. Then Lord Jesus addressed the Sun, saying,
Take off your garment, and go and dress him with it!
The Sun, just as a human would have done, took off his garment, and dressed the man who now received the shine and splendor of the Sun. Then the man was taken to join the group that was glowing just like him. Then I saw that there were different groups of individuals that had different intensities of brightness. There were some groups that shined so intensely that their brightness was almost merging with the images of their spiritual bodies.

The Return to Earth

This was all I was allowed to see from the Final Judgment, which continued. The angel took me out of the courtroom and told me,
We are returning to Earth now.
It was time for me to leave that wonderful place where for a brief period of time I was allowed to stay and witness these events. This time, my soul was in a completely different state compared to the initial one. At the beginning of the journey I had told the angel that I did not want to die just to be able to see the Final Judgment. Now I was so overwhelmed by everything I had seen, heard and felt on this journey, that I did not wish to return to Earth.
The contrast between the two worlds – the celestial and the earthly – seemed so huge to me, that I came to ask myself in wonder, “Why do we humans love our lives on Earth so much, lives that are so often imperfect, dirty, full of suffering and above all, lacking in the splendor of the presence of God?”
It was very difficult for me to accept the fact that I had to go back to Earth where I would have to live in my physical body again. I knew that it would be impossible not to make mistakes for as long as I would be in that material body. I asked the angel not to take me back to Earth but to leave me there, where I felt I was truly at home. Instead the angel wanted to remind me of something very important upon my departure and replied,
Those you saw descending onto the white path from the Mountain of God are those that had trampled the grace that had been offered to them. You all have a great, great gift! You have the grace! You are offered the Salvation freely, and you are forgiven by the grace made available through the death of the Lord Jesus Christ who died for you all. The dirty garment of your soul was cleansed when you came to Him and through His blood you became clean. But whosoever tramples this Grace must come to the Judgment.
I then understood that it is easier for those who have known or have had a connection with a certain degree of truth, but did not have the chance to know the grace and receive it. Perhaps there are people of different faiths, Buddhists, Muslims and others who have a high moral standard, but did not have the chance to know about this grace. Their judgment will be lighter.
However for those who heard about this grace but despised it, in other words those who were offered this priceless gift and rejected it, will be condemned and lost for eternity. I do not wish that anyone would end up at the Final Judgment for something like this, in front of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Aftermath of the Journey to Heaven

Knowing that I would have to come back home, a strong feeling of shame encompassed me. I did not want to go back and live on Earth again. I was aware that I had a family, but I also knew that Lord Jesus could help them move on without me. Finally, I had to accept that I needed to return to Earth. I left the Mount of God and the Judgment Hall and I returned to the same place from where I had departed. I found myself in my room again, back in my physical body. In the next coming weeks, I felt extremely sick and very weak. I was so profoundly marked by this experience that I simply felt I did not want to live any longer.
Journalist – Are you referring to the fact that you were sick physically or spiritually?
Lia – I meant it both spiritually and physically because I started to suffer in my body. Everything around me now appeared to be ugly and dirty! I was seeing myself as being ugly as well. I was disgusted by my own person and by everything that surrounded me. It all seemed ugly in contrast to what I had seen during my visit to that marvelous realm of God. I did not want to eat anymore and I sensed that my body was rejecting the food, as well as refusing to live any longer.
Journalist – Why?
Lia – It became difficult to live on Earth because I was conscious that while I lived in my physical body it was impossible not to fall short of God’s commandments and not to sin. Right after the return to Earth, I became aware like never before, of what sin really means and what its consequences really are. At the same time I was overwhelmed by the Lord’s greatness and by what I had witnessed where I had been. I was overwhelmed by His righteousness and by the holiness I had seen there. If it were not for the freely available grace of God, we would be the most lamentable beings standing before the Lord Jesus Christ.
I had seen and felt the holiness of the Lord Jesus, of His divinity and that of His Mountain, which could not be walked on with disregard. Those who embraced the sin in their lives were forced to descend, being unable to continue climbing while clinging to their sin.  Everything was beaming with holiness in that place. The angel had added,
This holiness is granted to you by grace, through forgiveness!
Because Jesus Christ had paid the price for our sins which were washed away through His blood, we received a gift, a priceless grace, Salvation. Salvation is worth more than any treasure on the face of the Earth, it is worth more than all the billions of dollars the richest man in the world might ever have.
The most sorrowful man in eternity is the one that will not be saved, that would not know the Lord Jesus Christ and that would not change his life the way He asks everyone to!
I lost my desire to live because I loathed all things around me: wealth, food, and anything else that could separate me from the Lord Jesus Christ and His salvation. I felt that living means either being totally committed to Jesus or to live with disregard towards God’s grace, trampling it with a despising attitude, way of thinking and emotions. I was shown how absolutely everything would be revealed at the judgment, every feeling, thought, look and deed. However it was of great comfort and relief for me when the angel said,
You all benefit from a great gift, the grace.  Anywhere you will travel on Earth, tell others what you have seen and how this grace surpasses everything. To be and to live by grace with the Lord Jesus, is everything. Salvation is everything!
If there was ever a time when you loved someone with all your heart and soul and at that moment you felt you could not live without that person, that feeling is like a moment of eternal bliss. Much more than that, anyone can live eternally within such complete love without lacking anything.

Conclusions

Then I told myself that I must share the message of hope with any person that I will meet, that Jesus Christ is our Savior.
Journalist – Finally, what would you like to communicate to those that will read this testimony?
Lia – I would like each individual to believe, and mostly to be convinced that beyond the reality of everyday life on Earth and beyond our physical death, there is another world just as real as this one, but nonetheless completely different. Our journey does not end at the grave, but we continue into another dimension, whether we believe it or not. We go further, our final destination being either Heaven or Hell. There isn’t a third choice. As long as we live on Earth, each of us is free to choose our final destination. If we want Heaven to be our final destination, then we have to come to Christ through faith, yield to Him as our Master and Savior, and consequently live our life by His commandments.
Moreover, I would like everyone to know and be convinced that there will be a final judgment, and we all will stand before God and be held accountable for our deeds, for the way we lived on Earth, regardless of religion and beliefs.
This Final Judgment is not a myth, it is a REALITY! Eternal punishment can be avoided. For further reading and details, I encourage everyone to study the Bible. In the Old Testament, God promises He will be found by all those who will seek Him wholeheartedly (Jeremiah 29:13, NKJV).

The End

Editorial note – Relevant biblical references related to this testimony:

John 3:16
John 14:6,15
Romans 3:21-26
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Acts 17:30-31
Romans 2:11-13
2 Corinthians 5:10
1 John 1:9; 2:1-2
Revelation 20:11-15

“16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
“6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 15 “If you love Me, keep[d] My commandments.” John 14:6,15
“21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” Romans 3:21-26

“13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
“30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” Acts 17:30-31
“11 For there is no partiality with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;“ Romans 2:11-13
”10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2 Corinthians 5:10
“9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
“1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2
“11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[c] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[d] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:11-15

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Le mariage. Une leçon de sagesse et de modestie

Par Tatiana Scurtu-Munteanu

Le premier mistère par lequel que Dieu nous a bénis dès le début  du monde c`est le mariage, l’union de l’homme et la femme dans „une seule chaire”, dans amour et la compréhension. „L’Eternel Dieu dit: Il n’est pas bon que l’homme soit seul; je lui ferai un aide semblable à lui.” (Génèse 2:18) Par suite „Celui qui trouve une femme trouve le bonheur. C’est une grâce qui vient de l’Eternel.” (Proverbes 18:22)

Nous nous demandons aujourd’hui à l`ère de l’information, où la guerre informatique abolit notre côté sensible tout en nous transformant, petit à petit, dans un mecanisme automatique, quel serait le but de notre existence, mais celui de la vie de couple? Comment devrions nous réagir après cet événement si important de nos vies?
Vous trouvez les réponses à toutes  ces questions assez facilement, en regardant les uns et  les autres,  dans la profondeur de vos âmes, car l’homme est ne de l’amour et avec l’amour ancré dans la conscience et le désir de vivre.

Après que Dieu créa l’homme et la femme, „Dieu les bénit” et „ Dieu leur dit: Soyez féconds, multipliez, remplissez la terre, et l`assujettissez; et dominez sur les poissons de la mer, sur les oiseaux du ciel, et sur tout animal qui se meut sur la terre. (Genese 1:28) et „du reste, que chacun de vous aime sa femme comme lui-même, et que la femme respecte son mari”. (Ephésiens 5:33). Les buts de la vie conjugale sont pour les époux de s’unir dans l’amour pouravoir des enfants,  la compréhension mutuelle dans  la gloire du Dieu, pour que l’anarchie ne s’installe pas dans le monde.

Pour renforcer l’importance de cet événement  nous nous rappeleront quel était le premier miracle du Jesus et il où a été fait.. L’Evangile de Jean, dans le 2ème chapitre, on nous présente le mariage de Cana en Galilée, ou Jésus avec ses disciples et sa mère ont été invités.
Jésus répond à la démande de sa mère, qui lui a dit qu’il n’y avait plus de vin. L’objectif de la  la transformation de l’eau en vin est de nous montrer la transformation subie par le couple, pour lequel le stade de mariage est une étape de transition vers une vie meilleure, tout comme le vin a été servi mieux qu’avant.
Chacun quitte ses parents où il a ete soigné et protégé, pour mener sa vie  par lui-même, entrant dans une nouvelle union pour former un nouveau noyau, vivre pour le bonheur de l’autre aussi que pour le sien.

Je me demande maintenant qu’est-ce que pourrait  avoir plus de puissance sur nous que le modèle de vie que Dieu nous a donné?
De  retour au Livre de tous les livres „ainsi ils ne sont plus deux, mais ils sont une seule chaire. Que l’homme donc ne  sépare pas ce que Dieu a joint”. (Matthieu 19:6)

„Prin muzica, omul poate fi inaltat spiritual sau coborat” – Interviu cu Amalia Cimpean, din Arizona, interpreta de muzica crestina

Amalia Mihaela Cimpean, interpreta de muzica crestina, a ajuns in Arizona in iarna lui 2005, cand sarbatoarea Craciunului batea la usa. La scurt timp, mai precis pe 22 Ianuarie 2006, aceasta se casatoreste cu Calin R. Cimpean, la biserica penticostala Happy Valley. Lansarea primului album de muzica, “Fii cu mine pas cu pas”, al interpretei Amalia Cimpean, se datoreaza intr-o mare masura, ajutorului acordat de sotul ei, Calin, despre care solista spune ca este o binecuvantare de la Dumnezeu. Incurajarea si sprijinului lui au sustinut-o pe  Amalia in pregatirea si editarea albumului. Amalia si Calin au doi fii, Andrew Joseph (3 ani) si Nathaniel (10 luni), pentru care isi doresc in primul rand, sa ramana langa Dumnezeu si sa Ii slujeasca. Amalia Mihaela Cimpean s-a nascut pe 29 octombire 1985, la Valenii de Munte, Prahova. Interpreta provine dintr-o familie numeroasa si spune ca parintii au fost cei care au facut tot ce le-a stat in putinta pentru ca ea si cei cinci frati si surori pe care ii are, sa ajunga sa isi vada visele devenite realitate. Ei si-au incurajat, si-au spirijinit financiar copii, chiar daca lucrul acesta a insemnat sacrificii serioase. Amalia locuieste in prezent in Surprise, Arizona si afirma despre sine ca este, pe langa interpreta de muzica crestina, studenta si full-time mama.

“Fii cu mine Pas cu Pas”
– Cum ti-ai descoperit pasiunea pentru muzica crestina?
– Dorinta de a canta s-a nascut in inima mea la varsta de 5 ani. Pot spune ca mama mea si matusa mea, Any Mehedinti, sunt cele ce au descoperit talantul meu. Ele au fost cele care m-au invatat prima mea cantare – „Biblia ma-nvata” – si de atunci incolo am laudat mereu pe Domnul prin cantare.
-Este “Fii cu mine Pas cu Pas” primul tau album muzical?
– Da, “Fii cu mine Pas cu Pas” este debutul meu muzical.
– Stiu ca anul trecut ai fost in vizita in Romania, ocazie cu care ai si lansat “Fii cu mine pas cu pas”. Cum s-a nascut acest album?
– Dorinta de a lansa un album cu muzica crestina s-a nascut in inima mea dupa ce eu si surorile mele am inceput sa cantam in duet in biserica, in urma cu zece ani. Totusi, acum doi ani, in urma rugaciunilor si la indemnul si incurajarea sotului, parintilor, fratilor si surorilor crestine din multe biserici de aici si din Romania, si nu in ultimul rand, la incurajarea prietenei mele, Romelia Radu, interpreta de muzica crestina, am inceput colaborarea cu Vali Mocanu. El este compozitor de muzica crestina si organist al unor formatii si interpreti ca Ruben Filote, Romelia Radu, grupul Saron, grupul Eliezer si chiar grupul Speranta, anumite melodii.
Un vis indeplinit
– Te rugam sa ne spui in cateva cuvinte ce inseamna pentru tine “Fii cu mine pas cu pas”?
– Pentru mine, albumul „Fii cu mine pas cu pas” este un vis indeplinit, o dorinta indeplinita pe care Dumnezeu a pus-o in inima mea de multi ani. Prin acest album am vrut si vreau sa aduc oamenii mai aproape de Dumnezeu, sa le ating inimile, sa ii incurajez, sa ii imbarbatez si sa le aduc aminte ca sus in cer avem un Tata care ne iubeste si ne-asteapta.
– Cine sunt colaboratorii tai la albumul “Fii cu mine pas cu pas?”
– Colaboratorii albumului ‘’Fii cu mine pas cu pas’’ sunt Vali Mocanu (compozitor si organist), Calin Cimpean (interpret voci aditionale), Samuel Buduleanu (interpret voci aditionale), Ema Mocanu (interpreta voci aditionale), Studio Targoviste (mixaj si procesare) si Studio Speranta (timbru si multiplicare).
– De ce acest titlu?
– Am ales titlul « Fii cu mine pas cu pas », pentru ca doresc ca Dumnezeu sa fie cu mine in orice clipa a vietii mele pe acest pamant. In acelasi timp, pot spune ca piesa numarul cinci, « Fii cu mine pas cu pas », are o insemnatate aparte pentru mine si de aceea i-am ales titlul ca sa caracterizeze albumul meu.
O muzica inaltatoare

- Cum ai defini stilul care caracterizeaza primul tau album de muzica crestina?
– Am dorit ca acest album sa cuprinda cat mai multe categorii de oameni, de aceea stilul de muzica prezentat este divers. Nu pot defini un stil anume.
– Ai si compozitii proprii? (muzica, text)
– Prefer a fi mai mult interpret decat compozitor, de aceea pe albumul meu muzical am introdus doar o singura melodie compusa de mine, muzica si versuri – Deschide-ti inima.
– De ce ai ales muzica crestina si nu un alt gen muzical?
– Nu mi-as imagina vreodata ca as putea canta un altfel de gen muzical decat cel crestin. Dumnezeu m-a inzestrat cu acest talant si vreau sa-l pun in negot pentru lucrarea Lui.

- Prin ce se deosebeste muzica crestina de celelalte genuri muzicale?
– Pentru mine, muzica crestina este muzica ce imi sensibilizeaza inima si ma aduce mai aproape de Dumnezeu. Prin muzica, omul poate fi inaltat spiritual sau coborat. Muzica crestina este o muzica inaltatoare care incurajeza descurajatii si le da speranta celor pierduti.
Un mesaj special
– Canti si in engleza? Intentionezi sa scoti pe viitor si un album in engleza?
– Obisnuiesc sa cant si in engleza, dar prefer sunetele muzicii romanesti pentru ca nu o aud la orice pas si in acelasi timp imi aduce aminte de patria mama, Romania. In legatura cu a doua intrebare, raspunsul meu este da, as dori pe viitor sa public un album in care sa introduc cateva piese in limba engleza, pe langa cele in limba romana.
– Ce simti atunci cand interpretezi o melodie crestina?
– Am o bucurie enorma cand stiu ca pot sa  laud numele Domnului prin vocea pe care El mi-a daruit-o.
– Care este mesajul pe care il transmiti celor care te asculta?
– Fiecare melodie pe care am ales-o pe album are un mesaj special si este indreptata spre toate categoriile de oameni (tineri, varstnici, mantuiti, nemantuiti, descurajati, incercati, asteptatori ai venirii Domnului, doritori de umplerea cu Duhul Sfant, etc).
O impletire de genuri muzicale

- Cum ai defini muzica crestina contemporana?
– Muzica crestina contemporana este o impletire de genuri muzicale care aduce inovatii repertorului crestin muzical in fecare zi.
– Cine sunt cantaretii tai de muzica crestina preferati, atat romani cat si americani?
– Pot spune ca am multi cantareti crestini preferati, dintre acestia amintesc grupul Speranta, grupul Ierusalim, Ramona si Catalin Lup, Simina si Gabriela, Marius Livanu (cantareti romani), Selah, Third day, Mathew West, Michael W. Smith, Jaci Velasquez (cantareti americani) si multi altii.
Bachelor in Business Adminstration
– In prezent, impreuna cu sotul tau, esti studenta in ultimul an in programul de Bachelor la Universitatea din Phoenix, specializarea Business Administration – tu, Business Management – sotul tau. Anul acesta in septembrie iti vei lua licenta in “Business Administration” tu, „Business Management”, sotul?
– Da, anul acesta in septembrie voi lua diploma de Bachelor in Business Adminstration eu, iar sotul in Business Management”.
– Ce intentionezi sa faci dupa terminarea studiilor? Ai in perspectiva un anumit job sau vrei sa-ti deschizi un business? Dar sotul tau?
– Dupa terminarea studiilor, am in perspectiva dorinta de a incepe a lucra ca si Academic Councelor la Universitatea din Phoenix. In acelasi timp, doresc sa continui studiile de master in Business Administration. Oricum,  eu astept sa mai creasca cei mici, ei fiind mai importanti decat profesia mea.
– Pe de alta parte, Calin insa, dupa terminarea studiilor, are in vedere pozitia de Postal Inspector, in prezent lucrand ca si supervisor la United States Postal Service (USPS).
„Arizona, un fel de Californie”
– Ce anume gasesti atractiv aici in Arizona?
– Cred ca pentru noi, romanii, cel mai atractiv lucru pe care il gasim in acest stat este clima superba din timpul iernii si al primaverii. Arizona este asezata strategic, daca dorim zapada, mergem la Flagstaff (3 ore de noi), iar daca dorim „Marea Neagra”, mergem la ocean, in California (5 ore de noi). Pe deasupra, in ultimii ani, s-au facut atat de multe constructii si s-au plantat atat de multi palmieri, ca nici nu iti mai dai seama ca locuiesti in desert. Arizona a devenit un fel de Californie mai uscata…
– Tii legatura cu comunitatea romana din Surprise? Cum ai caracteriza aceasta comunitate?
– In general, tinem legatura cu romanii din Surprise, Arizona, dar si din celelate zone ale Phoenix-ului. Obisnuim sa ne bucuram impreuna la seri de rugaciuni romanii punandu-si casele la dispozitie pentru a avea partasie cu cei din neamul lor. In acelasi timp, ne bucuram impreuna la bisericile din zona Phoenix-ului si uneori la un lunch dupa programul de dimineata. Poate, pe viitor, vom organiza evanghelizari si concerte in oraselul Surprise, pentru ca si ceilati romani ce nu Il cunosc pe Dumnezeu sa isi predea viata in mana Lui.
– Cat de usor ai reusit sa te adaptezi la cultura americana?
– La inceput mi-a fost foarte greu sa ma adaptez, dar Ii multumesc lui Dumnezeu pentru sotul meu care m-a ajutat foarte mult la aceasta. Si in acelasi timp Ii multumesc Lui, ca a ingaduit ca parintii mei si cea mai mica surioara sa participe la nunta mea si sa stea aici, timp de trei luni. Si nu in ultimul rand, multumesc Domnului ca m-a ajutat sa invat limba engelza inca din clasele primare. In acest fel, tranzitia a fost mai usoara.
„Imi place gastronomia”
– Am inteles ca iti place sa calatoresti. Ce state ai vizitat si care dintre ele ti-a placut cel mai mult?
– Da, imi place sa calatoresc. Statele pe care le-am vizitat sunt California, Texas si Portland. Pot spune ca toate mi-au placut, fiecare au ceva deosebit. In California mi-au placut oceanul si numeroasele activitati pe care le poti face acolo, in Texas mi-au placut constructia caselor moderne si istoria acestui stat, iar in Portland m-au incantat clima din perioada de vara si tendinta acestui stat de a semana foarte mult cu relieful Romaniei.
– Cum iti petreci timpul liber?
– Momentan, scoala si copilasii imi ocupa tot timpul. Totusi, in putinul meu timp liber ma bucur sa am oportunitatea de a ma implica intr-unul din grupurile de inchinare de la biserica Happy Valley.
– Ce hobby-uri ai?
– Pe langa hobby-ul de a canta si de a calatori, imi place gastronomia.
– Ce mesaj ai dori sa le transmiti cititorilor nostri?
– Mesajul meu pentru cititori este sa priveasca in jurul lor, la natura, la flori si chiar la fiinta lor si sa creada ca avem un Dumnezeu mare, care tine in mana Lui ziua si noaptea, pamantul si cerul, viata ta si viata mea. El doreste sa ne inchinam Lui cu reverenta si sa Il slavim pe El cu darurile pe care ni le-a dat.

Octavian Curpas
Surprise, Arizona

„Fiti oameni” – Un volum semnat Iosif Ton despre rugaciune, credinta si biruinta

Nimic nu este mai simplu decat sa predici Evanghelia intr-o societate libera. Este usor sa le vorbesti oamenilor despre Hristos, atunci cand nu iti este nu exista restrictii cu privire la ceea ce poti spune. Nu e nicio problema sa fii un predicator care aduna masele de oameni, cand acest lucru nu este interzis, dar a realiza toate aceste lucruri in contextul unei societati supuse unui regim dictatorial reprezinta o provocare careia putini pot sa ii faca fata.

„Cuvinte fara de moarte”

Societatea comunista a apus, cel putin in Romania. Deja vorbim de timpuri trecute, ce nu isi mai gasesc un corespondent imediat in lumea in care traim. Cu toate acestea, invatamintele pe care le-am deprins in acea perioada ar trebui sa ramana vii, tocmai pentru ca istoria sa nu se mai repete. In acelasi timp, memoria actelor de curaj si barbatie dovedite de catre oamenii credintei in acele timpuri nu trebuie sa dispara. Astfel de amintiri se constituie ca adevarate diamante de mare pret, zamislite in cuptorul suferintelor pentru Hristos, in mijlocul noroiului si pietrisului unei societati abrutizante.

In acest sens, cartea „Fiti oameni”, alcatuita dintr-o selectie a predicilor tinute catre Iosif Ton in perioada 1973-1981 reprezinta un adevarat tezaur de nestemate, ce stralucesc in lumina care vine de la tronul lui Dumnezeu. Valoarea acestor „cuvinte fara de moarte” poate fi in mod corect evaluata doar in perspectiva vesniciei, fiind cu atat mai mare cu cat timpul in care au fost aduse la viata era unul de intuneric, necredinta si disperare.

Chemare la o viata transformata

„Care au fost caracteristicile de baza ale predicilor mele din acea perioada adunate in volumul acesta reprezentativ?”, spune Iosif Ton. „In primul rand, prin multe dintre aceste predici am cautat sa dau oamenilor curajul de a sta drept in picioare, de a infrunta persecutia cu barbatie, de a fi gata de orice sacrificiu pentru credinta, de a ramane cu Domnul Isus prin orice incercare.” Nu este simplu sa iti propui un astfel de obiectiv si cu atat mai greu este sa il si realizezi, dar prin viata si exemplul pastorului Iosif Ton putem spune ca acest obiectiv a fost atins. De asemenea, in aceste predici se poate urmari o tema care apare iarasi si iarasi in scrierile lui Iosif Ton, avand drept subiect transformarea vietii.

„In al doilea rand, preocuparea mea a fost sa vad ca credinta oamenilor nu ramane ceva teoretic, ci ca ea este un act care duce la o viata transformata. Pe scurt, prin predicile mele am vrut sa produc oameni de caracter. Am predicat un mesaj care sa duca la transformare launtrica si la o traire curata.”

Sursa adevaratei bucurii

O prima tema pe care o abordeaza Iosif Ton este cea a „adevaratei bucurii”. Pare destul de dificil sa vorbesti despre bucurie unor oameni intristati si apasati de felurite suferinte, dar aici este puterea de exceptie a crestinismului. Un crestin nu poate fi decat un om care gusta din adevarata bucurie cereasca, in timp ce bucuria oferita de aceasta lume este intotdeauna trecatoare si dureaza putin.

„Sursa acestei bucurii este o gandire schimbata. Si eu accentuez – si ati vazut ca accentuez mereu: sa te lasi patruns mereu de acest gand: ca esti fiul lui Dumnezeu, ca esti unit cu Hristos, ca esti in mana Lui. Acest gand trebuie sa te patrunda pana in adancurile tale. Eu asa inteleg secretul bucuriei, prin a sti ca Dumnezeu imi este tata.”

„Voi biruiti!”

Un alt aspect important din viata de credinta este cel al „luptei impotriva pacatului si biruinta asupra sa”. Cu siguranta ca acest subiect a fost amplu dezbatut in repetate randuri, de catre multe persoane. Dar caracteristica pentru Iosif Ton este acea abordare practica, avand implicatii imediate, a luptei pe care o dam impotriva pacatului, indiferent de forma. In aceasta lupta ne regasim ori de cate ori ne opunem raului din lume si celor care-l promoveaza. Dar in aceasta lupta, cel care prezinta adevarul nu trebuie sa ramana singur, ci alaturi de el trebuie sa fie toti cei care cred in Hristos.

„Vreau sa stiti ca voi, cei care va rugati in taina, voi sunteti cei care faceti biruinta Evangheliei. Nu predicatorul este cel care biruie; voi biruiti! Predicatorul este asemenea lui Iosua, care se lupta in vale cu dusmanul. Moise, cel de pe munte, cel care se roaga pentru Iosua, sunteti voi! Cand Moise isi lasa mainile in jos, Iosua era slab si pierdea batalia. Aceasta se aplica si la mine, ca si la toti cei care vestesc Evanghelia. Daca noi slabim, slabim pentru ca voi ati lasat mainile in jos, pentru ca nu v-ati rugat indeajuns pentru cei care prezinta adevarul.”

„Oameni care indraznesc sa lupte”

De asemenea, atat in vremuri totalitare, cat si in cele „normale” avem datoria sa il recunoastem pe „cel rau si metodele lui”. Imaginea propusa de Iosif Ton cu privire la natura bisericii este deosebit de relevanta, fiind intr-o directa contradictie cu ceea ce ar fi dorit stapanii acelui regim de intuneric. Irozii din toate vremurile au cautat sa aduca slabiciune in mijlocul poporului lui Dumnezeu, propagand idei si conceptii care sa-i nimiceasca puterea. Adevaratii martori ai lui Dumnezeu au stiut sa aiba o conceptie corecta despre biserica.

„Unii oameni isi imagineaza de cele mai multe ori biserica, asemenea unui spital, un locas al sufletelor bolnave, o adunare a oamenilor infranti in viata, care nu mai pot tine piept problemelor vietii acesteia si care gasesc in religie un refugiu, o alinare, o mangaiere intr-o viata pierduta. Insa imaginea aceasta este cu totul falsa. Daca ar fi sa comparam biserica cu o institutie omeneasca, in mod corect si dupa cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, nu am compara-o cu un spital, ci cu o armata. De ce? Pentru ca aici nu vin oameni infranti cum s-ar crede, ci oameni care indraznesc sa lupte. Aici vin oameni care nu dau inapoi in fata vietii, ci oameni care au fost descatusati de sub puterea celui rau si care au declarat pe fata razboi intunericului.”

„Sa stai singur in furtuna”

Daca exista un lucru care provoaca abaterea de la acest ideal crestin al unei biserici luptatoare si biruitoare, atunci acela decurge din influenta demoralizatoare a vremurilor pe care le traim, caracterizate de neliniste, ingrijorare si teama. Iar dintre toate acestea, poate cea mai periculoasa amenintare este cea a compromisului, a abaterii de pe calea cea dreapta.

„Primejdia de a nu mai merge pe drumul drept, primejdia de a o lua pe ocolite, aceasta este primejdia cand vremurile sunt cumplite, vremuri in care oamenii se abat de pe cale, cand oamenii o iau razna. Vremuri in care nu ai pe nimeni ca sprijin langa tine. Vremuri in care nu ai pe nimeni care sa te ajute sa stai pe calea cea dreapta. Vremuri in care esti aruncat fara mila intr-o situatie in care trebuie sa stai singur in furtuna.”

„Adevarul, corectitudinea si cinstea”

Tocmai in astfel de vremuri, adevaratii crestini sunt asemenea unor repere morale si spirituale, stand in picioare atunci cand toti se culca la pamant, fiind oameni atunci cand toti ceilalti abandoneaza acest statut. A fi om, a fi puternic in mijlocul furtunii presupune o experienta interioara pe care putini oameni o dobandesc. Inseamna sa ai radacini adanci in Sfanta Scriptura si in Dumnezeu si sa nu te lasi impresionat de desfasurarea fortelor celui rau sau chiar de propria neputinta.

„Omul adevarat este omul care are principii clare. Are principii sanatoase si nu le sacrifica. Mai bine moare. El nu isi calca principiile dumnezeiesti, iar cand e vorba sa le aplice, el o face cu dragoste, cu blandete. El este in dragoste credincios adevarului. Este omul care se daruie pentru altii, care abandoneaza egoismul marsav si meschin si iese sa imbogateasca pe altii. Care se revarsa in dragoste spre altii. Omul adevarat este omul care tine la principii, care este sever cu el insusi si nu incalca in niciun chip adevarul, corectitudinea si cinstea.”
Adevarata sete dupa Dumnezeu

Ce ideal deosebit a asezat Iosif Ton in fata celor care erau destinati sa ajunga „ oameni noi”, dupa chipul fricii! Fara a vorbi in mod direct impotriva regimului, pastorul Iosif Ton lovea la radacina principiilor de intuneric care stateau la baza acestuia. De fapt, crestinismul autentic va fi totdeauna o amenintare pentru oricine doreste sa fie stapan peste semenii sai, precum si pentru oricine doreste sa se inalte impotriva Celui Prea Inalt.

Experimentul comunist nu a fost altceva decat o batalie pentru mintea oamenilor, o incercare de a-i abate de la realitatea lumii spirituale, de a-i arunca in suferinta si de a distruge notiunea de om. Pentru toate aceste aspecte, Iosif Ton a dedicat predici care sa restaureze valoarea umana, care sa ne determine sa nu fugim de suferinta pentru Hristos, sa credem in realitatea lumii viitoare, sa invatam abecedarul Evangheliei si sa castigam batalia pentru mintea noastra. Autorul ne-a aratat ce inseamna adevarata sete dupa Dumnezeu si cum putem primi viata de la Duhul Sfant, pentru ca in final, sa traim experienta unor solutii neobisnuite pentru situatii deznadajduite si sa ne acceptam pe noi insine, sa nu mai fim cu inima impartita si sa fim asemenea cu Hristos.

„Functionam bine… pe baza de dragoste”

„Cand Dumnezeu ne-a conceput, primul lucru pe care l-a realizat a fost ca noi sa nu functionam bine decat pe baza de dragoste. Primul lucru de care are nevoie un copil este dragostea mamei lui, nu numai hrana. Daca un copil nu simte dragostea mamei, daca un copil nu este inconjurat de iubirea parintilor, el se usuca in interior. Uitati-va la un copil nedorit si la un copil caruia parintii ii spun ca e nedorit. Uitati-va cat e de speriat, cat e de complexat si cat e de derutat in viata, copilul caruia nu i s-a aratat dragoste.”

In creuzetul urii, minciunii si fricii, al timpurilor in care experimente aberante se faceau pe natiuni intregi, cu totii devenisem niste copii nedoriti ai acestei lumi sau conceputi doar pentru a fi sclavii unui sistem fara mila. Uitand de Dumnezeu, am ajuns sa uitam si de noi insine, de ceea ce suntem si de ceea ce putem deveni. Indoctrinati cu o ideologie atee, materialista si evolutionista in sensul rau al cuvantului, am ajuns sa credem ca omul este doar un animal evoluat si ca nu exista nimic dincolo de mormant si de orizontul acestei lumi. Cu toate acestea, Biblia a continuat sa straluceasca si in vremuri de intuneric. Ba chiar, lumina ei a fost mai puternica decat in timpuri obisnuite. Cum a fost posibil acest lucru? Minunea descatusarii Cuvantului lui Dumnezeu s-a realizat prin oameni adevarati, oameni ai credintei, oameni ai adevarului, printre care se numara si pastorul Iosif Ton. De aceea, aceasta carte apel – „Fiti oameni” – ramane valabila, indiferent de vreme. Nimic nu s-a schimbat, decat doar decorul. Lupta este aceeasi.

VIATA CA O SCENA

by Gabriela PETCU

Cuvinte…

uneori, prea putine pentru a defini o stare…

alteori, prea multe pentru a înfaptui o liniste…

Soarele meu, a rasarit într-o primavara cu miros de iarba cruda si culoarea florilor de mar. Nici nu banuiam câta fericire îmi va aduce minunea de a face primii pasi la tarm de mare. Aici, am învatat sa râd, sa plâng, sa iubesc, sa-mi fie teama, sa fiu puternica, sa fiu mama, sa ma îmbogatesc cu bucuria de a avea prieteni. Aici, am simtit ca sunt vie!

De mult, m-am trezit cu sufletul plin de iubire încât, revarsa peste toate ce sunt pe lume… Si tot curgea iubirea… curgea repede si armonioasa; mi-am spus: „voi mai creste si va avea loc în mine”. Si am crescut… dar, odata cu mine se înmultea si ea… si atunci, L-am iubit pe Dumnezeu! El mi-a daruit pentru îndrazneala, cel mai bun si frumos copil! Am mai primit, nenumarate bucurii pentru tot ce ma înconjoara. Si pentru ca sunt atât de multe de spus, mi-a mai lasat Cuvântul ca sa pot face din el, forme de viata în adevar si frumusete.

De nu ar exista poezia, cum as putea sa pun culoare în rasarituri si apusuri? si cum as mai putea sa ascult valurile sparte de tarm în soapte de iubire? Fara vers, as plânge apasându-mi pieptul de durerea cuvintelor nerostite. De aceea, eu nu sunt altceva decât Iubire si Cuvânt!

Gabriela PETCU

martie 2009

Constanta

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VIATA CA O SCENA: NEBUNUL ÎNTELEPT

Motto:

„Daca-ntre voi i se pare cuiva ca-i întelept în veacul acesta,

sa se faca nebun ca sa devina întelept.”

(1 Corinteni 3: 18–19.)

Cu pieptul gol si haina-n vânt

Si-un bat ce scormonea-n pamânt

Cu ochii tristi si glasul stins

De lume, el era învins.

Si-asa tacut si ostenit

Parea un om îmbatrânit

Ce încerca sa-si faca rost

Din amagirea ce a fost

Un câine, s-a oprit în loc

Si mârâind, latrând cu foc

Sa-l muste, parca n-ar fi vrut

Si-apoi, pe loc a disparut

Ridica batu-n urma lui

Si striga tare câinelui:

„Sunt înca viu! Tu nu ma vezi?

Probabil, ai fi vrut dovezi…”

Un om, vazându-l revoltat

Si-atât de tare afectat

A zis ca e periculos

Si-a tras de haina nemilos

Slabit, el cade la pamânt

Si-acolo jos, cu batul frânt,

El s-a trezit ca din senin

Cu-n sut usor si feminin

Buimac de tot ce s-a-ntâmplat

Usor nebunu-a rasuflat:

„Iata ca-s viu! Ei m-au vazut!

Eu, mort o clipa m-am crezut!”

VIATA CA O SCENA: DINCOACE DE IERI

Lumina-mi arde palma a timp trecut,
Cad clipele în cercuri orbitoare
De soarta sunt strivita, mult ma doare!
Încerc sa-adun în pumni tot ce-am avut…

Îmi cade lacrima a strop din cuget,
Mocnit, deplâng a ochiului durere
În suflet, amintirea-mi e avere
As vrea sa uit ce-a fost… fara de preget!

Cu mâini însângerate fruntea îmi sterg,
Cad gândurile, si durerea curge
Astept sa-mi strige cineva: ajunge!
Spre mâine, linistita as vrea sa merg…

VIATA CA O SCENA: EXISTENTA

Cortina se ridica, si rând pe rând
Îsi fac intrarea actori cu masti pe fata.
Pasesc usor, înaintând în ceata
Prin gesturi ample viata sugerând.

Unul se crede filozof, fara sa fie.
Doctor se vrea a fi, dar fara leac!
Învatator fara stiinta, e doar un fleac.
Altul, în rege îmbracat… ce utopie!

(Ei nu par ceea ce sunt,
Ci par exact ce nu sunt!)

Iata ca masca le da închipuire
Discret si numai ascunzând adevarul
Devine dual pe scena actorul
Iar taina nu-i mincinoasa din fire!

Cortina se lasa si rând pe rând
Privitorii tacuti se ridica si pleaca
Spectacolul sfârsit, nu mai e joaca!
Mastile cad, actorii priviri evitând.

(Lumea e teatru…
Iar teatrul suntem noi!)

VIATA CA O SCENA: PRIMEJDIA

„cine privind, pofteste o femeie,

a si pacatuit cu ea…”

-Dar daca n-o poftesc privind-o?

Ce daca are ochii mari
Si flori albastre în priviri?
Ce poti mai mult ca sa admiri?
Cu trupu-i zvelt si sânii tari

Cu pielea alba ca de nea
Si gura-i rosie ca focul
Sa-mi faca numai mie jocul
Asa, cuvântul ei ar vrea!

Ce daca o privesc mirat?
Eu n-o poftesc ci doar admir
Mi-am pus pe frunte sfântul mir
Si n-o doresc, nici n-am visat!

- Ma faci sa cred ca nu îti pasa
Si tu nu arzi de acea dorinta?
Cu joc ascuns ea te atâta
Cum iarba uscata focul lasa.

Si spui ca n-o poftesti de fel?
Dar, întorcandu-te acasa
De ce nevasta este stearsa?
De ce copiii sunt altfel?

Caminul greu, griji o multime!
Oricine îti va fi povara
Si viata îti va fi amara
De ce te porti cu asa asprime?

(pricina)

Nu te-ai întors singur acasa…
În constiinta si în cuget
Tu esti cuprins fara de preget
De-acea femeie pacatoasa!

„Cuvinte alese” – Sfântul Ioan Gura de Aur

VIATA CA O SCENA: EXTREME

cautare

Cu-nfrigurarea omului pierdut
Caut în noaptea sufletului mut
Am rana în cuget, tare-mi e greu!
Durerea e seaca, revine mereu!

întrebare

Cine esti tu, de-mi slutesti sufletul?
M-ai lovit rau, mi-ai ranit cugetul!
Cine esti tu, de-mi strivesti inima?
M-ai zdrobit tot, mi-ai lasat lacrima!
Cine esti tu, trecut neiertator
Iluzie muta, cuvânt apasator?

rânduiala

A dat Dumnezeu omul sa se nasca
Mai înainte ca acesta sa vrea!
Si i-a mai dat Domnul dar, sa iubeasca
Mare necaz si încercare grea!
I-a daruit apoi, multa putere
Omu-ncrâncenat, s-a pus pe avere!
Frumuseti nedescrise el a primit
A vrut si mai mult, vesnic nemultumit!
Si i-a dat Dumnezeu, din toate ce sunt
Însa acesta natâng, le-a încurcat crunt!
S-a pierdut dara, omul! Iata-l ratacit!
E îndestulat zice…dar, nu-i fericit!

DUMNEZEUL MEU

by Corina Diamanta Lupu

Dintr-un potop, Tu, Doamne, m-ai salvat,
În pumnu-Ti ape mari si dese ai strivit -
Cu glasul Tau de tunet, din ceruri ai strigat,
Si ploaia ce curgea-n perdele s-a oprit.

De-un nou pamânt, Tu parte mi-ai facut,
Sa-l stapânesc, ai spus, de-acum-nainte –
Si-un curcubeu din mâna-Ti sfânta s-a nascut
Ca semn dumnezeiesc de-aducere aminte.

Eu chem de-atunci, în ruga, pe Nume a-Ta Fiinta,
Un vârf de munte-am temelie sub picioare –
Te vad, de pe înalt acoperisul lumii, prin credinta,
Croindu-mi drumul prin Iordan si mare.

Lauda luminii

by Elena Armenescu

Veniti sa ne veselim…*Aliluuuiaaa!
In inimi sa ardem ca smirna si tamaia
Mireasma gândului bun va cuprinde
Cerul si Pamantul cât se-ntinde!

Zorii apar furisându-se împatimit
Sarutând pamantul dinspre rasarit
Crestele muntilor înca opresc
Tulburatorul lor alint, dumnezeiesc.

Incins cu lumina, întunericul noptii
Se retrage smerit supunându-se sortii
Se departeaza ascultator, ca un sfetnic
S-adoarma alte vietuitoare, sfielnic.

Astept extaziata si inima-mi tresalta
Când vine unda aceasta luminata
O înghit, e calda atingerea, pura
Te-nfioara dulce, ca o cuminecatura!

De dupa munti si piscuri, abia acum
Se-nalta Soarele pe cunoscutul drum
Croit în Ziua întâia, de propria-i lumina
Despletita-n raze la porunca divina.

Cu slava Sa, în ochi adânc patrunde
Rostogolind mereu corpusuli-unde
Ne cheama-n fapte si spre noi zidiri
Cum îmbie clopotul spre mânastiri.

Lumina blânda matasos ma înfasoara
Sadeste-n mine magic, o vioara
Vibrez sub maretia ei, sinele meu
Îl premareste-n duh pe Dumnezeu!

Mi- arata-n semn si soapta noile carari
Pios desprinse drepte, dinspre zari
Cu duioasa-ngaduinta apoi ma duce
Cu sufletul spre Înaltata Cruce.

E dezmierd, tumult si încântare
Când razele se înmultesc, altare
De slava devin pomii din gradini
Când pasarile sunt trezie de lumini.

Desi nu-i cald, încep si ele ciripitul lor
Ca slova voalata, cu acel viers înaltator
Care lui Dumnezeu, simbolic îi da stire
Tradus în limba noastra: Parinte, Preamarire !

Miroase a alb si a vazduh nuntit
In mine Doamne cu lumina ai miruit
Tot freamatul si toata cautarea
Adormite în samânta lor, ca floarea.

Aici vin Îngerii Stelari sa se adape
Din fluviu de lumina, nu din ape
Vor revarsa apoi întremator lumina lor,
Din Sfânt Potir, asupra stelelor.

Arhangheli veghetori grabit alearga
S- ajute ordinea ce vesnic se reîngheaga
De aceea, cu cap plecat sa te închini
Ambasadorilor ce ne aduc lumini!

Vin heruvimii sa savârseasa liturghie
Cât Dumnezeu va-ngadui sa fie
Viata, bucurie, sub acest albastru cer
Plin de miracole si miscator mister.

Merg pe urmele lupilor, spre înaltimi
Las în urma-mi dâre de lumini
Sus Îngerii Virtutii ma mângâie cu vânt
Cuvinte-mi pun pe limba, legamînt.

Doar aici în munti, între zapezi
Cu sacra lumina te înmiresmezi
Doar aici te întâlnesti cu îngerii
Atras de lumina, uiti Valea Plângerii!

În vazduh, serafimii danseaza lin
Cu aripile ating eteric padurile de pin
În ritmul Simfoniei Rotirii, astrelor ceresti
Simfonia izbânzii Creatiei dumnezeiesti.

Sonoritati purtand pe aripi: Aliluia!
Se fragmenteaza-n ramurile de tuia.

„M-am reintors la vechile mele pasiuni: literatura, istoria, religia” – Interviu cu scriitoarea Elena Armenescu Ciuhrii

Elena Armenescu Ciuhrii, medic si scriitoare, este presedinta Fundatiei Mirabilis – Medicina Alternativa (ONG club UNESCO), secretar general al Uniunii Nationale a Femeilor din Romania (UNFR), vicepresedinte al Academiei Dacoromane, membra a Uniunii Medicilor Scriitori si Publicisti din Romania si membra a Uniunii Scriitorilor din Romania. Nascuta la 22 mai 1948, in localitatea Tatarasti de Sus, judetul Teleorman, Elena Armenescu Ciuhrii isi aminteste cu dragoste de parintii sai. Tatal a fost cel care a educat-o pe viitoarea scriitoare in spiritul respectului fata de valorile trecutului si ale dreptatii. Mama, fire visatoare si religioasa, iubitoare a curateniei interioare si exterioare, i-a oferit acesteia nu doar caldura unui camin, ci si intelepciunea vietii, pe care a descoperit-o pe paginile Bibliei. Licentiata in 1972, a Facultatii de medicina din Timisoara, Elena Armenescu Ciuhrii este autoarea volumelor “Ferestrele somnului”, “Regatul ascuns”, ‘Exodul uitarii”, “Dictatura iubirii”, “Strigat spre lumina”, “Memoria statuilor”, „Iubirea imparateasca”. Scriitoarea este casatorita cu Dr. Doc. Mircea Ciuhrii, virusolog de prestigiu international, inventator in biotehnologie, detinator a numeroase brevete de inventie, si are doi fii, amandoi licentiati in medicina.

„Am inceput sa scriu ca sa nu ma mai simt singura”

- Cum s-a nascut pasiunea dvs. pentru medicina si pentru scris?
– Empatia pentru oamenii in suferinta, sentimentele altruiste, umanismul, armonia care se poate gasi doar in starea de bine, de sanatate, dorinta de a vedea in jurul meu oameni plini de viata mi-au indreptat pasii spre medicina. Dupa ce m-am linistit, in sensul ca terminasem cu examenele grele prin care mi-am asigurat exercitarea profesiei de medic, am avut ragazul necesar si m-am reintors la vechile mele pasiuni: literatura, istoria, religia. Eram in perioada dictaturii comuniste si aveam timp mai mult decat in anii care au urmat dupa 1990. Carti, slava Domnului, gaseam de cumparat atat de la librarii, anticariat cat si din biserici – acum avem o biblioteca foarte bogata!
In ciuda aparentelor, eu fac parte din categoria oamenilor introvertiti. Aveam multe de spus si nu aveam cui sa le impartasesc, decat asternandu-le pe hartie, si nu oricum, ci de multe ori in mod subtil, greu de descifrat la prima citire pentru unii, si usor pentru cei care au „cheia”. Incepuse sa ma bantuie sentimentul singuratatii, desi aveam doi baieti frumosi, expansivi, dar cand ramaneam cu mine insami era altceva. Se spune ca un om care scrie nu este niciodata singur. Probabil, am inceput sa scriu ca sa nu ma mai simt singura, scriind eram permanent intr-un dialog imaginar cu cineva serios, demn de incredere, in contrast cu starea de non-comunicare din vremurile acelea cand eram urmariti de securitate. Acest lucru nu era o gluma, la CNSAS am vazut negru pe alb cum se spune, dupa anii 90- cand am avut acces la dosare, ca am avut microfoane in casa din anul 1984, ex-sotul meu fiind fost detinut politic. In acele dosare mi-am gasit doua poeme transcrise de „baieti” (dupa benzile lor audio) pe care le citisem unor prieteni in sufragerie, alaturi de alte convorbiri intregi.

Concursul literar “Tudor Arghezi”

- Stiu ca inainte de debut ati obtinut doua premii la concursul literar “Tudor Arghezi”. Ce anume v-a determinat sa incepeti sa scrieti?
– Trairea extatica este mult mai intensa decat se poate exprima in cuvinte! Acelasi fenomen se intampla si in momentele de inspiratie poetica… Adevarul revelat intr-o fractiune de secunda iti apare clar pe cerul mintii si la lumina lui vezi ce nu ai vazut o viata. Aceasta este diferenta intre cei care simt, dar nu vad si poetul care simte si vede ceea ce nu vad ceilalti si nici chiar el in toate momentele, ci doar cateodata si anume atunci cand asupra sa coboara harul de a scrie ce a simtit si vazut – chiar nevazutul. Initial, nu indrazneam sa arat nimanui priceput in ale scrisului ceea ce scriam, dar dupa ce am citit intr-un cerc restrans cateva poezii, am fost indemnata sa frecventez mai intai cenaclul „Clepsidre” din Bechet, apoi cenaclul „Haralamb Lecca” din localitatea Caracal, unde practicam profesia de medic.
Cum fiecare cenaclu trebuia sa se afirme prin activitatea sa, am primit propunerea sa fac o selectie a catorva poezii si sa le trimit la concurs. Intamplarea face ca au fost premiate. Acest lucru m-a incurajat si am trimis si in anul urmator, apoi chiar ma gandeam sa tiparesc o placheta de versuri.

Debutul

- Cand si unde ati debutat si cum a fost acest debut?
– Primul poem publicat intr-o revista literara de prestigiu a fost poemul: Confluente, aparut in “Luceafarul” din august 1989 ca o promisiune subtila a unei schimbari, si schimbarea a sosit! Se cunosc evenimentele din acel an!
– Cine sunt mentorii dvs., cei care v-au ajutat sa va descoperiti talentul si v-au incurajat sa scrieti?
– Incurajatori au fost colegii de cenaclu, mentorii, as putea spune ca au aparut mai tarziu, dupa ce am ajuns cu postul in Bucuresti, in urma unui concurs sustinut in anul 1990.
A inceput atunci o efervescenta perioada atat de dobandire a noi competente profesionale (diabet, boli de nutritie, acupunctura) si implicarea mea pe plan social, devenind membra fondatoare ori sustinatoare a diferitelor organizatii nonguvernamentale, in paralel cu afirmarea literara.
Am devenit membra a Societatii Medicilor Scriitori si Publicisti din Romania, condusa de Prof. Dr. C.D.Zeletin, ( cunoscut prin opera proprie, dar si prin traducerea celebrelor “Sonete” ale lui Michelangelo, ”Florile raului “ de Baudelaire), am colaborat sporadic la revista “ Viata medicala” condusa de dr. M.Mihailide, am participat la activitatile SMSPR din Romania.
Am cunoscut si alti scriitori, identificand printre apropiatii pe plan spiritual pe Vasile Andru, ( nascut in aceeasi zi cu mine, dar in alt an!) care, ca un adevarat initiat, sustinea cursuri de Oratio mentis la Universitatea Populara, Sala Dalles.
In acei ani am inceput colaborarea la diferite reviste literare periodice: Luceafarul, Convorbiri literare, Poesis, la radio, etc.

La cenaclu si la concurs

- Vorbind despre inceputuri, ce a insemnat cenaclul “Clepsidre” pentru dvs. si ce ati dori sa ne relatati din perioada cand participati la intalnirile acestui cenaclu?
– In 1981, ca medic specialist, am fost repartizata la Bechet, adica in Comuna Literara Bechet, cum le place catorva literati din zona s-o numeasca, localitate situata pe malul Dunarii, unde exista cenaclul literar “Clepsidre” infiintat in 1970 de filozoful Paul Bala si prof. D.Duta – carora li s-au alaturat profesorii : G. Boaghe, Janet Nica, cenaclu cu o bogata activitate animata de intalniri cu redactori ai revistelor literare: Luceafarul, Ramuri, Contemporanul. (Atunci am cunoscut-o pe I. Negreanu, poeta de mare sensibilitate, despre care din nefericire, nu mai scrie nimeni nimic) etc., cu scriitori romani (Marin Sorescu , Ioan Alexandru), bulgari (Crizantema Raseva) si sarbi (Petre Cardu-Varset, V. Barbu-Iugoslavia). Sa nu uitam ca eram in plina perioada de dictatura comunista, cand erau admise relatii de prietenie doar cu cei din lagarul (sic!) socialist.

- Un alt moment important in activitatea dvs. literara este cenaclul « Haralmb Lecca ». Va rugam sa ne prezentati pe scurt, in ce a constat contributia dvs. la acest cenaclu.
– Erau acolo cativa scriitori remarcabili de diferite profesii, ale caror nume se regasesc acum pe volume de versuri sau proza : Paul Aretzu, Dumitru Nicolcioiu, Ion Precupetu, s.a.
Contributia ? Le-am adus premii…, dar subliniez, toate acestea se intamplau inainte de anul 1989.

- La ce alte concursuri literare ati mai participat si cu ce rezultate?
– Am participat, cred ca prin 2005 la concursul de poezie “Una favola per la pace” de la Lugo, Italia, organizat sub egida universitatii din Bologna si acolo am primit un Atestat de merit.

„Din atasament pentru nespus, neauzit, nevazut”

- Cum v-ati defini propriul stil?
– Cred ca este bine ca la aceasta intrebare sa citez ceea ce scria in urma cu cativa ani in revista Luceafarul, Dan Stanca:
“Din fericire, la ora actuala in poezia romana contemporana mai exista un strat aproape necunoscut, ca si ignorat de critica literar sau considerat in cel mai bun caz ca diletant, care mai pastreaza un minim record cu spiritualitatea, reusind sa intemeieze ceea ce altfel ar fi iremediabil pierdut in vartejurile stilistice. Din acest strat- foarte interesant! – fac in general, parte femei (Monica Pillat, Donca Teodorescu, Nazaria Buga, Silvia Chttimia si iata, Elena Armenescu) toate fiind unite, contopite in acelasi atasament pentru nespus, neauzit, nevazut, toate slujind in acelasi altar al inefabilului, cu mai mult sau mai putin talent, dar crezand in capacitatea de transcendere, de depaasire a limitelor in perimetrul carora au fost sortite sa traiasca”.
– Am remarcat pe Internet ca scrieti frumoase poezii de dragoste…
– Da! Spre surprinderea si incantarea mea, ele sunt preluate de tineri si transcrise pe blog-urile lor. In urma cu cateva luni, am primit un e-mail in care cineva imi scria un lucru foarte frumos, intr-o singura propozitie, care mie nu mi-ar fi trecut prin cap: Ai seva vietii!

- Intr-adevar, frumos si profund! Dar scrieti si poezie religioasa. Cum explicati aceasta tendinta, aceasta chemare?
– Traim vremuri tulburi, se incheie un ciclu astrologic plin de zbucium, razboaie, nedreptati, minciuna, „ atat de apasat de chipul de Iuda…”, trebuie sa inceapa altul, luminos.
Geofizicienii vorbesc despre modificarea vibratiei pamantului, scaderea magnetismului si chiar posibila schimbare a axei polilor pamantului.
Toate acestea si altele nestiute vor fi, altele nu, unele vor trece, dar cuvintele inscrise-n Cartea Sfanta nu vor trece! Apropierea de religie este o cerinta! Ea asigura respectarea legilor morale, da stabilitate atat individului cat si societatii. Tema este vasta, am scris si un studiu despre Puterea de vindecare a rugaciunii. Cred ca am fost printre primii medici din Romania, care vorbind – in calitate de presedinte – despre Fundatia Mirabils ( nume derivat de la Terra Mirabilis- Pamant minunat) si metodele naturale de vindecare, am subliniat Sacroterapia.

„Destinul calatorului”

- Scrieti si proza?
– Da! la inceput tot timid, pana intr-o zi cand i-am citit Silviei Chitimia urmatorul fragment din :

„Destinul calatorului”
Desertaciune a desertaciunilor, toate sunt desertaciuni! (Ecleziastul cap I-2)
Pe buna dreptate, afirmatia din Ecleziast a cutremurat toate generatiile prin adevarul care-l contine: „desertaciune a desertaciunilor, totul e desertaciune si vanare de vant!”
Masa pe care scriu, ieri a fost un copac falnic. Maine va fi cenusa…
Din mugetul taurului care m-a speriat alaltaieri pe izlaz, azi am auzit doar sunetele zdrangului si pocnetele biciului facute din pielea lui. Maine si ele vor fi pulbere sau cenusa…, se spune intr-o frumoasa lectie indiana de intelepciune. Toti am venit aici, pe Pamant, pentru o scurta perioada.
Azi este o zi aspra, geroasa, cu vant ascutit de decembrie. Zorile s-au lasat indelung asteptate. Perdeaua de nori nu vrea sa se retraga si cerul ramane in continuare intunecat. Obiectele din camera, din jur, care stau cuminti pe locurile lor, invaluite in gri, par mai triste ca de obicei. Asteapta cu siguranta, lumina triumfatoare a soarelui care sa patrunda rand pe rand pana la ele, sa le inveseleasca, iar tremorul, dansul razelor, pe suprafata lor, sa le aduca aminte de vremea cand erau insufletite.“
Dupa ce a ascultat, aceasta mi-a spus:
-Elena, apuca-te de scris proza!
Acelasi indemn l-am primit de la profesorul Ion Rotaru, cand cu prilejul lansarii celui de al saselea volum – “Memoria statuilor” – si-a exprimat convingerea ca voi scrie o proza interesanta, plina de substanta. De altfel, ma bucur de aprecierea profesorului Ion Rotaru prin faptul ca mi-a oferit onoarea de a-mi analiza scrierile de pana atunci, in monumentala sa opera “O istorie a literaturii romane de la inceputuri pana in prezent”.

- Ce mesaj ati dori sa le transmiteti cititorilor nostri?
– Pentru ca suntem in luna ianuarie, cand recitim sau ne gandim mai mult la scrierile si mesajele operei eminesciene, vreau sa le reamintesc cititorilor dumneavoastra ( si ai mei!) sa fie la inaltimea acelor urmasi visati de poet, care prin comportamentul, daruirea si faptele lor, sa-i raspunda peste veac lui, poetului, care a identificat, demascat si condamnat dezbinarea ca fiind raul suprem in aceasta natie, si intr-o adevarata urare de mare sarbatoare, rostea:

“Ce-ti doresc eu tie, dulce Romanie,
Tanara mireasa, mama cu amor
Fii tai traiasca numai in fratie
Ca a noptii stele, ca ai zilei zori
Viata in vecie, glorii, bucurie,
Arme cu tarie, suflet romanesc,
Vis de vitejie, fala si mandrie,
Dulce Romanie, asta ti-o doresc!”

Confluente
Priveste cu ochiul acela nevazut
(imi spuse el)
Priveste insusi nevazutul
Nu simti ca este ceva
Ca un zvon dintr-o limba de clopot
Ca un dangat de clopot
Ce se revarsa si acopera o lume?
Priveste si povesteste lumii intregi
Despre razboaiele invizibile
Despre sabiile de aer
Si cuvintele injunghiate de cuvinte
Despre cercurile doncentrice
In jurul punctului care esti
Cercuri ce se departeaza, se apropie
Si-ti aduc miresme de sunete
Si culori dau cuvitelor neatinse
Ca un flux si reflux
Ce acopera si descopera desnadejdea tarmului
Ce ascund intrebari
Si semne pun implinirilor trecatoare
Ce dezgolesc cuvantul magic- raspunsul
Si-l acopera fulgerator cu nepatrunsul.
(poem aflat in vol Ferestrele somnului)

Craciunul

by Delia Almajan

Canada

Covorul matasos de alb, despletit din roua norilor, se coborâse pe pamânt în trupuri gingase de fulgi de zapada. Brazii îsi înstelasera stoicismul cu straie pure de nameti, sclipind ca briliantele sub mângâierea lunii. Tot cuprinsul dealurilor râdea cu podoabe argintii, la complimentele noptii inundate de stele. Aceasta noapte de crunta frumusete era omega timpului si începutul Vesniciei, caci în ea se întrupase printre noi Dumnezeu în forma de prunc nou-nascut… Undeva, într-un sat obscur, sub privirile speriate ale unor parinti si mai obscuri, Cuvântul se îmbraca în carne si oase sa ne demonstreze cum respira Iubirea… În grajdul rece si ostil, strain de un leagan primitor si cald, Pruncul plângea sub sclipirea stelelor muritoare. În lacrimile Lui plângea Tatal, despartit de Fiul ce îi era bucurie si placere neîntrerupta pe tarâmul vesnic scufundat în lumina. Durerea Tatalui, atât de palpabila în scâncetul Pruncului, era bine definita si justificata. El vedea, dincolo de iesle, înspre sfârsitul sau începutul zidit o data cu vesnicia, undeva, la tâmpla Sionului. Dumnezeu striga în fulgii fragezi de zapada, puritatea întrupata în cel din urma Adam. El vedea multimile învesmântate în ura, sulitele unui razboi nebun, razvratirea dar si un Aleluia mai puternic decât rastignirea pe cruce… Îl vedea pe Fiul, înalt în statura Ascultarii, batând strazile prafuite ale Ierusalimului, vindecând ologii, înviind mortii, dezlegând limbile, deschizând urechile… Dar mai vedea, în acelasi timp, multimile atinse de roua eterna a lacrimilor prefacute în bucurie… Ei, ai caror prunci fusesera dezlegati de robia întunericului, vindecati de boli si saturati cu pâinea pâinilor si pesti din navoade ceresti, erau, în acelasi timp, tradatori de Cer si lumina, rataciti prin labirinturile mintilor otravite de dragoste de sine, pierduti cu tot ceea ce poate fi pierdut… În acea noapte din Betleem, când luna îsi revarsa razele tremurânde peste cuprinsul sclipitor, de iarna, Dumnezeu plângea dintr-un ochi si râdea de bucurie din celalalt. Bucuria Lui, reverberata prin plamânii fragezi ai Pruncului, era viata vesnica ce în curând va curge din ranile Lui. Viata în plinatatea ei trebuia sa izbândeasca asupra mortii, precum ziua trebuie sa triumfe asupra noptii. În ochii Lui era bucuria vesnica, biruitoare asupra unei întristari vremelnice, era cerul dintr-o data mai aproape, tot atât de aproape precum plânsul de pe buzele Pruncului. Au trecut doua mii de ani de când Pruncul Isus a atins planeta noastra, cu Dumnezeu în trup si în oase. A nins mult de atunci, si Tatal mai striga înca prin fulgii fragezi… Doar ca albul puritatii lor e mai alb acum, crescut în atâtea inimi pentru care Betleemul este nasterea dorului adevarat dupa o casa adevarata. Este începutul întoarcerii acasa!