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
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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.


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.

Nicolae Moldoveanu – A Saintly Hymn Writer Went to be with His Lord

Almost three years have passed since the Romanian Evangelical composer Nicolae Moldoveanu went to be with the Lord and I still feel like it is breaking news. His songs are so present within our worship that it is hard to imagine he is no longer with us.
The titles “composer” and “saint”, do not go together very well nowadays. However, this is precisely what I have been reading about and hearing on Romanian internet blogs, Christian radio and TV stations, ever since July 12, 2007. On that date, 85-year-old Nicolae Moldoveanu, prolific hymn writer, died in Sibiu, Romania. For more than 62 years, God enhanced our faith through his music, lyric and especially his uncompromised Christian testimony during Romania’s dark communist era of forty-five years.

Named “the Bach of Romania” (1), Moldoveanu wrote more than 6,000 songs, with 361 of them written while being persecuted for the faith in prison. Although while he was alive he rarely ventured out of his city, or even his personal residence for that matter, he was so present in the lives of at least one million Romanians that, “we could not believe he could ever die”, said M. Cruceru, VP of Emanuel University, Oradea.(2)

Born on February 3, 1922 to a very poor family, this extraordinary man lost his father by the age of three and a half and his only opportunity for education involved enlisting in the military program called the “Army’s Children” at the age of twelve. These destitute children lived in garrisons with soldiers, but due to his love for music, Moldveanu was enrolled in the military’s brass ensemble. There, a conductor recognized his talents and helped him develop his musical ability. Later, he would write, “I am now seeing God’s hand in everything that has happened in my life, good or bad”.

When he would come home for short vacations, Moldoveanu would accompany his mother to a newly-founded church belonging to “The Lord’s Army”, a reforming arm of the Greco-Orthodox Church that emphasized the need for repentance and of being born-again. Shortly, Moldoveanu met his Savior and also fell in love with the Lord’s Army’s musical tradition, putting its words and music to paper and publishing them, as well as his own original music, in “Village’s Light”, The Lord’s Army’s publication. Music also likely saved his life during World War II, as his ensemble was stationed far from the war-ravaged front lines. Still young, Moldoveanu wrote very mature music and spiritually-deep lyrics during this time of conflict. In order to buy his first Bible, he sold half of his bread ration and his entire milk ration for an entire month; he would eventually keep this very same Bible until his death. During this and the short post-war period of freedom, before the communist regime’s ascent to power, Moldoveanu was able to publish hundreds of songs. (3)

In 1948, the Communists declared the Lord’s Army illegal and threw its leaders in prison. Nicolae continued to worship in secret and in 1959, after refusing to stop attending Christian gatherings and writing songs, he was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison for “conspiring to overthrow the communist regime”, in spite of his right hand’s infirmity due to an accident. Still, he praised the Lord and in return God “gave” him the optimistic song: Clear Skies. On the day of his arrest, Moldoveanu was able to whisper to his wife. “Lena, look at the skies”. It was “the only thing we could share while separated”, he later said. The comment was to prove prophetic as after months spent in an underground section of the prison, Moldoveanu was finally allowed above ground. The new cell he had been moved to had a broken window, and although it was a bitterly-cold day, at least he could share the same sky as his wife.

In prison, he met Traian Dorz, a prolific Christian poet from Lord’s Army, and many well-known Christian brothers, including Tortured for Christ’s author and The Voice of the Martyr’s founder Richard Wurmbrand. Moldoveanu and Wurmbrand praised each other for their testimonies during persecution. Both considered it an honor and a grace to suffer for the Lord. “Moldoveanu was one of the two greatest saints I have met in my 15 years of prison”, Wurmbrand said in a sermon. “He came smiling from the torture room. His approach was that of a lamb. While I was protesting the guards’ abuses against others or me, he never protested” continued R.W. (4)

Amnestied five years later, though still under the secret police’s surveillance, he continued to meet with his small church house whenever possible. Warrant-less home searches, abuses and threats continued for decades, but Moldoveanu always thanked the Lord for them, and also prayed for persecutors. In a time when the communist regime kept a tight grip on any publication, even owing a typewriter could put you in prison for a couple of years. However, the spread of his songs could not be stopped. Memorized, copied by hand, and later recorded, Moldoveanu’s songs were used by the Lord to nurture our faith for more than six decades. Because of the surveillance, poverty, and poor health, he could not work or travel too far. But he was visited daily by Christians from all of Romania who were welcome in the small apartment he was renting. And a visit to him was quite an experience! In a country of religious divisions, Moldoveanu mended all fences and never asked visitors for anything other than their first names. He was even aware that some “Christians” might be police agents, but “they needed to hear the good news too”!

There was one exception to his presence though: after waking up, for at least two hours, he used to sing songs of praise to the Lord, alone and without any audience. Most of the songs he would write were granted to him during this intimate time. After that, he shared freely with anybody what God “gave” him, whether a song or a meditation. Even in more recent years, when recording artists sold CDs or DVDs with recordings and performances that included his songs, he never asked for copyright royalties. On the contrary, he encouraged musicians to arrange his songs for choirs or orchestras as he always looked upon his hymns as “God’s copyright”.

At times, his lyrics move one to feel spiritual immaturity; “This is a curse”, said Jan Staneschi, former Bucharest Baptist Seminary Principal, when he heard the song Break my Will, Even with Heavy Blows. “It is not a curse”, Moldoveanu would reply. “It is my commitment to God’s will, as was the Virgin Mary’s”, recounted him, at a ’99 symposium, as saying and adding: “and His will is good and perfect” (Rom. 12:2). (5)

It has been God’s infinite wisdom to choose a hymn writer and not a preacher to enhance our faith. In a country where translated Evangelicals’ music was considered a means to westernize Romanians, Moldoveanu’s folk style met no resistance. Although many of his songs are more sophisticated and require elevated vocal capability, most of Moldoveanu’s songs came naturally for Christians, whether alone or in church, and they went directly to our souls. It is my prayer that these humble words would bring some well-deserved recognition to this miracle of God, Nicolae Moldoveanu. “May the Lord be praised”, was the Lord’s Army’s old greeting. And the answer was, “For Ever and Ever, Amen”.

Dorin Radu,
Dan Cure, Consultant
Warren, Michigan, August 2007

(1) Doina Catana, Director – Ioan Vidu National College of Arts, Timisoara – remarks on a special presentation of Moldoveanu in “Viata Spirituala”, a weekly series on Romanian public television, broadcast on July 22, 2007
(2). Marius Cruceru’s blog: “lapatratosu” , July 12, 2007
(3). All biographic details come from “Hope’s Hostages”, “Strigatul de la miezul Noptii” Book House, November 2002, Arad, Romania (A book, printed in Romanian, and dedicated to Christians who spent years in communist prisons for their faith).
(4). Richard Wurmbrand, Audio Recordings of Sermons 1987- 1996
(5).Moldoveanu Symposium, 1999 Maranatha Baptist Church, Arad, Romania, Video Recordings.

Si intr-o zi calatorind mereu ne vom trezi in cer cu Dumnezeu

Aurel Popescu,

A trecut la Domnul, “cel mai iubit dintre vorbitori”. Nu stiu de ce nu putem vorbi despre trecut fara sa dorim sa ne intoarcem. Amintirile raman un loc cu iarba cea mai verde, cu apele cele mai limpezi, cu bucuriile cele mai adevarate, chiar daca ni s-a spus ca aici “orice soapta s-a depozitat ca si strigat” nu mi se pare nimic mai real decat amintirea.

In vremile ferbinti ale miscarii din ’77, la Arad Bujac intr-o predica , Iosif Ton a aratat spre locul inde erau, Aurel Popescu si Paul Niculescu spunand, “tot ce am facut am facut datorita lor, ei mi-au dat curaj ei nu se tem”. In vremurile in care fr Ton era cel mai vizibil a fost un gest laudabil de a arata spre ei, pentruca multi dintre noi simteam prezenta lor foarte vie.

Spiritul ascutit, vorba din regat cu un umor irezistibil, vorbirea din Cuvant bine articulata, smerenia si neinfricarea lui Aurel Popescu m-au cucerit. Mi se parea mereu ca este in dialog cu un personaj anonim care in imaginatia mea era lumea comunismului ateu: “Domnilor, daca Isus Hristos este o poveste, trebuie sa recunoaste-ti ca este o poveste frumoasa, si daca este o poveste, de ce nu o puneti domnilor in cartile de scoala, ca sa o citeasca copii?… Dar voi stiti ca nu este o poveste, voi stiti ca aceasta istorie pune mana pe tine si cand te prinde nu te mai lasa pana nu te transforma” (la Sega)

Ianinte ca sa vorbeasca ne-a invatat o cantare a carei cuvinte le-am memorat cu cea mai mare viteza in viata mea, canta cu atata verva si convingere cantarea, ca ma simteam undeva pe baricada cantand un imn de biruinta: Nu, nu suntem un vis o intamplare/ un lut de sine insusi framantat./ Ci ne-a zidit o minte creatoare/ O-ntelepciune fara de hotare/ Exista Dumnaezeu ce minunat / Niciodata nu pot canta cantarea fara sa vad in minte, bucuresteanul cu verva de adolescent cu privire vioaie mereu bine dispus, asa cum continua sa fie in amintirea mea.

Era in 1978 undeva la inceputul lui Noiembrie, am aflat ca sub presiunea regimului, fr Aurel Popescu a fost dat afara din cult. Pe 11 noiembrie trebuia sa fie nunta mea cu Liana, nu stiam cum sa imi arat simpatia fata de dansul. Am rugat un prieten din Arad sa mearga la Bucuresti si sa-i dea lui fr Popescu un plic. In plic i-am pus banii pentru biletele de avion si o invitatie la nunta. Pastorul nostru era atunci Fr Chiu Pavel, m-am dus la dumnealui si i-am spus, la nunta noastra va vorbi Fr Popescu. Bine, dar tu stii ca a fost dat afara din cult. Stiu, dar cred ca nu are nici o problema cultul cu nunta mea. Am fost de acord sa nu vorbeasca de la amvon. A vorbit despre cum se construieste o casa. Era si inginer constructor. Masa a fost la Cantina fabricii de strunguri , a venit sa ne felicite si mi-a spus frecandu-si mainile bucuros : “mai sfintim si locul asta sub ochii astuia, si mi-a facut semn cu capul spre portretul tov-ului.”

C.S.Lewis spune ca : “ne trebuie un trecut…. sa avem ceva de pus impotriva prezentului”. Se spune ca Biserica a fost pusa la doua teste majore si continua sa fie. Testul oprimarii al prigoanei, pe care biserica l-a trecut mereu cu brio, si testul libertatii pe care biserica l-a cazut mereu.

Generatia tanara stie mai multe despre informatori decat despre eroii nostri, datorita noua care tacem si sugeram prin tacerea noastra, ca nimic nu a fost inainte si nimic nu va mai fi dupa.

Sa insemneze ore cuvantul acela “se duc oamenii de bine si nimanui nu-i pasa” ca ei se duc si nimeni nu observa, nimeni nu le simte lipsa? Daca ar fi sa scriu un epitaf in amintire Fr Aurel Popescu care a fost pentru mine, cel mai iubit vorbitor, as scrie:

” Cu el am fost cu totii mai curajosi”

Imi amintesc de interviul care, A.Popescu l-a dat la Europa Libera pe cand era in Italia in drum spre State, unde a fost exilat. La incheierea interviului domnia sa a spus:

” Da fratilor noi facem politica,”politica lui Dumnezeu”. “Omul este un animal care face politica”- zice filosoful. Este adevarat. Dar politica cui o facem ?

( florian guler troy mi )


La anul, la Ierusalim
Ed. Biblioteca Bucovinei, 2009
Coperta Devis Grebu

I. Ce este aceasta carte si cui se adreseaza ea?

– O carte care, fara a fi dogmatica,  identifica drumuri ale iudaismului catre noi, precum si trasee construite de noi catre iudaism, incercand sa refacem o cale spirituala, initiatica, dar si un demers cultural actual, cat si unul democratic, chiar daca inca dificil de construit intr-o democratie  recenta.

– O carte care cerceteaza unele aspecte conceptuale ale totalitarismului din secolul trecut, dar si cateva fenomene totalitare ce  tulbura civilizatia iudeo-crestina din nou, in acest mileniu. De aici si nevoia de memorie, de etica a continuum-ului istoric, de civism si de civilitate. Este nevoia de a privi, sub diferite unghiuri, cu o perspectiva transdisciplinara catre Holocaust si catre Gulag, catre fascism si catre comunism* (in fond o ideologie unica). DE CE O FACEM?  din dorinta de a evita logicile extreme, dar si din dorinta de a pune in opera, ca pe un background al filosofiei politice actuale, observatia facuta candva de filosoful si politologul Vladimir Tismaneanu, anume ca cele doua totalitarisme esentiale ale Europei secolului trecut – Holocaustul si Gulagul – trebuie tratate impreuna, si tot impreuna isi vor afla vindecarea. Din aceasta vindecare noi trebuie sa desprindem astazi – prin etica si prin iubire –  roadele impacarii cu trecutul, precum si intelepciunea de a nu repeta drumurile tragediilor colective. Cumva, precum Ortega Y Gasset, sa observam procedeul dupa care are loc transformarea terapeutica: „cu morala corectam greselile instinctelor noastre, iar cu dragostea – greselile moralei noastre”.

– O carte in care, prin memorii culturale si meditatii, suntem deopotriva in cautarea conceptiei crestine despre om dar si in cautarea conceptiei evreiesti despre om, cautare preluata de mine de la un maestru de gandire unic, asa cum a fost preainteleptul dr. Alexandru Safran, de la a carui nastere s-au implinit, acum trei zile, pe 3 septembrie 2010, o suta de ani. El mi-a transmis conceptul in care a excelat, anume acela de dialog intercultural, anume de dialog intre iudaism si crestinism.

(Marele Rabin Dr. Alexandru Safran (Yehuda Alexandre Shafran) (ebraica ????? ??????? ???? ) n. 12 septembrie 1910, Bacau, Romania , ca fiu al inteleptului rabin (gaon) Betzalel Zeev Safran (1867-1929) – d. 27 iulie 2006, Geneva, Elvetia) carturar, teolog, filosof, istoric si literat evreu, roman si elvetian a fost intre anii 1939-1948 Sef-Rabinul Cultului Mozaic din Romania, senator de drept in Senatul Romaniei (1940}, iar dupa 1948 Mare Rabin al evreilor din Geneva. Membru de onoare al Academiei Romane.

A contribuit la salvarea evreilor din Romania in anii Holocaustului si ca un sprijinitor activ al sionismului a avut o pozitie independenta si de respingere a presiunulor de infiltrare comunista in anii postbelici, fapt pentru care a fost demis si expatriat. A publicat carti in domeniul religiei, filozofiei moralei si misticii iudaice. Atasat de limba si cultura romaneasca el a fost un activ promotor ai dialogului intre iudaism si crestinism).
Iudaismul, spune Safran (intr-o conferinta prezentata la Sorbona, pe 30 martie 1949, publicata in Revue de Théologie et de philosophie, Lausanne, 1965 – text preluat in cartea intitulata Etica evreieasca si modernitatea, Ed. Hasefer, Colectia Judaica, 2005), isi doreste omul in actiune, iar in acest scop iudaismul cere omului sa caute sa dobandeasca o cunoastere de sine, cu alte cuvinte constiinta fortelor creatoare pe care le cuprinde si care ii confera asemanarea cu creatorul. Iudaismul nu cuteaza sa fie o teologie potrivit oamenilor, se ambitioneaza sa ne ofere o antropologie potrivit lui Dumnezeu, adica o stiinta a conduitei omului deci o etica, neaparat conforma cu vointa divina, pe care omul se straduie sa o descopere, sa o cunoasca si sa o realizeze.

Exista in aceasta carte si reflectii asupra descoperirii omului abrahamic, a eticii sale, a intelegerii perspectivei iudaice potrivit careia «oricare om, pentru a primi harul lui Dumnezeu, are capacitatea de a i se adresa Lui in mod direct».

Dumnezeu vrea sa aduca omului mantuirea prin iubire dar vrea sa aduca si societatii mantuirea prin justitie. Mai departe, in cadrul acestui concept, exista doua legi, una a singularului si alta  a pluralului.

1. Iata, pe scurt, formularea singularului: «Cand vei secera holdele tarii, sa lasi nesecerat un colt din campul tau, si sa nu strangi spicele ramase pe urma seceratorilor. Nici sa nu culegi strugurii ramasi dupa cules in via ta, si sa nu strangi boabele care vor cadea din ea. Sa le lasi saracului si strainului » .

2. Apoi iata pe scurt formularea pluralului: «Sa va purtati cu strainul care locuieste intre voi ca si cu un bastinas din mijlocul vostru; sa-l iubiti ca pe voi insiva».  Avem, asadar, porunca biblica formulata in acelasi timp la plural si la singular – ea se adreseaza omului ca persoana si individului ca fiinta sociala. Alexandru Safran atragea atentia asupra faptului ca in acest mod dual, singular – plural, al poruncii divine, ea se adreseaza societatii ca suma a indivizilor si ca personalitate in sine. Dreptul este aici iubire, caritatea e justitie. Nu exista aici opozitie intre lege si iubire, intre lege si credinta, ele se intrepatrund. Termenul de drept este adeseori insotit in Biblia ebraica de acela de justitie, caci dreptul nu este arbitrar. Cat despre omul astfel definit, acesta este un om total, adica un om deopotriva al rationalitatii si al sensibilitatii, un om al carui destin este de a practica binele cu toata fiinta sa.

– Acest top de memorii culturale iudeo-crestine vine si din alt maestru de gandire iudaica, profesorul Moshe Idel, profesor de gandire iudaica la Universitatea din Ierusalim, nascut tot in Moldova (n.1947, Tg. Neamt, Romania). El vorbeste, profetic, despre rostul carturarului: „te duci si citesti ce-au scris si altii, in alte culturi, fara presiunea utilitatii imediate, dar mereu atent. Trebuie sa astepti activ ideile noi, cautand peste tot…”

– O alta sursa a reflectiilor mele este calea Hannah Arendt si calea Monica Lovinescu, numita acum calea est-eticii, asadar etica obligatorie a omului de cultura sub totalitarism, asa incat intelectualitatea sa devina si intelighentzia (vocea intelectualului sa devina importanta si pe discursul etic-civic). Intelectualitatea romana, spre deosebire de cea polona, germana, ceha ori maghiara, de ex.,  din tarile omonime bolsevizate, nu a dat o intelighentzia.

Cartea de fata ofera cateva perspective de lectura multipla asupra volumului Etica neuitarii, de Monica Lovinescu, coordonat de Vladimir Tismaneanu in colectia Zeitgeist, a editurii Humanitas, volum care a fost declarat in Romania cartea anului 2008.

Cateva meditatii, in capitole diverse, asupra sionismului si a Modelului israelian de determinare pentru ideea de stat si de democratie; pornind de la spiritul de emulatie filosofic-politic aferent si pornind de la odiseea gandirii si a conceptiei ce au premers odiseea intemeierii statale propriu-zise din 1948 – asadar, vorbim despre un drum interesant ce porneste din 1896, de la Theodor Herzl si de la proiectele sale formulate la 1895-1896 – adica Der Judenstaat (German, “The State of the Jews”) pentru a ajunge catre zilele noastre (Theodor Herzl – May 2, 1860 –– July 3, 1904) .

– Cartea de fata ofera si cateva priviri asupra Holocaustului: fie prin jurnalele de lagar (Miklos Kanitz, Esther Hillesum, Abel Herzberg etc.), fie prin interpretari pe opera unor martori la Holocaustul romanesc (intre acestia, Norman Manea, situat intre Sofocle si Hegel, modeland sufletul european – o lectie de istorie si de atitudine impotriva Raului, p. 196). Sunt in carte si marturii despre lipsa de adecvare in chestiunea totalitarismului in zilele noastre, despre indepartarea de spiritul central – european, despre Raul politic care este aproape invincibil in absenta memoriei si a eticii. Este, de aceea, si o carte de retrospective multiculturale asupra Gulagului, mai ales despre destinul minoritatilor versus dogma majoritatii xenofobe si protocroniste. Sunt citate si descrise cateva cazuri notorii de abuzuri comise de propaganda antonesciana si respectiv ceausista asupra oamenilor de cultura romani, unul dintre acestia fiind Norman Manea. Cazul de abuz comis impotriva sa si descris de autor in romanul Intoarcerea huliganului a fost deconstruit folosind martori din epoca, unul dintre ei fiind scriitorul si pictorul Constantin Severin, a carui marturie este utilizata in volum.

– La anul la Ierusalim este si o carte de dialoguri (cu Vladimir Tismaneanu, Norman Manea, Simona Grazia Dima, Eugeniu Coseriu etc). Si tocmai de aceea o carte care sacrifica orice confort de dragul principiilor democratiei. Nu intamplator am asociat lansarea ei cu ziua de 15 septembrie, Ziua Internationala a Democratiei. „Atunci cand dialogul este sacrificat pentru intretinerea carnavalului isteriei publice nu mai raman foarte multe lucruri care sa opreasca disolutia unei societati”, spunea recent Vladimir Tismaneanu.

– Actualitatea acestor memorii si jurnale din volumul de fata, a meditatiilor filosofice privind Raul totalitar si discretionar, este evidenta. Povestea e repetabila. Accelerat repetabila. Probabilitatea ca un grup de oameni, autodeclarati superiori, sa se considere indreptatit de a sacrifica un alt grup de oameni, desemnat ca inferior, este intotdeauna maxima in societatea umana. Si nu numai in societatile ancestrale, ci chiar in Europa moderna. In Italia acum doi ani, in Franta acum cateva zile, chiar si in Romania (de ex. asupra mea si a colaboratorilor mei) fascismul explicit prinde forta, este pus in opera prin decizii, adesea chiar de stat (decizia recenta a Presedintelui Sarkozy privind expatrierea rromilor romani si bulgari). Interventia facuta in presa internationala in 2007 de Norman Manea, concetateanul nostru roman si sucevean stabilit la New York, in Cazul Mailat, este o ireprosabila atitudine de cetatean roman si de cetatean al lumii, care prevede si presimte repetabilitatea solutiilor finale aplicate asupra vinovatului de serviciu: „Europa poate si merita sa se dovedeasca o reala comunitate, demna de civilizatia ei veche si noua. Diversa, democrata, spirituala, libera, prospera. Exemplara”.
– Ca un omagiu adus scrierii ebraice, cartea contine si o culegere de poeme noematice, cu miza filosofica si simbolistica iudaica, Elegiile pentru V. Unele dintre ele au fost publicate in periodice romanesti si americane remarcabile.

Coperta volumului La anul  la Ierusalim o carte …apartine marelui artist roman Devis Grebu, despre care scriam acum cateva luni (iulie 2010), cand maestrul Sorin Iliesiu lansase proiectul cinematografic Devis Grebu, in care m-am implicat la randul meu:

Iata, mai jos, articolul publicat de mine la vremea aceea:


Frenezia cu care Romania (spre deosebire, bunaoara, de Franta, de Germania, Olanda, Israel sau de Statele Unite, dar exemplele pot continua) isi marginalizeaza, isi neglijeaza si isi distruge intelighentzia este inegalabila. Iar politicile romanesti orientate impotriva valorilor sale autentice (apartinand modernitatii, deci critice, si apartinand eternitatii, deci universale) cunosc o recrudescenta mai ales in perioadele de criza.

In acest sens, perioada crizei actuale imi aminteste, prin toate componentele sale definitorii (0. falimentul statal, politic si economic, 1.radicalism , 2. extremism socio-politic, 3. atacul impotriva intelectualilor, artistilor si oamenilor de cultura liberi, 4. exhibarea comenzii de inregimentare xenofoba si fascista la dreapta si la stanga, in devalmasie), de crizele majore ale civilizatiei romanesti (insotite mereu de mari derapaje) din anii 30-40 si respectiv anii 50-60. In consecinta, astazi, atacul dat impotriva elitelor intelighentziei, artei si culturii majore este din nou foarte puternic.

Cine dirijeaza din umbra acest atac? Raspunsul e foarte clar: acest atac e dirijat de intreaga clasa politica si de clientela sa oligarhica si administrativa.

De ce au loc atacurile clasei politice la adresa intelectualilor si artistilor, a oamenilor liberi, in vremuri de criza?

Motivul este  limpede: in vremuri de criza, diriguitorii politici ai dezastrelor nationale (solidari transpartinici in demersurile de conservare a unor privilegii nemeritate) nu suporta nici valoarea si nici spiritul critic cu care veritabilii oameni de cultura si veritabilii creatori intervin in viata Cetatii, de partea Adevarului si a valorilor democratice, si impotriva regimurilor antidemocratice si incompetente, situandu-se de partea meritocratiei, a libertatilor si drepturilor omului si a ideilor de salvare prin meritocratie si munca.

Oamenii de cultura si de stiinta romani, artistii, scriitorii si creatorii romani traiesc astazi una din cele mai teribile tragedii (desi nu e prima si nici singura, pentru ca si crizele anterioare din istoria nationala recenta, enumerate mai sus, au generat, in epoca, prigoniri, suprimari si exiluri masive). In timp ce in ultimii douazeci de ani o clasa politica rapace si cinica, mai corupta decat toate celelalte de dinainte la un loc,  a transformat Romania intr-o colonie, si-a impus in administratie numai aghiotantii distructivi si a sustinut in mod activ si direct jaful national si asasinarea valorilor, … statul de drept a fost subminat, in timp ce elitele democratice au fost distruse de aceasta caracatita mafiota si au fost indepartate de la vizibilitatea meritata precum si de la exercitarea in viata publica a rolului, notorietatii si competentei pe care le merita.

Prostii si agramatii, veleitarii si cei mai imorali politruci au pus mana IN ULTIMELE DECENII pe destinele Romaniei, cu mari “performante” in distrugerea ei si deja semnand astazi decesul iluziilor populatiei si falimentele economic, moral si civic.

Esecul major sta, insa, in sacrificarea celor buni si merituosi, a celor valorosi, a geniilor si a excelentei romanesti profesionale, civice si etice. EXCELENTA ROMANEASCA ESTE CONDAMNATA LA MOARTE. REPREZENTANTII EI SUNT DECREDIBILIZATI CU BUNA STIINTA. In loc sa fie promovati, sunt vanati si exclusi. In loc sa fie asezati la locul cuvenit, sunt indepartati. In loc sa fie lasati sa gireze, prin competenta, ei (IARA NU NON-VALORILE NUMITE POLITIC SI INCOMPETENTE), circulatia valorilor si sa salveze Romania de la dezastru, tocmai ei sunt cei primii eliminati de catre patura politruca, anomica si lipsita de scrupule.

Din cauza acestui climat, Romania a decazut enorm in ultimii douazeci de ani, cand, la ravagiile lasate in urma de comunism si de post-comunism, s-au adaugat lipsa de educatie si de deontologie, distrugerea respectului pentru munca, geniu si valoare, pe fondul proliferarii exclusiviste a lumii clientelare si a oligarhiilor transpartinice.

DEVIS GREBU este un autentic geniu romanesc, recunoscut si onorat in toata lumea internationala buna, dar destinul sau il condamna sa apartina acestui spatiu romanesc ce nu cultiva nici respectul pentru eroi, nici cultul valorilor. Printr-o opera personala unica si complexa a adus lauri si numelui sau (laudat fie el) si tarii sale, fiindu-i un inalt ambasador si un prestigios reprezentant provenit din elita romaneasca majora. Atitudinea autoritatilor fata de domnia sa ramane, insa, tacerea ingrata, o tipica omerta prin care mafiile puterilor romanesti, intotdeauna politizate si deprofesionalizate, au ucis de-a lungul timpului mintile stralucite si continua sa o mai faca, in dauna idealurilor de progres.

Omul de cultura si cineastul Sorin Iliesiu isi lanseaza in aceste zile proiectul construirii unui lung-metraj despre DEVIS  GREBU. Remarc faptul ca prin astfel de proiecte tintite si duse la capat cu tenacitate, societatea romaneasca ii poate salva macar pe unii dintre cei ce sunt predestinati, prin opera si valoarea iesita din comun, sa vorbeasca si generatiilor urmatoare. Il sustinem din toata inima pe Sorin Iliesiu cu proiectul sau si lansam la randul nostru acest Apel la luciditate, omagiu si atentie fata de inca un geniu romanesc condamnat la ignorare: DEVIS  GREBU.

Angela Furtuna
19 iulie 2010

– Institutul Cultural Roman a editat un album Devis Grebu, pe care filosoful Mihai Sora il considera recent o carte de referinta a culturii nationale. A fost lansat la Paris, dar nu inca si in Romania.

Ignorat si marginalizat, Devis Grebu se pregateste sa emigreze din nou in Franta, la o varsta de peste 70 de ani, iar astfel Romania va pierde cu prea multa usurinta inca un  maestru genial.

(Conferinta sustinuta la Suceava, 15 septembrie 2010, la lansarea cartii La anul, la Ierusalim, o carte, coperta Devis Grebu, ed. Biblioteca Bucovinei, 2009). ………………………………………………………………………
* Putina lume cunoaste textele politice eminesciene din 1878 si respectiv 1881, dar si din anii de dupa, texte in care tanarul jurnalist si scriitor denunta pericolul importat mai ales dinspre Rasarit odata cu  socialismul si liberal-socialismul ce se propagau accelerat si in Romania. El nu ezita sa descrie fanatismul si teroarea aferente, logica asasinatelor politice, de care nihilistii rusi si socialistii germani din epoca erau entuziasmati, desi reprezentau la vremea aceea doar o secta.

In Timpul, din 6 august 1878, in articolul Din Petersburg ne soseste stirea… tanarul de 28 de ani avertiza cu gravitate: „O serioasa tulburare socialista ameninta Europa. Cetatenii liberi, independenti si infratiti ai republicii universale, care la noi sunt reprezentati prin partidul rosu, incearca a rasturna toate formatiunile pozitive de stat, si daca n-o vor putea face aceasta, ceea ce e de mai nainte sigur, totusi vor incerca s-o faca pe calea lor obisnuita a atentatelor, scenelor de ulite, tulburarilor etc., iar acele incercari incep a-si arunca umbrele de pe acum. Noi, care suntem siguri ca victoria principiilor liberale-socialiste insemneaza moartea oricarei culturi si recaderea in vechea barbarie, vom combate tendintele lor, ori in ce punct s-ar fi ivind“. (a se vedea integral pe blogul


– Lansarea cartii La anul, la Ierusalim, o carte, a fost insotita de auditii muzicale prilejuite de celebrarea, pe 16 septembrie, la Besançon, a implinirii a 60 de ani de la ultimul concert public sustinut de marele pianist roman Dinu Lipatti.

Auditii muzicale :

In Memoriam
(19 martie 1917, Bucure?ti – 2 decembrie 1950, Geneva)
Ultimul concert: 16 septembrie 1950, Besançon.
Ultima piesa interpretata: J.S.Bach, Chorale “Jesu bleibt meine Freude”

DINU  LIPATTI in original:
CD. 1. Track Nr. 3,
(Ultimul concert: 16 septembrie 1950, Besançon.
Ultima piesa interpretata: J.S.Bach, Chorale “Jesu bleibt meine Freude”)

CD. 4. Track Nr. 5 , Concertul pentru pian si orchestra, Op. 16 ,  de Eduard Grieg.

Sala de Arte a Bibliotecii Bucovinei, 15 septembrie, ora 17


– Lansarea cartii La anul, la Ierusalim, o carte  a marcat celebrarea unui eveniment important pentru Romania :

15 septembrie
Romania este membra fondatoare a acestei sarbatori internationale.

Decizia privind sarbatorirea acestei zile a fost luata de Adunarea Generala a ONU, la 8 noiembrie 2007, ca rezultat al unei propuneri avansate initial de Qatar si de un grup de 8 state, printre care si Romania. DEMOCRATII  RECENTE

Contributia Romaniei la promovarea conceptelor si practicilor democratice in plan international a inclus:

– Gazduirea celei de a treia Conferinte Internationale a Democratiilor Noi sau Restaurate – Bucuresti, 2 – 4 septembrie 1997.

– Asigurarea Presedintiei miscarii Democratiilor Noi sau Restaurate in perioada 1997-2000.

– Initierea si promovarea, in perioada 2000 – 2005, in cadrul Adunarii Generale a ONU si al Comisiei Drepturilor Omului, a unei serii de rezolutii privind democratia, statul de drept si drepturile omului.

– Organizarea unei conferinte sub-regionale, in cadrul procesului Comunitatea Democratiilor, cu tema Parteneriatul dintre guverne, societatea civila si organizatiile internationale pentru intarirea democratiei – Bucuresti, 14-15 noiembrie 2003.

– Coordonarea, in perioada 14 -16 februarie 2005, sub auspiciile Comunitatii Democratiilor, a unei Misiuni internationale de experti pentru schimb de experienta si asistenta democratica in Georgia.

– Asigurarea, in 2007, a presedintiei Grupului de lucru nr. 3 (GL 3) privind cooperarea regionala si inter-regionala pentru guvernare democratica, al Comunitatii Democratiilor.

– Contributii voluntare la Fondul ONU pentru Democratie si la Fondul ONU pentru Asistenta Electorala.

– Reprezentarea Grupului est-european la ONU in Consiliul Consultativ al celei de-a sasea Conferinte Internationale a Democratiilor Noi sau Restaurate si in Consiliul Consultativ al Fondului Natiunilor Unite pentru Democratie.

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Membra a Uniunii Scriitorilor din Romania
Master in Comunicare si PR
Master in Semiotica Limbajului in Massmedia si Publicitate
Doctorand in  literatura exilului romanesc
Specialist in biblioteconomie si bibliografie,
PR, Marketing cultural si informare UE


O prezentare a aparitiei primilor crestini  baptisti în zona orasului Târgu Lapus (Maramures)


Paginile prezentei lucrari se constituie a fi o adevarata „mina de aur” pentru credinciosii baptisti din zona Maramuresului si, în general, pentru baptistii din România. Motivele care stau la baza unei asemenea afirmatii îndraznete sunt multiple. In primul rând, continutul lucrarii este inestimabil. Cititorul va descoperi file din istoria miscarii baptiste din zona orasului Târgu Lapus si a satelor din împrejurimi, de la origini si pâna în prezent, marturii ale unor oameni care au fost parte activa în desfasurarea evenimentelor descrise, date statistice, detalii de „culise”, puncte de cotitura, interviuri etc. Mai apoi, stilul în care este scrisa lucrarea este unul captivant si dinamic. Atmosfera care se creeaza atunci când citesti paginile ei este una de curiozitate, interes si angajament personal.

Autorul, pastorul Vasile Bel, se distanteaza de stilul clasic, rece si adesea plictisitor de relatare a unor date istorice (motiv pentru care multi oameni au o reticienta fata de istorie) si recurge la un stil vioi, dinamic si atractiv presarat uneori cu interventii si lamuriri care au scopul de a clarifica cele spuse. Este clar ca autorul nu a intentionat sa scrie o lucrare stiintifica în sensul strict al cuvântului (desi tezaurul informatiilor oferite de autor este deosebit de valoros si vrednic de crezare), ci mai degraba o cronica a istoriei credintei baptiste care a înmugurit si a înflorit pe meleaguri maramuresene, cu bune si rele, dar marcata în mod pregnant de providenta desavârsita a lui Dumnezeu.Valoarea lucrarii reiese si din importanta acesteia pentru contemporaneitate. Da, baptistii români din zona Maramuresului si, de fapt, din întreaga tara, au la dispozitie un instrument în plus prin care îsi pot cunoaste originile si istoria. Datorita harului lui Dumnezeu si efortului impresionant al pastorului Vasile Bel, cititorul contemporan are acces la informatii care nu mai apar în nici o alta carte de istorie baptista româneasca. Chiar daca exista aspecte care se regasesc si în alte lucrari, autorul amintit mai sus aduce contributii unice. Prin acestea, credinciosul de astazi gaseste un sprijin real atât în demersul apologetic de aparare si dovedire a credintei crestine cât si în demersul de crestere spirituala individuala si comunitara.

In sfârsit, desi ar mai putea fi spuse multe alte lucruri, mentionam doar câteva cuvinte sarace cu privire la autor, numite astfel pentru ca ele nu pot descrie cu suficienta acuratete profilul uman pilduitor al pastorului Bel. Astfel, evidentiem ca autorul acestei lucrari este un personaj cunoscut în zona Maramuresului si foarte apreciat de comunitatea credinciosilor din aceasta zona si nu numai. Slujirea pastorala desfasurata cu lepadare de sine pe parcursul zecilor de ani, iubirea de semeni si bonomia prin care s-a facut remarcat dovedesc ca pastorul Vasile Bel merita sa fie ascultat atunci când are ceva de spus. Mai mult decât atât, se impune a fi metionat si faptul ca paginile acestei lucrari au fost scrise dupa cercetari minutioase facute la fata locului si dupa discutii si interviuri realizate cu oameni care au fost într-o relatie strânsa si directa cu evenimentele descrise. Pentru toate acestea îl slavim pe Dumnezeu si îi multumim autorului ca nu a uitat de noi, generatia mai tânara. Da, avem nevoie ca înaintasii nostri sa ne spuna de unde venim pentru ca, poate asa, vom sti si noi mai bine încotro sa mergem.

by Prep. Drd. Costel Ghioanca,

Institutul Teologic Baptist din Bucuresti

Autorul are deosebita placere sa ofere cartea gratuit tuturor cititorilor nostri:

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Impressions of Romania from a land far far away

Years ago, when I was beginning my adventure to Romania, I never knew what it was like over there. Much of my research I did while I was in Malaysia. Looking at the wild frontier, the old building structures caught my eyes and heart and then it also hit me that the country suffered the downfall of ‘communism’ and it was towards the road to recovery. One thing only was running in my mind that my wife comes from that country. I was curious about the people, food and culture and I know that I will not be able to find Romanian food here in Malaysia nor even find a trace of Romania here in Malaysia, probably they were not easy to identify, Romanian communities quite non-existent. After I spend a long time in Romania, I made it like my second home though initially when I arrived there life was different. It was like I went through a time machine and came to another land that is way beyond what I saw over the Internet. With images that caught me it was hard for me to blend in that society when I was like the first stranger and in this city called Oradea which lies on the West part of Romania closer to the Hungary border people at that time don’t take to foreigners too lightly and to walk with a Romanian girl was like robbing of their heritage ‘why does a colored guy takes our girl’?

What ran in their minds, people were staring at me and giving me the eye that made me very uncomfortable, but I did not care though at times they do get me on my nerves. I had made a choice to stay there because of my wife and also to learn about the Romanian history and culture in any great depth. I found myself wanting to find out more about my wife’s culture, looking for her roots and her identity as a Romanian. The story of the immigrant is always deeply emotional and melancholic. I left my country where I was born living all what was left of me in Malaysia, for different reasons and chose to live among Romanians. But no matter where we go, and no matter for how long we stay away from our home country we carry our identity with us, we become very fond of small objects and memories that remind us of home. For each of us there is always only one home. It is where our heart is, and not necessarily where we live. But to me, Romania is a mixture of feelings – good and bad, memories of a world I have found nowhere else, it’s the little diamonds of Romania that makes me treasure it. My wife is from Maramures and how happy she was coming from that little town that holds a lot of good memories. When we were there together, she showed me her home, the school she studied, where she did all her growing to teenage hood. I was going through a kaleidoscope of images she painted to me when we were communicating with each other before my trip to Romania. I recollect my childhood days when I used to live in a beautiful country side called Malacca where my brother was born. Chances like this was given to me because my dad works with the police force and whenever my dad gets posted from town to town it was our opportunity to taste the towns we lived in. So when I was growing a short while in Malacca, which is situated in the south of Malaysia, after school I used to run to an open field and sit under palm trees and watch the sheep, cows, goats, gazing in a open field and farmers plough their rice fields. Just watching nature and its wonders, feeling the warm sun on your skin is such a feeling as the day slips through your fingers. Time has so much to offer when you enjoy these beautiful moments. This was missing home and I am sure my wife has her golden moments in her home town running around, mingling with friends, and going to the market in Maramures was a nice sight I saw and the other was the butcher house just next to the market great walls. The monasteries and antique buildings have so much history to it. Walking up the hill in the mid summer and watching the mountain tops and endless hills I feel that I could communicate with GOD, as he is so close by. Walking about through small villages and towns I used to see shepherds sell cheese, and sweet honey from the market place brought in by villagers. I am pretty sure that my wife has her collection of traditional objects that belong to the national customs, painted glass, handmade traditional blouses and skirts, ceramics. I carry memories with me and they fill my Malaysian small universe in Romania. Romania has amazing historical small towns and cities that carry the international culture and customs acquired over past centuries from different foreign occupations. It is hard to remain a stranger once you get to Romania as everyone is so friendly and willing to feed you and to introduce you to the people and customs of the area where you find warmth and caring. Far away from the winding roads there are small villages, traditional ones. Maramures is a region that is very rich in tradition where old people carry on the region’s pride and customs. When they celebrate they wear national costume. In winter they rejoice in the traditional songs. One can see small children wrapped in colored clothes, sheepskins, as is the custom, young girls with red cheeks who are very fond of the colorful scarves that cover their heads. The people of Maramures are warm and friendly. I remember as me and my wife were walking through the market and through lanes breathtaking scenes and greenery beautiful mountain tops and antique buildings. It was when I approached a beautiful painting gallery and saw beautiful crafted paintings that hung on walls. There was this lady sitting on a chair and let her fingers run through cloth skins mastering her craft when I greeted her and asked her to explain me about the paintings. Instantly we became friends and she invited us for an evening barbeque they planned. I took up the offer and we were warmly greeted by her husband who is a painter and two lovely teenage children a son and a daughter and later part of the day to my surprise they told me check out from the place we were renting and to move in with them. I felt so warm and very welcome from a very beautiful family who in the end became my family. One morning they took us to Morgosa, a beautiful mountain retreat where there is a huge open lake and a beautiful ski place, where you can lose yourself in the great wonders of pure nature. It was breathless and I relived my wife’s growing years in her hometown and how she explained to me in detail how she used to go into those cable with her winter clothes and skiing equipment and glide down the snowy tops. What a lovely feeling though I have not skied in my life! I can imagine the feeling my wife went through. It was a memorable moment we spent with this wonderful family, something I will treasure with all my heart. Romania will still hold a memory in my heart and someday I hope that I will be able to make a home in this wonderful land.
By Joshua Raj
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia

„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


„Iert si eliberez trecutul cu iubire. Aleg sa-mi umplu
Sufletul cu bucurie si fericire eterna!…”

Sunt sortit sa fiu poetul sufletului in cautare
De fericire, pe pamant strain, cu lupte si dureri,
Unde-nvinge cel ce are tupeul cu bani de sfidare,
Iar crestinii asteapt-ajutorul din Cer, ca strajeri…

Prin lume alearga nelinistita o noua stafie… Pare ca are chipul de om, dar, de fapt, este o creatura hibrida in care se amesteca aluatul de pamant cu combinatiile chimice venite din izvoarele mocirloase ale infernului. Este neomul timpurilor noastre rele si grele. Acesta incearca sa subjuge si sa anihileze creatura frumoasa a lui Dumnezeu: pe omul cu sufletul sau.
„Neomul” este o persoana lipsita de insusirile proprii unui om normal. Este o fiinta omeneasca lipsita de omenie, fara mila, cruda, rea si salbatica, rece, grabnica sa verse sange, egoista, imorala, mieroasa, orgolioasa, ticaloasa si mincinoasa, necinstita, sireata, in stare sa defaimeze, sa spioneze, sa barfeasca, fara frica de Dumnezeu…
„Neoamenii” – ne spune Biblia – „… au schimbat slava Dumnezeului nemuritor intr-o icoana care seamana cu omul muritor, pasari, dobitoace cu patru picioare si taratoare. De aceea, Dumnezeu i-a lasat prada necuratiei, sa urmeze poftele inimilor lor; asa ca isi necinstesc singuri trupurile, caci au schimbat in minciuna adevarul lui Dumnezeu si s-au inchinat fapturii in locul Facatorului, care este binecuvantat in veci! Amin… Fiindca n-au cautat sa pastreze pe Dumnezeu in cunostinta lor, El i-a lasat in voia mintii lor blestemate, ca sa faca lucruri neingaduite. Astfel au ajuns plini de orice fel de nelegiuire, de curvie, de viclenie, de lacomie, de rautate; plini de pizma, de ucidere, de cearta, de inselaciune, de porniri rautacioase. Sunt soptitori, barfitori, uratori de Dumnezeu, obraznici, trufasi, laudarosi, nascocitori de rele, neascultatori de parinti, fara pricepere, calcatori de cuvant, fara dragoste fireasca, neinduplecati, fara mila. Si macar ca stiu hotararea lui Dumnezeu ca cei ce fac asemenea lucruri sunt vrednici de moarte, totusi ei nu numai ca le fac, dar si gasesc buni pe cei ce le fac” (Romani 1:25, 26-a, 27- 32).
Pe neoameni ii gasesti in toate locurile, ca pe paianjeni…
Vrei, nu vrei, paianjenul – neam de spion ce sta la panda – este prezent pretutindeni: in case, in pivnite, in grajduri, in palate si in bordeie. Ce pacat!… Nu lipseste – mai ales in zilele noastre intoarse pe dos – nici din biserici, lipit de pereti, de tavane, de lampi, de amvoane…
Paianjenii au o lume aparte, un cerc al lor, inconjurat si aparat de fire multiple si otrava. Sunt tot felul de paianjeni; unii-s mai deschisi, altii de o culoare mai bruna, unii-s mai otravitori, dar toti parca-s azvarliti pe pamant sa aduca groaza in lume. Si mai ales pentru musculitele mici si neinsemnate, pe care, pandindu-le, le ucid fara mila. Oamenii se duc, dar paianjenii raman sa sperie si sa continue sa prinda in plasele lor prada…
Paianjenii formeaza cercuri inchise si vaneaza ocazia oarba…
Mi-e groaza de paianjenii mai mici sau mai mari. Mi-e teama de otrava lor… De aceea astept sunetul vremurilor bune, doar cu oamenii lui Dumnezeu…
Doamne, ce minune sa fii om! Sa fii om dupa asemanarea lui Dumnezeu si sa stii ca ai fost creat cu un scop. Sa nu pierzi putinul aur din multul nisip de pe albia cautarilor, ca sa raspunzi la intrebarea: Cine sunt?
Esti neomul creionat mai sus, sau esti fiinta inteligenta, capodopera creata de Arhitectul universului, si asezata pe planeta Pamant, ca chirias al Timpului, pentru aproximativ 26.650 de zile, adica vreo 70 de ani, ca sa-ti pregatesti sufletul in Scoala vietii de pe Pamant, pentru a te muta in Cerul lui Dumnezeu ?…
Dumnezeu a pus in om creierul ce macina mintea, pe care o simtim si fara de care n-am putea exista. In corpul nostru, avem asezate „motorase”, care lucreaza fara incetare, ca sa ne sustina existenta, pe timpul acordat de Creator, ca sa urmam Scoala vietii. Sunt plamanii nostri, inima, ficatul, rinichii, pancreasul – adevarate „uzine chimice”, care lucreaza fara incetare in cei „cativa ani” ce-i petrecem, ca niste calatori prin campiile, vaile si muntii acestui pamant, pe soare, pe zapada, pe ploaie, pe vant… Organele acestea – si altele mai mici – fara de care n-am putea trai – sunt conectate unele de altele prin tuburi si tubulete, prin care ne circula viata, sub forma de sange ce ne tine caldura si bucuria oportunitatii sa fim creati unicate, ca sa traim si sa ne pregatim vesnicia.
Definitia data de Dictionarul limbii romane omului este ca acesta „este o fiinta superioara, sociala, care se caracterizeaza prin gandire, inteligenta si limbaj articulat, iar din punct de vedere morfologic, prin pozitia verticala a corpului si structura piciorului adaptata la aceasta, mainile libere si apte a efectua miscari fine si creierul deosebit de dezvoltat”. Din definitia aceasta lipseste esenta omului: sufletul sau, pus in cortul lui de lut, ca sa-i dea viata, chiar de Dumnezeu…
Sufletul este locatarul ceresc, invizibil si intangibil, fara greutate, al fiintei umane, sculptata cu maiestrie si grija divina de Dumnezeu. El este misterul de viata ce ne tine treaza mintea, izvorul logicii, dar si al entitatii ce ne dirijeaza sentimentele si actiunile. Eu simt si cred ca sufletul este un atom de lumina din Dumnezeu, asezat invizibil, undeva-n corpul meu…
Un om al lui Dumnezeu a scris ca „sufletul este un suflu de la Dumnezeu si desi este de natura celesta, se lasa amestecat cu pamantul. El este lumina inchisa in pestera, dar care nu este mai putin o lumina divina si nepieritoare”.
Cu alte cuvinte, sufletul face din interiorul corpului meu un lacas, in care se afla lucruri din Cer, sosite in mine prin caile tainei divine ce m-a miluit cu harul divin direct de la Dumnezeul meu.
Sufletul este partea invizibila a existentei omului, partea netrecatoare si neschimbatoare, dar si nemuritoare. Fiinta noastra ar fi ca un avion fara pilot, sau ca o masina fara sofer, daca nu i s-ar fi revarsat sufletul, ca o legatura cu Cerul si cu Misterul… Fara pilot, avionul este o masinarie inutila, iar masina fara sofer este doar un obiect ce sta in parcare. Sufletul este pilotul sau soferul trupului nostru de lut, care asculta de el, daca mintea omului este conectata la Inventatorul ei, cum este tabloul de comanda cu circuitele de lumina conectat la sursa de electricitate.
Am fost facuti cu un scop clar: sa fim oameni!… Oameni dupa chipul lui Dumnezeu: buni, altruisti, milosi, cinstiti, curajosi, neprihaniti, sfinti, intelepti, rabdatori, credinciosi, pasnici, impaciuitori, iubitori de bine, iertatori, harnici, plini de bunatate, cuviinciosi, legati, prin credinta, de Arhitectul trupurilor noastre si din care purcede sufleul nostru.
De altfel, toate partile alcatuitoare ale trupului nostru uman – inima (motor), plamanii (oxigenarea sangelui), creierul (cu menirea lui in inmagazinarea si administrarea tehnica a gandirii), tendoane, rotule, mainile, ca niste scripeti, oasele, ca niste mijloace de sustinere, pielea, ca invelitoare a casei noastre de lut etc. ne indeamna sa ne gandim la Creatorul nostru, in ochii Caruia suntem fiinte de pret, caci ne-a creat sa mostenim viata vesnica, pentru care trebuie sa ne pregatim sufletul, cata vreme suntem in scoala dura de pe pamant.
Omul trebuie sa stie ce inseamna sa fii Om si sa doreasca sa traiasca dupa legile lui Dumnezeu. Doar gasind sensul vietii poti sa afli esenta fericirii si linistea sufleteasca. Simtul vietii te ajuta sa te acomodezi conditiilor de pe pamant, dar constiinta – parte din sufletul nostru – ne ajuta sa alegem binele de rau si sa traim o viata in plinatatea ei spirituala. Aceasta viata este deplina doar cand intelegem adevaratul sens al vietii aratat de Mantuitorul nostru Isus Cristos, care S-a numit pe Sine „Fiul Omului”. El ne-a aratat prin viata Sa cum trebuie sa fie omul. El a fost si este idealul nostru. El a vazut viata clar si a trait in armonie cu ceea ce stia ca este o cale desavarsita. Partasia Lui intima cu Tatal Ceresc i-a fost taria si secretul vietii. Viata Lui pe pamant a fost inradacinata in Dumnezeu, iar curatia Lui biruitoare este idealul spre care ne atrage Duhul lui Dumnezeu, cand ne lasam sub calauzirea Sa.
Cand iti afli sensul vietii si traiesti ca om – ca om al lui Dumnezeu –, simti in sufletul tau fericirea si bucuria mantuirii, caci credinta te-a legat cu Cerul. Fericirea este treapta a bucuriei de maxima intensitate: o stare de multumire sufleteasca intensa si deplina. Fericirea presupune plinatatea bucuriei pe care o simti si o traiesti, dar se si vede in lumina ochilor tai, pe fata ta, in gesturile si in comportarea ta, care devin molipsitoare, caci transmit in jurul tau uimire si dorinta altora de a fi ca tine, in circumstante asemanatoare. In fericire, auzi vocea lui Dumnezeu ce vorbeste sufletului tau… Si Cerul se coboara in tine cu bucuria de pace si bine…
Bucuria fericita de om a lui Dumnezeu este o stare de suflet: acea scanteie divina de multumire si bine, pusa in tine de Dumnezeu, care te-a creat unicat. Nu poate altcineva sa-ti toarne bucuria in suflet, cum ai turna apa de izvor rece si buna, intr-un pahar de cristal, si sa dai cuiva din el sa bea, cand este de tot insetat. Sufletul tau poate fi inchis ermetic, iar incuietoarea este pe dinauntru; si doar tu poti descuia bucuriei sa intre, ca sa te faca fericit mantuit… La usa inimii tale, poate sa stea, pentru a intra, chiar Urzitorul fericirii tale, a Carui voce o poti descifra, oprindu-te din alergare: „Iata Eu stau la usa si bat.
Folosesc aici cuvantul „om” cu sensul de fiinta care crede ca Dumnezeu este Creatorul lui si ca, prin credinta in Mantuitorul Isus, el este salvat si traieste o viata crestina reala si fericita, pregatindu-se, in scoala vietii de pe pamant, pentru vesnicia in Patria de Sus.
Stiu, din experienta vietii mele, ca urcusul bucuriei spre varful fericirii este presarat cu neprevazute incercari neplacute si nedorite, din cauza integritatii de caracter a crestinului, dar la capatul drumului de urcus si experiente, ca o pecete de aprobare si trecere a examenului de o viata, sunt cuvintele Invatatorului ce suna ca un imn al multumirii ce pecetluieste fericirea credinciosului: „Bucurati-va si veseliti-va, pentru ca rasplata voastra este mare in Ceruri, caci tot asa au prigonit pe proorocii, care au fost inainte de voi”. Ce minunat indemn si incurajare de rezistenta la orice incercare a bucuriei pe cale!
Cand vorbesc de bucurie, ma refer la bucuria credinciosului, care este superioara altor forme de bucurii efemere, deoarece nu poate ajunge cineva sa aiba bucurie prin Duhul Sfant, pe aceste pamant, inainte de a fi cat mai aproape de Dumnezeu, avand pacea in suflet, care deschide calea spre Adevar si Lumina Divina. Darul de bucurie, ajuns la treapta de fericire, ne ajuta sa ne desfatam privirea si sa ne inundam de sentimentele de adanca multumire, cand privim la tot ce este frumos si bun, lasat de Dumnezeu in natura, in om si in lumea aceasta, creata de Tatal Ceresc.
Bucuria si fericirea trebuie invatate, exersate si practicate, ca sa devina parti din noi, asa cum a vrut de la inceput Dumnezeu.
Doamne, ce minune sa fii Om!… Om al lui Dumnezeu….
Daca ai un zambet permanent in sufletul tau, exteriorul vibreaza de bucurie; si atunci toate sunt in ordine si in pace. Fii fericit ca esti tu insuti si bucura-te de tot ce este bun in fiinta ta, lasand si pe altii sa se oglindeasca in aceasta bucurie!
Dumnezeu te-a creat sa fii Om fericit!
Sa traim ca oameni ai lui Dumnezeu!

Prof. Dumitru Buhai

Cum sa cunoastem si sa intelegem „Cele zece porunci” – Un volum de Cristian Barbosu

O carte despre Cele Zece Porunci? Poate fi un astfel de subiect interesant, la inceput de secol XXI? Cu siguranta ca multi ar raspunde ca problematica atat de complexa a Decalogului reprezinta ceva depasit, lipsit de actualitate. Cu toate acestea, cartea „Cele Zece Porunci” de Cristian Barbosu ne convinge ca este important sa reexaminam cu seriozitate continutul acestor porunci date de Dumnezeu prin Moise, pentru intreaga umanitate.

Cristian Barbosu, un pasionat de Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu

Cristian Barbosu este pastorul bisericii Metanoia Arad ( Acesta s-a nascut la Arad si a urmat trei scoli teologice, absolvind (BA) Moody Bible Institute in 1995, Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM) in 1999, si Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (PhD) in 2009.

Cristian este casatorit cu Anne, originara din Franta si impreuna au doua fete, Tara (8 ani) si Fiona (12 ani). Printre hobby-urile sale se numara cartile si muntele. Cristian Barbosu este autorul volumelor „Ce vrea Dumnezeu sa stiu despre viata de familie”, „Cele zece porunci”, „Habacuc”.

Nevoia de Absolut

Subliniind mutatiile ce au avut loc in gandirea oamenilor pe parcursul ultimei perioade de timp, Cristian Barbosu mentiona: „Filosofia post-modernista a patruns subtil in toate ramurile vietii, influentand pe nesimtite atat creierul cat si inima, ba uneori, si sufletul, creand o noua etica, un nou sistem de valori, ba chiar si o noua forma de spiritualitate, privata insa de absoluturi si mai ales de Absolut.”

Pornind de la aceasta nevoie de Absolut, cartea „Cele Zece Porunci”  ne cheama la o reevaluare temeinica a continutului si actualitatii poruncilor divine aplicate la viata de zi cu zi. Fara a insista pe aspecte scolastice care ar fi condus la o prezentare academica, prin reliefarea aspectelor de baza ale invataturii morale din cuprinsul Celor Zece Porunci, autorul reuseste sa transmita unei mase largi de oameni un mesaj pozitiv, ce se constituie ca o chemare in a respecta adevarul de origine divina.

Despre legile morale si spirituale

Autorul spune: „Asa cum exista legi materiale, legi ale fizicii, biologiei, chimiei, etc., la fel exista si legi morale sau spirituale impuse de catre Dumnezeu. Asa cum legile naturii sunt imposibil de contestat, ele actionand indiferent daca vrem sau nu, la fel si legile morale sau spirituale exista si nu pot fi ignorate. Si asa cum cercetatorul stiintific studiaza si le explica oamenilor intelesul adanc al legilor naturii, este de datoria noastra, a celor ce studiem Sfintele Scripturi, sa explicam semenilor nostri legile morale si spirituale, legi care afecteaza atat destinul terestru al omului, cat si dimensiunea eterna a sufletului nostru.”

„Cele Zece Porunci” – o carte ce li se adreseaza tinerilor

Asa cum putem citi din primul capitol, cu privire la porunca intaia, vom constata faptul ca argumentele lui Cristian Barbosu se succed intr-o ordine logica, fara a forta in vreun fel textul biblic si fara a purta amprenta prejudecatilor de natura spirituala. Putem spune ca autorul reuseste sa prezinte in mod obiectiv adevarurile Scripturii, presarand impresii si experiente ce tin de realitatea cotidiana. Beneficiul unei astfel de abordari consta in faptul ca aceasta carte poate fi citita si de catre cei care nu au o pregatire teologica. Si aici in mod deosebit, autorul a tinut sa se adreseze tinerilor, mai precis acelei generatii de regula ignorata de catre mesajul evanghelic traditional.

O lista a dependentelor

Iata ce afirma Cristian Barbosu despre practica idolatriei in secolul nostru: „Omul, fie ca vrea sau nu, fie ca recunoste sau nu, se inchina cuiva. Pe vremea lui Moise, cand Cele Zece Porunci au fost scrise in piatra, oamenii se inchinau diferitilor zei. Indiferent unde s-ar fi aflat, inchinarea oamenilor a fost devotata unor anumiti zei. Da, astazi nu mai avem Baali si nici Astartee. Dar astazi avem aceleasi concepte, aceleasi ritualuri, imbracate insa sub o alta forma. Baal si Astarteea erau zeii placerilor de orice fel. Inchinarea inaintea lor nu era ceva mistic, ci dimpotriva, consta din pereceri si orgii scaldate in alcool si sex. Azi noi nu mai avem inchinatori la idoli, dar avem atat de multi oameni care au cate un viciu, oameni care se intoxica in mod abuziv cu alcool sau care isi distrug casnicia din cauza prostitutiei sau pornografiei. Nu, ei nu se inchina niciunui idol, dar ei sunt vanduti poftelor lor. Iar lista dependentelor poate continua.”

Este posibila renasterea spirituala?

Aceasta idolatrie ascunsa a zilelor noastre nu poate fi scoasa la lumina decat prin intermediul Celor Zece Porunci. Prin urmare, mesajul pe care ni-l transmite Cristian Barbosu consta in faptul ca nu este posibil sa iesim cu bine din dilemele morale ale sec. XXI decat luand in considerare ceea ce Dumnezeu ne-a descoperit prin aceste porunci.

Intotdeauna, idolatria a fost distructiva si autodistructiva, afectand deopotriva pe cei care o practica, dar si pe cei ce se afla in vecinatatea acestor inchinatori. De aceea, renasterea spirituala a generatiei prezente nu se poate produce decat prin cunoasterea si aplicarea deplina a Celor Zece Porunci.

Importanta fundamentelor

Cu siguranta ca aceasta provocare pe care ne-o lanseaza autorul se consitutie ca un element de valoare ce recomanda citirea acestei carti si insusirea elementelor de valoare prezentate.

„In era post-moderna in care traim exista o nevoie acuta de absoluturile lasate de Cel Divin pe paginile Scripturii. Relativismul a patruns in mai toate sferele societatii in care traim. Avem nevoie insa, de niste fundamente, de aceste absoluturi dumnezeiesti, cuprinse in Cele Zece Porunci. Ele iti pot oferi o baza sanatoasa, trainica, atit in viata aceasta cat si in eternitate.”

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.


by Gabriela PETCU


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





„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!”


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…


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!)


„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?


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



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


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?


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!

A ridica pe cel cazut…

Atunci Te-ai pravalit sub bici,

Sfârsit, cu crucea Ta, cu tot,

Si n-ai putut sa Te ridici,

Ca de pe cruce sa spui: “Pot!”

Cadeau sudalmele suvoi,

Si bicele pe carnuri goale,

Dar Dumnezeul de Apoi,

N-avea putere sa se scoale –

Si-ai fi ramas acolo-n drum,

Un Hrist ce nu putea sa urce,

De n-ar fi fost un om de fum,

Sa-Ti duca crucea, catre cruce –

Pesemne-avem un rost mereu –

Noi, oameni, care vesnic cer –

Sa-L ajutam pe Dumnezeu

Sa-si duca crucea pâna-n cer –

27 ianuarie 2010

Jianu Liviu-Florian


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.