There is none who does good, No, not one

One of the things that hit me most in Jonah’s commission is that no one is without sin.

The fool has said in his heart, There is no God.” They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside, They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one. (Psalm 14:1-3)

It appears that it was not only Nineveh’s wickedness that has come up before God (Jonah 1:2), but also Jonah the prophet who was commissioned by God to preach and enlighten Nineveh.

Jonah’s faults are many:

  1. He rejected God’s commission and fled away thinking that he can go away from the presence of the Lord (Jonah 1:3).
  2. He resented God’s mercy and compassion towards His creation (Jonah 4:1-2).
  3. His resentment to God’s mercy led him to ask for his own death (Jonah 4:3).

Perhaps Jonah’s sins are greater than that of the people of Nineveh.

God said that they “cannot discern between their right hand and their left” (Jonah 4:11), while Jonah knew God very well; he knew His power, strength, mercy, and compassion (Jonah 4:2). Jonah was so close to God that the Bible says that he went away from the presence of the Lord.

The fall from being in the presence of God and having such knowledge about God to a series of sins leads one to think that Jonah’s sins are surely greater than Nineveh’s.

For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more Luke 12:48

Book Release – Jonah: The Inside Story

The book is finally out!

I am so happy to announce that the book is finally out. I’ve been working on it for a while now, and at last the book has seen light!

What is in this ebook?

(1) Meditations about Jonah: His personality, His actions, and His prayer.
(2) What early Church fathers’ have to say about him.
(3) Simple illustrations.

How is this book different than others?

I’m sure you’re thinking, “What?? Another book about Jonah??”. Well, to be honest yeah, it is another book about Jonah, but just like with any Christian book, there is always a repetition of titles, but the content usually differs drastically. How many wrote about “Love”, and how many others wrote about “Prayer”, but just like Gregory of Nyssa said, “we are the New Testament Church, we should be like bees. Although weak, they fly in gardens feeding on nectar to create honey. Same with us, we should fly in the gardens of spiritual edification and feed on its nectar full of wisdom to produce honey that brings the chiefest sweetness to all who taste it.” (Paraphrased)

Check out the book at https://gumroad.com/l/Jpro

Preorder the new ebook, “Jonah: The Inside Story”

I am about to finish a new book about Jonah the prophet. It should be released on the 1st of February, just before the fast of Jonah, which is a fast observed by most Orthodox churches.

The good news is you can pre-order it now!

Some questions you might think of:

Why would you write  a book? Just write in your blog!

Well, I have a couple of reasons:

  1. Writing a book has been a dream of mine for a while.
  2.  I wanted to collect all information about Jonah in one easy to access ebook.
  3. I wanted readers to experience the beauty of Jonah’s fast differently this year.
  4. The money collected from the book sales will help enhance the blog. I have some ideas for the blog, which need a bit of funding, which I’m hoping this book can bring.

Where can I get a copy of the ebook?

You can go to the pre-order page, and pre-order the book. The book will be available 1st of February 2015.

Can I get a free copy?

Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8), so I guess my answer would be yes. Just fill out the below form

Do not miss the book!

The Message and the Messenger (Part 2)

Today is the second day of the fast of Jonah for the Coptic Orthodox Church, so I couldn’t but share about Jonah, again.

What triggered me to write another post was this simple verse:

And the LORD commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land. (Jonah 2:10)

Continue reading The Message and the Messenger (Part 2)

The Message and the Messenger (Part 1)

Guess who I’m talking about?

Yep, you got it, Jonah! 🙂 I actually got the idea of the title from an article, you can read it here.

Jonah is a unique person, I posted about him twice; here and here. When I wrote about him earlier, I mainly focused on his anger, and how he wanted to end his life. This time I want to focus more on one verse of his beautiful prayer in the whale’s belly.

When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; And my prayer went up to You, Into Your holy temple. (Jonah 2:7)

Continue reading The Message and the Messenger (Part 1)

Is It Right For You To Be Angry? (Part 2)

Coptic Icon of Christ feeding the multitudes

After posting part 1, I felt I was not fit for posting Part 2; I was suffering from what Jonah suffered from, and I hadn’t yet come out of it!

How could I have offered a solution to a problem that I couldn’t find a solution for?!

Thank God I’m out of it now .. and I think the two main things that God led me to do were:

  1. Give thanks for EVERYTHING
  2. Think more about others (Thanks to Deb‘s comment in the last post)

Continue reading Is It Right For You To Be Angry? (Part 2)

Is It Right For You To Be Angry? (Part 1)

Last night I experienced a feeling that I have never experienced before!

It was the feeling of pressure and anger to the extent that I couldn’t stand my life anymore!

I understood why people reach the point that they want to commit suicide!

I used to tell myself that the people who want to end their lives are fools, sinners, and are doomed for eternity! … I still do, but I realized what makes them reach that point!

It’s all about the feeling of imprisonment in surrounding events!

It’s when one is given a responsibility that he/she doesn’t want and there’s no out of it!

It’s the feeling of not being able to refuse the current situation!

It’s the feeling when the “only door” one can see out of his/her present life, would slam shut in one’s face!

At the trough of my depression, I remembered Jonah!

Continue reading Is It Right For You To Be Angry? (Part 1)