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SPECIAL FEATURE

March 2002

MARCH ONLINE SPECIAL FEATURES EDITION

NEWS

Pitt cheerleaders and dance team rock the Fitzerald Fieldhouse

Panthers celebrate Big East West Championship at the Fieldhouse

Controversy arises for SGB, Delta Tau Delta, and Rainbow Alliance

Students participated in different activities near the cafeterias

Bread for the world promotes hunger awareness

Habitat for humanity fundraises with creativity

IMPRESSIONS

Editorial: SGB's board appointment raises questions

Letters to the Editor:

The sinfulness of homosexuality is up for debate!

Principles of oppression hurt society

Israel: Whose land is it anyway?

"Mi casa es su casa": My home is your home

One man's sorrow should not be another's joy.

Bensylvania by Ben Goldblatt

Play the NCAA Tournament contest to win money

ENTERTAINMENT

Review of Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand

Hip-hopper KRS-One once again comes to Pitt

SPORTS

Pitt finishes at the Fieldhouse with firepower

Knight and Howland receive Big East honors

EXPRESSIONS

Jubilee Afrikana rocks the Hilton Hotel in Downtown

Only the right antidote can protect your life

There is evidence to support Christ's resurrection

Mannafest conference helps rock the Holiday Inn in Ohio

Some of God's Children choir rocks the William Pitt Union

SPECIAL FEATURE

Gospel revealed through semantics and word play

In remembrance of 'Good Friday', the top 25 student responses to 'Loving the world God...'

God's love is alphabetically revealed in random languages

Students reflect on the cross through poetry

 

Gospel revealed through semantics and word play

Ramesh C. Reddy

Managing Editor

 The law is there to expose our sins and bring them to surface by stripping us of our self-righteousness. Our self-righteousness is there to make us proud of our own good works. Our own good works are there to make us think we will be accepted by God just because others accept our good works. Others are there who cannot be compared to God. God is there to make us know He does not go by others standards. Standards are there to show that our good works will never be able to keep the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are there to show us we do violate them and we will face judgment. Judgment is there to show us that the holiness of God will not allow sin to enter His presence. His presence is there that will not tolerate the slightest sin.

Sin is there because man disobeyed God, which resulted in the fall of man. Man is there, who without God in his life gives allegiance to Satan. Satan is there to separate us from God, so when we die Satan can have us in Hell. Hell is there to imprison us eternally, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, when we rebel against God and his ways. His ways are there that show us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God because we have taken the wrong path. The wrong path is there pointing to methods that make people think they can reach God by their own self-reliance. Self-reliance is there that points to self. Self is there working things its own way giving sin the opportunity to give its wages. Wages are there to give spiritual death that can only be prevented with an antidote. Antidote is there because God so loved us so much, even in our sins, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Everlasting life is there because the antidote was given for each of us to wash away our sinful disease. Sinful disease is there until we accept the cure. The cure is there because of the cross. The cross is there because that was the only way for the antidote to be made. Antidote to be made was there because Jesus loved us so much that, while we were yet sinners, He shed His blood to cleanse us from sin and make us have good spiritual health. Good spiritual health is there only when we freely accept the antidote, Christís cleansing blood. Christís cleansing blood is there to cure us only when we come to grips that we have this sinister disease and confess all the symptoms of this disease called sin and ask for the cure by believing in Jesus, our Lord and Personal Savior. Jesus, our Lord and Personal Savior is there for us to accept Him because after shedding His blood and dying for us, God brought Him back to life on the third day and He sits at the right Hand of God, the Father interceding on our behalf in a wonderful place called Heaven. Heaven is there so that God can receive us when we leave this earth because through what Jesus did for us, God sees in us the righteousness of Christ when we give our life to Christ. The righteousness of Christ is there to cover our sins with his precious blood crucifying our sin to the cross and making us live a life worthy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Gospel of Jesus Christ is there to show us that we are not saved by works so let no man boast, but by Jesus Christ who has given us the free gift of grace.

Free gift of grace is there to show us that we cannot reach God by our own works but God reaches out to us through the perfect work accomplished by Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Son of God is there to tell us that no man cometh to the Father except through Him because He alone is the Life, the Way, and the Truth. The Truth is out there pointing the only  way to Heaven, with no other way. No other way is there to Heaven because Jesus is the only one who can give us access to God. Access to God is there only when we have Jesus in our hearts through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is there because when Jesus died and ascended to Heaven, He sent His Spirit. His Spirit is there to live in us and work in us helping us follow His Word. His Word is there to make us wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus who diligently Himself, followed all Scripture. All Scripture is there which is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for   doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped for every good work. Every good work is there now because of our faith in Christ that produces the good deeds.

Good deeds are there because when we believe in Jesus we will do what He asks us to do not by might, nor by power but by the Spirit of the Lord. Spirit of the Lord is there to instruct us and guide us along the best pathway of life advising us and watching our progress.

I hope this message has touched each of your lives and will help you give the Gospel in a non-threatening way to your pre-Christian friends. God desires that none should perish but that all come to repentance.  Ask yourself, can there really be many ways to get to God? If Jesus is who He says He is and the evidence points to what Jesus said then there can only be one way to God and it is through Jesus Christ. He seeks you my friend.

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