Dreams Sacrificed (Part 1 of 6)
Sacrifice is a major sub-theme of the Bible. The story of Adam and Eve describes the disobedience, the fall, the imposed death penalty, the sacrifice to absolve the sinful disobedience, and the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. You can read all about the story in the first chapters of the book of Genesis.
The Bible mentions a "Book of Life" in which God is keeping record of the names of all whom He intends to grant eternal life. Although the Bible depicts the alleged virgin birth of God's one and only Son and his short martyred life to become mankind's Savior, it also records further sacrifice on the part of every believer:
Psalm 51:17 declares what God wants out of this human experiment: "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."
And in the New Testament of the Bible, more sacrifice is encouraged in Romans 12:1-2: "Therefore I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."
In the following Posts, I will explain how my dream for success and prosperity has been restricted and significantly short circuited by believing the Christian Bible. Part 2 in this series will be about my dream: to become a successful dentist and provide for my wife and family a good life with financial security.