The Good Spirit
Garis besar: Many customs are followed because of fear of spirits, sorcery, magic. There is one Good Spirit: God, who made all things, wants us to learn His good way. Explains about Jesus and salvation. Jesus gives freedom from evil spirits and new life.
Nomor naskah: 048
Tema: Evil Spirits, demons; Son of God; Deliverance; Nature, character of God
Kutipan Alkitab: Paraphrase
Naskah ini adalah petunjuk dasar untuk menerjemahkan dan merekam ke dalam bahasa-bahasa lain. Naskah ini harus disesuaikan seperlunya agar dapat dimengerti dan sesuai bagi setiap budaya dan bahasa yang berbeda. Beberapa istilah dan konsep yang digunakan mungkin butuh penjelasan lebih jauh, atau diganti atau bahkan dihilangkan.
For many years our fathers have lived in (name of place.) Some of their ways were good. Some were bad. They often made war, burned villages, and killed people. Many of our customs today we follow because we fear sorcery and magic. We are afraid the spirits will be angry and do us harm. Our fathers feared them and we fear them.
Are all (the) spirits evil?
No, there is a Good Spirit. He is greater than all the spirits. (He is the one who made all things.) His name is God. (He is our Father). He wants us all to be His children. He is good and He can make us good. He can show us the way to live. He can teach us what is right. He can tell us what is wrong.
Many things we think are good, but God says they are bad. It was this Good Spirit (God) Who taught our fathers that stealing is bad. There is much more for us to learn of His way. His way is the right way. When we are quiet and listen, His words can teach us. He tells us what our bad fashion (badness) is. He also shows us the ways that are good. He teaches us what to do. Bad ways hurt God (and us, too). They separate us from Him. He does not like things that are not true, not clean, not kind, or things that hurt others. These things make our hearts hard and our villages dark (hurt us and our villages, too). God made us and He loves us. He loves us so much that He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live on earth like a man. One day the earth people killed this One, but when He died He took punishment for all our bad fashion (badness). Our bad fashion (badness) was like a wall between us and God. The death of Jesus (Christ) broke down this wall. He died for us.
Thank Him for doing this for you. Put yourself into His hands now (Give yourself to Him now). Then you become His true child.
You do not have to fear bad spirits any more. Your fears are just the devil deceiving you. He wants to keep you from finding God's way. It is enough that the Good Spirit (God) loves you and holds you (takes care of you). Pray to Him every day. Ask Him to help you. He will listen to you. Let Him show you what is right. Obey the good thoughts He gives you (His Word) and your life will change. New power, new love, a new way to live will come to you. These good things you cannot buy in a trade store with money. Yet they are yours. You can have them (too) - there are people in your country who are living this life. The spirits cannot touch them. God has set them free. Jesus Christ has paid for them with His blood, when He died on this earth. They are bringing light to our country, to our villages. (They are good people because God has changed them). You can be one of them too. (This is good for our people and our villages).