Well, one of the major religious leaders (the pope), who calls himself Christian, is propagating soccer, telling everyone, how good it is for children. What do the children learn by playing soccer anyway?
To some extent: how to lie, how to cheat others - if you want to be good at soccer, you HAVE TO pretend, act, cheat. You have to trick others into thinking, that you will go left, but in reality you are going right. That is a mild form of cheating - but still - for me, it is too much.
And in what else do they find pleasure, when playing soccer? In defeating others. If I may call myself a Christian - I don't find pleasure in seeing how anyone is being defeated, destroyed... When you are born again, you receive a new nature, completely new nature... Before becoming Christian, you do and you are proud of many things - but when you truly become Christian, then you become ashamed of those things. Those things are not normal for you anymore: to curse and to hurt people and enjoying watching murders and rapes on TV and singing about that and even paying others to make such movies, songs - that's is not normal for you anymore.
And what does the Bible say? Does Jesus recommend soccer too? No.
The Bible recommends the Word of God - that is good for children - and not soccer.
Hundreds of millions people speak English much better than I do, hundreds of millions people have greater talent for playing and composing music - but there are very few, which would want to put to music Psalms from the King James Bible. I am one of those and I thank God for that. Instead of playing soccer, I prefer Psalms :) Yea, there was a time, when I was "normal" and praised be the Lord, that I am not anymore :)
And what is Psalm 103 telling us? I will be as brief as I can be - there is much, much more to it. I see the following things:
Verse 3: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
This verse is telling us, that the LORD, God is forgiving sins and He is healing diseases.
And what did Jesus do? In Matthew 9:1-8 we read, that he said to a man, that his sins are forgiven. And certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. Only God can forgive sins. And what did he do after that? He healed that man... That they might know, that he didn't blasphemed.
Now, we are being warned about lying wonders of today - many, if not all miracles of healing of the body of today are not from God. And I would not even call that healing...
Verse 4: Who redeemeth thy life from destruction...
Who did that if not our Saviour Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Verse 5: Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things;
What did Jesus do? He fed people with food... bread is food and bread represents the Word of God, which can completely satisfy us and of course our mouths too :)
Verse 6: The LORD executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.
The LORD will judge all of us...
Verse 8: The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
This reminds me of 2 Peter 3:9: The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Verse 10: He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Heb 8:12 is telling us practically the same thing: For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
Verses 14, 15 are revealing us, what we really are without God - what our bodies are, what our days on this Earth are... but we, although we know, that this is the truth, we want to believe the opposite, the lie...
Verse 19: The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all.
And what does Jesus say in Revelation?
Rev 3:21: To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
The Bible is telling us one and the same things and who wants to see that?!!
Everything is connected, everything makes sense - it's great :)
And as far as I understand, the Psalm ends will wish, that everyone would bless the Lord. Today people curse God the Father and Jesus too. Just turn on TV and listen for five minutes to a typical american movie. But what will happen at the end? God is telling us through Paul (and as well Isaiah) in letter to Romans and Philippians (2:10-11)
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Bless the Lord, bless ye the Lord...
Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Your days here are as grass - use them wisely... search for the ultimate goal - which has of course nothing to do with soccer, no matter what some "leaders" say... don't waste your time with vanities... And what are vanities? Read Ecclesiastes and you will find out, that vanities are basically all things, which "our" godless world is doing. Godless world? What is it? Practically every one living today is without God... They don't care for Him.
Repent, repent, repent, please, please, please...
Search and you will find... life, the real one, mercy, love, kindness, joy, peace... the Creator, Jesus Christ. That is the GOAL :)