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Topic: End Times (02/27/14)
TITLE: Everythng Goes On
By Ernest Yoder
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1 Peter 3:3-7 (NIV)
There is a wide discrepancy between the world views of the godly and secularists when it comes to the end times. The title of this devotional could be the beginning words of sentences supportive of both views. The once born and the twice born, as A. W. Tozer describes the adherents of these two world views, rest their positions on two opposing assumptions. Assumptions are a big factor in this discussion because neither of the two groups was present at the beginning and neither has experienced the end of time. However, one assumption is based on a logical faith and the other on an illogical faith.
As they ignore God’s Word, The secularists see the universe as self created and, I guess, eternal. How else could matter create itself if it was not eternal and pre-existent to time? And if it was eternal it would not have to create itself. In other words they ascribe to the natural world what we ascribe to God. Peter describes what secularists say as the result of an intentionally and conveniently disregarded fact that, “by God’s Word” everything exists and is in motion. Without regard to logic they subscribe to a world view that “everything goes on” and will continue on with no end in sight. The faith they place on mere illogical assumptions and wishful thinking is incredible.
The godly, on the other hand, also say, “Everything goes on.” It just “goes on” from a different perspective and has a beginning. And if everything (the natural universe) had a beginning it is logical to assume everything can experience an ending. This is a worldview that places the eternal God in the beginning of time as the Creator and at the end of time as the Arbiter and Possessor of all things with the sovereign authority to do His perfect will in all things.
We who are twice born live in the present with our eyes of faith on the eternality of the Word. We believe what the Word says about the beginning times and the end times. We say it is only logical to believe that way. However, I hasten to say, our faith is not dependent on logic but our logic rests on our faith. Also we must not display an arrogant or hostile attitude to unbelievers but should instead witness gently and forthrightly to the truth of God’s Word “in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:25-26 NIV)
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