It seems a cloud of anticipation is hovering over the nations. The internet is abuzz with discussions of man’s impending doom. Climate change, energy crisis, economic and natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars are the hot topics during these perilous times, and perhaps rightfully so. The past century, the 20th, was a century strife with rebellion against both God and man.
More people died over ideology, more real estate evaporated from war and more governments rose and fell than during any other time period throughout the entire history of mankind. All of which was proceeded by an ideological revolution of thinking that man was king and God was not. Moreover, the false notion was that God never existed and religion was a superstition created by the weak and insecure.
As a result, this 21st Century is now reaping the consequences of that 100 year stretch and there seems to be a collective anticipation of the end much akin to the feelings experienced by the wayward child who has been naughty while parents were away and now, with much guilt and remorse, regrettably waits for the parents return to met out the punishment for there errant behavior. It is the paradox of the ages, our knowledge of God and His capabilities and yet our blatant disregard for Him.
But what was it that marked this past century so different from the proceeding thousands of years of man’s existence? What made it so different, dangerous and deadly? The scriptures say that in the last days, knowledge would increase (Daniel 12:4 NLT), and indeed we have seen an exponential increase in knowledge and scientific achievement and discovery, but have we not also likewise seen an increase in man’s pride and haughtiness? However, the Bible does not say that wisdom would increase.
In 1859 Charles Darwin wrote a book entitled the “Origin of Species” which suggested that man and all living organisms were not the creation of God, but were more likely the result of random chance and time. Thus was born the theory of Evolution! The idea that birthed the flawed notion that man could somehow unhitch his wagon from a creator god and instead be the creator of his own destiny unbound by any moral obligation to the parental authority of an all knowing and Almighty God.
The single most destructive and flawed human idea that has ever taken root in the hearts and minds of men is the notion that we are nothing more than an ever evolving and ever improving species resulting from nothing more than random chance.
Not an original human thought though, but S.P.A.M. actually! Satan’s Plan Against Mankind – to take anything of value that God has created, or anything that is rooted in a deep and meaningful respect for God and turn it into a cheap and hollow imitation.
Evolution being the most obvious and destructive example, but also look what he has managed with Christmas and Easter and how easily people are willing to embrace everything that is not about Christ’s birth, life, death, or Resurrection.
And how about the horrible transformation America is going through right now where government is looked upon more and more as provider and king over our Creator and our Christian heritage is held in such low regard by the false tolerance and diversity crowd where everything is to be tolerated except Christianity.
Spam is everywhere, from the cheap junk mail carpet bombing of our physical mailboxes and emails, to the false debt riddled worldwide economies and the hollow promises of our politicians, we are now buried many times over our heads in S.P.A.M.
Pretty gloomy huh? Well, fear not, for it is written in 1 John 5:3-5 “This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.” Difficult as it may often seem, we are to cling to Jesus and what is real, no matter the earthly cost.
And so, no matter how insurmountable this final revolution against God may seem, the battle is already won, by the One who lives in us. Because, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world (1 John 4:4 NIV).”
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