I’m concerned for us all. I’m concerned for you, I’m concerned for me, and I’m concerned for this nation. We have become a people who have strayed so far from any ounce of moral accountability. Sex, drugs, alcohol, popular culture, countless distractions, vile conversations, profane tongues, greed, lust, selfishness, materialism…we constantly seek to satisfy our flesh by succumbing to the temptations this world has to offer. If you feel as though indulging in these temporary pleasures is your sole purpose in life, than you are missing out on your soul’s purpose in life. It is like we are trying to fill a void through these temporary pleasures not realizing continued indulgence in these very same things exacerbates that emptiness we are trying to fill. It is a downward spiral whose destination is nothingness. A black hole where the more you put in you are just losing yourself trying to stay afloat. We have everything backwards!
Isaiah 5:20-21 says, “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
The Word of God tells me in Hosea and Isaiah that..
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed because of a lack of knowledge..” and in Isaiah 5:13 that “My people are gone into captivity because they have no knowledge”
This can very well be likened to modern-day. In an era with a centralized focus on instant gratification, there is no satisfaction in study or the diligent acquisition of true knowledge. We are “willfully ignorant” to the Will of God, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, living a life that is glorifying to God, and scripture that is absolutely essential to a foundational development of faith.
We unconsciously curse the Word of God and do not want to pick it up and read it because we hold erroneous predilections that it is boring, hard to read, untrue, or it is going to make us do things we do not WANT to do. These only become true for the lackadaisical mind, or the immature soul that does not want to be accountable for the things that they are enslaved by. But it is not all their fault, though it is a choice to remain ignorant, the deceiver has implanted this reluctance in prospective readers minds to persuade them never to pick up the Bible and take a serious attempt at reading it. I was the exact same way; I let the devil entrap me and was honestly against reading the Bible for much of the reasons outlined above. Consequently, this allows our minds to run wild, as untamed beasts seeking to hear what will please ourselves rather than conform to the perfection in Truth we have been trying so adamantly to avoid. The Bible says a few things about this type of person.
For one, 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”
Additionally, Ephesians 4:14 tells us “that we no longer be children, tossed to a fro, and be carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”
What we believe or what we feel sounds right, that is exactly what we turn our ears to listen to. For many, this has become an overreliance in scientific findings. This brings up the second thing I wanted to mention..
In 1 Timothy 6:20-21 Paul warns Timothy to avoid “…oppositions of science falsely so called…of which, some professing have erred concerning the faith”
We have to be careful of how much trust we put into science. It is an awesome thing to learn and hear new discoveries, but we absolutely cannot mistake a perfect God with error ridden science and reason that the Word of God is error ridden and deductively deem science perfect! I don’t care if science wants to tell us we came from nothing, I don’t care if science wants to question every single thing and put a believers’ faith at odds with what they have “discovered.” If you believe the Bible is “error ridden” I urge you to refer to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek lexicons and break down the transliterations. The Word of God is FULLY inspired by the Spirit of God operating in those who wrote the Bible!
Before you lose your mind and second guess your own existence, take a step back and try to humble yourself. I firmly believe the beginning of wisdom is to understand that you do not and, for all intents and purposes, will not know everything. There is a wise character in the book of Job (whom I consider wiser than Job and his wise friends) named Elihu. Elihu’s discourse in the book of Job is an often overlooked example of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom attributed to a lack of “knowledge.” To you, who may be struggling with understanding the existence of God because of the influence all of science has been on you, I have two scriptures to share with you.
James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
And Romans 1:20 “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
Two things here: one, life is short, and two, we are without excuse. The Bible compares our life on earth to a vapor or a mist; as quickly as it is here it vanishes in the same speed. We do not have the luxury of endless amounts of time to continue to play around with our salvation! Also, there is no way you can say “Lord, if I had more proof I would have believed” on judgment day. The Word of God says we are without excuse because the invisible things are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made!
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