So many people are dying, blinded by the darkness of their minds. Some are living an illusion of racial pride, while others believe it is nation against nation. Just another form of hatred—placing themselves above others, condemning those who do not agree with their way, and killing those who refuse to submit to their authority. Religious hatred has always been rampant in the world.* We can now add the term “revolution” to religious factions, because they are just as violent as all the others. Everyone thinks they have the answers, and no one is willing to bend. Economic worries bring religious entitlement, and this brings social gridlock where we are divided one against another, and in the end this will result in war.
Reason is not a term used in the search for understanding anymore. No one wants to look at things as they really are, but they have a blinded influence that leads them to insanity. Reality is glanced over for religious and political ideology. Reason is the comprehension of a sound mind using good motivation and judgment and is grounded in the reality of intelligent fact. Removing all falsehoods and stripping things down to pure reality is the beginning of reason. It is knowledge and wisdom of how things really are. I hope and pray that in the end love finds us all safe and free from the darkness that has consumed this earth into jeopardy.
I believe everything in the Bible is true. I try to be obedient to how the Bible tells us to live. I try to be fruitful by sharing the word of God with others. I try to set a good example for others to follow, and to help those of us who are in need. When I was consumed with sin I envisioned this to be a hard life, living without the things I desired. I found out I was wrong, because living in sin I was without the most important thing there is: a personal relationship with Jesus Christ through daily Bible study and prayer. Laugh if you like, turn your nose up, and walk away. I think the worldly person, the unsaved, is the one who is unrealistic. They spend their whole life pretending that they are in the know, and that they are in charge of what they think and say. They have to pretend day after day that they are not going to die. It is a fuzzy reality and a fantasy, and in the end age brings forth death, and death brings forth separation from God.
I believe the Christian is the true realist. He is already in preparation for the future. He is making ready for the next step in life, a life with God throughout all eternity. We owe our confidence to Christ, as we wait to be delivered into the future, coming unto the full knowledge of God. During the lifetime of the sinner he is forced to close his eyes to the truth. He pretends it isn’t there so he can continue on with his evil ways. When one of his friends falls over dead he simple says “too bad” and moves on. In the back of his mind he knows that one day he will be next because he hasn’t made any plans for his future. He is forced to go through life pretending and believing his own lie.
“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20 (NKJV) The message we receive from God shows us how deceitful the appearance of the world is. It takes into account the relationship between God and man, the relationship we have with sin, the responsibility and accountability we have because of it; the cost we pay for living in sin is judgment and death. Christian belief is always on the side of reason.
The view of the world is that we are always on an upward trend. No one should be fooled by this. If you have lived on this earth long enough, you realize everything is getting worse. In my life I have seen sin completely consume the world. Mankind has been struggling for a long time, and it should be obvious to everyone that things are not getting better. Man has a distinct desire for sinfulness and it should be proof to everyone that there is a very basic problem with man. It is the thoughts that come from within that cause us to sin. We are sick on the inside. We are a fallen race that was led captive by our ancestors, and we have lost our freedom to the power and control of Satan.
To escape this horrible plight we have to give ourselves away to gain control, we have to surrender our life to set ourselves free through Jesus Christ. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.” Isaiah 1:16-17 (NKJV) I base all these observations on the fact that the human race is perishing. A fireman can save a man from a burning house, but he can’t stop the man from going right back in the fire again. A pardon is based on our intention of reforming; unless we turn toward God and turn away from sin, forgiveness doesn’t do us any good because we continue in our old ways, running back into the fire of hell. In spiritual matters, there is no reason to teach forgiveness if our intention is not to reform.
Don’t go through this world being a spectator. Drugs, alcohol, television, and video games are all spectator sports. Get involved with life, and feel the difference a personal relationship with God can make. Doing what’s right in life is good for the soul, and if we are willing to be obedient we will not only enjoy the good life here on earth, but we will have a future life with Christ that will take us throughout eternity. God is calling you with sound doctrine and reason. The voice of the Lord is calling out to you: “Come now, and let us reason together.” Consider God’s gracious plan of salvation, and yield to His Spirit and obey. “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.” I was lost but now am found, and I was blind but now I see the wonderful world God has in store for me.
*Paraphrased from the Moody Blues song, “Lost in a Lost World.”
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