What is Wrong with the World?
In the last several months I’ve read the question, “What is wrong with the world” in the comment section of several articles I’ve read in the news. It seems to be a valid question in times like these. In the last several months since the supposed apocalypse according to the Mayan calendar, it seems as if the whole world has gone completely mad. So what really happened in December of 2012? Some have claimed that the school shooting at Newtown, was a “child sacrifice” of sorts to pacify the gods that they believed would have destroyed us. Note that gods with a little g is not Yahweh, the Almighty God, but demonic false gods who would demand such a sacrifice.
Since that time we have seen the Boston Bombing massacre, multiple attempts at other terrorist acts, numerous multiple murders, horrible rapes of women and children, natural disasters, and supposed industrial accidents probably due to human error and neglect all over the world! In short the world is going to Hell in a hand basket.
So what is wrong with a world where groups of men gang up and rape women with crow bars and tree branches, where grown men get their jollies raping and torturing little children of all ages from infancy on up, and where Islamic extremists and others murder innocent people believing they will be rewarded in the afterlife with 70 virgins. Muslims claim to revere Jesus as a prophet, and yet they ignore the words of Christ that tells us we will be as the angels in heaven, and not be given in marriage. We will be neither male nor female and not have sexual relations in the afterlife. Seeking to be rewarded with 70 virgins is simply serving the sensual desires of human flesh. It is certainly not serving God to murder innocent people in order to attain your own desires of sexual lust. What is wrong, indeed, in a world like this?
God’s Word clearly answers that question. Humanity has a fallen, sinful nature that is naturally bent toward sin and depravity, apart from the mercy and grace of God. God’s Word teaches that as the time draws nearer for Christ’s return, that evil people will become more and more evil and depraved. That is why we are seeing more and more of these kinds of evil actions. It is hard enough for God’s people to keep themselves from sin with God’s help, so how can those without God keep from their sinful nature? They can’t, and we are now seeing the worst kinds of human depravity on a regular basis.
God’s Word also teaches that natural disasters will get closer and closer together and worse and worse just like birth pangs until Christ’s return. Every day we hear of meteors, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and tornados, sink holes, etc. We can’t read or listen to the news without some new tragedy, whether manmade or acts of God. Many just turn it off and go on with their lives as if nothing extraordinary is happening. Others spend sleepless nights wondering what in the world is happening to us with fears on every side. Still others recognize it is God’s prophesied judgment on humanity for our sins and unbelief as the Scriptures teach.
One clear example of this is the fact that we now have several sexually transmitted diseases that are resistant and likely soon immune to antibiotics that are traditionally used to treat them. There are natural laws and consequences that God put into place that can’t be thwarted forever. God gave us a reprieve with medicine and time to repent, but now God’s judgment is immanent. Antibiotic resistant Gonorrhea has now reached the U.S. and soon those who practice sexual sins will find themselves under God’s judgment. We spend millions of dollars on HIV research and researching new antibiotics to fight these diseases, while God’s Word clearly teaches us how to avoid getting them. Wait for marriage to have sex, don’t commit adultery, put fornication (sexual sin) away from you, don’t live a homosexual lifestyle, don’t practice bestiality, etc. And every one of these preventive remedies are free of charge. If we would only practice a healthy lifestyle, then we might spend those untold millions on feeding the world or some other worthy cause.
Christians, and in particular, ministers in the U.S., have gotten fat and lazy, myself included, and have neglected feeding God’s sheep and telling the world of God’s soon coming judgment on us for our unrepentance of sin and our unbelief. Yes, we teach the world of God’s love, but fail to teach God’s justice, and God’s remedy for a fallen world. We neglect the teaching of Jesus Christ coming in the flesh to save humanity from our sins. God’s justice demands punishment of sin, so Jesus was sent in human flesh to die in our place for the punishment of our sins. In that instant when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, Christ made a way for humanity to be reconciled with a Holy God, but not without our repentance of sin. There is no forgiveness without repentance or a turning away from a lifestyle of sin. God’s mercy saves us from the punishment of our sins if we repent and believe on Jesus as God’s Holy Lamb that was sacrificed in our stead. God’s remedy for a lost and dying world is perfect, free of cost, and everlasting. We can choose to believe and accept God’s remedy, or we can choose to accept the punishment of our sins ourselves in a very real Hell, which Jesus described as everlasting torment. God’s medicine is available for our healing, but if we don’t take it as prescribed, we are fighting a loosing battle without hope. The choice is ours.
- What Horrible Violence Reveals about the Human Condition (steakandabible.com)