We are on a daily basis confronted with an array of atrocities that take place in any given part of the world. I don’t feel expounding on verifying this claim, as it is blatantly made available for all to see in all media. These scripture seems to be reflecting the sentiments of our days astonishingly good.
Matthew 24:12-13 (AMP) Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering] to the end will be saved.
When disobedience and rebellion increases, love grows cold. When there is compromise, or the setting aside of God’s standard of righteousness and holiness, (not mistakenly exchanged with happiness) then the submissive love toward God and the sacrificial love toward man will begin to grow cold. It is a simple cause-and-effect relationship.
The display of horrendous crimes, committed these days are getting more and more out of hand and control, and expose that these amounting problems cannot be stopped by giving a good guy a gun, to stop a bad guy with a gun, because the undercurrent causes are so played down which are propagated through violent movies, video games, and the overall un-restrictiveness in the Internet, and all these chilling and self-destructive patterns being seen in today’s so called educated world. On the other hand, the paradox is that they also claim to support and maintain the highest civilization standards? How can the modern man be protected from itself? What is going on in the highly civilized mind that gives impetus to cold-blooded and suicidal mass-murderers and abortionists?
The truth is that in recent decades many things in the everyday life and mind of the average human have radically changed. One example – the level of religious devotion has declined drastically. People declare their atheistic beliefs or state that their religious feeling is a matter of family tradition and habit, and free choice. God is removed from his rightful place of honor and His name is subjected to flippant usage even to the extent of being used for cursing.
The attitude towards sexuality, marriage and family relationships have changed as well. Homosexuality has been exalted as a criterion for civilization. Legalizing same-sex marriage and the right of these couples to adopt and raise children seems to be an irreversible process. Frequent change of the intimate partner is an integral part of the modern understanding of personal freedom and choice.
The nature of family relationships has also alternated. Spouses are more free and independent from one another than ever before; each has their own space with no regard of the other person. Children learn their lessons on privacy, independence, and success in life early in their development. Obedience to parents is socially unacceptable and declared harmful to children; we hear about more and more laws protecting the child’s dignity and freedom apart from their parent.
It seems as if modern man has become completely emancipated from any moral constraints or long-standing cultural traditions. The young generation finds its idols in morally liberated music and movie stars, fashion icons, or sports celebrities. Anything goes and there is no limit in the pursuit of success. You work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and of course that includes Sundays. Success is above all else and is considered a virtue.
However ancient sounding to some people that might sound, but let’s briefly go over the most common violations of our day: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me … , Do not make any graven image … , Not misuse the name of the Lord your God … , Six days work in them and do all your work …, honor your father and mother ….; …. not commit adultery “- these rules, which are safeguards, are now thrown away by the modern man who feels strong enough to manage his own destiny – without God, without a master. The very thought that he has to obey any rules beyond his own ideas, tastes, and desires, is humiliating for this new master of the universe. Nobody believes that the widespread violations of Biblical rules can be a problem for the individual and for the society. So why then be surprised seeing what we can witness daily in the news?
Yes, indeed, the modern man has increased in knowledge, is able to direct his fate in many ways, claiming to influence the world around him. Many are determined to save the planet from the destructive human activity. “Mother Nature” will not tolerate any changes in the ecological balance. But why do we continue to delude ourselves that we can afford to violate the rules of the Creator of human life?
Let’s think logically. No one can convince us that man is the creator of this world. Please if you can just read over the category: Beyond our Reality. Obviously, man is much more of a result, output, outcome, and not the master of the world. The harmony and perfection of nature’s reality unambiguously show that there is a creator, designer and a legislator. The existence of physical, chemical, mathematical, biological and any other material laws are a fact and do not depend on the will of man.
The growing loss of reason and common sense are a form of denial of the subordinate role of man and his need to comply with the rules of the universe. But how would it be possible to accept only some rules in the world and at the same time to reject the existence of God’s rules for life, human relationships and social behavior? Should we deny the distinct differences of the sexes and their different roles in the construction and development of the family? Is it possible to exist as a human race without basic common notions of good and evil?
How far we can go with this approach, of our imaginary picture of reality? Today, same-sex marriages seem inevitable alternative to the traditional family. Would there be an argument against the acceptance of a family of three or more people in the near future? And what could be our moral reason to oppose marriage relationship between man and an animal, sorry – if this is the will of man and it does not bother anyone else? After all pet do not object to the will of man.
Let us not be fooled by any collective proposition of insanity in which the only thing that matters to people is what they feel, what they want, and what they do; a way of living in which people don’t strive to submit to any external legal (much less God’s) moral constraints.
This is only the first step towards civilizational decay unfolding before our eyes. In this scenario, to use advertisement strategies, he consumer with his passions and desires is the foundation of a new ideological dogma that rejects any residue of conformity towards God.
Under this dogma, the opponents of same-sex marriage are labeled as narrow-minded bigots, the abortion opponents are accused of denying women’s freedom and dignity, and as far as it goes for the people rejecting political correctness – they are accused of backwardness of being enemies of the social peace. And all because we believe it is not important to stand up for truth.
In most parts of the world you are not yet thrown in jail for public expression of opinion, but let’s think about what will happen with the triumph of political correctness and the legal prohibition of “speaking the language of hate”? The very expression of one’s negative attitudes towards homosexuality threatens one to be convicted of a criminal offense. The result of this legislative trend is obvious – a legalization of a new totalitarian ideology. Let us not get mislead by the fact that we’re still able to speak freely – the demonization of dissenting voices could be just the beginning.
What is the choice set before us?
We see the out of control human nature and its escalating desires guaranteed by state control, where man is god and there are no other gods besides him. On the other hand we have the eternal divine rules that man must respect: the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom: thou shalt have no other gods, honor your father and your mother, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not kill, do not bear false witness, forgive, love your neighbor as yourself, love your enemies! Can we imagine a more perfect moral system that could be the basis of human life, of human society? Can people be normal and keep the rules, without having a deep inner belief about the sacred and divine nature of basic moral concepts and norms? Without the healthy fear of God, the laws against murder would have the same weight as mere traffic laws, nutritional restrictions and safe working conditions rules which can be broken easily.
Will we be able to accept the standards of good and evil, when life and moral behavior are fully humanized and defined by an omnipotent state, which would be the only guarantor of justice, prosperity, and happiness? The state in the role of being the only one to define these concepts for us! Are we ready for such scenario?
And lastly – why should we restrict ourselves to Christianity, with so many other religious
To reject Christ people today often use the examples of the Crusades, the Inquisition, religious wars and conflicts – all unrelated to the essence of the gospel of Christ. But nearly two thousand years ago, the apostle Paul warned the believers in Rome, which was then the capital of the civilized world about the consequences of rejecting God (paying particular attention to the spread of homosexuality and violation of divine moral rules):
Romans 1:20-30 (AMP)
For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. For even though they knew God [as the Creator], they did not honor Him as God or give thanks [for His wondrous creation]. On the contrary, they became worthless in their thinking [godless, with pointless reasonings, and silly speculations], and their foolish heart was darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory and majesty and excellence of the immortal God for an image [worthless idols] in the shape of mortal man and birds and four-footed animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their own hearts to [sexual] impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading and vile passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural [a function contrary to nature], and in the same way also the men turned away from the natural function of the woman and were consumed with their desire toward one another, men with men committing shameful acts and in return receiving in their own bodies the inevitable and appropriate penalty for their wrongdoing.
We all know the ultimate fate of mighty Rome.
Isaiah 40:28 (AMP)
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
PS. Parts of this insightful analysis are from Ivan Gruikin & Tsveta Ivanova