Saturday, May 6, 2017

Modern Obsessions = Ancient Problems

In industrialized societies we often condescendingly consider ourselves better and more civilized than the rest of humanity, yet, we are increasingly obsessed with the worldly illnesses of mankind, while we neglect the inward things that God says are most important. We make the same self-serving mistakes as have been committed by God-rejecting people down through the ages.

Yes, within the flood of modern humanity, a few thousand or million people here and there are concerned about the things of God, but our obsession with running to science and technology to find 'wellness' and 'wellness programs', as we emphasize physical and mental health, has eclipsed our need to focus on the things of "the inward man" of which the Bible speaks. Our rush to solve our issues by way of modern tech wizards and specialized doctors, is little different from paganism or the practices of ancient times, as people sought for any answers other than what God says and offers to us. The Book of Mark, especially Chapter 7, brings out this point repeatedly, as Christ seeks to bring an eternal message of salvation to one region after another, yet, the people are continually seeking and amazed by His healing of the lame, the deaf, the mute, the demon possessed, etc.

Based on the examples given in the Bible, it demonstrates that most of us are primarily ruled by our sin nature, and that we want earthly goodies, earthly miracles, earthly healings, but we do not have much, if any, interest in the eternal things that will last... forever, without end. We want instant rewards, instant pleasures, instant competence, instant gratification of all sorts, but we ignore or throw away the treasures of God that are encompassed in His love and peace toward us, that are freely given to us when we turn to Him and His Christ from our sin, in "repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ".

Many will rant and rail that Christ is NOT their God or Savior, and they have well said, for they are lost in their sin because of their rejection of God's Christ and God's plan of salvation. Irrespective of what our flesh, minds, and urges dictate to us, our spirits have God-given free will to decide for ourselves whether to accept or reject God's Word and His Way of salvation. I've written and spoken many times of these things, but I write this, again, in the hopes that, as we eat food, drink water, and breath air, that one day each reader might waken to the realization that one needs to be deliberately thankful for AND to deliberately choose to receive what God offers to us in Christ Jesus; to realize that no one else can do this for us, and that it is to this very crossroad that God calls every human being.

By neglecting or by deliberately rejecting God's Christ and plan of salvation, one signs one's own eternal judgment and dooms one's self to eternal punishment, in which one is conscious, segregated from all others, eternally tormented, eternally thirsty, eternally concerned for having made the wrong choice, and eternally concerned for other souls whom our rejection of Christ has caused us to neglect to try to warn them of eternal damnation... which makes the point that every deliberate decision, and every act of neglect, has eternal consequences.

Please consider or reconsider who the Bible says that Jesus Christ really is and the eternal blessing that He is offering to you, even at this very moment. May you come to make the choice that agrees with God's desire for you to be saved and to become part of His family. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me." (John 14:6) "Neither is there salvation in any other: For there is none other name under heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved". (Acts 4:12)

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