Our Human World
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Why Did Jesus Come to Earth?
Please take a few minutes with me to look at our world. What have we humans accomplished? Have we achieved a lasting peace in our world? Have we solved the problem of pollution in our world? Is there anyone still going hungry in our world? Have we stopped crime in our world? Have we found a cure for cancer? Exactly what have we accomplished?
Please don't misunderstand me. I don't think that mankind is completely inept. We have made great strides in medicine, but what frightens me is the number of new diseases that come along to take the place of the old diseases. I have also read that many disease germs, bacteria, and viruses have built up an amazing resistance to modern drugs and vaccines, making them more difficult to cure today than in years past. While we seem to be moving ahead, I'm not so sure we are not simply traveling in a circle. From my point of view, our world is still all messed up. Where is God? If God really exists, why doesn't he intervene and make our world a better place?
Listen to these passages from the book of John. I think they will shed some light on why God is not improving our world.
"I have given them Thy word and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." (John 17:14)
"I do not ask Thee to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world." (John 17:15-16)
In these passages we find Jesus praying to God the Father that those who believe in Him should not be removed from the world, but protected from the evil of the world. Jesus is "not of the world." During this period in our history, Jesus does not rule the world. Right now, today, and until Jesus returns, Satan is the prince of this world.
"Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out." (John 12:31)
When Jesus returns to earth He will cast out the ruler of this world, but for now that ruler is the devil. Before Jesus came to die on the Cross for our sins, we were as good as dead here in Satan's world:
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the prince of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 2:1-2)
I'm not sure why we are to remain here in this ugly world, but you can be sure that God has a good reason. God is allowing Satan to rule this world for a reason. This is no accident -- it is part of God's plan. This deteriorating world, manipulated by Satan, is part of God's grand scheme. One day we will understand fully why this world exists as it does today, but for now we are to trust God, put our faith in Jesus, and lead others to the truth.
I have my own personal theory as to why we have to live in a world controlled by money and war. I believe that this world is a proving ground for mankind. I have no concrete Biblical evidence to back up this theory, only my own instincts. I believe that we live in this world to be tested and trained for life in heaven. This test is not for God's benefit; He of course already knows the outcome of our test. This test is for our own benefit. By living the experiences of this world, we prove to ourselves the value of our existence. When we come before our Lord for the final judgment, there will be no mistaking who we really are. Either we lived our life with love for God and one another, or we did not. The sum total of our worldly experience will be the convicting document, not to God, but to ourselves, of our worth in eternity.
First of all, God wants us to believe in Him. We do that through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement for our sins. Once we demonstrate that faith, God begins to direct our lives - blessings for that which we do well, and discipline for disobedience. The difficulties we encounter as believers are merely training tools and/or disciplinary action intended to direct us back to Christ. Difficulties that unbelievers encounter are meant to break down self-centeredness and direct those individuals toward their need for a Savior.
Of course, God's plan is much more complex than this; however, it seems to me that it is obvious that this world is being used as a tool for our benefit. What is important to realize is that we must make a conscious choice in order to reap that benefit. If we choose to ignore God, we are choosing to ignore our eternal benefits. God does not send people to hell, people choose to go. Man has free will; he can live for money, sex, power, drugs, and self-fulfillment, or he can live his life for God. The Bible tells us that the choices you make in this world are the choices which will determine your eternal existence. You may live forever with God, or forever with the devil. It's up to you.
Please don't make the all-to-common mistake of denying the existence of Satan. If you accept that there is a God, it is a logical conclusion that He has a counterpart. For those of you who do not know the Biblical story of Satan, let me briefly explain. Lucifer was an angel who thought he was better than God and wanted to take over God's power in heaven. He was cast out of heaven by God and left to rule the world. We learn from the book of Job that Satan's rule is limited by what God will allow. Believers have power over Satan through the Holy Spirit, as learned in First John 4:4, "He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world."
Those are the simple facts and you may choose to accept them or reject them. My advice is that you should not make this decision without careful investigation. If what I have been telling you about our world and Satan turns out to be true, the weight of a wrong decision is far too great to take lightly. Don't trust what someone else tells you! This is an issue you must decide for yourself, based on careful study. Granted, these seemingly supernatural powers are very difficult to understand, but they are not supernatural - they are natural! It is natural for this universe to have been specifically designed by one being. This is far too complex of a place to have simply happened by accident. It is a supernatural thought process to accept earth and all its inhabitants as mere chance.
Take a long hard look at our world. The factors which are controlling our world are force, greed, selfishness, ambition, and sinful pleasure -- not love, giving, kindness, and trust in God. Our world is definitely not a "Godly" place; our world is clearly directed by another force. That force is the manipulation of Satan. Of course, there are individuals who are concerned for others and who are truly seeking good for their fellow man; however, those people are fighting an uphill battle against the more powerful forces of evil. The end result of most worthwhile advances, such as in medicine or technology, is usually over-priced products or services, which serve the pockets of large corporations more than they serve mankind. This world spends more money on weapons of war than tools for peace.
In the book of Hebrews, we find that those people who put their faith in God are actually confessing that they are "strangers and exiles on the earth" (Hebrews 11:13). I know I sometimes feel like a stranger here in this world. I really do want peace! I really do want everyone to have an education! I really do want everyone to have easy access to complete medical care! I really do want everyone to have plenty of food to eat, and I can't understand why everyone else in this world does not want the same. If everyone in this world truly wanted these things, they would become reality -- the resources are there! The problem is that too many people allow their lives to be controlled by the pleasures of the devil. This is the place where we live and I think it's clear that God does not live here. It is quite evident to me that our world is truly manipulated by Satan.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4)
The last thing Satan wants you to see is the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why our world is so full of lustful pleasure -- it is there to blind you from the truth! I'm writing this with the hope that you will begin to see the light. I don't want you to be deceived by this world or by the devil! The apostle Paul put it best:
But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)
Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that once you separate yourself from the world, by accepting Jesus Christ into your life, the work of Satan becomes crystal clear. Once you move away from his worldly camouflage and step into the light of God, you can see that the world is dying, and your only chance is to grab hold of the Savior. Only Jesus can pull you out of this world and into heaven!
Last updated on June 11, 2011
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