A Culture of Death and Darkness

Here in America, we tend to forget what life is like in the rest of the world. We enjoy a good life, have medicines and hospitals that cure us and ease suffering. We have all kinds of gadgets to entertain us and make us feel good. Our homes are comfortable and we drive nice cars.

Then we hear in the news about ISIS attacks against Kurds and Christians or about thousands dying from Ebola and it causes us to shudder. Few people die a natural death in some of these lands.

In much of the world evil is everywhere and there is no escaping it. There are fewer edible plants and many more bugs to eat them. Chickens are few and foxes plentiful. Rats, mice, lice and cockroaches are everywhere. People are seldom healthy and they generally die young. We can buy lovely yellow bananas but the natives who work in the plantations get sick and die early from the insecticides used to make them look appetizing.

Those Christmas lights we use for decoration were probably made by Chinese Christians interned in labor camps and prisons. They are forced to work 80 or more hours a week and if they donít meet the quota, they are beaten.

Much of the evil in our own country is kept out of sight, but there is still enough to make us nervous or scare us. It is an ugly, sin-scarred world out there.

The Wages of Sin is Death (Romans 6:23)
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2:17).
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil (Genesis 3:4-5).

The words, ďsurely dieĒ appear 22 times in our Bible and when God speaks these words, itís final.

Everything that lives is in the process of dying. We once saw an olive tree that was growing when Jesus walked on earth. The giant redwoods or sequoia are the largest forms of life on our planet! They can live over 3,000 years and reach a stature of over 300 feet. The oldest living organisms, however, are the bristlecone pines. The bristlecone is tiny compared to the redwoods and even smaller than most other conifers, but some of them are more than 4,000 years old -- as old as the pyramids of ancient Egypt! It seems incredible, but the Redwood and Bristlecone grow only on the west coast of America under extremely different climate conditions. The redwood thrives where there is as much as 60 inches of rainfall annually. In contrast, the bristlecone grows 10,000 ft above sea level in dry, rocky environments where there is only 10 inches of rainfall annually. Some add only an inch to their girth per century!

Everything that lives must die. This fact of life -- rather fact of death is a big problem for evolutionists.

Preference for Darkness and Death
Jesus spoke with Nikodemus (John 3:12), who came to him by night. I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? In verse 19-21 he said, And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Wicked people prefer darkness and avoid light. Most bars have darkened windows. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:14

The Light of the World
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin (I John 1:5-7).

Jesus said, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

Jesus also said, Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16).

While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light (John 12:35).

No Darkness, Evil or Death!
Jesus said that he was going to prepare a special place for us.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fatherís house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3)

God created the world in only six days, and even though sin has seriously damaged the world, it is still so beautiful! Jesus has been working on the new heaven and earth for 2.000 years already! And no sin or evil will ever enter that new place! How wonderful that will be!

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. Revelation 16:10-11

And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.  Revelation 22:1-5

Ralph V Harvey, 2014 (Halloween)