The religion of self-harm,
Rampant sexual immorality,
Worship of the human body
Abortion (the sacrificing of the first born),
And every other form of idolatry.
All of these can be traced back to baal worship. Wherever you find these things you will find the worship of Christ Jesus diminished or even obliterated.
The beginning of the end is not marked by a crescendo of rebellion. It is marked by a flat line of the peace of man.
What time is it?
1 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thesalonians 5)
I have heard people complain that God is not just. They say, “He put us in this place. He lets us do evil. And then he condemns us to hell.” Because of this, they have even grown strong to say there is no God.
Their answer comes back to them: “You exist as an answer to he who first accused God of being unjust. So this place was made to test the hearts of those who cannot see the Glory of God; that there will be many who love him despite the evil of this place.
Then to seal the answer, God has sent His Holy Son as a sacrifice for everyone who will believe that God is love, true, faithful, righteous, and merciful.
God asks the question of every man, woman and child: “Are you bold enough to believe Me?”
“To all perfection I see a limit, but your commands are boundless.” (Psalm 119:96)
All of them were right. Every one of them gave his testimony; with what words they had, they described what they saw. Chaos exploded before their very eyes. Reality appeared then vanished.
A car accident, in full view of many witnesses. Differing statements were taken. And the question is asked in retrospect, how can so many variations of witness exist?
It is because there is a difference between believing and seeing. It is because there is a difference between the imagination and true perspective. When what we believe comes into view, we find we do not have the words to describe it.
For a split second a rift opened between the peace of man and the truth of God. For a split second the reality of eternity displayed itself before their very eyes: “If man continues on that destructive path, bodies will be exploded where they live”.
The Incarnation of the Word of Life
1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.”