In his book The Great Divorce, C.S Lewis says;
There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will be done.” All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. Those who knock it is opened.
I am not a theologian nor do I have a solid grasp on doctrine. What I do have a firm grip on is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He lived a perfect life so that He would be the only suitable sacrifice to atone for the sins of the world. I know that the only way to heaven is by accepting Jesus as your own personal Lord and Savior.
Having said that, until we get to heaven how we live our lives as Christians can be a bit confusing. The Bible is clear on what is right and what is wrong, it’s clear on what is morally acceptable and what isn’t. But, we have an Old Testament and a New Testament, not everything we read in the OT is confirmed or denied in the NT. Do we live according to the OT or the NT? If we live according to the NT does that mean the Ten Commandments don’t matter anymore? What about the BIG issues like abortion, homosexuality, and divorce? The Bible is a large collection of 66 books and letters written by 40 different people over a period of 1500 years. It has very little to say on the “big three” as I like to call them and yet, so much of our culture today revolves around those three issues. We have only a handful of verses that we can refer to when it comes to the big three so how are we supposed to come to a conclusion when the Bible says so little about it?
Then we have the question of how do we treat those who we say have fallen into a category of sin. Does that sin mean they are doomed to hell? If we associate with them does that mean we are doomed? That brings up the question of can we lose our salvation, or after we’ve accepted Jesus is there any sin that can take that away?
We Christians even argue amongst ourselves, we divide ourselves by denomination. This denomination uses that Bible translation and this denomination uses another, is one better than the other? How do we know if it is?
I’m not trying to confuse you, but these are real concerns that we have to wrestle with. Good questions that the Bible can answer, you just have to read it. I found it helpful to also read some books alongside the Bible to help you understand what’s was written, Charles Spurgeon is a good help, so is C.S Lewis, Frank Turek, Francis Chan, Greg Koukl and Greg Boyd. There’s many more, those are just to name a few.
For me there is one aspect of God that I find most intriguing, and it’s something I heard a while ago where many theological experts agree that God is only as involved with this world as this world is involved with God.
And that’s where I get the title for this blog. The western world has exponentially decreased their involvement with God. We don’t refer to Him before we make a decision, we don’t ask Him what His will is, we don’t look for wisdom in His Word, He is not allowed in our schools, our workplaces, and our government. We have delegated Him to stay in the churches and even there we’ve limited what He is allowed to say.
We look out at the world and it’s state of chaos and we wonder what went wrong, we see the perverse and unnatural things that people are doing and we are afraid to say something for fear of being called a name. We see children die in our streets and we blame the government, all the while God waits for us to come to Him for wisdom, knowledge and guidance but instead we turn on the TV so we don’t have to think about the evils that lurk outside our doors.
Our society is robbing life of its value, “there’s no God” they say “you live and then you die” they claim “you might as well do what makes you happy” is their philosophy. Unborn babies are called “clumps of cells” so killing them is no big deal, if that “clump of cells” is a girl and you wanted a boy just terminate her and try again. Autonomy is what we worship, my body, my choice is the modern day godless people’s creed.
The sick and dying are no longer offered compassion by way of prayer and time spent together. The new definition of compassion is “if it gets too hard, opt for assisted suicide” and “before you get old, die with dignity when you say so” life has been robbed of its value. If our answer to a hard life is to end it we also rob life of its beauty.
My wife said something quite profound the other day when we discussed aging, she said “it’s a luxury to grow old” and I think she was spot on. Growing old is not something to dread, it’s something to look forward to. Only after being alive for so many years can you truly look back at your life and appreciate it. Only after so many years can a person look at his family tree and see how it’s grown. Taking our own life is not dignity, looking at the life God has helped you create is dignity, look at your children and your children’s children and you can say “they are here because of me” you being alive is what brought those lives into existence. God has a plan for you and when the plan is complete He will call you home, don’t go knocking on that door too early because He just may not answer.
The west had evicted God, not because we have the power to evict Him but because He chooses to wait for us. Like C.S Lewis says, He is simply letting us have our way. It’s our will that’s being done and I believe there will come a day when we beg Him to come back and in spite of us deserving to live forever without Him, He is way better than us, He won’t hold a grudge even though that’s what we would do, He forgives and He will save us from our very own destruction.
Invite God back into your life today, pray for a revival and if we all do it we will start seeing the changes we all desperately want.
Thanks to all for reading, would you please let me know if you like what I have to say by sharing this with others. Who knows? Maybe it will be what they need to hear.