Hosea 4:6a - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
No bone cancer there then Stephen, nor maggots eating the eyes out of children. From where then did such horrors spring? Why from ‘The Fall’ of cause clearly instigated we are told in scripture, by Satan.
1 John 3:8
The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.
Disease, murder, inconvenient affections as well as hatred, infidelity etc... did not appear before ‘The Fall’ but unquestionably after it. Yet the Creator who made all things good at the beginning shall have the final victory over sin, though it cost Him His Son to taste death on our behalf, who Himself had no sin but suffered for ours, the righteous for the unrighteous.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
Once Satan’s blight has been cleansed from this Earth, then shall we who trust in Jesus receive the life planned from the foundations of the World.
1 Corinthians 2:9
No eye has seen, no ear has heard nor mine perceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him.
People want God to take responsibility for their decisions [James 4:17], thus cry “foul” when they smart for wrong choices, even to the point that he who finds himself incarcerated for the outrages of rape... dares lift his head to the heavens and shake his fist at a holy God, blaming Him for his lot in life.
7 - Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.
8 - For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
It is noteworthy to mention that it wasn’t until after one of the malefactors had taken responsibility for the actions that had brought him to the very gates of Hades, that he finally saw Jesus as saviour and King. And so having had the chains of pride shattered through repentance... received both forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Yet facing such same terrors another refused, choosing rather to squeeze one last drop of comfort from out of a cloak of lies as might the drunk an empty bottle. I too can testify to such an ignorance, who likewise once preferred the wine of lies over the stark reality of who I really was.
39 - One of the criminals who were hanged there was hurling abuse at [Jesus], saying, “if you are the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”
40 - But the other [coming to his senses - added by me] answered, and rebuking him said, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation?
41 - And we indeed are suffering justly, for we are receiving [what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
42 - And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
43 - And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”
Indeed that is how I accepted Christ, for having dared to gaze upon my sins I was mortified, convicted and afraid of a just, righteous and holy God. It was then that my conscience cried-out and I saw Christ crucified, the saviour of us sinners who turn to Him. [Galatians 3:24]
Some day soon you too must choose, either to pull away the cloak of lies that has denied you Christ, else hold fast to it until the very end when you shall awake suddenly, frightened and amazed in Hades below where there is no hope... only a fearful expectation at the calling of your name. Then you shall be led before a holy and righteous God with no mediator at your side. For in the days of your flesh you spurned the only atoning sacrifice that turns away the wrath of a righteous God... even the sight of His Son dying upon a Cross, who though torn, mocked and beaten cried-out to His Father on behalf of all those who turn to Him...
“FATHER FORGIVE THEM!”
And He will.
Break free then from the shackles that have bound you to the rancid places of your mind, where lies are whispered, secrets planned and evil deeds having been spawned are jayed into life. Step out from the shadows and into Christ’s glorious light and be healed, why should you perish?
Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.