I thought I would share one of the most important lessons I have learned from the Bible.
It came to me as one of those “aha” moments.
I have written about the prophets in the Bible and how their words of prophesy still apply today.
Now I don’t think the Bible prophets were like Nostradamus. They weren’t looking into the future and predicting specific events, or what can be construed by some as specific events. They couldn’t see the future. But through the gift of insight and intuition given to them by God they knew the outcome of events.
I believe their prophesies were dealing with their time and age.
I believe their prophesies weren’t dealing with the details of events but addressed the core or root cause of the problems and events to unfold.
They addressed the greed, corruption and lack of faith and discipline in man.
This is why their prophesies live on and always will live on.
All the rights and wrongs, good and evil, that goes on in the world has always and will always be here.
No one is going to break out the blue tights, the shirt with the red “S” and the cape and put an end to injustice and suffering.
Man just won’t do it.
The biggest lesson in the Bible isn’t how to save the world, how to wipe out evil and put an end to injustice. Again that is something that has always been with man and always will be with man. So you must learn to live with it and not allow yourself to be seduced by evil.
You must learn to save yourself and through learning to save yourself you will learn to help and save others.
The world will never be a Utopian society of peace and love. We will never all sit down and hold hands and sing and love each other. We’ve had a lot of time to get it right and we aren’t even close.
Good and evil will always exist and the Bible teaches us that concept.
What it shows us and what it teaches us is how to deal with it. The lessons are for every generation from the beginning to the end.
It shows us how to recognize the pitfalls in life, the evil in life, and its lessons teach us to avoid and deal with it. It’s not easy.
Like everything that is good it takes work, discipline and vigilance. There are no magic words or wands that make it all good because it’s not all good, never has been, never will be.
You must deal with it every day and the Bible is the manual that teaches us how.
All the prophets told us this, as did Christ. They didn’t hide from it, they told us exactly what it’s about and the consequences. The prophets and Christ suffered the consequences of speaking the truth.
So what the Bible tells me is it’s all here, always has been and always will be, there is nothing new under the sun. Here is how you deal with it. Now get to work.
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