Death…Without God

“You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”    John 8:44

Many years ago we decided to stop our cable service.  We kept our internet for communication purposes, but we quickly found that we didn’t miss TV much at all.  We had a collection of movies and lots of books.

When we moved, we decided to start watching TV again.  I was struck by the proliferation of reality shows and how much cruder they had become.  TruTV is something like America’s Funniest Home Videos, but the crassness and violence are disgusting.  Every day you can see people seriously injuring themselves while their friends laugh, and we sit in our living rooms entertained by it.

Reality shows find people behaving at the lowest levels of society and even legality.

There is also a proliferation of the occult in entertainment.  Since when is possession, demons, and death entertaining?  Oh, I know many see it as informative, satisfying their curiosity about these things.  But people are simply drawn to it.

Whether it’s something that seems very mild like Harry Potter or the gore and violence of the vampire and zombie movies and TV shows, America, indeed the world, are turning to death and darkness for entertainment and fulfillment.

Billy Graham’s son Franklin is getting this message out.

“Reverend Franklin Graham, son of world-renowned evangelical preacher Billy Graham, said that America is increasingly embracing a “culture of death” that echoes what has occurred in Europe, and which stems from a ‘sinful, godless worldview that rejects Christ.’”

With all of God’s creation to explore and be informed about, the world chooses to find its expression in zombies, death and destruction.  His comment about America echoing the decline of Europe harkens to Ken Ham’s book, Already Gone.  You can read my two-part synopsis of it, Why Kids are Leaving the Church.

Not only is death a part of our entertainment, it’s now becoming part of our actual life choices.  For example, my article I Love You Enough to Kill You.

Again, from Franklin Graham:

“In places like Europe, where Christianity has been in decline as the deceptive forces of secularism and materialism have spread across the continent, it’s not surprising to find the practice of euthanasia so entrenched,” said Rev. Graham.  Earlier this year, Belgium became the first country in the world to allow child euthanasia with no age limit…The euthanasia movement—disguised now as ‘death with dignity’—is gaining ground in a number of states.”

Why is this?  We’ve asked God to take a hike and invited Satan in – whether we see it that way or not.  Don’t think so?  We’d rather watch death than football.

Football used to be the dominant choice on television on Sunday evenings in the fall and winter but, for example, 17 million people once skipped the football game to watch the season premiere of The Walking Dead, a series about zombies hunting and eating people.  A few weeks after that premiere, nearly 15 million people turned in to yet another episode, easily surpassing that night’s matchup between the Broncos and the Chiefs.

Yeah, I hear ya…plot, character, good stories that just happen to be set against a lot of death and gore.  And we just read Playboy for the articles.

Graham goes on to point out that death is not a game.  Even for Christians.  You get one shot to step through that awful door.  The other side is set for you depending on your choice in life: Jesus, yes or no?

Our only hope, said the reverend, is bold, biblical Christianity that counters the devilish, dark culture of sin and death that seeks to enslave and ultimately damn people for eternity.

Find out for yourself just what God is all about.  Read about creationism.  Evolution is not a fait accompli.  There is another better explanation for the geologic record.  Read my post Evolution and the Geologic Record from May 5, 2014.  If you haven’t heard of Ken Ham, check out his organization, Answers in Genesis: https://answersingenesis.org/

Many other scientists – who don’t make the news – are working with him and on their own, discovering how evolution and deep time don’t fit what pure science is telling us.

And here’s the real trick – if Genesis is true, if God created all and man sinned bringing death into the world, then we certainly need Jesus to save us from this horrid choice by Adam and Eve eons ago.

Our society once chose God and Jesus, but decades ago, first Europe then the United States chose to cease believing in God and showed him the door.  Step back for a minute and look at what we find entertaining compared to just 20-30 years ago.  Death and lawlessness has become our entertainment.  Doesn’t that strike anyone as just a bit warped?

“For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy…”    2 Timothy 3:2

Choose your god, choose what food you take into your mind, heart, & soul.  Life is short.  Eternity is another matter altogether.

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