Twenty-Twenty will be a year none of us will forget very soon. An old philosophy teacher once wrote that most men would rather die than think and most of them do! There was a time when some men had respect for proper authority but not many men ever have appreciated it. Civil law has mostly inherited morality from what the Bible teachers about it. We suggest what Christ said, “because strait is the gate, and broad is the way, which leads life, and few there be that find it” (Matt. 7:14). The life that amounts to spirituality was left by Adam/Even in Genesis one and en mase has never been back (Rom. 3:23).

God said to them “do not eat of the tree” but they ate anyway. But some would say today, “if I had been Adam I would have obeyed God.” Oh, really? If we have not yet obeyed Him via His truth, the Bible, what makes us think we would have done so in Adam’s day? Paul wrote in Romans 5:12 that sin entered the world by one man. And death was the result of that disobedience, not physical death (though it is a part of it), but spiritual death, or separation from God. All men have died biologically and will continue to do so (Heb. 9:27), but it is the spiritual “death” that is vital (Isaiah 59:1,2; Romans 6:23; Re. 14:11a).

If we think physical death is all there is, we do ourselves an injustice. After Lazarus died (in Jesus’ story, Lk. 17:19-31) he went to Abraham’s bosom (vs. 23). If this teaching of Christ is not true, then Jesus made it all up; but He said HE was the “truth” (John 14:6). The morals of holy scripture are eternal and sure (II Tim. 3:16, 17. We all are judged morally by God’s word and we have no right actions in response but to obey God (Heb. 5:8, 9; Acts 5:29; Matt. 7:21). If there is proper authority absolutely, then it is God’s rule via the Bible, not man’s. A person can become a “new creation” in Christ (II Cor. 5:17; Heb. 10:20; John 3:3-7; Matt. 18:3). “Think” on these things.

Charles Geiser

Ashtabula

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