With the explosion of highly advanced technology, it becomes obvious that there are things available to us that is, even still, beyond the wildest imagination. One of the current near miraculous events to hit the news, doctors have created a 3D printing breathing splint which saved a baby boy’s life. (Click here to read the story of little Kaiba Gionfriddo)
Amazing technologies such as this are being discovered right and left with promises of so much progress. Technologies and brilliant men are creating things that can erase many of the worlds day to day problems.
Yet, the world is becoming evil, lazy, selfish and filled with hatred. In fact so much so, that the great discoveries being made in the scientific fields may become a mute advantage. It is painful to watch the two progressions grow almost equally fast.
We have governments to control various aspects of our lives, but virtually all on the face of this earth are failing miserably in their efforts. Some feel that those who have prospered should share with those who have not. This is a noble attribute and would be extremely beneficial if it were not for the fact that, probably 50%, or possibly many more, of those who have not prospered, have failed to do so of their own volition. Their lives are consumed in desire to have fun and do no work. Those who work hard to earn enough for a decent life, in some cases are still willing to share to the truly needy, but few are pleased to sustain the worthless and sorry excuses of humanity who feel that others owe them a living.
Plus, greed and extreme envy has divided the world’s people to the point of hatred. People who know no one from some other country, still hate them because they have a pre-set opinion of them.
This writer is perfectly aware that he will not live on the earth very much longer, so the eventual outcome of this hatred, lazy and worthless portion of society, and their resulting effect on the other portion is not of a personal concern, except for caring for others who will remain and attempt to be decent and law abiding citizens.
There is only one resolution for the world to continue to survive and live amicably together, and yet this resolution is swiftly fading into the shadows and will soon reach a point of no return if, indeed it has not already reached such.
The life of Jesus Christ was recorded for all mankind. It is not only for the salvation of our souls through eternity, but holds the true secret of mankind’s relationship with others. Jesus, himself, and those devoted disciples of his first century church gave an example of how man should feel and act toward their fellowman. If all men would present a life of respect and good will towards each other as these men did, the world would be a most wonderful place to reside. Many enjoy ridiculing the savior but it only shows their own lack of knowledge and care of others. Jesus taught his disciples to care for others and not to fight back.
You will find extremely little retaliation for evil deeds of Jesus, and his apostles, plus a great number of those who followed him. Instances can be found which gives antagonists fodder to criticize, but even those were done for a definite and edifying purpose. Read the following:
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. (Matthew 21:12-13 KJV)
The story behind the money changers is too lengthy to include in this article, however, they were deserving of Jesus wrath. And besides, The Jews had left the paths laid out for them under the law of Moses and were being guided primarily by their “traditions”. Ideas which they had added to the law and now considered them of equal importance to that of the commandments. Jesus emphasized nothing more vigorously than his condemnation of the Jews hypocrisy. In fact, you can find this statement, “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!”, seven times in Matthew chapter 23, alone. Read the chapter here.
Another factor, Jesus himself, never took any retaliatory action against anyone. When he was about to be taken by the Roman soldiers, Peter took out his sword and cut an ear off one of the soldiers. Jesus told him to put up his sword and he touched the man and healed his ear. And here is what he said to Peter:
Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 25:53)
Now, there were times when a legion was considered 4,200, 5,000 and 6,000 and notice that he said “more than”. At the very least it would have been over 50,400 angels and possibly more than 72,000.
Once when Paul was on a missionary journey, on the isle of Cyprus, he was called to come to one Sergius Paulus, a deputy of the country who wished to hear the word of God. But there was with the deputy, a sorcerer, Elymus, who withstood them, trying to stir the deputy away from them. And here is what Paul did and said
And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. (Acts 13:10-11)
Needless to say, the deputy was deeply impressed and was converted on the spot, and who knows, the sorcerer may have been converted also.
The basic point of our article is to show the results if people truly tried to follow the teachings of Jesus, primarily those things he brought out in the beginning of his ministry in his famous ‘sermon on the mount’. If all men everywhere followed those instructions, this world would indeed be a virtual utopia. There would be no wars, no thieving, no murder, no fighting and there would be sharing among all men. I urge all readers to read the entire sermon, contained in the chapters, five, six and seven of Matthew.
No one is so foolish as to believe this will ever happen, but the more people who strive to do so will each make the world a better place to live. God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, have done their share. They have given us the opportunity to live a contented and happy life if we would adhere to their teachings. And if others continue to make that life unhappy for us, we can still gain eternal life by our efforts. And there, all care and sorrow will be gone. It is definitely worth working for.
In biblical times, transportation on land was primarily walking. There were dangers on the roads from beasts and robbers. Strangers passing through were accepted in as guests and were fed and furnished provisions if the household they visited were able to do so. It was also a custom that most adhered to, that some of the household should walk with the stranger for a mile outside the village so the stranger might be better assured that any robbers might not follow them out of town. This was a bother to some but those who were striving to live a godly life would do it. Jesus, in his sermon on the mount, addressed this subject thusly:
And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. (Matthew 5:41 KJV)
Again, readers are strongly urged to read those chapters in Matthew which has the record of Jesus sermon on the mount, chapters 5, 6 and 7. Many things seem to be far beyond that of ordinary people’s ideas and dispositions, such as the following:
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.4But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; (Matthew 5:44-45 KJV):
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 KJV)
Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. (Matthew 5:38-39 KJV)
Those remarks, and many more were the principles given by Jesus and do not cover all situations. However, they spell out that man should not seek revenge for the wrong doing of others. That one would pray for those who do them wrong and ask that they might have a change of heart and themselves, be saved.
The task of living a Christian life is a daunting one, without question. But the statement which makes it all worthwhile is found in the book of Revelation.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10 KJV)