10.3.06

Loving the world - Jesus Army Life, Day 227

I invented a little rule a while back:

Almost everything in this world is designed to lead you away from Jesus.

Shocking as that might sound I find it is generally true.
Okay, I don't know if things are 'designed' to keep us from Jesus and, yes, I'm sure there are exceptions to the rule but this maxim seems to work most of the time. (And for those out there not down with the Christian lingo - 'world' here doesn't mean the natural world but everything that is part of mankind's system of living, and yup that includes religion.)

Smallprint over. Consider these verses...

What is highly valued among men is detestable in God's sight.
Luke 16:15

You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
James 4:4

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
1 John 2:15-16

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Colossians 2:8

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:12

Sometimes I find it useful to remember things in this light. And it leaves me feeling angry that so much can be destructive towards people finding faith in Jesus.

Cue discussion...