Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Optimism : No Hope In This World

                              My Optimism ; No Hope In This World !

            In the Bible, Jesus spoke through his disciple John , saying ,  “ Love not the
world , neither the things in the world . If any man love the world , the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh , and the lust of the eyes , and the pride of life , is not of the Father , but is of the world . And the world passeth away , and the lust thereof : but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever .”
            Jesus states in the Bible that he will destroy this world some day , and replace it with his new one . Following are some of the verses that reveal this truth .
            But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night ; in the which the heavens
shall pass away with a great noise , and the elements shall melt with fervent heat , the earth also and the works therein shall be burned up. Heaven and earth shall pass away , but my words shall not pass away . And Thou , Lord , in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth ; and the heavens and the works of thine hands : They shall perish ; but thou remainest ; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment ; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up , and they shall be changed : but thou art the same , and thy years shall not fail . And I saw a great white throne , and him that sat on it from whose face the earth and heaven fled away ; and there was found no place for them . And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire . And I saw a new heaven and a new earth : for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away and there was no more sea . Nevertheless we , according to his promise , look for new heavens and a new earth , wherein dwelleth righteousness . Lift up your eyes to the heavens , and look upon the earth beneath : for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke , and the earth shall wax old like a garment , and they that shall dwell therein shall die in like manner : but my salvation shall be forever , and my righteousness shall not be abolished . For behold , I create a new heaven and a new earth : and the former
shall not be remembered , nor come to mind .
            Jesus said , “ He that loveth his life shall lose it ; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal . “  He also said , “ I pray not for the world , but for them which thou hast given me ; for they are thine …I have given them thy word ; and the world hath hated them , because they are not of the world , even as I am not of the world . I pray not that thou take them out of the world , but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil . They are not of the world , even as I am not of the world . My kingdom is not of this world ; if my kingdom were of this world , then would my servants fight , that I should not be delivered to the Jews : but now is my kingdom not from hence . “ Obviously , his hope was not in this world , but in the new one he will create .
            When Jesus foretold of the Jewish temple’s destruction , his disciples privately asked him; “ Tell us , when shall these things be ? and what shall be the sign of thy coming , and of the end of the world ? “  The disciples were not ignorant men , as their Biblical writing attests . They were all probably well schooled in the old testament and perhaps had read Isaiah’s prophesy that God would destroy his first heaven and earth , replacing it with a new one . The disciples had no hope in this world , knowing it would some day be destroyed . Jesus revealed to them in his responsive parable the meaning of the sower , the seed , the four soils , the devil’s tares , and that Jesus would cast those who did not believe in him into hell with the beast who deceived them that dwell on the earth , blinding them from belief in the gospel ; Those who believe Jesus would come to understand that God was in Christ , reconciling the world unto himself , not imputing their trespasses unto them .
            Christians are to be dead to the world , as the Bible says ; “ But God forbid that I should glory , save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ , by whom the world is crucified unto me , and I unto the world …Ye adulterers and adulteresses , know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God ? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God . “
            The Bible says only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God overcomes the world ; the entire world , whose prince is the devil .
            All things pertaining to sinful life on this first earth , and even in spotless heaven itself will some day be forgotten by Christians and two thirds of  heaven’s angels who were wise enough not to follow Satan who was cast down to earth about six thousand years ago .
            That is comforting to know . The revolutionary third of angels and those who do not trust Christ as Savior will for an eternity be reminded of their refusal to believe Christ and the painful memories of the life they chose to live without him .

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