To live in harmony with the world order instead of in harmony with the Creator is an evidence of man’s inherent folly. For man does not have to exist in the desolate darkness of this world; he may choose the light of God and his eternity.
The world order is without hope, because true hope rests solely in the finished work of Christ, of which the world knows nothing. The Apostle Paul reminded the Corinthian Christians, “Remember that you were at that time [before conversion] separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12).
The unregenerate world is spiritually blind and without wisdom. Oh yes, it may be filled with knowledge and with scientific achievement, but it lacks the wisdom that comes from God whereby knowledge is controlled and implemented for the glory of God.
The world system can provide for man’s physical life and surroundings but not for his death. Possessions may be acquired, material progress made, scientific know-how harnessed for comfortable living. Insurance may be taken out for accidents, hospitalization, fire, liability, and life—but not for anything beyond the grave.
The world system, being blind, stumbles over it knows not what. The only guidance it has is that which comes from the human mind and experience—good in its way but totally inadequate for the ultimate needs of mankind. What is necessary is guidance by the One who sees all the past, present, and future at once, the One who has promised to give direction to those who truly seek him.
Into this hopeless situation came God’s Son to bring the things man so desperately needs. The world system rejected him and continues to suffer as a result. ...1
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