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Quaint writings or biblical truth -- you be the judge

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In the natural world, birds, bees and butterflies, as well as many other things, are becoming extinct. Storms are increasingly violent, as are droughts and wildfires. Arctic ice is melting and the Northwest Passage, which for centuries challenged and killed those who sought to navigate it, is soon going to be open water. Degradation and pollution of our air, soil and water through excessive use of chemicals and other industrial activities worsens year by year.

In the social world, marriage breakdown, suicide among young people, aberrant lifestyles, are epidemic. In the financial world, the very rich are becoming exceedingly rich, and those in poverty are becoming destitute, and like gangrene, poverty creeps steadily upward, as the middle class is diminished and poverty claims greater territory. At the same time, huge public expenditures are made to foster sports and other entertainments, while roads, bridges, sewers and other infrastructure falls into ruin.

Surely, if people stop texting long enough to think about anything, there must be an awareness of the perilous state of our world. Books are continually coming on the market decrying the state of the world economy, and what is being -- or not being -- done about it. The CCPA Monitor, a publication put out by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, is very nearly as apocalyptic as the Book of Revelation in the Bible. Life, in short, is becoming more and more insecure, and this short description above is only a very partial enumerating of our predicament. Is there any hope?

How many, who have stayed with the narrative to this point, will stop reading if I say, God is in control, and the universe is unfolding as he intends it to? That all this turmoil that confounds us day by day, must come to pass, and worsen, before the dawn? It is quite an astonishing thing to read a book or an article and be very impressed by the summation of the problem and the utter fecklessness of the human race to deal with it from the distant past, and then to have the suggestion made that this totally improvident creature called man is going to fix it and bring in Utopia!

The prophets of Israel foretold this time. The Lord, Jesus Christ foretold it, both in the Gospels, and the Book of Revelation. The Bible is often spoken of, and treated as, a quaint and totally out of date collection of odd writings from another time. I will offer one example to refute that idea. In the Book of Revelation, chapter 11, two witnesses are described. I encourage everyone who reads this to get a Bible and read about the testimony, death, and resurrection of these witnesses. Then tell me how it would be possible for verses 9 and 10 to happen without worldwide television or something like it being in existence? In other words, Revelation is as up to date as next week's newspaper. And that is always true, because it is spoken by the One who told Moses his name was "I AM that I AM" or "YHWE". And it was renewed in the New Testament by the Lord Jesus, when he said, "Truly, truly, I say unto you, before Abraham was, I am."

If a truth is mocked, or discounted, or denied, is it less true? Jesus Christ is, was, and will be, the answer to all the problems of mankind.

-- John Beckham is a Winnipeg writer.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 3, 2013 D12

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