The Future Of Every Nation Rests On What People Believe About Jesus

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   4/27/2012

The entire world rests on what Christ taught us. Jesus taught us that sin exists in the world and that sin is the reason for all of our struggles, because sin works against us to destroy us.  

He taught us that we are born with sin in our hearts.  

We are not born with good intentions, because our natural born condition is to follow the sin in our heart which guides us to do things that destroy ourselves and our relationships with others.  Unless we address sin, we will lead a destructive life. 

Jesus said the way to overcome sin is to deny it daily (Matt 16:24), while being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2) so that we do not conform to the evil desires that are in us, but remain holy as he is (1 Peter 1:15-16).

There is no possible way to accept sin, follow its desires and live a long, peaceful and happy life.  The unsuccessful search for this path continues to frustrate even the brightest minds God has created. 

We are our own affliction, our own disease. The sickness is ourselves, as Switchfoot sings about in their song “Mess of Me”,

In our fruitless search for another way to live with our sin rather than rejecting it, we use our imagination to dream up a new reality in which to build our lives upon.  But there is no other foundation that can sustain society. We cannot live without the truth about sin that Christ revealed to us. 

Sin of the source of global calamity.  It is the reason for poverty, for envy, for wars, for divorce, for death, for broken families, for corruption, for every problem we face daily.

Yet nation after nation tries to build a system which allows sin to exist rather than discriminate against sin. The idea that we are make peace with sin that we can compromise with it and somehow limit its destruction is a fantasy.

A worldview that ignores sin is irreconcilable with the worldview that Jesus taught. Death and life cannot co-exist. Sin results in destruction and death, and Jesus taught us how to reject sin and live holy, long and peaceful lives. The two are not compatible with each other. 

Any worldview that does not reject sin will always be in constant conflict with the Christian worldview. As wickedness increases (Matt 24) around the world, so in the tension between the world's love of sin (John 3:19) and the Christian worldview.

A Popular Imagination 

In order to get around the reality of the destructive nature of Sin, we use our imaginations to come up with new realities that if true we could build upon.

One of the more popular imaginations is that there is no all-knowing and all powerful God. There are then several ideas that can be built on top of this idea. Because if this idea were true, then we are not responsible to anyone and therefore we can embrace our natural desires and let them guide us to decide what is good and bad.   

Furthermore, we don’t need God, because we can get together and define a “common-good” which we can use to manage the undeniable evil among us – while neglecting to address the source of evil within us.  This is the thinking that this imagined reality leads to and many try to build their lives upon this foundation.  

The problem is that this foundation cannot support our lives because of the reality of God and sin. Putting your faith in this idea does not lead to a better life because its assumptions are false. It may sound good to our ears, but it does not result is the abundant life that Jesus spoke about.  

Common Good 

It begins to fall apart, when we realize we cannot define a “common-good” because no nation has been able to create laws apart from God’s laws that are not unjust.  Unjust laws result in constantly changing them to try to make them just as we endlessly search for a “common-good”.  

But without justice, there is no peace and no hope because people cannot put their faith in injustice.  The injustice that results from our "common-good" laws cause people to realize that a “common-good” cannot be created by us. 

And so, there is no justice and no peace, just endless fighting within each nation and with other nations. This is the result of this imagined reality that sin does not exist within us.

World Peace 

Anyone that truly wants world peace should consider this.  For we cannot have it without first addressing the source of evil among us, in which most popular worldviews do not.  

The reality of God is not possible for us to overcome. God cannot be replaced. He cannot be overthrown. We cannot be our own gods.  We cannot create a definition of good and evil, because we are biased by the evil that is in us.  We need God to define good and evil for us.  Only he, who has no evil in him, is capable of defining a “common-good” or an absolute moral standard. 

This is why Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace”, because his laws are just and justice results in peace. The only way to bring peace to the world is to convince others to repent of their sins, become reborn in Christ and renew their mind with the knowledge of Christ.  

The day is coming when there will be peace, when Jesus returns and removes those that refuse to reject their sin and established his presents on earth.  In that day, the government of the world will rest upon his shoulders.  

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever." (Isaiah 9:5-7 KJV)”

Sin Can Be Overcome

Sin can be overcome. Jesus taught us how to do it. (Matt 16:24)(Romans 12:2) A nation that's people reject sin will be a nation of prosperity, long life and peace. 

A better life begins by acknowledging sin and then taking action to reject it and keep it out of your life. You will live longer and happier. (Proverbs 10:27)

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