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The religious nature of the current unrest

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Sep 13, 2020 at 02:56

Hi, Tovey. You said,

"Christianity does not appear today as the early Church once did and as noted in the pending collapse of Wester Culture, the 'message' of the cross has lost almost all of its salt"

The "message of the cross" is that 1. we have all strayed from acknowledging God, and that 2. Jesus died for our sins and 3. God accepted his sacrifice, showing this by raising him from the dead.

That's a simple enough doctrine, but most people don't believe it. The way to heaven, according to the gospel, is to believe and accept it.

In accepting the gospel, a person acknowledges that he is unable, without God's intervention, to live an acceptable life. The ideology of the Antifa, etc. rioters and protesters, on the other hand, is that "we" (whoever that may be) are certainly capable of righting all wrongs, if we can only first destroy society, and even the history of it. That's the "religious" nature of the conflict that I was referring to.

As for the church, it is described in the Bible as the "body of Christ", the living expression of Jesus. As such, people in this world rightly look to the church as their moral compass.If this representation of Jesus, however, does not represent the actual Jesus, who loved us so much he offered himself up in our place, God cannot fault them for not accepting our story. As the scripture says,

Romans 8:
[19] For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

Of course, like the Christians, the Jews also are described as a "light to the nations"; but that's their own problem to deal with. I am a Christian, and have to deal with my problem.

There is much talk in Christian circles about the "appearing" or "perousia" of Jesus. Usually Christians expect this to be the bodily appearance of someone resembling portraits of Jesus. However he ultimatly "appears", he will not do so until the church has first remoulded itself into his image. There are several scriptures about this, but I won't bother with them.

The point is that in order for the world to stop its mad, murderous course of destroying the world by trying to fix it, they have to confess that they are incapable of doing so, and acknowledge God. That will only happen when they actually see God manifest in His people, and say, "Blessed is he that comes in the name of Yahweh".

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