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Christ doesn't just provide answers; he is the answer
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It seems that man today is always looking for someone to blame.

Children blame one another when they get in trouble for something, husbands and wives blame each other when problems arise, countries blame each other for difficulties, and on and on it goes. There are even those who want to blame Christ for all the problems in the world.

This attitude usually shows that someone knows little or nothing about our Lord. Notice Peter’s words about Christ, "because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed" (1 Peter 1:21-24).

Christ is not to blame for all the sin in the world. He lived a sinless life upon the Earth, even overcoming direct temptations from Satan (Matthew 4:1-10).

The Hebrew writer wrote, "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15).

God has made man a free moral agent to choose between right and wrong. He has given us his word so that we can know what is right and what is wrong, but many fail to heed the warnings. We need to have the attitude of Paul and be followers of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Some try to blame Christ for all the religious division in the world. Man is the cause of this not God. God sent his Son to reconcile both Jew and Gentile into one body. "And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:" (Ephesians 2:16).

Christ offered a prayer for unity just prior to his being arrested and crucified (John 17:20-21). The desire of Christ is that all become part of his body, the church, which he paid for with his very life (Acts 20:28).

Is Christ to blame for the troubles and problems the world? No! He is not to blame; he is the answer to all the problems and troubles in the world. Instead of looking for somewhere to place blame, look to Christ to find the answers. His word tells all the things man needs to know to find peace and true happiness.

The way of the world leads to destruction. "Love not the world, neither the things that are 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 forever" (1 John 2:15-17).

As the "Preacher" said long ago, "all is vanity."

Christ is not to blame. He is the one who offers eternal life. Love him enough to study his word, and obey it. Heaven waits for those who prepare.

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