Today many people fail to heed God’s word, mainly because they have followed humanistic and evolutionistic teachings so they do not believe in God.
This is the cause of so many having so little regard for life, for other people or for right and wrong. These people believe they can do it all by themselves, without help from anyone.
Some may say they believe in God, but then they never stop long enough to see what God wants them to do in reference to deity or their neighbor.
The humanistic outlook is not new – men have followed this thought for hundreds of years. If they would take the time to study the Bible, they would see that when mankind has only trusted in man, things have not turned out so well.
In the book of Judges, which is thought to be the darkest time in Israelite history, men just did what they thought was best. The result was devastating. In fact, one tribe was almost totally annihilated.
In those days there was no king in Israel, “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25). Mankind has always done better when God’s word was followed.
The main idea of so many today is physical gain rather than spiritual gain.
Jesus said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (Matt. 6:33, 34).
God knows that man has to have physical things, but he does not want these things to become “idols” to man. God has always wanted man to provide for himself and his family (1 Tim. 5:8), but some get so caught up in laying up treasures on earth that they fail to have God in their lives. They fail to lay up treasures in heaven.
Idolatry takes many forms and to some it is money and the gathering of money (I Tim. 6:10). Those who do this are trusting in something that can easily slip away.
Man needs to believe God. God has told man to put him first in all things, care for their families but do not let the physical things get in the way of service and devotion to God.
Most everyone is going to have hard times in their lives. Without God when everything seems so bleak, there is nowhere to turn. But with God, a person can know there is one who cares and knows the needs of that individual (1 Peter 5:7).
Those who only trust in riches and what they can do for themselves will find emptiness in life, for man and riches are fallible.
God cares for man’s physical wellbeing, as is seen in his creating a world ready for mankind. God goes beyond the physical – he cares for man’s spiritual wellbeing. God has told in his word how to be saved.
Those who followed Jesus had to believe that he was the Son of God, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins” (John 8:24).
God’s word tells that there is more to be done, “And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30).
One must have faith in Jesus as the Son of God, repent of their sins, and then confess the name of Christ as the Son of God. “… And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” (Acts 8:38).
The next thing is to be baptized for the remission of our sins: “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins …” (Acts 2:38).
If this passage is not plain enough, Peter makes it even plainer: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 3:21).
The world can be a better place, but man must trust in God, not in self.