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The 2000 year War
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Category: Bible related
When last have you taken the time to notice what the world’s opinion of the Bible is? It is often negative. Books are published deriding its contents; there are hostile websites; Christians are depicted as a negative influence on society; the New Testament, it is said, cannot possibly be the truth; et cetera. But this is not a phenomenon of our day. Under Roman emperors Caligula, Nero and Domitian the Christians became the scapegoats for failure or disaster. As Tertullian wrote: ‘If the Tiber (a river in Rome) reaches the wall, or the Nile (in Egypt) fails to rise to the fields, if the sky doesn’t move, or the earth does, if there is famine or plague, the cry is at once: The Christians to the lions!’. (Paul Johnson, The History of Christianity, Simon and Schuster, 1976, p 71). And how they love to write disparagingly about the Christians and the Bible in our post modern society!
But allow me to let you in on a secret, namely the reason for the smear campaign against this ancient book. This book contains the truth about the extreme importance of life on earth and life after death. It explains that each human being chooses in this life what his or her eternal destination will be. The Bible does not have to do with this life only. If it had to do only with this life, then nobody would say a word against it. It would be about as relevant as the book of Dale Carnegie “How to win friends and influence people”. If you read or don’t read it, it doesn’t really matter, because it has no consequences for eternal life.
But the good news is this: This maligning of the Bible teaches us that eternal life after death is a reality. It also teaches us that the saying ‘all roads lead to Rome’, and ‘all will be saved’ or ‘there is no life after death’, is not the truth. If it were the truth, then we would never hear a negative word about the Bible. Why should one give attention to a book that has only to do with this life, and if you die, you go to heaven anyway, or everyone is annihilated? There would be no need to attack the Bible. But since the Bible is continually criticized, we know that there is life after death, and different destinations. God has an enemy who opposes His plan for a wonderful eternal life for every person who believes in Jesus Christ. From the beginning the devil hated God and opposed Him. And he still does today. So what is the world at large telling us by this constant animosity against the Bible? It is a wonderful book of truth.
God and the Bible are intimately linked together - the visible one (the Bible) testifies about the invisible God. To the devil it seems logical: destroy the Bible. By destroying the credibility of the Bible, the devil has really scored a lot. If people are convinced that the message of the Bible is untrue, they will not read it, listen to its teachings, obey its commands or live according to its principles. And that will pave the way to eternal damnation for them - exactly what the devil wants. (He knows that there is a lake of fire prepared for him and his angels (Matt 25:42) and he wants humanity there with him.) So the battle is to get people to lose faith in the Bible.
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