We hear a lot about fear these days, and many are not aware that fear is the opposite of Faith. Faith in God takes away the fear, but rejection of God leaves you with fear.
It has only been in the past few years that I have been more aware of how Evil works. For many years I ignored Evil, thinking that most problems were the result of bad decisions. In my life that was true, I made bad decisions and chalked it up to being too impulsive and impatient. But as I assessed my life and the things I believed, I started to see that the dangers in society were not only the result of bad decisions by the leaders … but Evil at work. I remember one of the things I learned early in my Christian walk about Evil is that it is never neutral. Evil may get pushed out for a season, but it never stays where it lands. It creeps back into the mainstream through each generation. Evil is always on the move, and it is always shifting to new trends and ideas. Evil is hip and relevant to each generation. Evil is a moving entity that subtly gets its foothold in cultures, families, and individuals where there is no fear of God.
Today, Evil is on the move as it always has been. It disguises itself as doing good things and making progress in giving people rights to practice acts that defy God’s Laws and Commandments. Ask yourself what is more important to society today:
1. A person’s right to be amoral, or
2. Follow the advice of God on issues of immorality
That’s almost a foolish question isn’t it? I recently saw an ad by the drug company Pfizer that described science almost as a god. They said blatantly that science was our answer today, and science was going to solve our dilemma against any and all pandemics. I think most people believe that as well. Science is our answer … all hail scientists and their test tubes!
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe. ~Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein said it best. Science doesn’t always get it right. From Discover Magazine:
• In 1981, former Harvard researcher John Darsee, was found to be faking data in a heart study. Eventually investigators at the National Institutes of Health discovered that the data for most of his 100 published studies had been fabricated.
• When summarizing a study on women and marriage by two Yale sociologists and a Harvard economist, several news agencies reported that single women at 35 had only a 5 percent chance of ever marrying, and unmarried women at 40 were ‘more likely to be killed by a terrorist.’ Never mind the fact that in analyzing the data from the 70,000 households, the authors of the original study had not looked into what percentage of the over-30 women had made a conscious choice to put off marriage. Indeed, U.S. Census Bureau statistician Jeanne Moorman's follow-up projections indicate that of unmarried women ages 30 to 34, 54 percent will marry; of those ages 35 to 39, 37 percent will marry; and of those ages 40 to 44, 24 percent will marry.
• The Clinton administration estimated that American taxpayers paid $25 billion to determine that power lines don't do anything more deadly than deliver power. In 1989, Paul Brodeur published a series of articles in The New Yorker raising the possibility of a link between electromagnetic fields and cancer. Eight years later, after several enormous epidemiological studies in Canada, Britain, and the United States, the danger was completely discounted.
• Then there was Y2K that said computers were likely to read the year code ‘00’ as 1900 instead of 2000. So, we were treated to an entire year of talking heads ranting on about doomsday scenarios, including a world where airplanes would drop out of the sky and banks would register your portfolio value as zero.
Science is not an exact discipline, and at times it is downright wrong. Some have said that science is the new religion and the role of the priest and pastor now is the scientist. They inform us that their research is the gospel, the message of salvation.
I don’t want to pick a fight with science because as we all know science has discovered great drugs, procedures, and technology that helps us all. But, to make science into a god is wrong. Science, at best, is man’s way to improve the world through the discovery of what already has been created by God. That is the order of what science has to remember. Science discovers what God has created. The Psalmist reminds us that nothing in this world belongs to us, including our discoveries:
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
Evil always has a goal to dismiss God as the Creator and Sustainer of life. Evil can even use science to discredit Faith and make people feel that data is more important than God’s Word. We forget that Evil can transform into being a good thing when it serves the purpose of destroying God’s influence and credibility.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
Evil begins where there is no fear of God. Take away the ‘Almighty’ status of God, who then is reduced to a concept for weak-minded people and you will see Evil personified.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler