Today there are so many voices and thoughts about COVID-19 … what it was, what it is, and what it will be. Conspiracy theories abound on the Internet, and it all seems to be good material for a script for a scary new Sci-Fi movie. No one could have predicted how this pandemic would affect people, but we see the results today.
Panic: This was the first of the COVID-19 Trifecta to spread through the land. We were told how dangerous this virus was, and how it could wipe out millions of people around the world. Panic is like a virus; it spreads among people like wildfire and all rational thinking seems to disappear. Panic is like someone shouting fire in a crowded theater … people become like animals and stampede for the door.
Fear: The second element of this Trifecta is the element of fear. Fear cripples our ability to think and process the rational outcomes to any situation that is creating the fear. Fear is like standing on a ledge of a tall building; certain death would happen if you fell from that ledge, and safety just doesn’t seem possible because it is not what you see in front of you. Fear is crippling because it takes away any hope and it feeds on itself … the more you fear, the more fear controls you. Fear will never leave you without an antidote. Fear may subside, but only for a season. Fear, like a virus, returns in a different form and strain.
Lies: The last in the Trifecta is the environment of lies. There is no Truth in this world … that is the first and basic lesson we learn as we mature in our thinking. No one tells the Truth and we live in an environment of lies. If we live in denial of this, we will never come to understand Truth. Lies, like a virus, are transmitted by panic and fear. We are told information and we Believe it to be True. Why? Because we Believe people are basically good and good people do not lie. Good people do not distort the reality of Goodness, but Good can become the most deceptive element of a lie. Let me illustrate this by some of the way we promote the Gospel today.
Social justice is good. It looks out for any injustice to race, gender identification, poor people, and in general is a watchdog for inconsistent or inhumane treatment of people. As good as this emphasis is, it is not the Gospel. Good things do not change the heart … only God changes the heart and only He can remove the barrier that separates people from God. Will Good people be in hell? Yes. Goodness cannot be used as a resource to get into Heaven, and Goodness doesn’t pay the price for our sins … it can only mask it. That is why Satan can change into Goodness (an Angel of Light) to deceive people into thinking that all Goodness is Sacred and Honored by God. Have you ever wondered why the Two Books are opened in Revelation?
Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
The Books of Accountability will be opened. One Book tells about your life … it might be full of all Good things, but it is not enough. The Second Book, the Lamb’s Book of Life, is the Book that will determine your future … not the Book of things done in this life. This is why Goodness can be so deceptive and can give the wrong impression about what it takes to get into God’s Kingdom.
Giving our lives over to panic, fear, and lies is a cocktail of Destruction that keeps us addicted to the things connected to this world. Listen to what the Bible Teaches about this world:
James 4:4 You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God.
1 John 2:15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.
The lies start by telling you that this world is all there is, and this is where our education begins. Tell this lie for sixteen years in the development stage of a person’s life (the educational cycle of most people today) and you have set a foundation for panic, fear, and lies. Look at how Americans have reacted to COVID-19. This reaction is the result of our education (that rejects the idea of a God), and accents on science, data, and facts. So, let’s look at those:
Science: We all have a life span; in other words, we all die. That’s Science 101.
Data: The only data we know about is the data of the Resurrection from a Jew in Israel who came back to life from the dead. The data comes to us from reliable eyewitness accounts. There is life after death.
Facts: You can believe in a 70-year life span, or you can accept the Promises of Jesus Christ and expand that life span out for an Eternity.
There, I just used the criteria of this world to make my point. This world has lied to you, and God is the only source of Truth you can Trust. He does not lie, and it is not in His Nature to do so. However, it takes a person of Courage to stand in the face of this world and cry foul. You can live by the falsehood of the lies of this world, or Trust God to live in Truth and Know the Goodness of God.
Your choice! God would have it no other way.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler
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