The Isolation of Modern Man

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“These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.”
–Jude 1:18

Modern man is in a predicament–largely of his own making–but, AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY, assisted and helped along by Satan and the world.

His problem?

His largely self-imposed ISOLATION from others.

Long before COVID-19 and its SELF-ISOLATION protocols, modern man was being taught the advantages of being alone.

This isolation–in many cases, this modern  SELF-ISOLATION–is a problem BECAUSE at the one time when man MOST needs the assistance and guidance of his fellows, he has, in many respects, cut himself off from those who might help him.

Even the world cautions against this self-imposed isolation.

“No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.”
John Donne

This is a thought with which God’s Word agrees–though, naturally, in respects other than the world.

“For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.”
–Romans 14:7

The modern world is ALL about isolation from others.

The ‘news’ media CONSTANTLY refers to the wonders of isolation.

The entertainment world adores isolation.

The culture offers each man an ESCAPE FROM OTHERS: the video game; the cellphone; the computer; the home entertainment center.

The culture sets up LONELINESS as one of life’s GREATEST calamities–but then, the culture offers little else but isolation and products which promote being apart.

Oh, the culture doesn’t BEGIN with self-isolation: the culture BEGINS with something else and, very quickly, proceeds to isolation.

This can be seen in all of the devices which help isolate man from his fellows.

While the video game MIGHT ONCE HAVE BEEN POSSIBLY an occasion for ‘gamers’ to gather, it quickly devolved into a game played AGAINST THE COMPUTER’S AI (artificial intelligence). One would think that, for a cellphone to be effective, there would have to be others with which to communicate.  BUT, once more, the cellphone quickly became the portable,  prime amusement center for moderns.  This can be demonstrated by seeing the number of moderns who, though they walk among others, are ALONE, engrossed in their phones;  in the images and ideas displayed upon its tiny screen.

Surrounded by many but ALONE.

The same applies to the personal computer: what was ONCE touted as a method of SELF-learning and SELF-enrichment quickly became, for so many, a way of passing the time.  Hence, the popularity of SOLITAIRE card games.

The modern way of life includes so many instances of one of Satan’s favorite terms: SELF.

MORE:  Modern Man’s Self-Centered Universe

Why does the world and Satan work to isolate man?

One reason: many times, a man by himself may DRIFT into rebellion and sin: being LED by suggestions–rather than ACTIVELY pursue such a course of action.

It could be argued that end times man is RIPE FOR THE PICKING: Satan’s picking.

And when modern man is alone, he is alone with WHAT HE THINKS ARE HIS THOUGHTS.

“If you believe that your thoughts originate inside your brain, do you also believe that television shows are made inside your television set?”
Warren Ellis

Each person living in his own little universe of his own making.  Each person passing his time in his own isolated COCOON, separated from friends, from family, from neighbors, in a way which would likely surprise earlier generations of mankind.

How many know who lives beside (or near) them?  How much interaction NOW takes place between those who were once referred to as “neighbors“?

Oh, there are STILL interactions between modern man and any who might provide him with services or other comforts.

There are still those who pay their monthly electric bills.

There are still those who pay their monthly water bills.

There are still those who pay their monthly bills for garbage, the Internet or cable TV.

But how many NOW pay those bills–which once were mostly paid in person–via the USPS or the Internet?

Could this be what’s behind the modern push to BUY online?

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Modern man is cut off from ANY who might influence him  in any number of ways.

Modern man is also cut off from ANY who might influence him to resist the coming changes.

[In this regard, has the reader ever invested any thought into why the modern term “influencer” is so heavily connected to the isolation of the impersonal Internet? Why are there no ‘influencers’ who influence IN PERSON?]

The isolation of modern man seems to be an encouraged part of modern life.

How many movies has the reader seen which feature a protagonist CUT OFF from the rest of mankind, struggling–and then thriving–to overcome his alone-ness?

How many articles has the reader read which provide “tips” on how to surmount any torment or disadvantage associated with being alone?

How many ‘modern conveniences’ cater to ONE person, rather than a family or group of like-minded people?

And so, modern man is CUT OFF from his fellows, ANY of whom MIGHT influence modern man to pay closer attention to God’s Word.

But then, perhaps that is merely an incidental benefit of a system which, piece-by-piece and byte-by-byte,  tears at the fibers of man’s inter-connectiveness?

“There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail. 

Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
–Ecclesiastes 4:8-12

IS the reader part of the modern isolation?

IS the reader MOVING toward an isolated lifestyle?

It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

A Reminder: The Gospel is Simple

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: January 10, 2022.]

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