The reader has SURELY heard one of the popular, most prevalent phrases of our modern day: ‘the way of the world.’
And, boy, IS IT POPULAR!
Books, plays–and especially songs–have all had the phrase as their titles. In how many others did the phrase occur? Innumerable.
For such a popular and well-known phrase, it is truly astounding how few know what ‘the way of the world’ is.
There are MANY, MANY more who THINK they know, but when push comes to shove, they do NOT.
Most usually, someone (in a play, a movie, or some other form of mass entertainment) upon hearing that someone or something did NOT go as they had planned, will sign and mumble, “Oh well! That’s the way of the world.”
But what does that mean?
MOST folks who use the term seem to use it AS IF it REALLY was “that’s the way of the WICKED WORLD we live in.”
God’s Word agrees: the world and the things of the world are NOT friendly to God. In other words, they are evil, wicked or foolish.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
James is even MORE CLEAR.
“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
It seems that the world EXPECTS the men of the world to act as they are described in 2TIMOTHY. Actually, the world REALLY is surprised whenever a man behaves contrary to that passage.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
So, if the few believers and the many heathens BOTH believe that the men of the world are not to trusted, then why doesn’t everyone know what that phrase means?
Maybe it is because the pagans seem to believe that they can navigate through the treacherous waters of the world using their intellect?
But what if the ‘way of the world’ WAS NOT?
What if the ‘way of the world’ was COMPLETELY different than most imagine it to be?
IF one is thoroughly schooled in the many stories of the world, that person is considered to be ‘smart.’
BUT, how many of those stories are just STORIES?
How many of those stories are complete fiction?
Perhaps a SMALL percentage of the world’s “learned men” believe themselves to be above their fellows due to arcane knowledge. BUT this small group only knows what it has been told.
What if their arcane knowledge was NOT true?
Here a question for all of readers who are harboring doubts: “Why would a Creator–who was righteous and good–create a world where the ‘way of the world’ was WICKED?”
Here’s ANOTHER question: “What if the ‘way of the world’ was NOT according to how WICKED men ruled, but what if the ‘way of the world’ was according to how God ruled?”
The Book of Revelation gives a fairly detailed view of how life on earth will be once Jesus returns. Though most the big ticket items are laid out for the reader, many of the details are ‘fill-in-the-blank.’
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
In addition, men living on earth will have a PERFECT RULER in Jesus Christ.
So, one final question:
“What if the way of the world is NOT?”
- Faith In the Things of This World: Misplaced
- MOST Operate in This World LARGELY by Guesswork
- The Magnificent Stories of the World
- The World is a Dark, Dark Place. Jesus Christ is the Light of the World.
- BOTH SIDES NOW: Life in a Fallen World–And Otherwise
HAS the reader ever wondered about the ‘way of the world’?
It is not YET too late–although time is surely running out: 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?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: December 19, 2022.]
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by Jeremiah Jameson
–with Mondo Frazier
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