How to make the world a better place

Everyone has the desire to want to leave the world a better place than it was when they got here. We all dream big of how we can make a contribution to the world; that is at least until we hit our mid-twenties and reality hits us full in the face. The sad truth is there is no such thing as human progress. The 20th century has been marked as the biggest decade for human progress and coincidentally also has the most corruption than any other century known to man.

Every ounce of progress has led to more debt, taxes, and a higher cost of living. For all of our progress and achievements, we are basically doing the same thing that we have always done. Have you ever heard the adage about before and after enlightenment, we carry water and chop wood?

Liberalism at its core is about freedom of the individual. Progressivism takes liberalism to an extreme and takes us right back to what we tried to liberate ourselves from. Today’s conservatives are just trying to conserve their 19th century liberalism. Progressivism seems exciting, at first anyway, If there is no such thing as progress, then what is the whole point of living? Where does man find his significance?

The Westminster Catechism says the purpose of man is to know God and make Him known. Which God? The God of the Bible. The God of the ancient Hebrews. Or Yahweh, “I Am.”

The most doom and gloom verse in the Old Testament is the first verse in the book of Ecclesiastes, written by the wisest man in the Bible. Solomon, son of King David, says that everything is meaningless, or vanity, and a chasing after the wind. The last verse in the same book says the whole duty of man is to keep the commandments of God.

Of course man can’t do this until he puts his trust in the Divine and God changes his heart (Psalm 37:4). This is called being born again in the New Testament.

The Kingdom of God is already here. Most of us are just unaware of it because we are too distracted by materialism. Atheists always want proof of God’s existence but the biggest proof is that when people put God first and seek first His Kingdom and righteousness, the world becomes more peaceful and balanced.

All the problems, such as income inequality and climate change end up taking care of themselves. Although God ordains government, they are still antichrist and want to have all the power, so they will never tell us to do what God wants us to do. They may promote spirituality but they won’t promote true religion, which is connecting with life’s most important relationship.

The biblical meaning of “middle class”

Proverbs 30:8. . .”Keep falsehood and lies far from me. Give me neither poverty nor riches; give me only my daily bread.”

This verse if pretty much the biblical basis for being “middle class”; one who is neither rich nor poor. When we look around and see someone with much wealth, our natural assumption is that these people are rich. Ironically, people who make six to seven figures per year don’t often see themselves as wealthy. This is funny considering they have more than 90% of the population, and more than that in a global sense.

Does the Bible encourage building wealth?

The Bible doesn’t encourage us to strive for wealth. Even the New Testament says to keep our lives free from the love of money. People in the Old Testament were wealthy but mostly in the sense of owning land that was given to them after years of working it, or through inheritance. Jesus and his apostles were at or near poverty. Many mystics in the early church through the last few centuries were known for taking a vow of poverty and living a life of simplicity.

If you believe in divine providence, then poverty is a mindset. Those that tithed in the Old Testament gave a voluntary tithe in response to already being blessed by God. God’s blessings are based on who He is and not dependent on anything we do. We are already blessed. Material blessings are separate from divine blessings, though the latter can overflow into the former.

Prosperity is a mindset: Real wealth is gathered little by little

Since God doesn’t condemn anyone, no one is condemned for pursuing wealth; though God will hold one to a higher standard if they pursue wealth. They will have to use it to serve others to some capacity.

Studies show capitalism has lifted 40% of people out of poverty. That means 60% still live in poverty; with most of these people living in third world, or developing countries. Many people are poor because they live in communities. We in the United States still have Amish and Quakers who still live this way.

Middle class is an illusion for poor people trying to look rich

The Bible never says anything about the existence of a middle class, no does any religious text. There are only rich and poor, with the former usually getting rich off of exploiting the poor. Find a passive income opportunity where you don’t have to work hard; guess what, just because you aren’t working hard doesn’t mean someone isn’t, and usually for low wages.

If there were no poor people, what would the middle class be? Likewise what would this class be if there were no rich people? I have a feeling middle class is a man-made term for people who don’t want to label themselves as poor.

The Kingdom of God is the inverse of the world

In the Kingdom of God, the poor are the rich because they, in most cases,trust more in the Divine and are the least enslaved to the worldly systems. Money is created out of debt, so the more you have the more debt you probably have. It is all superficial.

Put God first, love and serve others, and focus on the opportunities around you to live as richly as possible, regardless of income. Capitalism at its base is more about maximizing the use of one’s resources.

Lord and savior Donald Trump?

I’ve heard so much Trump worship in recent years I begin to wonder if 2000 years from now society will organize a religion around Donald Trump and still be waiting for his second coming?

Sound familiar?

Political leaders used to build their own cult of personality. Now society worships these people on their own.

God told us through 1 Samuel that we don’t need a leader. Why do we always insist on having one?

The Kingdom of God is it’s own nation. But I guess that does sound a little dualistic when you realize there are two kingdoms that exist simultaneously, with one being invisible.

The political kingdom is a mirror of the spiritual kingdom. Basically an antichrist that tries to enslave us to materialism.

Holy Jihad Batman

When you think of a jihad the first thing you think about is Muslims. Guess what? They aren’t the only ones who wage a holy war, intentionally or otherwise. Jesus said in this world there would be wars and rumors of wars.

Obviously when we think of war we think about guns and ammunition. As much damage as these wars cause, the most lethal weapon is the mouth. Every time we put someone down, gossip, or talk bad about them we break the commandment that says “thou shalt not murder.” We are literally killing them internally.

This is all especially true in the area of religious doctrine. The Word says all we have to do is believe in Yeshua/Jesus but when we get so caught up in doctrine that we claim to be the one true church, we make salvation sound so complicated that even Jesus would start to doubt himself.

There is good news though. The true church doesn’t have walls. The walls we worship behind are merely just a building. The true church, or Kingdom of God, is being built up around the world every time a soul is won.

Also we can’t that just because someone never hears or responds to the gospel that they are necessarily consigned to hell. God has mercy on whomever He will. Maybe someone can still be offered salvation after death. Especially since death only affects the physical body and is just an illusion.

The Christ did not come to condemn; He came into the world only to save. So why do we condemn each other? As some anonymous person once put it, “can’t we all just get along?”

“Tell me why are we so blind to see that the ones we hurt are you and me.”- Rapper Coolio from “Gangstas Paradise” (1995).

Not about us but has everything to do with us

Mark 2:27,28. . .Jesus said to them, ‘The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.'”
When people think of religion, they think of all the rules and regulations they have to obey to be right with God. Of course, as born-again christians we know no amount obedience can make you right with God. True obedience comes from a changed heart when you recognize your sin nature and ask God to come into your life and save you by the blood of Jesus.
God’s standard apart from the blood of Christ for entrance into the kingdom of heaven is moral perfection. Being able to obey the laws of God perfectly. God didn’t create the law merely for His enjoyment though. He created them to show us how to live happier more productive lives-as well as to show us our sin nature and need for His perfect righteousness in our lives.
So to quote a radio preacher I heard one day-“It’s not about you, but it has everything to do with you.” God loves each and every one of His creation and the only thing we can do to return His love is put our faith and trust in Him through the Lord Jesus Christ and His cross. Then God will change your heart and give you a desire to want to live for Him. Without this new nature, all our best works are merely establishing our own righeousness and will merely burn up in the presence of a holy and righteous God on judgement day.