Today i have heard an interesting sharing regarding the two ways that every man must take. We would examine one of the two ways today.

Introduction

Our lives on earth is just like living in a wilderness, the wilderness is a vast place and it is hard to see a direction. Sometimes as we tread on it. Sometimes we wonder which is the right way to take. If we choose wrongly, it will take our lives into darkness.

But the bible tells us that if we follow God, our future will be bright.

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide
  is the gate and broad is the way that
  leads to destruction, and there are
  many who go in by it.   Because narrow
  is the gate and difficult is the way
  which leads to life, and there are few
  who find it”- Jesus (Matt 7:13-14)

Matthew Chapter 5-7 contains the famous sermon on the mount by Jesus. They contains many teachings about Christian living. Here it mentioned that there are 2 pathways a man can take. That idea of that inspires us, reminding us that there are only 2 path a man can take.

Though the eyes of man it appears as if life had many choices and possibilities. But in the eyes of God there are only 2 outcome for he life of men. One path leads to destruction, and one leads to everlasting life.

Today we will focus on the path of destruction. It is also known as the path of the world.

What Is The Path Like?

It is a path that leads to hell and destruction.  Jesus describes the path that its gates are wide and the road is broad. It is very easy for one to walk and enter. Jesus said that many will go in by it. For it is the ways of the people of the world. Paul describes that path further.

“in which you once walked according
  to the course of this world, according 
  to the prince of the power of the air,
  the spirit who now works in the sons
  of disobedience,  among whom also
  we all once conducted ourselves in the
  lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires
  of the flesh and of the mind, and were
  by nature children of wrath, just as
  the others.”- Paul (Eph 2:2-3)

That was the path that we once took. It is currently the way our world operates. It is according to the prince of the power of the air. The path is easy for it allow us to follow our desires, we can do whatever we like. The modern world describes that life as freedom. But Jesus calls it the wide and broad way that leads to destruction.

The People Of The World Today

The bible describes the people on that path as the sons of disobedience and these people who walk on the path will eventually be judged for their disobedience to God. Paul continue to talk about these people

“having their understanding darkened,
  being alienated from the life of God,
  because of the ignorance that is in them,
  because of the blindness of their heart;
 
who, being past feeling, have given
  themselves over to lewdness, to work all
  uncleanness with greediness” – Paul (Eph 4:18-19)

Paul said that those who took this easy ways do not know God. They did not believe in him out of ignorance, that is why they do not fear him and they had no fear of judgement

That is why our world today is so complicated. There is always a thick grey line between right and wrong. Sometimes we wonder why is everyone so corrupt and evil, and that question lead to us doubting the existence of God as well as judgement.

At times, we wonder why is our world in such a mess. It is because of the fact that human beings have departed from the true source of life. They think that he doesn’t exist because they cannot see him.

But yet there was an old Chinese saying that says “头顶三尺有神明,不畏人知畏己知"

It means that “There are deities three feet above your head , even if others are not aware , yet you should know” It appears that all cultures acknowledge that even if you cant see God doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.

The societies of the past are more aware of this than our modern world. But today we often asked “Why Is It That We Cannot See God?”

The Earthworm At Kremlin

During the 1960s during the cold war sparked a space race between the communist Russia and the America , at the initial part of the race, it was the Russian who were the first to send an cosmonaut into space.

During a speech made by the Russian Premiere Nikita Khrushchev he said “"Gagarin flew into space, but didn’t see any god there."

A week later, there was a comic strip that appeared in the US, in that strip there was a Earth worm who managed to go through the ground, and he pop his head up at the Kremlin in Russia. He looked around and he returned back to the ground. He told his friends that  Khrushchev doesn’t exist. For he had been to the Kremlin and could not see him.

The strip is drawn to poke fun at the Russian Premiere for he is just like an earth on the earth. Just because you did not see him doesn’t mean he doesn’t exist.

The  same goes for God. For God is spirit, even if you were to enter into space, you will not be able to find him. But sadly, man in his ignorance was not able to see that. As the result their heart is blind and they lose direction in their life. They became unafraid of judgement and they just do whatever their heart desires.

This is the reason why many on earth dare to do evil. They did it out of a ignorance, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

They claimed that religion was an invention of the weak to protect themselves.

The Generation Of Noah

This situation we see today reminds us of the time of Noah. During that time, God destroyed the world for they do not know him and their mind were evil continually. During that time, God saw the violence that is happening and saw that the ways of men were corrupt.

That is why he told Noah to build an ark, and through the ark, 8 people were saved.

In the past, there are many Countries that base their standard using the words of God. But today, they no longer believe in God. There are many in the western world that are atheist and they no longer had any concept of God. It seems that many had put aside their bible, and yet God was blamed for every problem that comes after that.

There was once a pastor when confronted with the question why had God left us and why did the 9-11 incident happened gave a very interesting answer. It is we who had drove God away from us. We have expelled God away from us. Even though there are many countries who are called “Christian country”, but the truth is that they had took out the 10 commandments and took away the rights of many who wanted to worship God.

They stand under the guise of multi-culturism and that there are some who are atheist and out of respect for them there should be no religion in schools.  The result of those policy steer people to think that they are the greatest.

Freedom without the knowledge of God.

This becomes the way of the world., where one can choose to believe if God exist or not.

People who subscribe to that belief, will eventually focus only on enjoyment in the flesh. For they feel that they have the freedom to do whatever they like regardless of each other.

Freedom devoid of the knowledge of God is mere indulgence. Since there is no one who dare to say that adultery and stealing are evil, one would slowly become ignorant of God. That is the reason why many expelled Jesus from their heart and would rather devote our time doing anything else except to pray to him.

We spend all our times on the internet, doing the other things we enjoy, putting God in the side lines.

What Is a Life Without God Be Like?

The book of Genesis gave us some insight into the generation before the flood. “

“And as for Zillah, she also bore Tubal-Cain,
  an instructor of every craftsman in bronze
  and iron. And the sister of Tubal-Cain was Naamah.

   Then Lamech said to his wives:

  “Adah and Zillah, hear my voice;
    Wives of Lamech, listen to my speech!
    For I have killed a man for wounding me,
   Even a young man for hurting me.””-Moses (Gen 4:22-23)

Over here talks about a Lamech and his wife Zillah, Zillah gave birth to Tubal Cain who is able to work with Iron and Bronze. After Cain left the presence of God, his descendent knew how to work with bronze and iron. In the song of Lamech, he talks about how he killed a man for wounding him.

It is likely that the world in the pre-flood era had already entered the Iron age and Lamech knew how to use bronze and iron to make weapons. These weapons are used to defend as well as to kill others.

It is like the law of the jungle where the winners takes it all.

This is similar to the world we live in today, sometimes people kill without thinking and we wonder why is humanity so cruel now. It looks as if violence is just growing all over the world. We see fanaticism happening and the society is moving towards two extremes

One side is gearing towards over conservatism where certain groups of people cannot tolerate the existence of others, if you do not follow his ideology or belief, he will kill you without any hesitation.

Yet we also see the other side where one ignores all belief and just focus on a indulgent life.  In the verse we read earlier, Lamech had 2 wives , the descendent that came from Cain changed the Gods  original institution of marriage.  God intended for one man and one wife, but Lamech here took 2 wives

The Time Of Noah And Our Time

God once said that the time of his second coming is just like the time of Noah. It is a time where mankind will follow their own way and they will not put God as the centre of their lives. The society that they create is one that is full of themselves where their enjoyment comes before anything else.

Even though we are  in  a country monogamy is practiced,where is illegal to practice bigamy. We can still see many couples not being able to stay together, they had affairs outside marriage and the worst part is that many Christian group choose to go against the command of God. (CF Mk 10:1-2)

In order the please the crowd, they allow Christians to divorce and when they remarry, they can be blessed by the pastor once again.

The result of that action allow many to lose faith in the institution of marriage. Couples would rather co-habit than to be legally married, any unwanted children created in the process is given away for adoption. Sometimes allowing children to grow up in strange families and it affect their own perspective of life.

Such action leads to the destruction in the morals of the next generation of children.

This is how our world has become closer and closer  to the time of Noah and Cain. The bible remain silent about the descendent of Cain after Genesis Chapter 4. There are some who feels that the daughters of man in Gen 6:2 refers to the descendent of Cain

But during that period of time, the sin of man had reach onto heaven and God commanded Noah to build the ark. After the flood, the descendent of Cain were destroyed and they cease to exist in the world

Conclusion

As Christians had been talking about this for 2000 years, there are many who scoff and laugh at the message. Elder Peter once said this

knowing this first: that scoffers will come in t
  he last days, walking according to their own lusts,

   and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? 
   For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue
   as they were from the beginning of creation” “-Peter (2 Pet 3:3-4)

In fact their scoffing is not new. For even at the time of Peter everyone had been talking about the second coming of Christ.  Truth is that Jesus was gone for 2000 years and many wonder when will he come again.

Elder Peter continues

“For this they willfully forget: that by
  the word of God the heavens were of old,
  and the earth standing out of water and
   in the water, by which the world that
  then existed perished, being flooded
  with water.  But the heavens and the
  earth which are now preserved by the
  same word, are reserved for fire until
  the day of judgment and perdition of
  ungodly men.”- Peter (2 Pet 3:5-7)

If we take a close look at our world, and we find our way to be the same as the wide way that leads to destruction. If we find our path easy to go to, and easy to walk. Let us consider if we are on the right way.

For during the time of Noah, many walk on that way and were destroyed by the flood

Let us ponder over the path we are taking and the direction we ought to be heading to.

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