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Your Questions, the Bible’s Answers! Part 2

Wallace Smith tackles three tough Bible questions: Was Jesus created? Did Paul teach all animals are now food? Is the Kingdom of God in your heart? Find the Bible’s answers in this episode of Tomorrow’s World.

[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

Introduction: More Answers from the Bible

The Bible is God’s word—His mind in print. The truth found within its pages is simple and beautiful. But that doesn’t mean some passages aren’t hard to understand.

On today’s program we’re going to look at three common Bible questions we receive at Tomorrow’s World, and we’re going to teach you how to answer those questions yourself, straight out of God’s word.

So, join us for a new installment of “Your Questions, the Bible’s Answers!”

Interpreting the Bible: Was Jesus Created?

Greetings, and welcome to Tomorrow’s World!

If you’re a new viewer, welcome! You’ll soon find we’re not like most religious programs you see on television or the Internet. And, as our regular viewers know well, we don’t ask you to simply take our word for the things we say. We ask you to believe your Bible, and to measure everything we tell you against the truth of God’s eternal word.

As King David says of God in Psalm 119 and verse 160, “The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” But that doesn’t mean that we can’t misunderstand the Bible from time to time. As we’ll see, even the Bible testifies of itself that sometimes its meaning is misunderstood or, frankly, twisted by others. In such cases, the student of the Bible needs to strive to rise to the challenge!

In 2 Timothy 2:15, the Apostle Paul encouraged his young protégé to do just that, telling him,

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

THAT’S what we want to do. To RIGHTLY divide the word of truth.

We enjoyed doing our first “question and answer” program so much, we couldn’t help but do another one! And as we answer the questions, we’ll illustrate the principles you can use in the future to answer Bible questions for yourself.

Our three questions today are:

  1. Was Jesus created?
  2. Did Paul teach that all creatures are good for food?


  1. Is the Kingdom of God in your heart?

Let’s jump right in!

Our first question is a common misunderstanding. Some teach that Jesus is divine, but is not actually God, just as His Father is God. They say Jesus is a created being, just like the angels. And one verse that is commonly pointed to for such claims is Revelation 3:14. There, in vision, the Apostle John sees the glorified Christ, who reveals messages to the Church of God, intended to span the centuries that would follow. John writes in Revelation 3:14,

“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God….’”

Those words, “the Beginning of the creation of God,” seem to suggest to some that Jesus—even in His divine existence before His life on earth—was created by God.

So, “Was Jesus created?”

One of the principles we’ll use on today’s program to help us answer these questions is a vital tool for biblical understanding. When trying to find out what the Bible really says about something—in this case, the nature of Christ—it is important to “Examine other scriptures on the same topic.” After all, the Bible—every word of it—is inspired by the same God, through the same Spirit. It does not contradict itself.

The Son of God, Himself, Jesus Christ, tells us this in John 10:35, where He says “the Scripture cannot be broken.”

When we want to understand the fullness of God’s mind on a subject, we want to rightly divide His word and look at the whole of that word and what it has to say about that subject. In this case, what does the Bible have to say in other places about Jesus Christ’s existence with God before His incarnation in the flesh?

Was He created by God?

Or did He exist eternally with God, with NO beginning?

There are many places in Scripture where we could turn, but since Revelation is Jesus’ revelation to His servant John, let’s turn to John’s own gospel to see how he understood Jesus’ pre-incarnate nature. Look at the very beginning of the book of John, starting with the very first verse:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

John here refers to Jesus Christ—or, in Greek, the “Logos,” translated “Word” in the New King James Version. He makes this plain in the rest of the chapter, such as in verses 14–18.

And here John plainly says: the Word was with God—and was God—and They were together from the very beginning. More explicitly, John says,

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

How plain! All created things were made through him. This could not be true if Jesus, Himself, were one of the created things! This understanding of Christ as the Creator is taught plainly in many other passages as well, such as Colossians 1:16–17, Ephesians 3:9, Hebrews 1:2, and others.

These and other scriptures in the Bible make it plain that all things were made through, by, and for Jesus Christ. This is why some other English Bibles translate Revelation 3:14 differently, saying Christ is the “origin of God’s creation” like the New Revised Standard Version, or the “source of God’s creation” like the New American Bible.

So, the answer to our question is, No, Jesus was not created. In the beginning He was with God, and He was God—one of the two members of the God family Whom we now call the Father and the Son.

Wisdom About Clean and Unclean Foods NOT Abolished!

Many viewers of Tomorrow’s World and readers of our magazine—our free magazine you will receive in addition to today’s Bible Study Course—have heard us explain the Bible’s teaching in Leviticus 23 concerning clean and unclean animals—clean animals, being those God’s word says it is lawful to eat, and unclean animals, being those we’re told are not lawful to eat. God’s law is plain: Some animals are NOT to be eaten.

That brings us to our second question today: “Does Paul tell Timothy that every animal is good for food?”

Let’s look at 1 Timothy 4:4 and make sure we understand what is being asked.

We read there that Paul wrote to Timothy,

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving….”

So, at first glance, you might think Paul is saying we should throw out God’s laws about what animals are clean or unclean, and many try to use this verse to make that very point—even though Paul said elsewhere that God’s laws and commands in the Old Testament are holy, just, and good Romans 7:12.

Any time someone wants to use the Apostle Paul to make the Bible seem to say God’s laws should be ignored, you should take warning—and not because we are warning you, but because the Bible itself warns you.

We see that warning, written by the Apostle Peter, in 2 Peter 3:15–16:

“… and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.”

So, Peter encourages us to be careful, lest we fall into the trap of those who twist the Apostle Paul’s comments—which are sometimes hard to understand—to say something lawless they were not meant to say.

And, we have to admit, there are clearly many, many creatures that are not good for food! Animals such as the comb star—an intensely poisonous starfish, whose flesh contains tetrodotoxin [tet-'RO-duh-"TOX-in], a deadly neurotoxin for which there is no known antidote. So, is Paul literally saying here to Timothy that God intended every creature He created to be edible? After all, eating a comb star sandwich may kill you, but the starfish is a “creature of God.”

Let’s read more carefully by “Examin[ing] the context around the verse [or passage]”—another key to understanding the Bible. Here, let’s go up a few verses and begin reading again in 1 Timothy 4:1:

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” [vv. 1–3.]

Already, we’ve learned several important facts!

First, Paul isn’t speaking about God’s law, at all, but about “doctrines of demons.” It would be blasphemous to imply God’s own laws originated in the demon world! Interestingly, Paul mentions examples: man-made regulations forbidding to marry and commanding to abstain from foods created by God to be eaten.

Using the first tool we’ve discussed, looking at other verses that speak on the same topic, we see that Paul addressed the same problem in Colossians, calling such man-made restrictions the “commandments and doctrines of men” [Colossians 2:22] not commands of God, and “self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body.” [v. 23]

Are there false versions of Christianity that do impose man-made dogmas and doctrines, such as forbidding some to marry and abstaining eating animals God created to be eaten, such as beef from cattle? Yes, there are! (“Fish on Fridays” and so-called “Christian vegetarianism,” I’m looking at you!) Paul is addressing these false beliefs. These are doctrines and restrictions that do not come out of the Bible, but from the traditions of men, and Paul calls them “doctrines of demons”! He is clearly not talking about the instructions of the Bible, where God teaches exactly which animals He created—as it says in verse 3 of 1 Timothy 4—to be received as food.

But let’s get even more context and look at the verse that follows 1 Timothy 4:4.

“For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; [Why? Verse 5:] for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

To be sanctified is to be set apart by God, and Paul here says he is speaking of food from creatures that have been set apart by the word of God, which, for Paul, was the Old Testament.

Well, what animals have been set apart by the “word of God” as created to be animals we can eat? The clean animals of Leviticus 11!

Animals like the cow or bull, that have cloven hooves and chew the cud, for instance. The word of God sets them apart, as created to be good for food. In fact, no other animals in the world have been set apart by the word of God, other than the animals the Bible declares clean and available for meat. Certainly not our poisonous starfish friend.

Reading the verses around verse 4 helps make Paul’s meaning clear. The answer to our question “Does Paul tell Timothy that every animal you could choose to consume is good for food?” is no, the context and other passages indicate he does not. Paul was fighting against doctrines of demons and self-imposed, man-made restrictions, explaining that all of the creatures God set apart in His word are acceptable, not those animals God did not create to be eaten in the first place.

What Does the Bible Teach About the Kingdom of God?

For our third question, let’s look at Luke 17. There, in verses 20 and 21, we read,

“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Some take note of those last few words and ask the following: “Is the Kingdom of God in your heart?”

The question is whether Jesus meant that the Kingdom of God is something only set up in the hearts of Christians—now—and not a literal, world-ruling Kingdom that is yet to come in the future.

Now, this idea is explicitly reflected in some Bible translations, such as the Contemporary English Version, which translates Jesus’ words of verse 20 as “God’s kingdom isn’t something you can see.” But is this interpretation correct? Is the Kingdom just in your heart?

Well, let’s use the two tools we’ve already discussed. First, let’s consider other verses. Passages such as 1 Corinthians chapter 6, verses 9 and 10, chapter 15, verse 50, and Galatians 5:21 plainly describe the Kingdom of God as something Christians will inherit in the future and do not yet have, and that it is something flesh and blood, like we are now, cannot inherit.

In many passages, such as Matthew 25:31 to 34 and Mark 14:25, Jesus clearly describes the Kingdom as something Christians will inherit with His future Second Coming, not before. And Revelation 11:15 describes the inauguration of God’s Kingdom as coinciding with Christ’s return, as well, with other verses saying explicitly that Christ will rule over the world alongside His saints.

And the Old Testament is filled with prophetic descriptions of that future world!

Frankly, there are too many verses to refer to them all! But they plainly depict the Kingdom of God as being a very real Kingdom that will rule the world in the age to come.

And let’s use our second tool and look at the context by reading the larger passage in Luke 17, beginning again in verse 20:

“Then He said to the disciples, ‘The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, “Look here!” or “Look there!” Do not go after them or follow them. For as the lightning that flashes out of one part under heaven shines to the other part under heaven, so also the Son of Man will be in His day.’” [vv. 20–24]

Notice that last part: the coming of Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, will be as when lightning flashes, which fills the entire sky! That’s something very visible—in fact, accompanied by thunder, it can be impossible to miss!

This does not sound like something invisible that exists only within your heart!

Finally, let’s use a third tool for understanding the Bible: “Remember the additive nature of biblical witnesses.”

Luke is not the only biblical writer to describe Jesus’ comments about the Kingdom and its visibility. Look at a related passage as recorded by a different gospel writer, this time Matthew. Let’s read Matthew 24, beginning at verse 23, and see what he adds:

“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.”

This additional witness records additional elements in Jesus’ description. First, He isn’t talking about something that cannot be seen at all, but rather He is warning that He will not return and establish His Kingdom in some secret location somewhere—some location that has to be figured out or hunted down. In fact, the Greek word translated “observation” in Luke 17:20 can mean just that—a close and careful inspection, picking over minute details.

The Weymouth New Testament translates Jesus’ words of verse 20, “The Kingdom of God does not so come that you can stealthily watch for it.” That matches better Jesus’ warnings to avoid those who say, “Hey, Jesus is in this hidden group or that secret place—you just haven’t seen Him!”

He is saying the coming of His Kingdom will be very public and impossible to miss—like lightning filling the entire sky, or, as this passage adds, like a flock of eagles swarming around their dinner. Not secret at all, and extremely visible!

So, what does He mean when He says “the Kingdom is within you”? Many other Bible translations get this verse more accurately than the King James Version and New King James Version—as much as I love them—by translating that phrase more clearly as “the Kingdom is among you” or “the Kingdom is in your midst.”

And that makes far more sense!

Wherever Jesus went in His ministry, the people experienced a foretaste of the great Kingdom to come in tomorrow’s world.

Conclusion: Three Principles for Answering Questions About the Bible

In addressing these common Bible questions, we’ve seen that Jesus was NOT created by God but, instead, existed in eternity past with Him. And that all created things were, in fact made through Him. We’ve seen that the Apostle Paul was not trying to say that you should be willing to eat any and every animal on earth, but those God created to be eaten are fair game. And we’ve seen that the Kingdom of God is not just something set up in your heart, but truly is a world-ruling Kingdom to be brought by Jesus Christ at His return.

And we’ve answered those questions by employing three solid principles that you should always keep in mind when trying to understand a particular verse or passage of the Bible:

  1. Examine other scriptures on the same topic.
  2. Examine the context around the verse or passage.
  3. Remember the additive nature of biblical witnesses.

With these principles in mind, you’ll be well on your way to fulfilling that charge the Apostle Paul laid upon Timothy—and which, centuries later, he lays on all of us:

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” [2 Timothy 2:15]

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What Is the Value of Human Life?

Human life

No matter how much politicians, “progressives,” and proponents of abortion and assisted suicide foster confusion regarding the value of human life, the Bible is clear: Every human life matters to God. Who will you trust—mere humans, or the God who created humans for a divine purpose?

Dying to Get High

Pill grenade filled with opiates or drugs

The global drug crisis, powered with new intensity by synthetic opioids, is ravaging our world, and the toll in deaths and shattered lives continues to rise. Efforts to stop it are floundering—and often making things worse. As governments fail in their efforts to halt the unfolding tragedy, what does our Creator offer that can make a difference?

How the Bible Built Western Civilization

Why is Western Civilization falling apart? With law, order, peace, and civil respect becoming more difficult to practice, let's look at the democratic principles that should stabilize a nation—concepts originating from the Bible—that are disappearing as our society continues turning away from God.

[The text below represents an edited transcript of this Tomorrow’s World program.]

The Fall of the West?

In many ways, Western Civilization seems to be experiencing its death throes!

Its most respected institutions of government are increasingly mocked, its values are now up for grabs, and its citizenry, in some nations, seem absolutely dedicated to taking their country into civil war. And in our intertwined, global society, what happens to the West will inevitably impact the entire world.

How did we find ourselves on the precipice of such chaos and self-destruction?

To answer that question, we first need to understand a key element in the birth of Western Civilization to begin with, because you can’t understand what is happening to the West until you understand its changing relationship to the word of God, the Bible.

Join us right now on Tomorrow’s World as we look at “How the Bible Built Western Civilization.”

Biblical Foundations of a Culture

Greetings, and welcome to Tomorrow’s World—where we make sense of your world through the pages of the Bible.

Today, we’re going to examine what’s going on in Western Civilization from a point of view than you will see in most analyses.

Our program is broadcast all over the world, and citizens of many nations, small and great, tune in to Tomorrow’s World to find real answers to the most important questions of life. And these days, many people all over the world are asking themselves, “What is happening to Western Civilization?”

In some of the very democracies and republics that have been considered models of lawful, orderly, peaceful government, scenes of disorder, lawlessness, and conflict have become common sights in our newsfeeds and cable broadcasts.

To be sure, it wasn’t always like this.

While many great civilizations have existed throughout history, in many ways, Western Civilization has created the modern world in which we live.

Now I don’t say this as universal praise. The history of Western Civilization is a spotty record, to be sure. The same nations and cultures that have given the world many gifts that are enjoyed by so many today have also been sources of conflict, subjugation, and warfare. Many nations that were once colonies of Western nations may find that they benefit from their association with Western culture and civilization, but that doesn’t mean they always did so. And many of the West’s accomplishments were financed in part by the wealth and resources it obtained from OTHER nations.

So, please don’t take today’s program as universal praise for Western Civilization.

Only one civilization in all past or future history will be blameless—and we’ll mention THAT civilization at the very end of our program.

However, too many today fall into the trap of criticizing the West as if its culture and civilization has been nothing but a blight on the world since its birth in Europe and its spread across the world.

While virtue signaling to one’s enlightened peers by sneering at the West is extremely fashionable today, it is also ill informed and, frankly, ironic. Because often the very values the critics of the West apply in their critique are values that were disseminated into the world BY Western Civilization!

Rather, the West has, historically, been a wellspring of advances in culture, civil government, science, technology, economic production, and human liberty and freedom that have shaped the modern world in which we live. Think of what music would be today without the gifts of Bach, Mozart, Handel, Chopin, or Beethoven. Or imagine a world that has never experienced the art of Michelangelo, Monet, or Rembrandt.

The Industrial Revolution that brought advancements in production in Great Britain, Europe, and the United States eventually helped to raise the standard of living for millions upon millions of people all across the globe. Scientific discoveries and technological innovations that began in the West have transformed our understanding of the world and virtually every aspect of our day to day lives. And principles of personal liberty, limited government, individual rights, and the rule of law—born in the West and found amongst the words of the Magna Carta, the Articles of the U.S. Constitution, and the enduring legacy of English common law—those have been an inspiration for governments and peoples around the world who long for freedom and rights of their own.

Where did those values truly originate?

Some will point to the spirit of the Enlightenment or the so-called “Age of Reason” in 17th and 18th century Europe. Many today like to point to how the “founding fathers” of many nations of the West studied the cultures of Greece and Rome, and to be sure, those influences are real. But they aren’t sufficient to explain the growth and enormous influence of the West in global history.

What is often ignored concerning the origins of Western Civilization is the influence of THE BIBLE. That time-honored collection of writings of the ancient Hebrews and first-century Christians is the one book without which THERE WOULD BE NO Western Civilization.

Now that may be hard for some to swallow, but it’s true, and understanding that fact provides insight not only into the success of the West, but also into its current decline into madness.

A System of Law and Equity

We said that the central source of Western Civilization—of far more importance than the ancient Greeks or Romans, or the ideas of the so-called Enlightenment, though they had their influence—was the BIBLE.

And in this segment, we’ll illustrate why that claim is true.

Now, before I do, I need to make plain that no part of Western Civilization has truly conformed itself to the WHOLE of the Bible, and those portions of its ancient wisdom the West HAS adopted, it has often grasped half-heartedly.

The major religions of Europe that claimed the name “Christianity” have been, throughout their history, mixtures of biblical and heathen elements, with more connections to the ancient Babylonian mystery religions than many of their priests, pastors, or preachers would care to admit. In fact, many of the powerful of Europe and the West through the centuries have often taken the words of the Bible and twisted them to support their own abominations and abuses.

Yet, Western Civilization as we know it would not exist without the Bible. And however imperfectly its teachings have been used and mishandled, the most significant and beneficial values and principles of Western culture have their origins within its God-breathed pages.

There are too many such values to mention them all, but let’s look at just a small sampling.

Popular historian Paul Johnson once noted in the pages of the Wall Street Journal that the concept of “the rule of law” in Western culture—the idea that no human being, no matter how powerful or wealthy, is above the law—was “the greatest public achievement of the second millennium” (“Laying Down the Law,” Wall Street Journal, March 10, 1999).

And it is the Bible that provided the West with its most significant basis for “the rule of law.”

For instance, Deuteronomy 17, verses 18–20, highlight how kings are not above their people, and how they, too, must obey the law. Passages such as Leviticus 19:15 say that rich and poor must be treated equally under the law, and Leviticus 24:22 says that both foreigners and native-born citizens must BOTH live under the same laws.

And when the law is broken, the West has a deep tradition of ensuring punishment is FAIR and BALANCED. We see that value reflected in Chapter 14 of the Magna Carta or in the U.S. Bill of Rights’ prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment.” Again, we see the genesis of this value in Scripture and its regulation of punishment:

… you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe (Exodus 21:23–25).

Modern commentators try to characterize this statement as cruel, but legal historians have recognized it for what it really is: A condemnation of the idea that kings and authorities can impose whatever punishment they want, no matter how cruel, but, instead, must guarantee that punishment is fair and just, fitting the crime.

Yet, the Bible’s influence on Western culture extends far beyond legal foundations.

In a world where human life was often considered cheap, the Bible taught early philosophers and reformers in Europe that human beings had a special dignity, placed in them by no less an authority than God, their Creator.

We see this in Genesis 1:26–27.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Consider, too, the sciences.

Many point to Western scientific advancements and the scientific method of empirical experimentation as a key to the West’s rise in the world. Yet when you study those who MADE those advancements, even in the beginning of the Enlightenment, it was belief in the law-giving God of the Bible, who designed the world of His own free will, that stirred those scientists to study the Creation and expect to find order in it.

As Isaac Newton, a passionate student of the Bible, once wrote:

This most beautiful System of the Sun, Planets, and Comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being…. This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all… (“General Scholium,” isaac-newton.org).

Newton was not alone in this, and Western science owes its existence to the belief of early Western scientists in an orderly, lawful Creator of nature, as described by the Bible.

The stability in the West of monogamous marriages—of one man and one woman rearing children together—was influenced by the New Testament commands concerning marriage and family. And it was the teachings of the Bible concerning mercy toward widows, orphans, and those in need that spurred the development of charitable organizations in the West that blossomed into orphanages, hospitals, and institutions designed to care for the elderly, the hungry, and the homeless.

Truly, the Bible makes its presence felt in virtually every area of Western Civilization’s foundations.

The Underpinnings of a Moral Society

But the fashion today is to DENY the Bible’s role in Western culture and understanding.

For example, the late Christopher Hitchens, famous for his militant atheism, boldly declared in the title of one of his most popular books God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

Author David Bentley Hart demolishes this pretentious claim in his book Atheist Delusions, where he examines Western Civilization and addresses Hitchens’ claim that somehow religious beliefs, like those of the Bible, have poisoned “everything,” writing,

Does he [that is, Hitchens] really mean precisely everything? Would that apply, then—confining ourselves just to things Christian—to ancient and medieval hospitals, leper asylums, orphanages, almshouses, and hostels? To the golden rule, “Love thine enemies,” “Judge not lest ye be judged,” prophetic admonitions against oppressing the poor, and commands to feed and clothe and comfort those in need? … Surely it cannot be the case that, if only purged of the toxin of faith, these things would be even better than they are; were it not for faith, it seems fairly obvious, most of them would have no existence at all (Hart, David Bentley, Atheist Delusions, Yale University Press, 2009. pp. 219–220).

Yet, the spirit of Hitchens’ conclusion is increasingly common in the West.

And, frankly, there has long been a tension between the recognition that Western values originate in Scripture and the desire to base society on something OTHER than Scripture—on some sort of secular basis that can be open to all beliefs, not valuing any one set of beliefs over another. As a result, some see the best means of EXPANDING freedom is severing the ties between the culture’s values and the Bible, completely.

For example, in debate on the floor of the U.S. Congress in February 2021, Florida Representative Greg Steube read from Deuteronomy 22 as part of his defense that women’s sports should be reserved for biological women and against the idea that individuals can simply choose their own sexual gender identity.

The Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler responded plainly, “Mr. Steube, what any religious tradition ascribes as God’s will is no concern of this Congress” (“Rep. Jerry Nadler: ‘What Any Religious Tradition Ascribes as God’s Will is No Concern of This Congress,’CNSNews.com, March 1, 2021).

Of course, many were outraged by the statement in the United States, and understandably so.

Yet, do we want our civil governments imposing their own interpretations of the Bible on us? On the other hand, if God’s will no longer plays any part in the values and morals we maintain, then on what basis do those values and morals have any real authority in our culture at all? What will be the results of a society that tries to found its values on something OTHER than God’s authority and sovereignty?

Frankly, we are beginning to experience those results today.

Instead of marriages being understood as God’s binding of one man and one woman, now marriages are treated as mere contractual arrangements between ANY two persons, to be made or broken at will, with families suffering as a result.

In fact, even God’s design of “male” and “female” is being essentially outlawed in many Western jurisdictions, as women are forced to share bathrooms and bathing spaces with biological men who identify as women, and young girls in sports competitions are being crushed by biological males with physical advantages no woman will ever match.

Without the adamant and transcendent standard of the Bible, we are lost in a sea of chaos in which every man’s opinion is as good as any other—and our halls of government and the streets of our cities are increasingly filled with the angry voices of people who are determined that THEIR opinion will rule the day.

What is the result of trying to run Western Civilization according to the vestiges of values from the Bible but WITHOUT the Bible’s divine authority? A world that corresponds very closely to that described by the Apostle Paul to the young evangelist Timothy. We see that description in 2 Timothy 3, beginning in verse 1:

But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power… (2 Timothy 3:1–5).

If you don’t recognize our current world in Pauls’ description, you are blind and need to anoint your eyes.

Will Western Society Repent of Abandoning the Bible?

So, what can Western Civilization do?

In our global society and economy, what impacts the West impacts the entire world.

How can the West reverse course and pull itself back from the brink of self-destruction?

As my good friend and frequent Tomorrow’s World writer, Dexter Wakefield, likes to note: “The causes of society’s problems are spiritual. The results are social and political. The solutions are biblical.”

Building our civilization on ANYTHING LESS than a complete embrace of the Bible as God’s own revelation with divine authority over all aspects of life and society will always have the same eventual results: Moral chaos, social conflict, and civilizational collapse.

One of America’s founding fathers, John Adams, understood. Speaking in 1798 to militia members in Massachusetts, then-President Adams noted that if the United States were to begin to seem virtuous only on the surface while the character of the American people began to degrade, the U.S. would become, in his words, “the most miserable habitation in the world.” Why? He answers:

Because we have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net.

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other (“From John Adams to Massachusetts Militia, 11 October 1798,” Founders Online, Founders.archive.gov).

In fact, Bible prophecy speaks of a profound SPLIT that will come to Western Civilization when it does NOT repent of its half-hearted approach to biblical values—resulting in the fall and divine punishment of many nations of the West, specifically the British-descended nations of the world, and the rise of a dictatorship among the other nations that will eventually grip the entire world in its clutches.

The result of these developments will take the world to the brink of self-annihilation, as Jesus says, Himself, in Matthew 24:

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s sake those days will be shortened (Matthew 24:21–22).

Yes, thankfully, those days WILL be shortened. The world will be saved from itself and will begin its journey into the 1,000-year peace of Jesus Christ and the reign of His saints. That peace will not be brought about by a return to “Constitutional norms” of the values of the West, with its hybrid spirit of biblical values, heathen philosophies, and secular sentiments. Instead, Christ will teach the entire world to embrace the Bible as a whole—without reservation. Indeed, His teachings and the law of GOD, not man, will cover the earth as the waters cover the sea.

Of course, you don’t have to wait for Western Civilization to get its act together and begin embracing the book of books on which that future will be built. You can begin building YOUR life on that book TODAY.

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The End of Pax Americana

President Biden in black and white

What will the end of American hegemony mean for diplomacy, the economy, and the world order of the past century? Nothing that is happening should be a surprise to those who understand Bible prophecy—and neither should what is going to happen in the years to come!