No doubt, you're familiar with old problems such as murder, war, theft, disease, homelessness, hunger, lying, economic turmoil, religious strife, lusting, adultery, fornication, unwanted pregnancy, abortion and people having a lack of care and concern for their fellow man.
But these days there are a host of new concerns that have many people shaking their heads in disbelief.
We're often told that man-made global warming is threatening the extinction of life on Earth.
We're supposed to believe the news presented to us on major broadcast networks and in newspapers is always an unbiased, accurate depiction of what has taken place.
We have people who in their minds "identify" as members of another race, sex, or even species. As bizarre as it sounds, there are people out there who believe they are cats, and thus live their lives according to a feline protocol.
We're told by certain groups that if you object to their way of thinking, then you're automatically an extremist or hater, and you should be shunned.
Some children are taught from their earliest ages that they can choose for themselves whether they're a boy or a girl, or even something else.
College campuses that are supposed to be areas of free thinking and discussion have, in many cases, become prisons for the mind where students who hold thoughts that are not politically correct are often persecuted.
Why is this all happening? There IS a reason for the madness, and it's not often discussed.
The simple fact of the matter is that we are living in what I call "Opposite World."
Opposite World is a place where human beings are living in direct opposition to the ways intended by the One who made us all, the God of the Bible. Whether we admit it or not, people generally live their lives in rebellion against God's instructions, and millions continue to object to the ways that would lead to happiness, prosperity and even everlasting life.
Yes, I'm well aware that some folks instantly tune out when the Creator of all things is brought into the discussion, but when we think about matters with an open mind, the logical conclusion is that there is a Supreme Being far more intelligent than all of us, with the power to design and create everything that we see, and even things we don't with the naked eye.
We don't realize that we have been lied to countless times over millennia by forces that control education, government and even religion, so that people have a hard time recognizing the truth when it's told to them. And these forces have an unseen leader promoting the direct opposition to God. The Bible calls this figure Satan the devil. For those who may not be aware, Satan simply means "enemy" or "adversary." He is not some fairy tale or metaphor for wickedness, but an angel who is the chief opponent of God because he, as the leader of Opposite World, has literally gone to the dark side. He rebelled against the Creator and is now opposing God and the divine ways that lead to all that is good. That is why evil is so rampant and continues to flourish.
The enemy has influenced this marvelous habitat so that most people believe the opposite of the truth, or conduct themselves in a way that blatantly violates the instructions handed down by our Designer. Our society has been held hostage for thousands of years by this very clever demon who is intentionally trying to turn God's ways upside down, twisting the truth just enough so that people actually believe the exact opposite of what was meant.
Speaking through the ancient prophet Isaiah, God actually broadcast a warning for those who endorse the opposite of what He instructs: "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)
The examples of how we live in Opposite World could take days to fully recount, but here are some examples to demonstrate how deeply we're mired in confusion and outright rebellion against our Maker.
Many of the most educated people on Earth say that there is no Creator God, and there is no real purpose for human life. The truth is that there is a Creator God who does indeed have a Master Plan for human beings.
Many schools teach that the universe and life itself are the result of an accident, some sort of cosmic flatulence (yes, an inadvertent blast of space gas!), and that life evolved over many millions of years to its current state. The truth is that the universe is not an accident; it was created by a supernatural Power who designed and created all life, including human beings. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (Genesis 1:1) Evolution is non-scientific nonsense. A complete lie.
The prevailing (and false) belief is life forms that eventually became human beings originated in the sea. The truth is the opposite, as we came from the ground, the dirt, the dust of the earth. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life" (Genesis 2:7)
People of many religious persuasions are taught by their leaders that they don't really die when their physical lives expire, that they go on living in some other place or form. The truth is they do completely die and return to the dust from whence they originated. "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing" (Ecclesiastes 9:5). "His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish." (Psalm 146:4)
Most Christians are under the impression their dead loved ones are alive in heaven right now, watching their every step. The truth is those deceased people are dead in all respects, completely unaware of anything, but will be raised from the dead in one of two resurrections in the future, the resurrection of life when Jesus returns, or the resurrection of judgment a thousand years later. "And no man hath ascended up to heaven" (John 3:13). "[F]or the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [judgment]." (John 5:28-29)
Many think that God always enjoys hearing the prayers of people, but they don't realize God actually detests the prayers of a person who ignores His instructions. "He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination." (Proverbs 28:9)
Millions are taught that God's laws are done away with or simply not meant to be followed any longer. But Jesus Himself said not the slightest part of any of God's laws is done away with, and anyone who teaches that will be called least in His kingdom (Matthew 5:17-19). He also said if we wish to enter into life, "Keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17)
Millions of Christians think that just believing that Jesus is God or their Savior is all they need to do for salvation, while ignoring the mandates to repent of sin and become perfected. Jesus says He will reject many so-called "believers" because they practice lawlessness. (Matthew 7:21-23)
It is legal in America and elsewhere for women to have their unborn babies slain in most circumstances, sometimes even after they have been born alive outside the womb. God has made it clear that murder, especially of an innocent baby, is disgusting to Him. "Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13)
Many people see no problem with decorating their own flesh with tattoo ink, but God has instructed us not to do that very thing. (Leviticus 19:28)
There is a very popular notion that God never causes evil or harm, and that the devil is solely responsible for all that goes wrong. The truth is that God says He Himself is responsible for natural catastrophes, and sometimes creates mayhem in our personal lives. "For I have set my face against this city for evil, and not for good, saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 21:10).
Millions of people cut down and decorate green trees every December with silver and gold ornaments, when God has specifically instructed us not to engage in that custom, calling it a worthless fraud. (Jeremiah 10:2-4)
Countless Christians are under the impression that God's holy days such as Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles should no longer be celebrated, when God Himself says they are to be observed "forever." (Exodus 12, Leviticus 23) "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." (Hebrews 13:8)
Many people have little problem lying to others. Thus, we have lawmakers in all political parties who say one thing to get elected, and then do the exact opposite once they're in office, governing against the will of the people. We have men and women who cheat on their spouses. We have parents eagerly lying to their own children about a guy with magical reindeer who flies through the sky to place gifts near trees and fireplaces. The truth is that lying lips are an abomination to God. (Proverbs 12:22)
As should be obvious by now, the world as most people know it marches in direct opposition to the ways of God. It is a fraud, a giant hoax based on the deception of the devil. It continues to operate in darkness because, as one might expect in Opposite World, most people actually prefer the darkness of the devil over the light of God. Those are not my words. They are the words of Jesus:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." (John 3:19)
Even many people who call themselves Christians today are living in Opposite World, opposed to the teachings of their own divine Parent.
"This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me." (Matthew 15:8)
"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46)
We all need to keep focused on why we're here. We need to remember that this place in which we live is a testing ground for our character and we need to practice the truth. God is looking for people to come out of Opposite World, this Babylon of confusion, and live obediently according to His ways, not the ways of rebellion. He wants to grant us eternal life in His coming kingdom, to join the divine, spirit family running the government of God, according to the laws He has set in place.
Your intellect is not going to grant you eternal life. Neither is the government. Neither is your money, your pastor, your church or the smiling evangelist on TV. Only God has the ability to raise your dead self from the grave, and give you a glorious life of joy and peace that will never end. So you may want to listen to Him, instead of the illusions offered in this Opposite World of deception.