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Fri, Nov 09 2018 - 03:34 PM

602 THE LONG SLIDE.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

God created a perfect world for mankind to live in and for us to fellowship with God EVERY DAY.

WE, in Adam, HAD IT MADE.

Eve was created to be a helpmate, or companion, for Adam.

We have to remember that God told Adam not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Adam was responsible to tell Eve and look out for her.

Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.

It was a perfect situation. There was NO VIOLENCE AT THE BEGINNING.

People and animals were vegetarians and coexisted together on the earth. (It was one landmass surrounded by water. What geologist call ‘Pangea’. The earth’s crust was one solid crust; like an egg shell and the water was fairly shallow. The temperature was very stable [Adam and Eve were naked and needed no covering] and there was NO RAIN.

Genesis 2:6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

After Eve sinned and caused Adam to disobey and eat the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, sin entered the world and it started to be destroyed. Disobedience and violence grew and dominated the population, animals, and elements.

Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

God started over with Noah and his family but the damage was already done. Now, man and animals were allowed to eat meat, which they HAD TO KILL.

Genesis 9:3 Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.

Violence increased as destruction progressed and man gave over to sin. The elements groaned under the pressure of mankind’s fall.

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Rain, storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanos, high winds, hail, and all violence is becoming more frequent and more violent, waiting for their release back to calm.

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Evolutionists would have us believe that mankind started as brute beasts and were always this violent but the truth is that mankind started out caring and supporting each other. Violence and killing were a rare occasion and was punishable by death.

 Genesis 9:5 And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man.

The change from then until now did not happen overnight. It came about a little change every so often; a slight change to accommodate someone or something but always a change for the worse.

Respect vanished, morals degraded, value shifted from what is important; human life, environment, stability, and life for all, to wealth, personal gain, lavish living, entertaining our lusts and excesses.

All done over a long period of time, as one generation taught the next generation how to fulfil their cravings for self.

Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Exodus 34:7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

Until we get to today; violence is rampant in our streets, disrespect is in every school, home, and government, selfishness is the normal attitude even among our youth and infants, our world is dying for our greed, and we are sinful and disobedient without remorse or regret.

Matthew 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

You see, God has followed us down this long slide, trying to get us to stop and repent; turn around from our sin and death and find hope in His love.

He did it all; made a plan for our return by paying with His son, Jesus Christ, the death that we deserve.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

The world rushes on to a fiery destruction, but we don’t have to. The earth and all that is in it will perish with a fiery melting. It is destined to continue on this slide to the end but our hope can be in Jesus’ salvation even while the world gets worse.

 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

 The downward slide of the human race is inevitable, don’t follow it down.



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