Famine of the Word

The world, by creating a famine of the Word, teaches one thing: we can trust Scripture.

It is encouraging to see how relevant the Word of God is in our times.  Many people think the Bible is just a book.  It is outdated and no longer relevant for the 21st century.  So why read it?

Yet the writings of one of the Old Testament prophets,  Amos, show how relevant the Bible is still today.

Amos, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote around 750BC, ’The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water – but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.’ 1

#  What does a famine of the Word mean?

To understand it, let us look at what happens in our time:

  • Evolution.  It basically means that nothing in this world was created, because it all evolved.  If that is true, the Bible is no longer relevant, since the first book, Genesis, tells us God is the Creator.  If Genesis 1 is not true, why would the rest be true?  So discard the Bible and create a famine of the Word.
  • Anti-God organisations.  There are many organisations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  What does Dan Barker and his people want?  They claim to separate state and religion.  Yet underneath all these organisations are a desire to expel the Bible from society to create a famine of the Word.
  • Liberal theologians.  Many liberal theologians like Bart Ehrman specialise in pointing out flaws in Scripture.  If the Word of God is so unreliable, who would want to take to heart what is written in it?  Another famine of the Word.
  • Liberal media.  What about the liberal media that is so hard at work to teach people to despise the Word of God?  Famine of the Word, that is what is at stake.

#  The design behind the creation of a famine of the Word

The devil, God’s enemy, is always planning ways to devour people and to trap them. He can easily trap people if they know nothing about him or his desire to lead people to hell.  He feeds on the ignorance created by a famine of the Word.

Conclusion

2,700 Years after Amos penned down the words of God, we see a famine of the Word in much of the world around us.  God’s Word proves itself relevant and true.  The world, by creating a famine of the Word, teaches one thing: we can trust Scripture.

Reference

  1. Amos 8:11-12
  2. Peter 5:8 and 2 Timothy 2:26

Is demon influence relevant in our age?

The Freedom from Religion Foundation plans to hand out a Temptationpamphlet entitled ‘An X-rated Book: Sex and Obscenity in the Bible.’  This latest ‘campaign’ has a picture of an animated Bible attempting to rape a girl (if one goes by the intention of the FFRF).

The idea behind the pamphlet is not particularly new. It has long been the goal of the FFRF to portray the Bible and God in the worst possible way. When the truth is attacked, it is necessary to use lies, and this particular circular is evidence of it. What are we to make of it?

We know from the Bible that God’s enemy, the devil, is a liar. He influences people against Jesus and Scripture. The demonised man in the synagogue at Capernaum asked Jesus, ‘What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.’1  This man must have been an ordinary member of the Jewish society. How would he know that Jesus is special, the ‘Holy One of God?’ The Bible tells us that he was influenced by an evil spirit (the opposite of the Holy Spirit). The spirit talked through the man.

So when we meet people who are particularly interested in bashing the Bible and all that goes with it, we see the work of an unholy spirit. The goal is always the same: insult, malign, abuse, oppose and hate, mainly God, Jesus and Scripture.

In the Western world, especially, there is a sustained attack against the Word of God, called Bible Bashing. This is very strange, because they tell us the Bible’s message is nonsense. Who has ever seen a person who walks on water, increases bread and fish, makes himself equal to God, is crucified on a cross, and later rises from the dead? It is pure myth, the writings of a few primitive sheepherders and fishermen. Logically nobody should be concerned about a mythical book.

Yet for some reason they cannot leave the Bible alone. Whether it is the FFRF, the New Atheists, the Skeptics and hundreds of other similar organisations, they have one thing in common: they don’t like Jesus of Nazareth. They attack Him and His Word, organise conferences, and produce books, pamphlets, DVD’s, etc to deride Him.

Why is that? If He is supposed to be non-existent; if evolution is true and there is no supernatural Creator, and therefore no Messiah, the war against the Bible doesn’t make sense. That is, unless one sees it in the light of the demon who influenced the man at the synagogue. The devil is the enemy of God, and he has many angels (demons) who help to influence people against God.

Let’s look again at the FFRF.  Dan Barker is part of the team. As an ex pastor, he passionately hates God, and regards it as his duty to relieve the world of the burden of the gospel. He demonstrates the eagerness and zeal of the apostles of hell, influenced by evil spirits. It is the same with all the vicious, hateful, shouting atheists. They hate God and demonstrate how the demons inside them react.

Conclusion

Many people think the Bible is an outdated archaic book. Yet it is very modern. It even explains the reason for Bible Bashing.

References

  1. Mark 1:21-24
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