It is impossible for some people to take this column seriously because it is constructed weekly upon the “absurd notion” that the Bible is the truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth. There is one Book that solves every problem that the scientists, philosophers and nut doctors can’t. They want to supply their own answers because they simply don’t like the solutions that the Holy God of the universe provides. In reality, modern science, philosophy, and psychology provide zero explanations for the largest questions of life.
History, apart from the Bible, is the story of unregenerate mankind’s attempt to solve problems which can only be solved by man’s Creator (God). It is a 6000 year account that is marked by unending warfare and bloodshed without a single letup once, even in the twentieth century. This chronicle is stained by hospital beds and graves and man’s “inhumanity to man” on a scale so vast and continual that any sane person with an ounce of sense would come to the conclusion that political, religious, scientific, philosophical, and educational leaders of the human race simply do not know what they are doing.
The Absolute Truth (John 14:6) has an absolute answer (John 17:17) for all of humanity’s problems, and we are never left to statistical probability, phenomenalism, existentialism, computerized sequences, meaningful relationships, or theories of relativity. God simply points out the problem, solves it and then offers man the answer freely. You reject it at the peril of your life and soul. I petition the reader to at least consider the solutions set forth in the Scriptures – to receive them is liberation from humanistic bondage. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
1. The problem of death and sickness - Romans 5:6-10. This was solved in Hebrews 2 and Romans 5 by the Lord Jesus Christ, giving rise to the best news that ever came to man; it came from a graveyard. “He is not here, He is risen.” When the believer dies and is buried (I Corinthians 15:50-51), the grave cannot keep him down (John 11:10-20). He will come up in a body that cannot experience entropy. Death to any born again Christian is temporary and is never permanent as it is for the pagan scientists, philosophers and shrinks. Furthermore, we can obtain strength and grace (II Corinthians 12:7-10) in sickness (II Corinthians 9,10,11,12) which is unavailable to the skeptics, for we have reasons for suffering (Philippians 1,2; Romans 8) which none of them have.
2. The problem of poverty - We are instructed to be content with food and raiment only (I Timothy 6) and to be thankful for what we have, however much or little it is. We are told to work for a living (I Thessalonians 4) and to share some of our income with those less fortunate, even where our own “deep poverty” is manifest (II Corinthians 8.9). Since “He hath said I will never leave thee nor forsake thee,” we are certain our real needs will be met (Philippians 4:19) until the Lord calls us home. If starvation turns out to be the route (Hebrews 11:13, then we will claim Romans 8:28,31,32 and take that avenue where there will be no more hunger (Revelation 21, 22). We might add that some of the poorest souls have been the richest spiritually (Proverbs 13:7).
3. The problem of war – We are told to be adjusted towards war and to adapt ourselves to it as at least three world wars are coming up in the future (Revelation 6, 19, 20). We have been taught that wars will continue as long as sinners covet what is not theirs (James 4:1-4), and in war we are told to obey our superiors who give us orders (Romans 13:1-6) and to serve them “as serving the Lord” (Ephesians 6). Any exceptions to this are given in the Scriptures. We can escape wounding and death by praying, but if either are our lot, the problem of death has already been solved and the wounding has been provided for.
4. The problem of world government - “this present evil world” (Galatians 1:4) is the one that murdered Christ, wanted to stone Moses, stoned Paul, killed James, imprisoned Peter and murdered the Huguenots, Albigenses and Waldenses for believing the Bible. No earthly government (democracy, oligarchy, fascism, Nazism, republic, communism or socialism) will ever solve the biggest issues. Our ultimate citizenship is not in this world (Ephesians 2:19-22), therefore, we do not look to any government for salvation, help, and relief, or to supply blessing, provision or redemption. God has ordained the ruler (Psalm 2:1-8) who can do the job (II Samuel 23:1-7). We know Who He is, where He will come from, and what He will do when He gets here (Matthew 35:30-44). The problem has already been solved; it merely awaits the appearance of THE RULER (Revelation 19:1-21)!
5. The problem of finding a meaning to life – Every believer has a purpose in living 24 hours a day (Philippians 1,2), in jail or out of jail (Philippians 1), in the hospital or out of the hospital, at home or overseas (Philippians 2,3). He knows where he came from and where he is going (John 14:1-9), and how to get there and what to do on the way (Romans 12,14; Galatians 5,6). The slightest incident (even giving a cup of water to someone in the name of Jesus Christ) has significance to it, and something as simple as sitting and listening to the Bible (Luke 10:39-42) has more weight and meaning to it than ten sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations with the Security Council. We have our security!