Much more terrible than global environmental pollution is the dramatic moral decline and increasing alienation from God. Is there still a way out of this spiral of destruction for humanity?
“Back to nature!” This is the call we hear around the world. Nature is our living environment. Unfortunately, our environment is no longer healthy. The pollution of forests and fields and the increasing pollution of the air and water has become an alarming problem. But nature is not enough for our livelihood.
“Back to the Bible!” is our title. The strength and health of our soul does not come from nature but from our Creator. Therefore, the important appeal must be made to all mankind: “Back to the Bible! Back to the Word of God!”
Is this appeal necessary? Yes, because humanity, detached from God, is heading for chaos. We will have far more to regret than the pollution that affects our natural life. Let us think of the cultural problems, of ethics, of pure reason, of respect, of reverence, and morality! Aren’t these losses far greater? Does a strange race to ruin begin here? The need has long been recognized, the danger has been spotted, and it is widely known that something needs to be done.
It is about the redemption of mankind from temporal and eternal ruin, the salvation of the moral and spiritual life! The only solution to the accumulated moral problems is getting back to the Bible. God’s Word is the fundamental doctrine of all justice, morality, and cultural learning for mankind. Everyone can find their way back to a moral, respectable standard of living if they find their way back to the Bible.
A return to God’s law is described in Nehemiah. This was not an isolated incident in the history of Israel. Many times, the Israelites had gone astray and suffered serious setbacks. It is important to note that turning away from the law or God’s Word always included turning away from God. In Judges 2, we read that after the death of their fathers, a generation arose that did not know the Lord. They “forsook the Lord God of their fathers” (v. 12).
Eventually, God raised up the faithful priest and prophet Samuel who succeeded in leading all Israel back to the law. And with that, a decisive turnaround happened.
The prophet Elijah again found the people in confusion and alienated from God. Employing all his strength, he too tried to win the people back to God (see 1 Kings 18 and 19).
Soon afterward, things disintegrated again, and the sentence of long imprisonment had to be applied. Under Ezra and Nehemiah, the people were led back home. A large assembly of the people gathered together to listen to the reading and interpretation of the law of God. The people were so gripped by the power of the Word, to the point of weeping aloud. We read: “And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra, the priest and scribe, and the Levites, who taught the people said to all the people, ‘This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.’ For all the people wept when they heard the words of the Law” (Nehemiah 8:9). This led to a God-inspired revival, sincere repentance, submission to God, and very visible changes. This was a return to the Bible, to order, fear of God, and right morality among the people.
A turnaround like that is also possible in our time. The needs are great, the dangers of total devastation are visible, but there is a way out of this all-encompassing chaos: We have to go back to the Bible; we have to go back to God! Every clear-thinking person knows that the time to repent is running out, but the human heart does not want to go back!
Would you like to be the exception? Your salvation from temporal and eternal forsakenness is certain if you turn back to God and His healing Word! Do it today!
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