Has anyone a compass?
Until the time of my generation, most nations looked to the words of God to define what was ‘morally’ right or wrong; just about any religion would do. Now the theocracy of the liberal teaches that man is his own god and his decisions about anything are circumstance derived. Killing an unborn child is redefined as a ‘choice’. Homosexual liaisons are renamed an ‘alternate lifestyle’. Suicide of the elderly is now ‘mercy killing’. God is dead and the majority vote is now king of kings and lord of lords.
Is it any wonder, that all too many disillusioned youth have committed unthinkable mayhem and murder? After all, they have been taught that they are nothing more than evolved electro-chemical soup destined for the same nothingness they derived from. Too often a dejected youth makes the next logical leap that there is no point to theirs or the worlds existence and exits the same leaving a wake of tears and disaster for those who remain. Ironically, his immortal spirit now sees things as they really are and grieves anew.
So the ‘world’ teaches that there is no absolute right, no real wrong – only choices. But choices do not create new realities. We can certainly choose the road we walk but we cannot choose the consequence, for the roads are grounded in reality and their destinations fixed. They only take the traveler on a different path. Ironically, for those who reject God, they think they walk a new path, but it is one well worn by the feet of generations of fools who reject truth for illusion.
Why would someone indulge in an illusion by taking a mind-altering substance?
1. An act of self-destructive rebellion. Usually youth, chomping at the bit of restraint want self-determination so bad, that they fly in the face of any imposed control. This road ends by exchanging their benevolent ‘masters’ for the tyranny of the bottle or a prison.
2. He does not know how to have joy, so he uses a drug to temporarily create the illusion of joy. The irony here is that lacking the ability to experience real joy they learn to turn increasingly to some drug of choice to recapture the illusion. They chase the fleeting rainbow on an icy path through the valley of psychological and physical dependency.
3. Avoidance of mental or physical pain. Some try to drown out their social troubles by either overloading their senses with some form of stimulant or dulling them with a depressant like alcohol. Anything besides reality will do on this dark road.
4. Unable to find interest, they blast the radio without ceasing and entertain themselves non-stop with video and sports or thrill seeking. Lastly, they fill the gulf of their emptiness with synthetic stimulation.
Reality does not change by ones choice. The only ones who do not learn real reality and truth are those who know they are unwilling to follow the consequence of their knowledge. Missionaries see this all the time as individuals refuse to pray for fear of having to subject their will to Gods. Too bad their freedom from constraint is fleeting, as their choices lead to both bondage in this life and a loss of freedom and godly potential in the eons to come.
The choice is most certainly yours. Freedom from bondage is a choice. Real happiness is a choice. Eternal life and its attendant power and progression is a choice. They say the best kind of government is the Benevolent King. The God of the universe, your Father, is a good choice to follow.
THE LORD is my sheppard; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his names sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever