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Last Days... Dangerous

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves..." 2 Timothy 3:1-2

The word "perilous" means "dangerous." These are dangerous times...murders, mass murders, random killings, family murders. This is the result of men loving themselves...they care about no one else; my life is important, yours is not!

We have had multiple killings in bars, churches, parks, schools, shopping centers...no place is safe.

Whether these killings are caused by airplanes at the Twin Towers or bullets in Orlando, no one wants to cast blame, or better yet, blame the real culprits. The shootings in Orlando were done by a Muslim terrorist and the ACLU blamed the Christian Right!

At the same time, no one wants to do any prevention. We live in a crazy world. We raise thousands of dollars trying to cure AIDS, but spend nothing on trying to prevent the disease! We allow all types of people into our cities without checks or restraints. We enable the worst among us to succeed, while we penalize the best among us. Words like Christian, morals, employment, success, same sex marriage and heterosexual have become "extremist and hateful." We blame guns instead of the gunman; it is like blaming forks for being overweight! We had all the different types of murders and yet not one of the ones doing the killing was a member of the NRA! Our thinking has become perverted...it takes a picture I.D. to buy booze or to get a job, but no I.D. at all to vote in most states.

The Bible says about men:
"For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..." Proverbs 23:7

Man acts like he thinks. You do, I do. What we think is right or correct is how we live our lives. What we think is what enters into our feelings, our emotions. The mind of man is referred to ninety-two (92) times in the Bible. It is in the mind where we acquire knowledge and facts. A person's mind is also bombarded with truths, half-truths and outright lies. Our mind, like our heart, is under each individual's control.

"Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be." Romans 8:7

That's why Paul encouraged the Christian:

"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in LOWLINESS OF MIND let each esteem other better than themselves." 
Philippians 2:3
(caps mine)

In the same chapter, Paul said a couple of verses later:

"Let this MIND be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5 (caps mine)

Today, self love has taken the place of the two great commandments.

"...Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." 
Matthew 22:37 

"Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself..." 
Matthew 22:39

When God's love is ignored and set aside, all that remains is havoc. Our nation has been murdering babies in the womb for years now, so it is just the natural process for people to murder their peers.

The psalmist said:

"The transgression of the wicked saith within my heart, that there is no fear of God before his eyes." Psalms 36:1

Paul quotes this verse when speaking of the sinfulness of man:

"There is no fear of God before their eyes." 
Romans 3:18

Right before the flood, the Bible says that:

"And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." 
Genesis 6:5

Jesus said:

"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Matthew 24:37

Maybe it is about time for us to start looking up!

Keep Looking Up!

Leland Maples