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The Hardest Words in the Age of Temptation: No, Thank You!

The Hardest Words in the Age of Temptation: "No, Thank You!"

They used to say that the hardest words to say in any language were “I’m sorry,” and that was certainly true during a time when relationships still played a more significant role in our society, and for a lot of people it may still be so.

But from the increasing incapability I’m observing in my fellowmen to hold or conduct a relationship successfully, or, in many cases to even show a glimpse of interest in having one, I’m beginning to suspect that the hardest words in this new age of Temptation, where the acquisition of possessions, position and diversion seem to play a much superior role than other human beings to deal with, perhaps the hardest words to say right now are: “No, thank you!”

We figure that we have to take anything that life offers us.

After all, coincidence has become our god, along with luck, since our whole existence is based on the theory that we’re one lucky shot in an innumerable amount of universes where life happened to find all its necessary ingredients, and so, if luck happens to hand us an opportunity, we tend to grab it without giving the consequences much thought.

Maybe it’s different in your part of the world, but that’s what I’m observing life to be like for much of the younger generation in Germany at the onset of the 21st century.
Of course, there are always those who seem to be a bit more mature and responsible than the majority of their peers, but I even observe it with some of us more mature ones, who ought to know better:

There seems to be that in-built mechanism in us that makes us tend to accept a tempting offer, rather than to decline, even if whatever it is we’re getting to enjoy may not all be that good for us in the long run, or the nature of the opportunity may turn out to be questionable.

Prudence has gone down the drain in this, our age, in which a large deal of our supposed enlightenment consists of advertisement. After all, you must be enlightened if you can come up with such sophisticated commercials full of high-tech trickery worth millions of dollars, as we do, just in order to sell other people our goods!

Well, I’ve already shared my thoughts on the difference between advertisement and genuine enlightenment, I think.

But it always seem to get back around to it.

We’re being offered so many things from so many different sides, we just about accept it our god-given duty to accept at least some of them.

That probably shows one difference in strategies between the original advertiser and the Guy he’s trying to imitate: the Original Creator. While God’s slogan is, “Quality, not quantity” (as in “many are called, but the chosen are few,”) His opponent goes by the opposite credo. He figures the more garbage he can dish out, the more of it we’re bound to swallow, ruining our taste for quality and rendering whatever discernment we once might have had for what’s the real thing and another cheap fake useless once and for all.

That’s because he’s getting ready to present us with the ultimate temptation of all, the greatest fake of all times, his plastic utopia and wonderful new world order, including its new, cashless economic order that all the big shots are crying for right now, with himself at the top, and a system definitely too perfect to be real, and from the looks of it, a lot of people are going to fall for it the way Eve did when he pulled his first stunt 6000 years ago…

We may not have evolved, but advertisement and propaganda have, and all for a good reason. We’re all being prepared for the hour of temptation, “which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Revelation 3:10), and blessed will be those who have learned to say these hardest of all words, “No, thank you!”

Think temptation is not an issue?

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Individuality in the 21st Century

Individuality in the 21st Century

Coming to grips with the fact that we’re probably closer to the end of the world than most of us are willing to admit, always keeps drawing my thoughts back to its beginnings.

Life is a constant choice between positive or good and valid input and information, and its negative, non-valid, bad counterpart.

Only discernment and experience teach us to know the difference.

We’re all basically standing at the same tree as did Adam and Eve.

The only difference is, all around us are billions of people who have already tasted the fruit of the knowledge of evil (= bad information), and they’re all telling us, “It’s good! C’mon, take a bite! I’ve done it, too! It’s the only way!”

We don’t only have the Devil to deal with in our struggle to resist temptation, but also his favorite weapon of the century: peer pressure.

What once used to require cunning persuasion on his part now merely takes an appeal to our basest herd instincts: “Monkey see, monkey do.”

There’s a lot of “input” out there, and it’s pretty tough to know which of it is good and which is bad. It’s not easy to make an estimate, but I’d say probably 90% of what bombards us is mostly negative.

The difficult thing is, that the Enemy is smart enough not to hand us 100% pure evil information, but what makes it all the more dangerous and deceptive is that he always mixes it with some truth.

Nothing has changed about that since his first sales talk. After all, it was true that they weren’t going to die physically at the time they ate of the fruit, and we already expounded on that it was true in a sense that they became like gods, if even God Himself calls them thus later on in His Word

So, I guess the conclusion is that nothing saves us from bad info, except the experience of what happened once we swallowed and accepted it…

It builds us up in a wrong way.

It feeds your ego, but not your soul.

It may fill your head with “knowledge” but doesn’t make you one bit wiser.

It may lead you to the conclusion that “there is no God,” and that you and your own kind are the only masters and heroes of the universe, and yet leave you utterly ignorant of the fact that in God’s dictionary, you thus become the perfect definition of a fool.

It may make you feel hip and cool, but on God’s thermometer you may merely amount to the status of “lukewarm.”

You may think you’re “hot ‘n’ heavy,” not realizing that you’ve been weighed in the scales of the Creator of the universe, and found wanting.

What it all boils down to when all the dross and muck has up and gone into smoke and vapor is the truth: coming to face yourself for what you really are, namely not much, if anything at all, without a connection with the One Who put you on the planet, and the single Authority on why.

But that’s a great place to start, because it begins the process of your willingness to absorb the other stuff, that formerly totally unattractive type of input you would have sneered at when you still thought you were the king of the hill.

It may not immediately make sense to you… But slowly, as you keep immersing your soul and parched spirit in it, eventually it begins to make sense, and you begin to derive so much information out of even one formerly seemingly meaningless phrase, such as, “In the beginning was the Word…” (John 1:1)

It all began with information… the right kind of input, and… yeah, you want more of it! Lots more!

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