Satan is pretty cunning. Think about it: everywhere you look, despite what common sense or the evening news will tell you, he would have you believe that the world is getting better and better. Think I’m lying? Then why such a tooth-and-nail fight to protect the teaching of Evolution, a theory with more holes in its foundational principals than a garden hose that’s been sat on by a porcupine? Simple: take away Evolution, and everyone sees our world for what it really is – a masterpiece long past its prime, a leaf already detached from its branch and on a slow spiral downward towards the ground. Evolution would have you believe everything is improving, getting better, that nature, through the process of Natural Selection, is building a “better mousetrap.” But this is a lie – designed by the evil one to produce the deadliest of all life attitudes: apathy.
I was reading in the New Testament book of Hebrews this morning and re-discovered a wonderful passage about our ancient planet that the author quotes from Psalm 102 – “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but you remain; and they will all grow old like a garment; like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed” (Heb. 1:10-12a).
Like a new car, our world started depreciating in value as soon as Adam and Eve took it “off the lot” by their act of sin. And like a car, the many cooperative systems that make up our planet have begun to misfire over time, and break down. Where’s the proof? “Jesus answered…’You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed…Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains” (Matt. 24:4-8). The systems of our world are growing old, and you and I are living in the middle of a cosmic countdown to the end of time. Why is it important that we remember this? Because it answers an important and emotional question – “Why does God allow the world’s many tragedies to continue?” – in a way that serves to motivate us out of our apathy – “God is holding things together in order to give lost people more time to find Him.” Get off the sidelines and get in the game – the clock is counting down.