And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient… Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them (Rom 1:28,32)~~ In the moral corruption of “the world”, the truth of our Lord’s words was shown:”Light was come into the world, but men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil; for he that doeth evil hateth the light.” The truth was not to their taste. And we all know how a man will contrive, against the strongest evidence, to reason himself out of the belief of what he dislikes. But a man cannot be brought to greater slavery than to be given up to his own lusts. Rather than keep God in their knowledge, people commit crimes wholly against reason and their own welfare and justify it by the need for desires and satisfactions of their own mind and flesh. The nature of man, whether pagan or Christian, is still the same; and these charges apply more or less to the state and character of man at all times, till they are brought to full submission to the faith of Christ, and renewed by Divine power. There never yet was a man, who had not reason to lament his strong corruptions, and his secret dislike to the will of God. Therefore rather than pushing the belief that God “causes” the calamities of our time as judgement, we must realize that much of our disastrous situation is the result of sin in the world, whether ours personally or the long term result of human ideology. No matter how we reason, interpret or justify what we say is good for us because it make us ‘feel good’ or appeals to some percentage of the ‘masses’ – God’s word, in it’s entirety and verbatim, is THE word; the ONLY word; and anything that opposes, contradicts or challenges it, is flat out.. sin! We are all called to self-examination, the end of which should be, a deep conviction of sin, and of the necessity of deliverance from a state of condemnation that is the result of human actions rather than Godly judgement. Stop buying into the lies of the enemy: God is not CAUSING the bad things to happen; He’s just allowing the consequences of our own mindsets, ways and actions…. to take place! May we be drawn and driven to Him; our refuge and salvation.