Walt Thrun

There are varied definitions of ‘perspective’ but they all center on the way in which one views events or situations relative to each other, or to a base.

For example, it is very interesting to listen to FNC and CNN discuss the same topics, such as the president’s effectiveness, climate change, health care, etc.

It is widely accepted that everyone has a perspective on life and death and has considered such issues as whether death really means the end of it all. One’s overall perspective will also define how they interpret current events in concert with their existing circumstances.

Inasmuch as approximately 65% of Americans claim to be Christians, let’s examine the Christian perspective and see how that viewpoint defines one’s interpretation of events.

The Bible begins with Adam and Eve being given a simple instruction in the Garden of Eden and the consequences of not following that instruction. The consequence of disobedience was death, not only physical death, but also spiritual death, or eternal separation from their Creator.

The Bible goes on to state that everyone has disobeyed God’s commandments and are incapable of reversing their own destiny of eternal separation from God and must; therefore, rely on God’s mercy for reversing the consequences of their disobedience.

Man had a tremendous dilemma. Throughout the Bible God exhibits extreme patience with man and let’s him continually fail to prove to himself that he must ultimately rely on God’s provision and do it His way. The ultimate outcome for the earth and its inhabitants is clearly outlined in the Bible, but each individual person may choose their part in that outcome.

Consider God’s word at the time of Moses.

“I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice…but if your heart turns away so that you do not hear, and are drawn away, and worship other gods and serve them, I announce to you today that you shall surely perish…” Deuteronomy 30:15-19

Consider next the words of Solomon as he personifies wisdom.

“Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the LORD, they would have none of my counsel and despised my every rebuke. Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way…” Proverbs 1:29-31

Regretfully, the Bible reveals that the majority will reject God’s wisdom and provision for life, and will instead rely on their own wisdom and choose to do it ‘their way.’

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” Proverbs 14:12

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God…” 1 Corinthians 3:19a

Therefore, even though the end has already been written, man has the free will to choose his eternal destiny.

Let it be clearly stated that God’s sovereign election and predestination as described in the Bible are in perfect harmony with mans’ freedom to choose.

One would think that a Christian nation would legislate and govern according to scriptural teachings. Below are several current challenges and initiatives that reveal conflict with that perspective:

• Ignoring God’s Commandments in favor of contemporary ideologies;

• Pursuing political correctness instead of Biblical truths;

• Claiming that climate change can be controlled by legislation;

• Favoring a Palestinian state within Israel’s borders.

The above is puzzling inasmuch as previously stated, the end has already been written and our handling of contemporary issues is in many instances counter-Biblical, but then again, we have the freedom of choice.

America is a free country where each individual can choose his/her own personal perspective.

One may choose varying perspectives including Christianity or atheism, agnosticism, polytheism, progressivism, secularism, liberalism, conservatism, or whatever ‘ism’ they desire to determine their own meaning of events and circumstances.

An ‘ism’ can be defined as a set of beliefs and practices based predominantly on theory or philosophy.

Christianity is not an ‘ism.’ Christianity is truth evidenced by the creation and pre-written history.

No ‘ism’ can earn life, but life is a gift for the Christian.

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