"Christians," "salvation," and opaque love:

A RESULT OF WORMWOOD'S SUCCESS:

Paragraph 3 of Intention of Demons contains these three sentences: "How do we prevent consistent love---in all its forms---from becoming as intrinsic part of their character, and of their instinctive behavior? How do we stop or weaken the nascent engines of constructive action? We do this by primarily corrupting their faith . . . ." This hub gives a perspective of Wormwood's success. It also is from the Wormwood Letters---a letter from Albert's son.

PERPLEXING QUESTIONS:

Dear Dad,

Of all the people who proclaim the banner of Christianity, and Christ their Lord, do you not find it remarkable how few Christians awake from self-imposed torpor, and then shut off the remote, cut back on comfortable puttering, and actually put forth some effort to at least get their friends and family saved, and once saved make sure they stay that Way? I remember reading about a very successful man who was being interviewed by a news reporter. He was asked what the secret was behind his enormous success. He replied, "A sense of urgency." If this assiduous man can develop a sense of urgency to build an empire for the temporal benefit of mankind, then why can't Christians--commanded by God--muster up a sense of urgency for the eternal benefit of individuals? By "eternal benefit" I mean eternal life. It is not relevant that people generally believe in eternal life. What is remarkable is that Christians believe in everlasting life, and they know how wonderful is heaven, and how horrible is hell, and yet very few of them actively try to make this fact clear to others. How can this be? The central tenet, the primary pillar upon which Christianity is build is love: love of God in Jesus Christ, love of others through Jesus Christ, and yet people are constantly dropping off at death's realm like bees and flies caught in a freezing cold meat locker, most of those people are going to hell.

MATTHEW 15:8; MARK 7:6; 1 JOHN 3:10, 11, 14, 15( WITH LEVITICUS 19:17); 19:17,18; 2 JOHN 1:5,6 :

For the sake of argument let's say you are watching TV, and suddenly someone breaks into your living room, and he--engulfed in flames--is screaming to you, "Help! Help! I'm burning up! Help me! For Christ's sake help!" Would you say, "Hold that thought, my good friend. As soon as there is a commercial, I'll mute that duffer, and jump right on that problem you seem to be having"? No, I think even during a really good program most of us will immediately get a sense of urgency to help the guy out. I know I would. I would jump out of that recliner like a rocket; bend over to take a couple more gulps of my cold beverage; chase it with a handful of potato chips; find a fresh tape, shove it in the VCR, and press Record; rip the batteries out of the smoke alarm so the neighbors are not disturbed; run down the hall past the master bedroom where the king-size bed is, and continue on into the play-room to grab the dog's least favored blanket; and then rush right back to that poor suffering man. And I'm here to tell ya, I don't care if the phone is ringing. I'll answer it and just have to say, "Man alive, I have to call ya back; I have an emergency goin on here!" "No! No! No! It's not that, Corina; there is a man literally on fire in my living room. My shag rug is getting ruined, and my ceiling is going to have smoke damage." "I gotta go!" "So" . . . "So" . . . "What?" "No Corina, I can't tell if he's good looking." . . . "Because of the flames, you idiot. I gotta . . . Huh?" . . . "No, his hands are moving like crazy; I can't see a ring either." . . . "Look Corina, I gotta go. I'll call ya . . . " "What? You're kidding. When did she tell you that?" . . . "Her husband too? Both of them? Wow! I never would have dreamed. What else did she say?" . . . "Yah, I know" . . . "I know" . . . "I hear that" . . . "Well, we're going to have to put them on the prayer chain."

FORGETFULNESS( DEUTERONOMY 8:11; PROVERBS 3:1; 4:5):

Ok, Dad, I was going somewhere with that story. You know, I was going to make a really good point. I can't believe I forgot what it was. What causes that? I remember saying, "For the sake of argument let's say . . . ," you know, it was right after that love thing . . . uh . . . .

A PERSONAL COMMENT:

For many years I believed there was an eternal hell for those who rejected God's gift of Jesus Christ. This cognizance of hell was superficial. It was a belief that had no substance, no force, and no quality that could generate action. Nearly anyone would put the fire out on someone literally burning in front of him. That would be so real, so forceful, so urgent, and so mandatory. But my belief in hell was in the shadows of my mind, not in front of my eyes. Maybe it was just buried under a lack of love for others; indifference generates complacency, and complacency generates stagnation. Eventually this ethereal belief began to develop substance. It acquired an indescribable reality that vanquished indifference and complacency. Perhaps that belief requires genuine love to give it blood, life and power. What I can tell you for certain is I have to pray and fight to keep it alive.

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Rev Earl Jackson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

I love this, and I also know that Christians do not have a sense of the urgency concerning the desperate plight of the lost, because we really do not believe what God says about them. We say we are believers but we do not actually believe the Bible when it paints it's dreaded pictures of the doomed and the damned as they fry in hell. Instead we pretend those things, which Jesus spoke about do not actually exist. We try to turn all the fire extinguishers toward hell to put out the flames, rather than do what Christ commands us to do and simply rescue the perishing and pluck them as brands from the fire (Zechariah 3:2). Rescue the perishing might be sung in our churches, but very little of it actually happens. Christians look just like the idiot whom you pictured running around His house to do everything except actually save the burning man in front of him. You hit the nail on the head with this, and I applaud it and urge people to quit talking about delivering souls from hell, and to start actually doing it. Preacher especially need to do it with their words, because "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:19). When we preach to men, our lips better be uttering the word of God, so that men can repent and trust in the only actual fire-escape out of hell. Thanks for this one. It's great.


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North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

This is so true and such a perfect picture, Caleb. It is like you simply held up a mirror for all of us to see. There is work to be done. There are people perishing and we are busy seeing to the cares of this world instead of being about our Father's business.


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Pure brilliance, and I hope thousands read this, voted up and all that and definitely FB'd etc, this needs wide coverage!

The truth poured out and humour as well.... well crafted mi amigo!

John


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

But it needs a phot on the top, or it shows up naff in FB, try this:

http://www.ambergristoday.com/sites/default/files/...


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago Author

Loved your analogy of the fire extinguishers, Earl---ain't that the truth! All the fire extinguishers we can all muster up will not change the Word of God.


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago Author

I agree, North Wind. The cares of this world can make our Father a distant memory rather than a dynamic force in our lives. Those cares make our eyes opaque so we neither see the big picture or what is paramount in our lives.


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago Author

Thank you so much, Aquasilver. If this hub is consistent with God's Word, then what do ya say about us putting 6 more zeros after the thousands?

I'm really computer ignorant, Aquasilver. I went to the link but what do I do from there? I could not cut and paste it. Also what does "shows up naff " mean? You can imagine the transition I went through from using a slide rule to the Ti--89 calculator and then computers. I just relatively recently learned what lol meant.

I really appreciate you getting this hub exposure on Facebook.

Incidentally, my slide rule still beats all calculators and computers for drawing the straightest lines in the world.


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aguasilver 4 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Hi Caleb, ooo,ooo's would also be good, but statistically unlikely!

Naff is a UK slang word, meaning basically 'nasty as f***' so I should not use it, but basically when you have no photo at all, the HubPages black square logo appears on FB, which does not attract the eye exactly!

You can find appropriate photos on Google Images, I put 'man on fire' in the search box and came up with a whole lot, most not suitable, but some which would work to catch the eye of potential readers.

If you use Google images, remember to either get permission, or post a link to the site they came from.

Most times it's actually impossible to trace who owns the image, as most images get copied to sites again and again so how do you find the original?

Just a (currently tired) old graphic guy offering advice!

John


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for this terrific Hub. I feel that writing is my particular calling toward the very end you write about: a call to the lost (as well as fortification for the saved).

I enjoyed your article. It is wonderfully made, straight to the point, and I agree with you wholeheartedly.

God Bless You!

James


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Caleb DRC 4 years ago Author

Thank you James.

I can go one step beyond "feel"! I believe writing IS your calling, which is good because you have an outstanding talent for it. Your accurate and clear thinking is essential in a country that is progressively kneeling in obeisance to socialism.


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The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

Caleb ~

This is a very moving hub and so true this sense of urgency is patterned for us in every day life. I have to get to the gym. I must get my hair done. I need to plan that party. I must get the fishing license in time. Sadly, this urgency is not as constant in the minds and hearts of Christians. I need to constantly shine a light for all to see and bring them to the understanding of Christ the King. Thanks for your Hub


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Caleb DRC 3 years ago Author

Your welcome, Stages, and thankyou.

When it finally sinks in that we all will live forever in one place or the other, then that realization becomes indescribable. I have believed in eternal life for many years, but only relatively recently have I had true cognizance of it.


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wba108@yahoo.com 3 years ago from upstate, NY

I think what you're describing is a symptom of the majority of the body of Christ. We know Him from afar, therefore we only have head knowledge, God's truths have failed to penetrate our hearts and souls. The knowledge we've learned has actually dulled us to reality because we haven't really applied what we've learned to real life.


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Caleb DRC 3 years ago Author

Hello Will,

Yes, you have captured the essence of this hub. Your last sentence is particularly perceptive. Disobedience to God's Word sears one's conscience to the point that the reality of Christ is not achieved in one's heart and soul.

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