In a previous tract, JESUS IS THE ANSWER, it was shown that the answer to the world’s problems is, unquestionably, Jesus. The writer had just returned from preaching the word, encouraging people to turn to and follow the teachings of Jesus. As he entered the house, his wife asked him if he had heard of the latest terrorist attack in France, killing nearly one hundred, and injuring many others. She then proceeded to tell of a lone driver of a truck running over or hitting innocent adults and children. Men and women, boys and girls had gathered to celebrate a national holiday, relax, and watch a fireworks show. The driver had weapons, and it seems that he intended to kill others. He was killed by those in authority. Almost immediately after the atrocious, horrible, wicked deed, a number of sympathizers took to the social media to applaud the devilish attack and rejoice over it.
After years of terrorist attacks, multiple hundreds of deaths and injuries, imprisonments, suicides, and all else, it appears that the world is no closer to ending the madness than in the beginning. All attempts to stop the wrongful killings have been with arrests, imprisonments, executions, and such like. Question: Can the insanity be corrected? The answer is both “yes” and “no.” We will never end this or any other sin as long as we act like the Israelites of old, “when every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” (Judges 17:6). We can end the hatred, evil thinking and actions, but only when we turn to Jesus, “The Prince of peace”, the “Prince of life.” (Isaiah 9:6; Acts 3:15). Jesus calls on His followers to be “peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9). No faithful follower of Jesus will kill other(s). (Romans 13:9). In some other religions, people are encouraged to inflict pain, kill, even themselves, in the name of their god(s). Christians are in the business of killing sinful actions, not people, saving souls (Mark 16:15), teaching people to “cease from sin” (2 Peter 2:14), so they may live eternally in heaven. (Titus 1:2; Matthew 25:46). God’s people seek to help all, saint or sinner, who are needy (Galatians 6:10; James 1:27), not hurting others and creating needs. If the whole world would turn to, and live faithfully for JESUS, today’s problems would come to an abrupt halt, and we would live in happiness.
Attention is now turned to other problems resulting in suffering and death which Jesus would solve. Space will allow for the mentioning of but a few. STD’s (sexually transmitted diseases), are numerous in the present day. These include AIDS, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes, and others, which infect so many today. Each of these is preventable. Witness the many people who do not suffer from either of these. Those who have followed God’s will from the beginning, except for malicious infectors or freak accidents, do not have either of these hurtful, and sometimes deadly, diseases. What law of God will prevent these hurtful infections? God’s plan for man was that one man be married to one woman so long as both live. (Genesis 3:18-24; Romans 7:1-4). The Creator of man and woman intended them to be one, being faithful to one another, and not having one or more additional sexual partners. (Galatians 6: 19-21; 1 Corinthians 7:1, 2). Unmarried men and women were not to have sexual intercourse prior to marriage, but to avoid fornication, each woman was to have her own husband, a man, and for him to have his own wife, a woman. (1 Corinthians 7:1, 2; Genesis 3:18-24). Years ago, this scribe asked one of his doctors how many STD’s would there be if this plan were carried out. His answer was quick and short, “None!” Jesus is the answer to the sexual epidemic of the day. The choices are simple, obey Jesus and bring it to an end, or reject Jesus and continue the norm.
The Great I Am created the human body. (Genesis 1:26, 27; 2:7). He designed it to eat (Genesis 1:29, 30) and drink. (Genesis 21:19). However, there were some things God forbad them to eat under the first or old covenant. (Eg. Leviticus 3:17; 11:4ff). There were no such restrictions under the second or new covenant (1 Timothy 4:3-5), except for “things strangled, and from blood.” (Acts 15:20). The use of intoxicating beverages was never a part of God’s plan for man. Solomon penned the book of Proverbs as the Holy Spirit moved him (2 Peter 1:20, 21), and he said, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.” Then, the wise man asked, “Who hath woe? Who hath sorrow? Who hath contentions? Who hath babbling? Who hath wounds without cause? Who hath redness of eyes?” (Proverbs 23:29). He answered his questions in verse 30, “They that tarry long at the wine; they that go and seek mixed wine.” Immediately, he admonishes, “Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.” (Verse 31). The reasons for his warning are given in verses 32-35, “At the last it bitteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.” (Verse 32). It is hurtful and/or deadly. ”Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things.” (Verse 33). It will produce lust and sinful words. “Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast.”(Verse 34). Sick and in danger of death. “They have stricken me, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not:” (Verse 35a). Unaware, defenseless, numb, at the mercy of others. “When shall I awake?” (Verse 35b). Know nothing. “I will seek it yet again.” (Verse 35c). Addictive, even knowing what has happened.
Under what circumstances may one use wine? 1 Timothy 5:23, says, “a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” Wine may be used for medicinal purposes, not taste buds, and in so doing, “a little.” God would not have had Solomon make so strong of an argument against wine, and then tell people to use it. Go to your computer or whatever tool you use, and look up problems and/or statistics of alcohol. You will see why God does not want us to use intoxicating drinks. Ten thousand people are killed by drunk drivers annually. These drinks so cloud minds that people do things they would not otherwise do, and in some cases, are unaware of their actions. Statistics show that most crime would not be committed if people did not drink. Alcohol costs the USA one hundred billion dollars yearly. Alcohol plays a big part in violent offenders, rapes, partner and spouse abuse, homicides, assaults of all types, many types of diseases, and so much more. The government gets taxes from alcohol sales and fines from drinking or drunk drivers, but pays significantly more in rehabilitation. By the way, would you want your pilot, train engineer, bus driver, chauffeur, or any other drinking while taking you from point A to point B? Why not try doing things Jesus’ way, and watch the drastic change for good? See tract on Intoxicating beverages by the same author.
Tired of robberies, thefts, stealing, fraud, identity theft, and all other things that take from you unlawfully? Teach the way of the Lord, and get people to obey His word (Ephesians 4:28), and you will get people to cheerfully give (2 Corinthians 9:7), rather than take illegally.
Want to stop murder? “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” (Ephesians 4:26; 1 Peter 4:15). Again, encourage everyone to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”, and watch the killings and murders diminish. Let people remain single as did Paul (1 Corinthians 7:7, 8), or be faithful in their marriages, not committing adultery (Matthew 19:1-9; Galatians 5:19-21), and watch the jealous rages leading to murder cease.
Tired of unjust wages and covetousness? Faithful Christians believe and practice what Jesus taught, “The labourer is worthy of his hire.” (Luke 10:7; 1 Timothy 5:18). They will also say and do as the Lord did, “agree with the laborers…whatsoever is right I will give you…whatsoever is right shall ye receive…Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me…? (Matthew 20:1-16). Philemon would treat Onesimus as “a brother beloved.” (Philemon, especially verse 16). Paul had confidence in Philemon, “knowing that thou wilt do more than I say.” (Verse 21).
Are you tired of being treated unfairly? Do you see people being judged and treated wrongly because they are young or old, of some ethnic background, male or female, of a different religion, elite or poor, and hosts of other things? Why is this happening? The answer is simple. People are not looking in the right places for the proper solution. Jesus is the answer. Read the following verses, and see how following these words of the Lord would correct all of it. Colossians 3:10, 11, “Put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after him that created him. Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Read the next few verses to see how each one should treat the other. Also, read, John 7:24, “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgments.”
In short, do you sometimes feel that it is all unfair, and that there is no hope? Do you sometimes feel like you are drowning in a sea of ungodliness, and feel like just giving up? Your assessment of things is correct. However, giving up is an admission of defeat and a sure way to attain it. You can do right, whether anyone else does or not. Jesus is the answer for you as well as those who have been studied herein. Labor to be a thermostat, a controller, not a thermometer, the controlled. Help make the world better. May each one say realize that a better world begins with “me.” Please get and read the third installment of, Jesus Is the Answer, to see what you can do.