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   How can this prediction be true¹?

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   We live in modern America.

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   Unfortunately or fortunately–you decide–the Bible remains essentially unread by the masses. And the masses scream rather than speak. Why? Because that works in an unprecedented age of instant “mass” communication. Single words can kill.

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     Consider I Timothy Chapter 1. That’s deep down, not far from the end of the Sacred Book.

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But to see that–here–you need to use the DOOR.

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   Paul is writing to his convert Timothy, who is half Jew and half gentile, but a rather dedicated believer and now an able teacher.

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   “As I urged you [Timothy] on my departure for Macedonia, remain on at Ephesus, in order that you may instruct certain men not to teach strange doctrines, nor to pay attention to myths and endless genealogies, which give rise to mere speculation rather than furthering the administration of God which is by faith. But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or matters about which they make confident assertions. But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous man² but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers and immoral men and homosexuals and kidnappers and liars and perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.”

I Tim. 1:3-11 (NASB)

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   Read this several times. Think of how bad things are grouped together. Is Paul out of his mind? Is he a legitimate apostle of the transcultural gospel of God? Or are with dealing with primitive fairy tales and myth? And if one disagrees with the “law” as Paul presents it, on what basis does does a person make ethical decisions? One’s feelings, perhaps?

   Think of how the above passage could be selectively “posterized” for marching moderns, where individual words, rather than developed ideas, can make or destroy careers and lives.

   Consider also how often Jesus stressed the importance of the Law³ in obeying God. Think further about the Law, as given in the Bible has served as the basis for establishing secular law.

   And think about this: How often is it nowadays when a few powerful faceless decision makers wired into the Internet (which we always reverently capitalize) can tell you–and millions of others–how you can buy and sell and be an acceptable, peace-loving human being to the rest of the planet.

   But don’t kid yourself, you can be cut off. Think of your previous computer miscues. And if you’re cut off, who do you contact? where do you go? what do you do?

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   ¹ I hope above all hopes that my prediction is wrong.

   ² The context here seems to point out Old Testament Law–whether one is a Jew, Christian, atheistic, or agnostic–is in one way or another for the basis of much secular law. For example, if murder is wrong, why should one logically accept that if murder serves one’s personal interest? It’s wrong basically because God for millennia has said so.

   ³ The “Law” as capitalized and used here refers to Old Testament Law with a focus on the 10commandments.