Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Nothing New Under the Sun

People who say that the Bible is outdated and not appropriate for the times are just making excuses for their sin or other people's sin.

Jeremiah 2:27

27 They say to wood, 'You are my father,'
and to stone, 'You gave me birth.'
They have turned their backs to me
and not their faces;
yet when they are in trouble, they say,
'Come and save us!'

"They" refers to the Israelites who had gone astray. I find it interesting that similar things can be said about the secular / anti-God factions that exist today, who champion evolution as their god and abortion as their holy sacrament, among other things.

Although I think the context is different, the concept (to me) remains the same. Secularists "worship" the creation instead of the Creator. There's nothing new under the sun, as Ecclesiastes states. H0m06uality (go away crazy Google searches) has been around since ancient Biblical times; abortion has been documented as early as 515-500 BC; exploitation of children has been around; although obviously internet smut did not exist long ago, men have always been lustful in their hearts, as seen by the existence of concubines throughout history.

So don't tell me about how "the world is a changing place" and that Christians need to be in step with "the times." That's all garbage talk. There is nothing new that is borne in the hearts of men. Allow me to counter all this garbage with the supreme eloquence and wisdom of the Bible:

Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 1:10 Is there anything of which one can say,
"Look! This is something new"?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.

If you notice throughout Israel's history, and through church history, there are constantly cycles of gradual backsliding, followed by returns to Biblical tradition. Reading the Biblical history of Israel, you see that the Israelites were constantly falling back into idolatry and other sin, then being brought back to repentance. When the period of kings began, you see lots of up-and-down from king-to-king. The Jews were constantly going back to planting Asherah poles and whatnot. The Reformation movements, the Anabaptist movement, the Restoration movement; these were all rebuttals to the Christian norms of the day. They all started as united fronts, then split off into their splinter groups. Could be another hundred years or so before the next one comes along, but I guarantee that it will. I say all this to emphasize that there is nothing new under the sun.

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  • Headmistress, zookeeper

    Early on when we started homeschooling we were introduced to 'The New Age'movement and its influence in our public school curricula. I read up on it quite a bit and learned all kinds of strange and 'new things.'
    Later that year I happened to read through Isaiah again, and realized I didn't need to read all the 'latest' on the New Age movement- it had all be documented in Isaiah a few thousand years ago!