The Script in Scripture

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Artwork by Elhanan ben Avraham

‘Ideas have consequences.’

When a building is constructed on a bad foundation it is likely to eventually collapse. An earthquake or a sink hole can do it, or even its own weight. When a worldview is constructed upon a false premise or a lie, even those truths built upon it are lies. The atheistic and materialistic worldview upon which such systems as Communism are built, that has consumed large swaths of the planet’s population, constructing an impossible theory of a hoped-for utopia that denies the very essences of human nature, it is doomed to failure. And with that foundation, there are no means forbidden to it by which its tottering world cannot be shored up, including repressing and forcefully silencing its own citizens with outlandish falsehoods of propaganda, and invasions and mass murder of human beings that are in that view nothing more than chance clusters of evolved cells, of mere meat.

The Biblical worldview stands in diametric opposition to that materialistic worldview, wherein humans have intrinsic value and fundamental needs and potentials, being created in the image and endowed of the Creator, as mentioned in the American Declaration of Independence. In that worldview and unshifting foundation is the basis of increasing freedom for all, freedom to choose our own direction and fate and leaders, freedom to express and realize our own potentials, freedom to choose life or death, the blessing or the curse*. The modern Western, aka Free World has been based upon this essential worldview and philosophy. But along with those freedoms and blessings and strengths come responsibilities toward both our fellow humans, and our Creator. The failure to take those responsibilities in earnest leads to the consequences of loss of freedom and stability and blessing, bringing instead chaos and dissolution.

The Script is written for our benefit and wisdom and perspective, establishing healthy boundaries for human life and stable society. Therefore, none should be surprised at the judgements of God, in our times or the past, well illustrated in the Scriptures from the flood in the days of Noah to the destructions of Jerusalem to the final outpouring of divine wrath upon the world in the Revelation. The Messiah informed us that those latter times would be as the dark days of Noah, when “every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 7:5). Yes, God is love, but not only love. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”

*”This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”  (Deuteronomy 30:19).

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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.