Ever heard the phrase “The god of this world”? If you have then you can probably guess where this article is going, if not then I’ll explain it in a minute – of course a bit long-windedly. Here we go.
So who remembers the Matrix? Action movie where Neo and his other human friends find out that they have been living in a computer simulation meant to control them all their lives… crazy right? No, actually, that is what every human being born into this world experiences. When the bible uses the world in this sense, it usually refers to the world system, the manner in which things work or are supposed to work according (to here I go) the god of this world. Unfortunately, for Christians, this is a system that has been designed specifically with one thing in mind- to prevent us from becoming Christian in the first place and to make sure we don’t live life as God planned.
Are you surprised yet? Just look around, why does it seem extremely difficult to do the right thing? Not to lie, not to copy, basically there seems to be opposition against every Christian principle. Think about it, it’s almost as if some people sat down and decided that movies should be come more violent more profane each year ,fashion should dictate shorter skirts and more revealing tops and not to mention the taboo being a virgin(mind and/or body wise) at 21.
Okay so do I have proof from the Bible? Yes. Check this out.
“In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”- 2 Cor 4:4 4
So there you have it, Paul in Corinthians explains that the god of this world is up to a number of tricks to prevent as from believing in Christ. Ok ay so now what do we do. The aim of this article is not to get you looking out for demons left right and centre but just to point out; to come to a realization that we do live in a system. But here’s good news. Firstly, once we become Christians we are born again literally, physically our bodies don’t change but our spirits are made brand new from God. Secondly, though we were a part of the system, God transfers us from it into his own Kingdom were he reigns as the True God. This process is what actually allows us to live for God because now though we live in the system (the world) we are not apart of it, we transcend it. Jesus makes sure he states this clearly “Be of good cheer for I have overcome the world” Like Neo, the bible makes us understand that when we get born again the gravity of this world should not hold as back from doing God’s will.
Now once again this article is not to send you witch hunting, so rather than asking what is the devil doing here or in this we should ask, what does God want to happen here and what does the bible say. But of course we should not be surprised if what God wants seems funny according to the world’s twisted logic.
John 15:18-19. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Luke 4:5-7 “And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, all this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.”-
And this is the faith that overcomes. And most importantly we live in this world but are not of this world so as Christians we are not to e subject to the laws of the world.