Is the world a becoming a much better place to live?
Yes, if you are more concern about material success where personal pleasure pride and ego matters a lot to you.
No, if you prefer righteousness, compassion for others, peacefulness and joy.
If you belong to the “No” camp, then this article will be relatively easier to comprehend. If you are the “Yes” camp, hopefully this article can change your perception, even if it’s effect is comparable to a mustard seed.
Is money root cause of all evil?
So what is the root cause of all evil? I am sure many will be say "Money" without second thought.
Money plays a very important part in our lives. There is absolutely nothing wrong working hard and earning money for our living. Neither is having lots of money sinful in proper channel.
It is the misuse of it that is evil. Take for example, strength and wisdom are supposed to be good. However if we use strength to oppress and enslave people, then it is not good. Likewise, if you use wisdom to cheat, then it is evil. So it is the mis-handling of money that can be harmful.
Furthermore, if you love money so much that large part of your life is being dictated by it or motivated by it, then it can be dangerous. This attitude towards material wealth is normally prevalent when pride and ego prevails over humility and compassion.
Do not deny by the lips that you are not over-indulging in money. Most are today. Search your heart and review your actions TODAY.
The root cause!
The root of all roots of evil is LOVE OF SELF.
Most people are trapped in a little prison called “self” within their heart.
It is the love of SELF, which makes you love MONEY so that you can buy self PLEASURES.
The obsessive love of self is the fundamental problem of today’s society. All other problems such as immorality and ethical corruptions stem from it. Unfortunately, self-love is a carnal nature in all humans. It is inborn and once it transgresses to ethical corruptions, it will always get worse and is always irreversible. Therefore the sad truth is that the world with the fleshy nature of human beings can only be uglier and uglier.
One day, men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, and be rebellious to parents. More and more family and marriage relationships will be broken. People will also be ungrateful and without natural affection. There will be more slandering, unrestraint and fierce solely for self-interest. People who do good will be skeptically despised upon. More betrayals will take place even within close ones. Ultimately, people will be lovers of pleasures more than anything else.
Who can help us?
So to whom should we turn to when these evil doings take place? The masses will turn to their government and politicians? Others will rely on scientific breakthrough? Or doctors, lawyers, and the list goes on…..
Personally, I do not think anyone have the remedy for the problems of humanity today? Perhaps, there will then emerge one leader who claims that he/she will have the solution. The crowd will then be mesmerized and believe in him/her. Let you NOT be the one being fooled, for his/her solution will be the worst it ever done before.
Like all evil things, it will only provide temporary goodness, but the permanent end result is destruction!
When will be the perilous times?
So when will the perilous times come? Nobody will know. Anyone who gives you a date/time, that person is certainly a bluff. Do not listen to him! All we know is things will become fiercer or brewing to become fiercer and fiercer, even during calm times.
How can things be worse than WW2?
Wars have started thousands and hundreds of years ago in different parts of the world and so many people are killed back then. In the last century, the Great Depression and the two World Wars were fearsome.
You may think how can anything be worse than those events?
Yes, I agree that the world has been calmer after World War 2. But this does not mean that the world has been edified since then. Many more terrifying problems that appear good on its cover have been looming behind the scene in the last many decades.
Just to name one - Globalization. The advance in technology, internet, global monetary systems (with USD as reserve currency) etc are making the world inseparable today. Globalization is fantastic if the world is sanctified. On the contrary if the world is corrupted rife with immorality, the effect can be undesirable.
How to be saved?
Any prayers for things to turn out better will be useless. The problems will not go away. The only thing you can pray is for you not to live in an era where the worst will happen. However, for those who have descendants, this cannot be avoided.
I am not negative and pessimistic. On the contrary, I am a very positive person. Just that, I am sure it is concrete that we will not be able to solve the problems of the world today. So don't bother to waste too much time on efforts leading to its salvation!
What we should do can be as follows:
Stay calm and do not to be frightened! We can still save ourselves and people around us, if not the worldly problems.
Turn away from sins
Turn away from sins. So what are sins? Greed, pride, self-centrededness, adultery, sexual immorality, impurity, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, causing dissent, jealousy, rage, selfishness, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, fervent carousing etc.
Instead, be loving to even strangers, caring, forgiving, peaceful, and patient. We should infuse ourselves with righteousness, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control for peace, joy and abundance will then follow. Give more thanks and speak words of goodness over words of insult from the mouths.
Change your oldself
In order to do above-mentioned, you have to stop loving yourself too much!
Let us not be conceited. Be humble, for pride and ego is one of the biggest sins, many are unaware. Stop doing everything to glorify yourself and make yourself the idol for others to satisfy your pride and self-centeredness. These attitudes will cause downfall. If sinned, confess and turn over a new leaf. Proclaim your old self died!
Faith and equipped with knowledge of Truth
Equipped yourself with the knowledge of the “Truth”. It is not just to make you wiser. Instead, it is to make belief, be prepared, do the correct things, and most important of all, lead the correct way of life. Have faith in your believing of the "Truth" for that can be overflowing with goodness, peace and joy.
Spread the grace
Do not forget to spread the grace and help people in need. Your spiritual well-being will be rewarded.
Rolf’s final thoughts
Lest not worry that you are neither the richest, nor most famous or powerful, for the abundance in life is righteousness with knowledge of the truth, faith, peace and joy. You will then automatically be blessed with health and no lacking of prosperity.