Our Only Choices: The Full Counsel of Man or God
Ramon Arias | January 11, 2016
Those who are concerned for the future of America are shocked to see her on the fast track to extermination; this is no laughing matter for the critical thinkers.
Before you turn me off, let me assure you that I'm not a pessimist but a realist. Since my childhood, I began a quest to understand bad human behavior and its negative effects on society. I was not born a pessimist but quickly became one early in life. The more I learned from the cycles of history, the less hopeful I became for the future of humanity. I decided to become an atheist. It was in this atheistic mentality that I started reading the Bible for the first time in my life and it put the puzzle pieces together in my head about the historical sociological structure of humanity; it made sense. All the answers are right there within the pages of the Bible if we want to understand the document for what it is instead of looking at it as a religious book.
Humanity has been dominated by different worldviews, each one endeavoring to explain why they believe the way they do for their social expectations and the world. These different worldviews have dominated humanity from the beginning.
When we study all the worldviews, we arrive at the conclusion that in reality there are only two worldviews: the biblical worldview and the anti-biblical worldview, which conforms all religions and ideologies. We have history on our side to corroborate my statement. It is utter foolishness to think that we can have a better outcome for the future building upon the counsel of the wrong worldview.
I totally agree with Benjamin Franklin who stated, "Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do." If we do not want to be in the fools’ camp, then, before we criticize and condemn anyone and anything, we must do our due diligence, not just in the area of economics, but also in every adverse situation that the human race is facing; even the apparent fictitious progress. Every idea must be examined in light of history, common sense and the full counsel of the Revealed Word of God—the Bible.
Those who are determined to destroy the biblical worldview succeed by using disinformation and distortion of the facts. Day after day they shove down people’s throats their poisonous lies in the best way they know will be easily digested. Their success is highly dependent upon people's ignorance of true facts. When confronted they go into a wild rant using all the resources under their control to indoctrinate people screaming: "don't listen to the facts only what we say is the right way and the only solution." John Adams said the following about facts: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
Throughout the Bible, we see a clear difference between those who follow man's counsel and the ones who choose to follow God’s counsel. In Psalm Chapter One, there is a clear contrast between the righteous and wicked ungodly counsel: “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (vv. 1-2).
As children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ, we must take personal responsibility for our biblical knowledge to effectively confront the humanists and all anti-biblical worldviews and their misconceptions and influence at all levels of society, including the Christian church. The future of society depends upon God’s people taking the lead to rebuild the decaying foundations. This means biblical Christians must seriously take the whole counsel of the Bible with great delight not ignoring bothersome verses and passages of the Scriptures. In his second letter, Peter said:
“And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21)
The apostle Paul, addressing the Christian leadership in Ephesus said: “for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole counsel of God.” (Acts 20:27)
If every Christian church affirms to be founded upon the inspired, infallible, inerrant, and authoritative Word of God with a commitment to the biblical teachings, what is the logical explanation given for the ethical, moral and spiritual corruption that is disintegrating the nation’s foundation? Can we humbly admit that the full counsel of God's Word is not being implemented and this is the reason we have such a decadent social condition?
In spite of her condition, the Christian church finds herself in a two thousand year historical privileged position to be able to sort out the doctrines that flow from the full counsel of man and distinguish those that flow from the full counsel of God as revealed in Scripture. Man's understanding of God, life and the world is obscure, vague, confused and contradictory. Not so, for the one who is instructed by God’s law.
The biblical faith is vital for the social and political order laid by past generations who now demand of this Christian generation to rebuild upon the social laws of Scripture. The full counsel of God expresses His unchanging standard of justice and it must be thoroughly studied in order to solve all of our social problems.
“But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God's word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:14-17)