Friday, September 24th, 2010
"I am with you to deliver you" (Jeremiah 1:8)
When he destroyed the ancient wicked world in the Flood, Jehovah "kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others." (2 Peter 2:5) Jehovah will again deliver the upright when he destroys the present wicked world. His Word thus states: "Seek Jehovah, all you meek ones of the earth . . . Seek righteousness, seek meekness. Probably you may be concealed in the day of Jehovah's anger." (Zephaniah 2:3) As a result of that worldwide destruction, 'the upright will reside in the earth, but the wicked will be cut off from it.' (Proverbs 2:21, 22) However, many of God's servants have already died because of illness, persecution, and other factors. (Matthew 24:9) How, then, will all of these be delivered? The Bible states that "there is going to be a resurrection of . . . the righteous." (Acts 24:15) What comfort there is in knowing that nothing can prevent Jehovah from delivering his servants!
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 3:11-13)
You know what's weird? Even if a person didn't believe the Flood really occured, and didn't believe that Armageddon was coming, it *still* wouldn't change the fact that everything God has commanded for his people during this time period in human history, would automatically protect their health and safety "as a group," (even without any sort of divine intervention involved).
If you take this scenario and look at it strictly from the secular viewpoint of a scientist, historian, or anthropologist, (who was interested in "forecasting" the longevity of a particular culture or civilization)...simple logic would lead you to the conclusion that "as a group" a society of people who lived according to God's requirements and standards would naturally have a much higher rate of survival in comparison with their surrounding peers.
They would have:
-Stronger families & less family breakups due to adultery, divorce, domestic violence, verbal & mental abuse, child abuse, lack of communication, jealousy, dishonesty, and a lack of trust.
-Better physical health & longer life spans due to abstaining from tobacco, fornication, the misuse of blood, alcoholism, drugs, extreme/violent sports, uncontrolled rage & aggression, fighting, filthy/unsanitary practices, etc.
-Better social relationships & better mental/emotional health due to abstaining from corrupting practices and criminal activity such as extortion, fraud, blackmail & bribery, robbery, cheating, lying, gambling, coveting, hatred, nationalism, terrorism, and racial & social prejudices, etc.
God hasn't asked us to build a *literal* ark...But his instructions have the same protective value, and are completely reasonable when you stop and consider the damaging, (and often fatal), consequences that result from *failing* to obey those instructions. It's obvious that they serve as a long-term benefit and protection for ourselves, our families, our friends, and for the welfare of society as a whole.