Jungle – Part 3 of 6
The jungle has its own set of rules. If you abide by these rules and learn them well, and if you have some bit of ‘luck’ along the way, then you might have some semblance of a decent life, that is while you are alive. But even if you play the game very, very well, you will always come up short. Misery will always overtake you and of course death traps us all.
So the real question of life should be, what comes after death? And even more than that, assuming we have a reasonable answer, then what can we do to reduce the miseries of this life. And gain for ourselves a winning life, even while living on this planet and, in the middle of this jungle we call our life’s existence on planet earth.
Who invented the jungle? God did of course. God created everything. Who invented the rules of the jungle – the good rules? God did that as well. He gave us various rules of economics, of social interaction and so forth. God gave us concepts of math and physics and many other truths that govern this universe. As we discover them, mankind utilizes them for invention, for interacting with nature, for interacting with people, for making things and bettering our lives. Nothing wrong with that.
Where things go wrong in the jungle is when man ignores God and pursues his own invention in religion and philosophy. Alternate gods, alternate morals, alternate principles governing life, and any departure from Gods truth turns inevitably into injustice and misery for the masses.
Crime exists, ruthless people exist, immoralities of various types, bias, and prejudices abound. People, armed with their sin natures, take advantage of others and attempt to advance themselves at the expense of others, thus the harsh realities of the jungle come to life. Through them people suffer. We have seen many examples in history of slavery, of advantages taken of women in various cultures, of human sacrifice, of simple social upheaval – the evils of gossip and the like, political inequities, social inequities and so forth. People get ostracized for their looks, their skin color, their culture, their handicaps. Whatever your situation, others can come up with some excuse for disliking you.
We deal with fours basic problem sources in life. Dealing with our own thoughts is the first. What we think is what we are. Dealing with other people is the second source of problems in life’s dealings. The third types of situations are the systems of life, the bureaucracies of life, whether business, government, or social organizations. The fourth type, or source of problems for us all, are the natural disasters. These could be weather related, or planet related. They can be medically related – a handicap, a bad heart, cancer or some disease, or any difficulty you might encounter in life, other than in the first three categories. The jungle does not have a shortage of problems nor a shortage of sources of trouble for your life. In the end, life is overwhelming. Man alone, cannot withstand its onslaught. We have not solved the common cold, we certainly have not solved death. All generations of peoples who have come before our current time, have died. None of them remain alive on earth. They lived their lives and are now gone from our sight. They either reside in heaven, or they reside elsewhere in torment. And that, our destiny after death, comes with two possibilities as well. Eternal life in a good place, or eternal life in a bad place.
Life gives us two choices, and death imposes on us two possibilities. We have an opportunity to make our choices while we live on this earth. But after death, choices cease with respect to our ultimate destiny. We live on this earth for just a few short years. After death eternity’s time frame takes over and eternity is a very long time. So you should be able to see that what we do and decide during our life here on planet earth, is very important. It will decide your entire eternal future. Decide right and eternity will be wonderful. Decide wrong and eternity will be horrible – worse than horrible.
Most of us are concerned with this jungle, that we are stuck in for the moment. We have aches and pains, we have employment problems. We have divorce issues, or marital problems. The bills keep piling up. Our health is not as good as we would like. Our social life stinks. And on the flip side, and a more dangerous side, we might be very prosperous, therefore we might be inclined to ignore having any needs, least of all spiritual needs for the moment. This is why I say this is a more dangerous side of life. Where there is no apparent hardship, then there is the possibility that a person will ignore preparations for his life, his spiritual life. Almost everyone who runs into trouble will begin looking for a solution. But those who have no apparent troubles, generally ignore the search for solutions. Sometimes it is far better to have problems, just so you will be inclined to seek God out.
So now we should have a pretty good picture of the jungle. We are all in the same boat at least from birth. But later in life, we get opportunities to make our individual boats better than the boats of those around us. The boat of course is that vessel which carries us through life, or the concept of a vessel anyway.
We come face to face with God, and the issue of God. We wonder who He is, what He is, and how we can come to get acquainted with Him. And, of course, how God can make our life better. That is the subject of the entire Bible study process.