God, in his infinite wisdom, knew people would seek after false "gods", follow "excitement" and be led astray by those with silver tongues. Even Early man worshipped Baal, sacrificed babies to Molech, and worshiped "gods" of stone and gold. Pagans worshiped the creation and named it Gaia or Mother Earth. God did say in his Word that there would come false teachers and antichrists.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
Look around you, there are environmental nuts who worship creation, and who will save an eagle's egg, and then not care about children starving next door to them, or the millions of babies aborted. And the PETA people, who say "Meat is Murder", even though God clearly says to take dominion over the earth, and to eat whatever we want, as long as we give thanks for it.
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. (2 John 1:7)
Look at the above for those who have set dates and called themselves "Christ".
So, why do people fall for these lies? Especially people who call themselves Christians?
1. People are Lazy! It is much easier for people to leave their spiritual walk and growth in the hands of someone else. It is much more convenient to have someone tell you what God's Word says, and what God expects, rather than challenge yourself and actually do some research. There are way more important things to do, like manage that fantasy football team or watch Dancing With The Stars.
2. People are Willfully Ignorant! EVERYTHING we need to know, God gave us in his Word. To the fools that followed Harold Camping...the Word clearly says "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father." (Matthew 24:36). Kind of takes care of the May 21, 2011 thing, HUH! David wrote, "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you." (Psalm 119:11) Simple but powerful. People have NO excuse for following these false profits. God has already provided the answer to their nonsense!
3. Many are Lacking in Wisdom and Discernment! God has promised to guide our paths, and we have the Holy Spirit to " ...guide you into all truth" (John 16:13) and "... if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him." (James 1:5). God is alive and actively wanting to participate in our lives, and to guide our decisions and paths. But we must humble ourselves, and ask for his help! Wisdom enables us to "know a tree by it's fruits" (Matthew 7:16) and the Holy Spirit helps us to "test EVERY spirit" (1 John 4:1). He gives us these answers through our conscience, the still small voice inside, and through the wisdom contained in his Word, The Bible.
In conclusion, a lot of pain, heartache and unnecessary aggravation can be avoided in our life by: simply using the tools God gave us, getting off of our butts and actually opening the bible. Finally, by spending some quality time getting to know God.
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