Thursday, April 29, 2010
What does the bible state about social justice and God's Kingdom now?
A couple of verses I found interesting: First, for those who claim that in the Bible the phrase "the world" (as in John 3:16) means "the people" I submit this verse that separates "the world" from "those who live in it."
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.
Second, I recently had a discussion with someone who claims (as does John MacArthur) that God's Kingdom is a "future event" and has not yet come. I submit God has always been King, and that His Kingdom has been present for ever and ever... When Jesus came He brought the Kingdom to all humankind to be able to enter in. By stating it is future denies that it always was and is and is yet to come in its fullness. I see that people who teach these things mislead others astray as they believe that they are not part of the Kingdom that was, is and forever will be. Note also this verse teaches that evil “social justice”… yep, God is a communist after all … or is it that those that teach against this biblical teaching are just plain wrong about what the bible teaches on more than a few things?
Psalms 10: 16. The LORD is King for ever and ever; the nations will perish from his land. 17. You hear, O LORD, the desire of the afflicted; you encourage them, and you listen to their cry, 18. defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.
One final thought on how bad that teaching is. They teach that the Kingdom will come by careful observation of the times. But what did Jesus say about that?
Luke 17:20. Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, "The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21. nor will people say, `Here it is,' or `There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you."