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Chapter 19 - What is the World?
Satan has limitations. He cannot be everywhere at once. Part of his drive to collectivize the world is to be able to leverage his influence through human hierarchy. To achieve this level of collectivization, he has created social institutions that have the momentum to draw people in, shape them to his purpose, and use them to impart a sort of 'life' making an organization a sort of nascent organism.
The bible describes what it calls the 'world' as something hazardous to Christians.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. - James 4:4
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. - John 15:19
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. - 1 John 2:15
At the time of Jesus, human activity was either within families, between families, or with a group of those who had wealth, political influence, legal influence, prestige, or military power. It would take centuries for Satan to grow these social threads into the pervasive organizational social systems they have become today.
An example was once given about the appeal of socialism. One can imagine a Christian asleep in the back seat of a speeding car. If he were to suddenly awake, he would see someone he trusts driving the car and be able to return to his slumber. The person who does not believe in God is like a person asleep in the back seat of a speeding car who suddenly awakes and sees no one at the wheel. He will clamber over the seat to take the wheel himself. Those who are attracted to the world are those who see in it a reality greater, more useful, and more tangible than God.
Consider some examples of those that operate within this realm.
Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. - Luke 18:22-23
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. - Matthew 6:24
But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. - Matthew 11:8
And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. - Luke 12:19
For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her. And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet. - Matthew 14:4-5
Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; - Matthew 26:59
Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? - John 7:48
The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. - Acts 4:26
The world has been designed to resonate with the flesh. It seems attractive to the flesh and appears to offer anything one could want.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. - 1 John 2:16
Satan sets the course of the world. His objective is to leverage his influence through getting the whole world into a collectivized system that he can control. The final control system is to be able to determine who is allowed to buy or sell.
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. - Revelation 13:16-17
At the time of Jesus Satan had only a portion of humanity woven into his control system.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. - John 8:44
The history of Western Civilization is the history of Satan hijacking Christianity first to form it into an organizational system and then to use it as a template around which to build a collectivized economic, political, educational, and military system that he could use to control the world. The defective character traits observed by those in the world at the time of Jesus have been expanded to, first the aristocracy, and then the general populace until now when these traits are the norm.
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. - 2 Timothy 3:1-5
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. - 2 Timothy 3:13
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