When God chose to destroy civilizations – like the pre-flood world or Sodom and Gomorrah – I don’t think it was because people were having too big of a party down here. The thing is, when evil becomes intensified, it becomes pure hatred and is bent on corrupting the good. Hatred brings forth violence and destruction and creates a web of lies to deceive people about who God is. If evil were content to “do it’s own thing”, that might be a different matter. But evil wants to lure you in — and then poison you.
Evil wants to corrupt the pure; evil wants to destroy God’s creation – especially people; and evil want to get back at God. Ever since Cain killed Abel, God had to take pains that the faithful line of His people would never be destroyed. God’s word, which cannot fail, predicted the Messiah who would conquer sin and death, and also predicted a faithful seed and church of God’s people who would maintain faith throughout human history.
Despite the Devil’s efforts, a Faithful Line will be Preserved
In God’s plan, a faithful line had to be preserved. There was to be both a preserved genetic line that came from Abraham and Judah to the prophesied Messiah, but there was also to be the faithful line of the church. When a civilization becomes antithetical to life and it threatens God’s faithful, you can expect Him to step in. While many of the faithful will also be martyred, God will preserve a faithful line. Here is scripture support for this.
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” –Genesis 3:15
“Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” –Galatians 3:16
“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” –Revelation 7:4
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” –Matthew 16:18
“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” –Luke 17:26
“And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.” –Romans 16:20
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” –I Thessalonians 5:23-24
“And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” –Revelation 12:17
God’s Commandments are Pro-Life
When you look at the 10 commandments, they are vehemently pro-life. The Sabbath day is in great part about appreciating God’s creation, and acknowledging our Father. Commandments 5-10, if you look at them, are basically about not destroying another’s life.
Commandments 5-10 in Exodus: 20:13-16. (Commandments below are paraphrased.)
# 5: Honor your father and mother (Long life is promised in this commandment, if you honor your mother and father who birthed you and raised you, you are very likely to respect life yourself. Respecting our forebears – at least to the ability that we can – is important in understanding who God is (Malachi 4:4-6).
# 6: Do not murder (obviously pro-life, the Bible has many scriptures about the crime of shedding ‘innocent blood’.)
# 7: Do not commit adultery (an immediate way to destroy a marriage and your children’s lives)
# 8: Do not steal (Let’s say that theft or robbery can be anywhere from inconvenient, to a real financial burden and feeling of violation.)
#9: Do not bear false witness. (This is far more than mere lying. What if someone falsely accused someone of rape or murder? In God’s eyes, the false accuser deserves to bear the consequences that would have resulted if the falsely accused had been found guilty – Deuteronomy 19:18-19. This would be an effective way to mess up someone’s life. The Bible condemns false accusers – 2 Timothy 3:3, Titus 2:3, I Timothy 3:11)
#10 Do not covet. When we are jealous of what other people have, we are not thankful to God. Coveting is the opposite of Agape love talked about in I Corinthians 13:1-13. Coveting leads to much greater sins, just like when Cain was jealous of Abel and murdered him. (James 4:2, Romans 7:8,I Cor. 10:6, I John 2:16)
When is a Civilization in Opposition to Life?
I believe that a civilization becomes anti-thetical to life when certain things occur.
- There can be no continuation of godly human life when there is no Virtue. The Bible has a special passage in Proverbs 31 about the “virtuous woman”. This concept involves not only avoiding bad things like adultery or gossip – but also involves doing good without flaunting it. We have some people who make a show of being “good”, but they are not a positive witness to God, because they do it out of pride. And then there are others who want to do whatever they feel like, the “silly women” referred to in II Timothy 3:1-7. In society, “virtue” is often viewed as a trait that is to be guarded by the women in society.
- There can be no continuation of godly human life when there is no Justice. When different results are given by a justice system depending upon who you know and the power you wield, then there is no justice. The Bible has a host of scriptures about God’s people needing to execute justice and judgment correctly. (Amos 5:7, Amos 5:24, Isaiah 1:17, Psalm 89:14, Isaiah 56:1, 59:9, Job 8:3, 37:23, Psalm 99:4, Habakkuk 1:4, Ecclesiastes 5:8) Generally in society, the men are the guardians of justice.
- There can be no continuation of godly human life when people despise prophecy. I Thessalonians 5:20 simply says, “Despise not prophesyings.” Usually prophecy, which is simply God’s truth as found in the Bible, is regarded as ‘bad news’. But this is not the case – there is hope in prophecy. Because Nineveh did not ignore Jonah’s prophecy against them, they repented and God preserved them. Ignoring prophecies (God’s truth and scripture) and ignoring the need to repent is dangerous. Jesus taught the following: “And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation. The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.” –Luke 11:29-32. From this scripture, we can connote prophesying to be any kind of witnessing or preaching of God’s truth. When people despise it — they are doomed.
God is the Creator of all life, and he wants to preserve it. But he cannot preserve evil, which is self-destructive. He wants us to repent, change our ways and follow him. He also wants us to be our brother’s keeper.