Sunday, July 26, 2015 4:19 AM

What Does the Future Look Like?

Sunday, July 26, 2015 4:19 AM
Sunday, July 26, 2015 4:19 AM

What does the future look like for the world today? Using this verse in Ecclesiastes, it can be seen that a time of hate leads to war, and a time of love leads to peace. There is a chiastic structure in this verse that helps us understand the meaning.

Ec 3:8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

chiastic structure, or chiasmus, refers to a reversal of the order of words in a parallel construction in order to create some special literary effect (such as focus or emphasis) or to serve as a discourse boundary marker…as in the following example from Eccl 3:8.[1]

Placing the verse in parallel will show clearly the intent of the verse.

a time to love and a time for peace.

a time to hate; a time for war

There was a study done on internet interaction and it was found that the number one emotion on the internet was anger. Today death by violence is an everyday occurrence around the world. Christianity and Christians are facing death and ridicule at an ever increasing rate. The whole world will pay a price for this hate. Hate does not just consume its target, hate consumes everything—certainly the history of war has demonstrated this fact over and over.

The Bible recites this very warning.

 Ga 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.



[1] Clark, D. J., & Hatton, H. A. (2002). A handbook on Malachi (pp. 480–481). New York: United Bible Societies.

 

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