In his book “the Jesus I Never Knew,” Philip Yancey quotes Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf on Michael Jordan, saying “He’s living the American Dream… (it) is to reach a point in your life where you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do and can do everything that you do want to do.”
Genesis describes the Tree of the Knowledge as “beautiful,” and “its fruit looked delicious.”
In the book of Luke, the Devil says of this world “this domain and its glory… has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.”
We seek prestige, money, and, above all, desire power. But all these things are passing away, with the rest of this world.
“…the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.” 2 Peter 3:10
Is this life of luxury, this “beautiful day,” the true purpose and meaning of human life?
Even today, money is failing. Power is crumbling away from the powerful. “Unless you act, the financial system of this country and the world will melt down.” That phrase was uttered during the recent US financial catastrophe, which narrowly avoided total destruction with a massive infusion of money from the federal government at the 11th hour.
The system is fragile, and nearing collapse. It looks perfect, but inside it gives the stench of decay…