Friday, June 4, 2010

Escapism in the Bible.

Christians are accused of using the gospel as a form of "Escapism".

There is "escapism" in the Bible but not the kind usually thought; not escape from problems, difficulties, or struggles - we embrace these.1

God offers escape from the "corruption" it says is in the world through lust; the same term is used elsewhere as "wear and tear" of use.2, 3
[God] has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. - 2nd Peter 1:4 (NIV)
There is a "wear and tear" of just living in this world - sweet children become fodder for COPS, 40 year marriages break apart, once vibrant strong believers loose their first love of Christ.4 It doesn't have to be this way, God offers escape by using his promises that, when embraced, change our hearts, douses the fires, and lifts the burdens.

- fritz

1 Romans 5:3
2 Colossians 2:22
3 Patrikin Blog: Christian Roses
4 Revelation 2:4

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