” it came about as he finished speaking all these words, that the ground that was under them split open; and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up … and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.” Numbers 16: 31-33
The Bible is chock-full of stories illustrating events painting extraordinary subliminal portraits depicting examples of God’s way of judgment. The original example of God handing down judgment occurred when the first man and woman (Adam & Eve) disobeyed Him by eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
The first rendition of a judgment day is of great significance because Adam & Eve’s sin created somewhat of a residual effect by bringing about generational curses for as long as the world exists. Their disobedience is also a perfect illustration of how sin affects people other than the one who initiated it.
(Genesis 3: 14-41) God banished the first couple (Adam & Eve) from the Garden of Eden for violating His clear command not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Certainly, one would think that after the Lord banished Adam & Eve from the garden of Eden nobody else would dare disobey God. Could it be that most humans failed to process this day as a “judgement day?”In contrast, this was not the case. Instead, God’s people became embolden in their displays of disobedience.
Another thing, “Christian’s have adopted a “don’t ask don’t tell or talk about policy on issues that negatively affect people’s lives most.” For fear of resistance many religious leaders have opted to water down the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and all but verbally redact conversation targeting one’s personal sin.
Because our sin was judged at the cross, “There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” https://www.gotquestions.org/all-the-judgments.html
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8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, Romans 8:1 (NIV)
There is no wonder why the Lord decided to do an “entirely new thing” such as “judge by causing the earth to swallow up the rebellious.” God does get angry, especially when we ignore His divine presence, including intentionally, continuously, and blatantly disobeying Him.
Jesus used a plethora of communication tools to penetrate the hearts and minds of a stubborn people, and we represent that “stubborn people” as well. Some of the tools worked on people some of the time, but at other times Jesus was met with unabashed defiance.
All things considered, without a doubt “pride and rebelliousness among the human race are not limited to the times of the Old and New Testaments.”
21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; (Ephesians 4: 21-23 NIV)
Perhaps the reason for such a strong desire to minimize God’s omnipresence stems from the fact that “it is impossible to worship Satan and God simultaneously.”
By all accounts “there is a determined reluctance to acknowledge God as Lord and Savior,” may be primary. Even though believers know beyond a shadow of doubt that judgement day is real, they live as though they don’t really believe that it will ever come!
Not only do we need a deeper understanding of the Word we need to be willing to take that understanding and put it to work.