Nothing Really Matters, Anyone Can See, Nothing Really Matters Except Everything

So, if God didn’t curse your disobedience nor bless your obedience, would you listen anyway?

Seems to me that’s sort of how God is currently working. Yeah, we get our come’upins, we reap what we sow, natural consequences for actions, but we don’t experience the ground opening and swallowing the guys who challenge us. Nor do we get the blessings of prosperous gardens for going to church.

God’s judgment in this age seems to be on delay, stored up for future judgment (Romans 2:5). Bad guys get away with being bad and good guys seem to just get more junk dropped on them. And life goes on.

God’s silence has lead many to believe He just doesn’t care, nothing really matters, so do whatever. But I don’t think that is the case.

I am a firm believer in “nothing matters” as far as how Solomon meant it in Ecclesiastes. Life is filled with one vain activity after another. Don’t get too hot and bothered by any of it, because it won’t last and it’s all smoke anyway.

But at the same time, what we do matters! Virtue matters. Love matters. We will be judged on all the deeds done in our body, therefore, one has to conclude that everything our body does matters.

The sticking point comes in figuring out what exactly makes stuff matter. How can it not matter and yet matter?

Everything on this planet will pass, therefore, nothing matters.
Everything a person does will impact his/her eternity, therefore, everything matters.

Physically speaking–nothing matters.
Spiritually speaking–everything matters.

The fact that God has declared all physical things of secondary value–set your mind on things above, not on things of this earth, the soldier of Christ does not entangle himself with the affairs of this world, etc–means He is not intervening physically to get our attention as much.

Our spiritual successes or failures do not determine our physical state. If you look at your physical state as being the most important thing to you, then you’ll think spiritual things don’t matter because they don’t influence what you think is important.

But spiritual things do matter and you will find this out on Judgment Day very clearly, when all physical things have passed beyond your senses.

God is currently testing our faith–If listening to God doesn’t matter to your physical existence, do you still love God and value what He values enough to listen anyway? “No man can serve two masters” means something.

3 thoughts on “Nothing Really Matters, Anyone Can See, Nothing Really Matters Except Everything”

  1. The idea we have that “listening to God doesn’t matter to our physical existence” is simply an illusion, most likely caused by our false standard of measuring things by monetary value, and carefully hiding away or avoiding to think about the darker side of life.

    The movies are great for this, for they often portray a dream-world, where sin is the way to success, and the real consequences of unrighteousness are not portrayed.

    1 Tim. 4:8 – “…godliness is profitable unto all things.”

    Consider the following:
    1. Many of the diseases that cause such suffering to people in developed countries have their root in unrestrained lusts of the flesh.
    2. Many of the wars that have decimated millions of people were started over small transgressions of the law of love, which became magnified by unrestrained jealousy and revenge.
    3. The love of money has already shaken the foundations of our countries, and will soon cause untold suffering, when the economy collapses, as it must, since national debt is out of control.
    4. Lusts of the flesh are ruining the lives and health of many (ie. AIDS, etc), and breaking up families (divorce, ruined children, broken homes).
    5. The strife for “who is the greatest” causes a few to be lifted up as “gods” and the rest who didn’t make it to be stepped down and trodden under foot.
    6. The increased knowledge and science of man has only led to increased problems: weapons powerful enough to destroy the world many times over, idle distractions that consume the money that should go to the poorer people of the world, hoarding of riches by clever schemes that rob the less educated countries, the extinction of animal species, pollution of the environment and dangerous disruption of nature’s cycles, etc.

    Those are just a few of the unsolvable problems of the world. If I look back at my childhood, I would also have to say that the lack of the knowledge of God was the cause of all the miseries, confusion, and strife of my younger life. And had God not intervened in my early twenties, I shudder to think what might have happened or where my life might have gone.

    No, the Bible is correct: “righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Prov. 14:34)

  2. I hear ya. Sin does not help, it brings the fruit of death. The idea that it doesn’t effect us is based mostly on the monetary value, as you point out. Righteousness doesn’t pay the bills. Sin may make your bills larger and it might even pay off some. Righteousness seems largely ineffective to most when it comes to accounting.

    I do firmly believe that sin and righteousness can make a huge difference in financial accounting, but not in the way most people view it.

  3. “Righteousness seems largely ineffective to most when it comes to accounting.”

    Paul said godliness with contentment is great gain in this world and the next if I remember correctly. Now personal righteousness may indeed seem “ineffective” when it comes to accounting, but generational righteousness is much more effective. If mean, if you live a righteous life and save money by not wasting it on booze and smokes and so on, and you leave a bit to your kids, and they do the same, eventually you may build up a great deal of wealth over time. But if you parents were drunken louses and you are righteous, yes it will seem rather ineffective at accounting. This concept, however, of leaving an inheritance seems to be forgotten in the churches. In Proverbs it is written something to the effect the righteous will leave an inheritance for their kids, and Paul says that the parents should lay up something for the children rather than the children for the parents. But it seems preachers are too busy bashing physical existence and teaching a sort of “escape from the physical world” type of Gnosticism to notice those passages.

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