We live in a world marked by dissension, division, strife, hatred, war and other manifestations of violence and bloodshed. To a large extent, humans are cut off from God as well.
At the root of division, between God and mankind, and among human beings, is sin. If we can understand the root cause of division and strife, perhaps we can understand more clearly the path we should walk in, and eventually the way to peace with God and among human beings.
Perhaps the greatest challenge mankind has faced down through history is that of living together in godly love — with peace, harmony and good will. Failing that challenge has produced conflict, slaughter, mayhem, wars, death and misery on a massive and near universal scale down through history from the first man and woman to the present day.
God has provided in his Word the instructions for meeting that challenge. Those who desire to be in the Kingdom of God will have to learn how to apply the principles found in God’s Word that show us how to live in peace, as much as it’s up to us as individuals.
In recent history the nations of the world have prospered as never before in history. This is especially true of the western industrialized nations, but also of many other nations, though vast numbers of the world’s people remain impoverished in many respects.
God wants us to prosper, in the right balance and as we walk in truth (III John 1:1-4).
But wealth often has its own problems, given human nature and how humans tend to react when in the midst of abundance. God warned the people of Israel of the consequences of turning to idols and lawlessness in the latter days, after they had become prosperous, prideful and arrogant, as he foresaw they were inclined to do. It’s not difficult to see the very things prophesied in Scripture concerning the latter days happening in today’s world.
The true Church of God consists of those whose names are registered in heaven — in the Book of Life. Beyond that, what is its purpose? What is the mission of the Church in today’s world?
Scripture reveals several responsibilities all members of God’s Church are accountable for. It’s important that everyone who is a part of the Church understands what those responsibilities are. And those who are not yet a part of the Church can benefit also from knowing what God expects of its members.