More than meets the eye!
People often say that 'there is more to something than meets the eye'! By this they usually mean that there are hidden values or facts regarding something. Or sometimes when used about a person it can mean that they are more interesting or complicated than they appear at first.
We live in a world where that expression is so true about so many things. The United Kingdom is about to vote on whether to leave Europe or to stay. One of the problems the electorate has is knowing what the facts are! What is propaganda and what is truth!
A lot of people are big into conspiracy theories. I am not of that persuasion but I do think that there is a lot more going on behind the scenes than most people are aware of.
The Bible teaches that there are powers and influences over nations and individuals that people are not aware of. If you researched the book of Daniel in the Old Testament Bible you would discover in a number of chapters that there are Spirit powers (some good and some bad) who influence the decisions that are made by governments and people in positions of power. You may be very cynical about that claim but the Bible teaches it and many a time I have wondered how world leaders ended up making decisions that in the lead up to the vote they were unlikely to make - look into Mrs Thatcher and The Maastricht Treaty in this respect!
In Ephesians chapter two verse two we discover that people 'walk according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience'. We would like to think that we are all free agents and in one sense we are - we are responsible for our behaviour. But on the other hand there are evil influences in this world that find their source in the devil who is described in this verse as 'the prince of the power of this world'. These influences tempt us to do wrong, to look after ourselves, to indulge ourselves and to sin.
This is not the only passage in the bible that talks about the powerful influence of evil that pervades our world. In Second Corinthians chapter four we read that 'the god of this world (another description of the devil) has blinded the minds of the unbelieving ones so that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ (who is the image of God) should not dawn on them'.
The reality is that the devil wants to delude and deceive people so that they end up in Hell and the Lake of Fire. He wants people to think that they have liberty to live as they like but what he doesn't tell them is that sinful habits ensnare and trap them. His master stroke is to convince people that he does not exist and that the idea of a devil is just a tool of religious people to make other people fear and or behave. He has no desire for people to live life as God intended them to or to know the forgiveness of sins.
Yes - there is more to life than meets the eye. God is not mocked whatever you sow you will reap and there is an appointed day when God will judge the world in righteousness!
Make sure you see the truth for what it is and 'seek the Lord while he may found'.