Friday, July 01, 2016

The Battle of the Somme - Ignore this lesson at your peril!

At 7 a.m. on July 1, 1916, the British Army unleashed an assault against German positions on the Western Front in France, along the River Somme. The roar was so loud that it was heard in London, nearly 200 miles away. The barrage—about 3,500 shells a minute—was designed to obliterate the deepest dugouts and severely compromise German artillery and machine-gun power.... 
At 7:30 a.m., nearly a hundred thousand British troops—to the sound of whistles, drums, and bagpipes—climbed out of their trenches and attacked. Like other great battles, this one was supposed to break the back of the German Army and hasten the end of the war. But the Germans had endured the pounding and were waiting, guns poised, for the British infantry. "We didn't have to aim," said a German machine-gunner. "We just fired into them." Before the day was over, 19,240 British soldiers lay dead, nearly twice that number wounded. Most were killed in the first hour of the attack, many within the first minutes.
At certain points in history evil has surfaced to demonstrate the wickedness that lies latent, and often active, in the heart of man. The Bible confirms this fact by stating 'the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,' Jeremiah 17:9.

How do you define evil? 

Is one lie evil or just is it just the lies that cover up cruelty, abuse and the like?

Is all selfishness evil or just the selfishness of the child abuser and wife beater?

Is all lust evil or just the lust that becomes abusive and cruel?

Where do you draw the line? 

God doesn't he says 'for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,' Romans 3:23. 

Sin is sin, evil is evil and we must face reality the condition of the human heart; we all have it!

The good news is that 'Christ died for our sins,' 1 Corinthians 15:3 so that forgiveness for sin and evil would be available for all of us. Most of the people involved in WW1 never intended to do what they did but sin and evil has such power that it destroys and ends in death ever time!

The final piece in the jigsaw is the explanation as to how you take advantage of the forgiveness that God offers through Jesus Christ?

The answer is given in Acts 16:31 - 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.'  

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