I want to look at one aspect of God’s “Judgment.” Which would be more harsh and grievous for God to send or allow:
1.) Famine, economic ruin, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, government oppression, etc.
2). The spread of spiritual deception on a large scale. This results in many being convinced they know God and follow Him, but it’s all false. In reality, they have been cut off from perceiving spiritual Truth and are thus prevented from genuinely knowing God.
In reality, it’s #2 that is far more scary and perilous, and is exactly what has been happening. Being shut out from knowledge of God is far, far worse in an ultimate view of things than anything that could happen in the physical realm.
In John 14:26, 15:26, and elsewhere, Scripture declares that the holy spirit is sent to, among other things, bring to mind the words of Jesus, testify of Jesus, and to guide us into all truth. So, if we lose our ability to connect with the Spirit of God, a connection that can only be made spirit-to-Spirit, which bypasses the mind, then it follows that we will not be mindful of Jesus’ words, won’t receive a true testimony about him, and will be led down any number of paths except the one path of Truth. This isn’t to say the mind is to be inactive or is useless. It’s to say Truth ultimately isn’t acquired by the mind. ANY doctrine, path, or concept that is not Truth revealed by God’s Spirit to a human spirit is carnality, and I assure you, most of what is believed and taught in the church today is nice, spiritual-sounding, soul-pleasing carnality.
(Romans 8) 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. 7Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. Carnality originated at the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It is based on logic, reason, and rationality, although it certainly may use spiritual language and promote religious activities. The Spirit, however, doesn’t make sense to the carnal mind. Therefore, reason and spirit are opposed and will always be opposed. To follow God in spirit, you have to let go of the doctrines and supporting arguments you’ve gathered and be taught all over by God Himself through His Spirit.
(1 Corinthians 3) And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. (Those who are carnal are unable to receive or digest “solid food,” which is simply spiritual truth, and never will be. The carnal mind always goes back to and defends what it knows and has been taught, and the reasonable arguments for its belief). For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal? (This reminds me of the many denominations of Christianity. Carnality leads to divisions and titles).
Please think on these things. God bless you.