(Selected from the conclusion to the study of Genesis-benny)
Ways of the World are to be determined on the single point: whose glory is in focus? Adam was allowed to eat of the fruit of the tree of life. Yet he chose to disobey God who had warned him of death ‘in the day that thou eatest thereof’ and ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Ge.2:17) With his choice he created the ways of the world where it shall always be choice of good and evil at the heart of it. As an example consider man attempting to build the tower of Babel. The people with one speech and seized of the peril of another great flood lend themselves to set it up. Their aim: ‘Let us make a name.’ Is it in any way different from the statesman who declared at the end of the WWI that it was ‘a war to end all wars?’ Brave words and we have seen how many wars have since then been fought all across the face of the earth. When man has made choice of good and evil in defiance of God all that glory he seeks shall flounder on that choice. People who began as one found they did not speak even the same language. Language of the labour and capital shall not stand since the question of profits has come in.
We read in the story of Job that Satan was free to go about free on the earth. He is the prince of the power of the air (Jb.2:2; Ep.2:2) and he was there in the Garden. When he tempted Jesus one of the things he asked was, ‘Worship me,’ (Mt.4:8-10). He is the spirit that animates ways of the world, which in our time even assures us of fifteen minutes of fame. Progress is time- motion in practice and man invents ways and means to clone man or lengthen his life to hundred years or more. His stem cell research is to beat the scourge of incurable diseases that did not spring out of the earth by accident. Ways of the world are set on man’s choice to know good and evil. At every time it has led him on but as with the tower of Babel it shall elude him since glory of man ,-and not glory of God, is what he seeks.