I used to wonder about this passage in Matthew 24: "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Mt.24:37-39).
I used to wonder, "Why, Jesus, what's so bad about eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage? Why should that merit the end of the world?"
But if you take a closer look at people's eating, drinking and mating habits, you get the point.
While 40.000 starve daily in one part of the world, obesity is becoming a major disease in another.
While in one place people don't even have enough drinking water to survive, in another they drink themselves to death.
It's the imbalance, the selfishness that matters and makes it so ugly... the unwillingness of the rich to share, and their sickening, self-indulging indifference.
And then there's the mating game. A whole nuther story.
Have you ever frequented a dating site? Like - in a "civilized," Western country?
I once wrote an entry about the devaluation of human life in reference to what some nations are willing to pay for the corpse of a butcher as compared to what they're willing to eke out for the corpse of his victim...
Well, you'll see the devaluation of human life (along with the sheer absence of human intelligence) nowhere as blatantly as on a dating site.
Here they present themselves like merchandise in a supermarket, and mind you, the customers are picky. "Looking for Mr. Right" or "the perfect man" ... or woman, the "girl of my dreams, " etc.
Whereas members of less "developed" countries are a lot more modest. Perhaps one day the world will see the difference between so-called civilization and truly civilized people, among whom respect is still a given, and courtesy not a "Huh, what's that?"
Not to mention that in the entire process of feverishly trying to obtain the objects of their affection that might quench their burning needs (or lusts?), the most important Factor is - as usual - left out of the equation almost entirely: the Giver of all things in the first place.
Maybe that's why Jesus said not labour for the meat which perisheth... although everybody of course, keeps doing it, even the most devout of His followers.
Of course, it would be a sacriliege and the epitome of political incorrectness to preach anything different, for man's greatest religion and god has become the work of his own hands. After all, the work of his own hands is what will earn him those most desired shreds of paper in the universe, which Jesus said we couldn't serve, if we served God,;and those, in return, will by us foood, drrrink, and will help us to impress the other sex (either by means of taunting our apparel and plastic surgery, or our vehicles, houses and yachts). In short: materialism.
Since everything begins (evolution) and ends (lifeless corpse in coffin) with mere lifeless matter which is supposed to have brought forth itself, the space between the beginning and the end, that which we refer to as life, revolves around the same: lifeless matter. In other words, not really life at all, since the one thing that gives life, as Jesus said, is Spirit (John 6:63), coincidentally, the same stuff that God Himself is made of (John 4:24).
It's not that I don't like to eat, drink or am not totally amazed by the opposite sex. Nor do I try to pretend to come across as some sort of spiritual wonder child, since I'm subject to the same desires and needs as everybody else.
It's just that the way we go about it and still have the nerve to call "civilized," to me comes across as rather barbaric.
If that's what brought on the flood (along with many other evils that find their modern counterparts), then let it rain, Lord, let it rain!