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Is God Fair To Teenagers?

Are you, if you obey God, cheated of a fun-filled life? Are the other kids down the street, the live-it-up generation, having all the fun? Don’t be fooled! This is the sick, sick sex age of the soaring 21st century. This article makes plain the future, an opportunity of a lifetime, so colossal, as to defy the imagination. What the future holds for you, if you have eyes to see and ears to hear, will be all the riches of the New World to come! Do you have what it takes to meet the challenge?

Today’s teenagers have the greatest challenge of all times! Only twice in all history has it been so bad, and its’ due to get worst! Perhaps we should label today, “the sick, sick sex age.” You teenagers are fed a steady diet of sex! It seems to be on everyone’s mind from the lowest laborer to the highest ranking officials of the land. You see sex on the billboards, in the funnies, news, and television and in the movies and in the flesh.

You have sex poked at you from morning till evening. Even the commercials on television are loaded with it! The man of today, if you believe the ads or the movies, would rather fight than switch, drink martinis for breakfast, have bra-bursting girlfriends draped over a convertible, with another half dozen sex pots lounging around his bachelor apartment for dιcor. The guy is barely getting by on two grand a week obtained by all-night gambling in a dimly lit, smoke-filled, back-alley bar on the south side of town.

You live in a jungle of swill, pornography, rape, lying, cheating, killing, hating, butchery – demented, perverted, drunken, black-and-white-power, race-rioting, drug taking, wretched evil times. You live in the Sodom and Gomorrah predicted by Jesus Christ when He said, “as it was in the days of Lot” (Luke 17:28).

It’s crazy, weird, sonic, luring, degenerating, captivating, mixed-up living!

You’re in it up to your ears! It takes a special breed of wise, determined, cream-of-the-crop teenagers to bear up under the rot and swill of this evil, darkened, gloom-infested kingdom of Satan. You got to have real willpower, real character, only the very, very wise will make it!

Every teenager has asked, at one time or another is it worth the effort? Should I continue and resist the pulls of this world and society? Why not join the mob, take the easy route? Why not live it up, “eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we may die!”

That’s the philosophy of the vast majority of today’s teen-agers! Is there anything really wrong with such a philosophy?

Let’s take a candid look, let’s look to tomorrow and see! What are the end results of sin? What are the end results of obedience?

Sin is like the first step down an open elevator shaft. It’s a real thrill on the way down! A short thrill that ends in a heap of rubble. In I John 3:4 God says sin is the breaking of His Law, that’s bad! In the end sin brings sickness, degenerate minds, unhappiness and miserable lives.

In the beginning God made man – “it was very good” (Gen. 1:27-31) He gave man every good thing, a beautiful, wonderful world just like the one soon to come. He gave man a perfect environment. The hunting, fishing and camping were out of this world! The air was crisp and clean, the skies blue with wisps of white cotton-like clouds. He polished it all off by giving the first man a female that had more sex appeal, more beauty, looks and personality than 30 of today’s beauty queens all rolled into one. He said, “That’s good.” He said, “She’s all yours, Adam. Take her and care for her. She’s your wife; you are one flesh.”

Along came Satan. He said. “That’s bad. Sin is good!” (Gen. 3.) So man “took him wives of other men.” He perverted every good thing of God. He was duped by Satan into believing black was white, that everything bad was good. He traded all his wealth for a few cheap trinkets and a yard or two of bright red cloth. Murder, sodomy, hatred and wretched living replaced the good. Evil became rampant on the earth. The earth was filled with violence. It was a time of race riots everywhere. The world was corrupt. All flesh had corrupted God’s way upon the earth. Then God sent the flood to teach man that sin was bad! All flesh that moved upon earth died. Only one family was saved alive (Gen. 7:21-22)!

When God says, “This is right and that’s evil,” that’s right, that’s good. When He says illicit sex, teenagers love is bad, He knows what He’s talking about. He made us male and female from the dust of the earth. He said, “No adultery. No fornication. That’s bad! That’s sin!”

King David for a time forgot sin was bad. He committed adultery with another man’s wife. He was drawn by the flesh to believe that bad was good. A few moments of stolen love cost the life of a man and a child. It cost David his kingdom and almost his life by the hands of his own son Absalom. David lived to see his wives abducted. They were seduced and raped out in the open for all to see. He lived to see the sickening, heartbreaking rape of his beautiful daughter, Tamar, accosted by his very own son in an unparalleled rape, a smashing blow to happiness and joy that could have been so different, if he just hadn’t forgotten that bad wasn’t good. David repented. He said, “God’s right. Good is good; bad is bad. God surely knows what He’s talking about. I give my life, this example, my unhappy story as evidence that sin is bad.” (II Sam. 12, 13; Psalm 51.)

On Dec. 14, 1962, the U.S. spacecraft Mariner II completed a voyage to Venus that began August 27 of that same year. The spacecraft traveled 180.2 million miles in 109 days. That’s 19 miles per second! In September it was determined the spacecraft was slightly off course. On September 5th a trajectory maneuver was made. The velocity of the spacecraft was changed by as little as .7 foot per second. Without this minute correction the spacecraft would have strayed 233,000 miles of course!

God’s correction is pretty important, too! Without it you would miss your purpose, the reason you are on earth. Without God’s correction you’d stray by a far greater distance than Mariner II. David learned a painful lesson. He was sternly corrected by God. It would have been so much easier if the correction had come earlier when he was just a little off course, when his mind first entertained the thought of sin. If he would only have remembered the instruction of his Father in heaven. God says correction gives understanding (Prov. 15:32). Another place He instructs the “wise son” as one hearing his father’s correction (Prov. 13:1). It keeps him on course. Therefore, children, don’t be weary of correction (Prov. 3:11). It’s for your good! Find your course, the right course; the good course. Stick to the right way; hit the right goal dead center. Listen to God! Listen to Dad and Mom!

Unfortunately, some of you teenagers are products of a broken home. Your parents may be divorced and involved in all sorts of iniquity. After all, we are living in the Last Days of a 6,000 year period just prior to Christ’s return. He said it would be the way it is – men and women would be “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,” really living it up just like they did in the days of Noah when God had to destroy all but eight adults (Matt. 24:36-39; Gen. 7:23).

Some of you may to have stand alone and obey God, like Noah did just over 4,000 years ago. During Noah’s time it was so bad that when God looked down on the earth He was only able to find one righteous man obeying and keeping His Word. Everyone else was corrupt; the earth was filled with violence (Gen. 6:9-13).

If Mom and Dad aren’t the right examples, then you may have to look to God alone as your example and obey His commandments. However, you should remember that obeying God includes honoring your parents even if they are disobedient to God (Ex. 20:12).

Most teenagers at one time or another experience the desire to do good. You really do want to obey your parents - the government of God – it’s just that it’s so difficult. I agree it is difficult and so does God’s Word. He says “strive,” work hard. Many weak and of poor character will make half-hearted attempts and will not “enter in.” They won’t “be able” (Luke 13:24). Any treasure, anything worthwhile comes at “great price.” The good things, the really big things are “worth it”! It’s worth the extra striving for even the blessings in today’s world, not counting what’s beyond – just a few years away!

What is waiting for you physically is priceless! Few teenagers have heard or realized what God has in store for the obedient, God-fearing teenager of this generation. All it takes to receive this fabulous, physical, a-few-years-away future is real “he-man” character, determination and real guts!

No sissy will ever find it! It takes boys that have a great deal of masculinity and girls with depth, wisdom and fortitude. The next few years are going to be tough. It will take stamina, determination and wisdom to come through!

The Apostle Paul speaks of “this way” – the necessary work, strife, and effort to obtain as being a “fight.” The calling that you teenagers have been given is so great that it is not without price. The greater the value, the bigger the price.

Your opportunity through obedience is stupendous, colossal! Never again will teenagers in all of life on earth have the opportunity that you could have, right now; the opportunity that’s within your immediate grasp – not the distant future. I’m not necessarily thinking of the Kingdom of God now! That comes later.

A few of you teenagers have read, heard about, or in some way come across the verse in Eph. 6:1-3, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right.” If you believe in God, if you are obeying God now, then you know this passage is right, it’s true.

If you have your eyes open, if you’re observing the time, the “around,” if you know anything at all about God’s plan of salvation, the Millennium, or the purpose of life, then there should be no doubt in your mind that we are living in the “end times.” You probably know that somewhere there is one true Church of God. You have, if you are observant, convinced yourself that the varying denominations, all preaching different doctrines, can’t all be right.

If you have been studying God’s Word and listening to sermons from God’s ministers, then no one has to convince you that you’re not going to sprout wings and fly off to heaven to float around on cloud nine, strumming on the old banjo at the end of your life on earth. If you’ve looked into life’s purpose or been exposed to the right way to live at all, then you should understand and know God’s way really pays off.

Maybe some of you aren’t quite convinced it’s worth it! You feel gypped, left out, oppressed by “this way of life” as the Bible phrases it, the right way to live. A few of you, who have parents who know right from wrong, may even resent the unfortunate circumstances of having parents who respect God’s Word and your unhappy predicament of being forced to live and obey the way God would have you live.

Maybe you feel robbed, cheated and oppressed. You think God hasn’t been fair with you. The “other kids,” the worldly teenagers who know nothing of the right way are the “lucky ones”! They get to “sex it up,” kiss, hug and even go the limit! You look, you see, you desire. Your mind begins playing tricks on you! It tries to convince you that evil is good, that good is bad! You say, “Oh, if I could only have lived a while before finding out the truth, the right way to live.”

You may never have had the chance to sow your wild oats, to make illicit, secret love, smoke, curse or get drunk. Time is running out. Jesus Christ is coming very soon and you “haven’t lived”! The worldly kids are really having the fun, or are they?

Right about now some few of you are saying, “Come off it! I know what you’re getting at! You’re not going to trick me with the truth! My mind’s closed – I mean made up. I’m going to break loose the first chance I get, and all hell is not going to convince me otherwise. Don’t bug me with the truth, Dad I’m gonna live, man – live a little!!”

To you I’d say, go to it – live it up – have fun. No one can help you, yet! Give it a few more years, a few broken skulls, throw in a tribulation and a thousand years or so; and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be lucky enough to come up with your life in the Great White Throne Judgment Day! That’s a 100 year period of time at the end of the Millennium for those who are too rebellious to obey now and have not known about God’s true way of life.

To the rest of you, you who are a little wiser keep reading. Maybe, just maybe, I can convince you the right way of life pays big dividends for teenagers as well as adults. The right way really is beyond your fondest, wildest dream! The false, perverted way is a greased toboggan slide to oblivion, to sick, degenerate minds.

Presently, more than 20 million people have died from AIDS, and they expect that number to rise to 60 million by 2015. Fifty to sixty percent of teenagers 17 and under are no longer virgins.

In l969, 90,000 college students threatened to kill themselves, today that number is probably higher! A major factor for suicide today is a broken law written in Ex. 20:14. Some of you should be able to quote it from memory! It covers fornication, too, you know. (Thou shalt not commit adultery).

Down deep you really should know the kids next door aren’t really “having fun”! You know that they are waking up with headaches; that quite a number of this world’s present teenager generation is on “the smoke pot” or even worst, hard drugs, and many are raving maniacs. Most of you have seen the hard looks, the grim faces.

No, they’re not really having fun, are they? Their sense of values is perverted. Anyone who would settle for the darkened, demented, sick way of this world in preference to God’s way is kind of like the African native who traded his diamonds and ivory for a few yards of cheap, bright red cloth and a few trinkets. The eye-catching trinkets glittered for a while before turning black.

Something else can be wrong in the teenager’s mind who knows or has proven God exists and that His way is the right way to live. If your mind has been in gear at all, then you know the “live-it-up” method is only a short, short glitter type of life before cancer, heart trouble, suicide, shotgun weddings and the reality of a sick, sick mind and body.

What is wrong is that you teenagers haven’t begun to comprehend your future right here in this physical life. You really are sitting on a real gold mind, a treasure chest full of diamonds, rubies and ivory, yet some who know God’s way are waiting for “the chance” to trade it all for a little bright red cloth, a little “living-it-up now.” That is up to you. You’re the one that has to live with the decision. Before any of you make the wrong decision, read on. What you’re offered is far greater than most of you have imagined. No teenager in his right mind could afford to turn it down.

Someone has to be the earthly, physical rulers over the nations, provinces and kingdoms of this world. Who else can be trained to rule the physical world tomorrow if it isn’t the teenagers, the children who grasp the real meaning of life and are willing to sacrifice now in order to really live tomorrow!

True, in the soon coming New World, there are going to be spirit beings ruling in many of these positions of authority, but physical people, you, the educated cream-of-the-crop adults of tomorrow are going to be the physical leaders serving under these spirit beings. That’s what you should be qualifying for now!

Do you young people know how many there are of you living in this present wicked world who are exposed to the right way, the way of rulership? Very few! There are more than 130 sovereign nations and states on earth today. Each of these nations will have a ruler over it, additionally there are many other positions such as mayor, judge, governor, councilman, and the thousands of other physical offices of administration needed to support the Government of God when it comes.

Is that enough of a challenge for you? When God sets about punishing this world for its evil, the wicked for their vice, men will become “more rare than finest gold, men scarcer than gold or from Ophir” (Isa. 13:11-12). The nations will continue to exist. People will be left living on this earth.

In the office of a king, governor, mayor or administrator, you will co-rule with spirit beings (those changed at Christ’s coming). You will take orders, but you who learn to obey now will also give orders, the right kind, to many other physical humans in the wonderful New World to come. You will live in palaces that are palaces, eating the finest foods, living the full abundant life as it was intended to be lived!

Your personal home, regardless of the stature of your office, is going to be” out of this world.” Instead of house cats or stuffed teddy bears your children can have their own personal lion (Isa. 11:6). They will have a ball!

If you prefer the city, that, too, will be as different and as rewarding. No more smog, industrial dirt, slums, crime, heat waves, jangling, nerve-defying noises, death-dealing snowstorms, or hate, The asphalt jungles, the cities of today, are to be demolished. In their place will be well-planned, well-designed and wonderfully organized park-like cities, cities of peace and quiet, planted with all manner of beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs, all naturally watered by God.

The city, state or nation you co-rule will have problems, all solvable! Traffic congestion, gas-spewing automobiles, weird queers, delinquents, all will become a memory of the wretched by-gone days known in history as the terrible 21st century.

The city you choose to rear your children in will be full of faithful, God-fearing wives and husbands, obedient to God’s laws. Happiness will be supreme. Peace will be everywhere. Streets will be safe. Children and old men will be playing and walking in them (Zech. 8:4-5). Every government will be God’s government. Its citizens will know love to the fullest, no enemies. Your children will be safe. “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9).

As far as your eye can see, it will be a world of peace and security. Everyone you meet will be our friend, your brother. Race riots will only be an ugly memory!

Then at the end of your physical life, after you have overcome the flesh, you will be changed into a spirit being in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye. Your change will come when you are older and have lived a full physical life in the flesh. You will then be able to appreciate the spiritual gift of being a spirit being, a God! You will be given eternal life, a life that transcends and supersedes all joys and happiness here on earth by a billionfold! Spiritual life is so vast, so magnificent that it can’t even be compared with the earthly, physical moments of joy (Rom 8:18).

You will then at this time become the only generation in all time that has lived in three worlds – the world today, the new world to come, and finally the spirit world of God!

What a gigantic, glorious future you have ahead of you! There is only one sad part. Some of your friends, those who are weak, lack real guts and courage, stamina, true masculinity or femininity and the qualities so necessary to receive this magnificent future, they will be dead, either for eternity after the short third resurrection or until the Great White Throne Judgment Day of a thousand years from now.

You, if you read, heed and obey, can become the special cream-of-the-crop students of the kingdom, just as Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They, in a physical government, were the skillful, the knowledgeable, teachable, highly favored children appointed to learn the Chaldean tongue. You, too, as you read this article are called to be approved of God to far greater power to be the rulers of this earth in just a few more short years.

Do you have what it takes? You can have the glitter of this sick, dying wretched world for a couple of short years, or, if you have guts stamina, courage and character, you can rule in the New Word to Come! Which will it be for you?

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