1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.
He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
What do we mean by the word “world”? In other translation like, NIV, they use the phrase “pattern of this world” and literally in greek it is “age” . So what comes in our mind when we hear the word “pattern”? It speaks about a way of living, principles, a system. Therefore “World” in this text speaks about the different world systems, world views or schools of thought. So what are these world views?
All that glitters is not gold; Often have you heard that told: Many a man his life hath sold, But my outside to behold: Gilded tombs do worms enfold. Had you been as wise as bold, Young in limbs, in judgement old. Your answer had not been in scroll’d. Fare you well, your suit is cold.
-The Merchant of Venice
“Not all that glitters is gold” is a popular form of expression derived from a line in William Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice. I find it as a suitable expression on how we exchange the glory of God for things that shines like gold but nevertheless not gold at all.
Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” (Genesis 18:32 ESV)
Because of the recent ruling made by the US supreme court, the legalization of the so-called “same-sex marriage”, many Christians believe that the judgment of God will come to that nation, and it would be swift.