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The Vices from Pandora’s Box, Part 1

In Greek Myths, (Myths are lies satan constructed as counterfeits in various cultures and countries, to seek self-worship, while confusing billions on the true Godhead, their creative power, and the plan of salvation revealed in the sacred scriptures), there is a poignant story of Pandora, who allegedly was the first, clay-formed woman made by the "gods".

Myth history has it that she curiously opened a "box" (a storage jar), left in her husband's stewardship, and out came flying like little butterflies, sins: curses and vices of all shapes and sizes! Sickness, death, and a myriad of countless evils. She tried to close it quickly, but what do you know? She slammed it shut JUST as "hope" was about to fly as well. How ironic. In deceptive Lucifer's version of the plan of salvation, God left us in misery without hope. Within 1 Corinthians 15:19, the Bible rightly quips that "if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." Modern English: Temporal hope, even in Christ, is useless, and breathes immense fear, anxiety, depression, misery, and despair! Why? "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth..." because Satan, sin and vice were lurking ferociously looking for prey. Revelation 12:7-12.

In the Genesis 3 account, we know that the Bible said woe to human beings because Satan was bent on using any means necessary to separate God from His children through sin. While Adam and Eve sinned, they repented soon enough, therefore their fling with vice was shortlived. However, their descendants' minds did not fare as well. Starting with Cain, they became morally polluted, and sin became so rampant that hope was almost lost! The entire world was sentenced to a destructive flood. The first church became deathly sinful and eternally segregated into two camps: the obedient vs. the disobedient; lovers of God vs. lovers of pleasure (hedonism); believers vs. unbelievers; Christians vs. Satanists; sons of God vs. sons of man:

'And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose (These are loaded verses. In the next post we will unpack them more fully)." Genesis 6: 1-2.

This sin, bred by greed, lack of appetite control, and disobedience, was such a concern to the Godhead that the Torah shared that God's heart was grieved and sad with regret: And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh..: (vs. 3). Though God was displeased with man's headlong fall into this iniquitous evil, He never, ever left mankind, with hope locked in "the box". Look at His next words in verse three (3), "yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

Thanks for that "yet" because therein lay hope. He could have destroyed man altogether but Grace and Mercy joined hands. God intervened not only for "love's sake", but for "hope's sake". God had to do a personal cleansing to preserve the faithful; to agitate and evangelize the corrupt. He shortened the life span of man to a maximum of 120 years so that "hope" may live and that faith may be anchored to strengthen all who desired a better life. He still wants to do the same for each and every one of us.

We will journey through different vices in the next few series, that have become a stronghold in homes, schools, and churches. You may know someone or perhaps you personally are plagued by one sinful corruption or another, but God encourages all to hold on to hope... hold on to Him. There is no vice that He cannot cleanse from our thoughts, actions, habits, character, and even hereditary tendencies. God desires to give us an eternal sabbath from sin. May these words comfort you as we journey together.

"if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

1 Corinthians 15:19-22

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