The following excerpt from Donald Grey Barnhouse’s book the Invisible War and it summarizes in a few paragraphs why I hold that the concept of the invisible war (aka the angelic conflict) is so critical for Christians to understand. We are here for a purpose! We have free wills for a purpose! I use the angelic conflict as a frame of reference when interpreting all of the strange, and sad, happenings in the world. I believe that it is the only biblical explanation for why evil is allowed to exist in the world.
[Note: I wrote this before the earthquake in Japan. FYI I do not consider the earthquake to be “evil” even though many people view it that way. I do consider natural disasters to be a consequence of Adam’s fall and the curse that was placed on all mankind. In that way I guess you can call it a consequence of evil.
I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ but I am still probably going to die. Maybe I will die tomorrow and maybe I will die twenty years from now. Maybe I will die alone or maybe I will die along side thousands of others. No matter how it plays out my eternal destiny is secure. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?]
I would also like to tie this in with studying the bible and what biblical wisdom is. I have been listening to Robert Dean’s study of the book of James (link here) and at times he has gone to great lengths to point out how the Greek and Hebrew concepts of wisdom are very different. The Greek concept of wisdom tends to be very abstract while the Hebrew concept of wisdom tends to be very practical. I have a couple of dozen Christian blogs that I track in my news reader and we Christians do love that abstract knowledge. We laugh at the medieval theologians who debated how many angels can dance on the head of a pin but modern Christianity is doing the same thing a hundred times over. We treat the smallest details in just about any verse as if they are the keys that will unlock some hidden bible code for us yet we don’t seem to be able to grasp what the verse, or passage, or chapter is telling us. Much knowledge but little applied wisdom.
The concept of the invisible war gives meaning to why we are here, how we got where we are at, where the world is headed, and why God has allowed this to happen. This is wisdom in the Hebrew sense much more than anything I read on Christian blogs every day.
Here is Pastor Barnhouse: (more…)