"...wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie..." (2 Thessalonians 2: 10b - 11)I believe a great delusion has fallen on our culture, and it has happened so quickly that it can only be supernatural in nature. What used to be known as good is now called evil. Mere disagreement is now called hate. "Tolerance" once correctly defined as allowing others, and respecting the rights of others, to believe differently, has come to mean absolute acceptance of all thoughts and behaviours as completely valid. The only thing now considered wrong is disagreement with those who think that all things are acceptable.
And it has happened with amazing rapidity - within a few years even.
At the same time, a veil seems to have fallen over people's eyes to prevent them from seeing the truth. Facebook is filled with people posting warm and fuzzy quotes; quotes that in the end are nothing but words on a screen. They may make some feel better or encouraged for a short time, but beyond that, what good do they do? No sooner has one read or posted one inspirational saying than another one appears. It seems to me they are like a drug. One is never enough
Why do people not see the one thing that will really help - a genuine relationship with God - the God who is as real as the keyboard upon which they type.
Even the world of Alpha has changed. Years ago it was not unusual to see large Alpha's of 60, 100 people or more. These can still be found, but more and more we are seeing Alpha run in small home groups or in coffee shops or in pubs, of 5, 10, or 20 guests. Perhaps we are returning to the model of the early church where small groups of believers met in homes or catacombs, hiding from those who held the power and would silence them but who, over the course of two or three centuries, changed the world.
But whether in large groups or small, Alpha introduces people seeking the truth to the one who is the Truth; the One who changes lives and changes them for the better; the Saviour of the world and the Saviour of the individual - Jesus.
Knowing God - there is nothing better. #TryAlpha