Is The World On Fire?

J. D. Conley
August 31, 2014

The answer to the question above is, no, not yet. The day for universal flame engulfment is yet in the future, (2Pet.3:10-12). How far into the future this day looms no one knows, it might be today, tomorrow, or thousand years from now.

Yet the expression, "the world is on fire," is exclaimed far and wide. It seems to be applied to any and all worldly evils, e.g., terrorism; Russia's push to rebuild the Soviet Union; domestic unrest as in Ferguson, MO., the outbreak and possible global spread of Ebola; the fragility of the world's economy; the development of nuclear weapons by hostile nations, the volatile and incendiary list goes on and on.

Yes, in a metaphorical sense, the world is on fire with the aforementioned problems. When one problem is extinguished another one quickly flares up and spreads.

But so many of these problems can be directly, or indirectly traced back to sin. Sin is the world's number one problem. In a sense, the world has been on fire since the Garden of Eden and the fall of man. The conflagration of sin spread over the earth to such a degree that a global flood was brought by God to fully douse it. Sadly, it wasn't long before the spark of sin ignited again and the flames have spread exponentially. How widespread is the fire of sin? God tells us sin has been committed by every accountable person, many times over, just read (Rom.3:9-12, 23; 1Jn.1:8,10; 5:19).

The world is on fire and the catalyst is sin. There is only one element that can put it out and forever wash it away, and that is the blood of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, (Mt.26:28; Rom.3:24, 5:9; Eph.l:7; Col.1:14; 1Pet.1:2; Rev.1:5,7:14). This sin quenching blood is reached only in the waters of baptism, (Rom.6:3-4, Acts 22:16).

Indeed, the world is on fire. Its on fire now, figuratively speaking, due to sin. But it will one day be on fire literally (2Pet.3:10ff., 2Thess.1:7-9). To escape both fires, live faithfully in Christ urging others to do the same.

"Knowing the terror of the Lord, we persuade men" (2Cor.5:11).