“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, here is something new! But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.” (Ecclesiastes 1: 9-10 NLT)
The wise King Solomon seemed almost cynical in his view of man, but he accurately surmised that the compunctions of mankind were always just about the same, even though, there are plenty of new things in our modern world.
While everyone is in some ways unique, there is one part of man that remains fairly uniform and constant, to wit:
“The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works.” (Ps 33: 13-15)
Hearts are not only fashioned alike, but they all share the same proclivities and desires with all but the rarest exceptions. The prophet Jeremiah, speaking under the power of the Holy Spirit, summed it up the best.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jer 17: 9-10)
All advances in science, education, economics, politics and every area of society are colored by these compunctions. Modern man cannot escape the influence of his own nature any more than could the ancients of our world.
The inability to change the heart has resulted in endless justifications and devices to relieve guilt, bad attitudes and everything else man can conjure, all the way up to murder and genocide.
The number one attempt to relieve culpability has resulted in an attack on the number one moral guide found in our world – the Bible.
Although few in this world understand it, and most Christians barely get it, the Old Testament laws were given to be a tutor or a schoolmarm. When grace and mercy came through Jesus Christ, the laws were fulfilled in Christ and were also incorporated by him into what the Apostle James labeled the Royal Law of Scriptures. (James 2: 8)
But when we are in doubt as to what sin really is – we look back to the Old Testament Mosaic Laws for some basic guidance. It is there that we see that the idea of terrors and terrorism are spoken of 56 times. Not only are they mentioned often, but the cause of them is cited.
Terrorism has an identifiable source and it always has!
When the law was given dozens of blessings were promised if the laws were taken seriously and adhered to, but curses were also pronounced if they were disregarded and snubbed.