Do false gods, false prophets, and idols still exist?

Politics, business, and religion today rely heavily on the ancient practice of gods, prophets, and idols. Politicians, for example, promote themselves as saviours and gods, the ones in whom we can trust to supply all our needs. They also promise a bright future as if they are prophets with divine powers. And the economy has been made into an idol, as if money and prosperity are the solution to all evils.

Present evidence and history have proved them all false, of course, because no political system, no corporate business model, and no religion has been able to solve every human problem, or steadily provide for every human need. But we still vote, still believe the promises, and still believe money will solve all.

And so another generation of young people will get sucked into the lie that the state will look after them, that money and possessions bring happiness, that business, politics and religion are genuinely interested in their needs, and that life is what you make it. Is it any surprise, therefore, when it becomes obvious it’s all a lie, that bright, observant young people are turned off by the rhetoric, and they wonder if anyone out there is truly genuine and honest? Because it’s our young people who are the gauge of how we’re doing. Are they eager to contribute and join in, because life is full of hope and promise? Or are they becoming increasingly cynical and depressed and infected by the self-centred attitudes of their elders?

Every young person must pass through the entire range of societal gods, prophets and idols we’ve created to seek and find the key to happiness, contentment and fulfillment. We offer them sports heroes, music and movie gods, mood-altering drugs, may the best man win, making a ton of money as the greatest god of all, and brutal competition to be the brightest, the most beautiful, the most admired, and the most noticed. The pressure on young people, however, is becoming unbearable, but what sane person can live up to the expectations the gods of our creation demand? No wonder so many young people turn to drugs, sex, uncaring selfishness, self-injury and suicide to deal with the pain.

It’s the pain of gods, prophets and idols that have proved themselves over and over again to be utterly false and useless. One wonders how we can ever give young people hope when we know what they’re in for in their future, with horrible people at every stage of their lives in politics, business and religion wanting to scam and exploit them. How fortunate, then, that there is a genuine God waiting for them too.

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