An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign
Jesus quoted in Matthew 12: 39
Unless you’ve been asleep for the past few (if not several) years, you’ve probably heard of the “Mayan Apocalypse” that states that the “end” of our world will be on December 21, 2012, or two weeks from this Friday. I’m not going into the details of how the ancient Mayans went about this since you probably heard enough already; and for those who want to know, there’s a plethora of information at your disposal.
Now as we come down to the homestretch, people are gobbling this shit up for “signs of the end”: rogue planets, comets, ancient cryptic messages, you name it. We need to realize that a bunch of ancient peoples don’t have all the answers-period, no matter how advanced they were. And do you notice these cultures aren’t around anymore? Or at best, a shadow of their former selves? Should make one think.
Jesus warns us that an “evil and adulterous generation” seeks after signs. Whoa! Two steps back, Jesus! What do you mean? Well, if we take a closer look at what Jesus said, it would make serious sense to us. The background of the above text shows the Scribes and Pharisees asking Jesus for a sign-not to strengthen their faith in God, but to test him unfairly. You see, the Scribes and Pharisees hated Jesus since his simple and pure Gospel message was a challenge to the “mainstream” religious teachings of his time. Anything that the Scribes and Pharisees could do to trip up Jesus, or make him act out of character, they would try. Fortunately, Jesus could see right through their mess and call them out for what they were-evil and adulterous.
When Jesus said, “evil” I believe he was referring to sin-our “missing the mark
and not living up to our spiritual potential that God calls us to. God, through Jesus calls us to a higher living-as I referred to in my earlier post, “Ascension”. When we go sign seeking, we forfeit our use of insight and settle for the “surface”. Then we’ll believe anything we hear-like those “preparing for the end”-because that’s what’s easier to believe than being challenged to live a braver life.
In regards to “adulterous”, Jesus wasn’t talking about creeping behind one’s spouse’s back. It refers to spiritual adultery where we place our trust in the superficial rather than God. When we’re seeking “signs”-wherever they may be-we turn our attention off the Divine Center within us and look outward for the transitory. We “look for love in all the (spiritually) wrong places”, and get shortchanged with weak philosophies and religious “fluff” that doesn’t help us to grow up the way God wants us to.
In fact, all this “Mayan Apocalypse” stuff doesn’t help us to grow spiritually and evolve as a species. Instead, it regresses us back to our benighted superstitious days where we planned our very existences around fortune-tellers, seers, and oracles. In fact, there’s nothing “New Age’ about this; just primeval and immature thinking. This plays into our primitive fear of the dark, the unknown in our universe. And as Jesus so suucinctly said, we become evil and adultertous.
I’ve said in the past, it’s high time we grow up and evolve into the intelligent species God calls us to be. Then we won’t need to seek signs about future-or our present-since we will have the Divine insight to know for ourselves.