This World is Cursed by God
“Cursed is the ground for your sake.” Genesis 3:17
The thought that this world is cursed is anathema to the world system that governs the thinking of most humans on the planet, as it stands in stark contrast to their fundamental belief that this world is evolving towards a progressively better condition with man as the central protagonist. Considering this world as cursed is the epitome of negative thinking to those with this secular humanistic world view. To maintain this world view, they must suppress the fact that our short life on earth is vain and ends in death (which is also part of the curse), and they must build up in their minds a false positive hope of some future state of utopia here on earth, otherwise there would be no compelling motivation to continue with their life.
It is not surprising that the non-Christians of the world would reject the idea that the world is cursed, but it is a very serious problem if true Christians do not understand the reality of this truth. As Christians, we are followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. As “the Christ” or “Savior”, Jesus came to save us from the destruction that will result from the curse, including eternal damnation for those who reject Him; He came to “un-do” what Adam has done in bringing this curse upon us. Should we not, as Christians, fully understand this curse that Jesus came to remove? Yes! And not only should we understand the curse, but we should make the reality of this truth a part of the way that we think and act and view this world.
It is unfortunate that Christianity is often presented as a type of “self-help” methodology for our lives here in this world, to help us to be successful or to prosper or to somehow improve or enhance our existence, instead of being presented as a remedy for the curse that mankind is under that will eventually lead to its destruction.
Let us be clear about this. Jesus came to set us free from bondage, but not in the way that many have mistakenly viewed this freedom. He came to set us free from the bondage that resulted from the curse, mainly from the bondage of Satan and the bondage that resulted from our hopelessness and fear of death.
It may be surprising or shocking for some to realize that Jesus did not come to set us free from poverty, nor did he come to set us free from suffering, nor to set us free from all pain and discomfort (hear on earth, but we will be free from all of these once we are a part of the future kingdom of God when Jesus returns).
Consider this admonition from Peter the Apostle in the Scriptures:
“Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. For this is commendable, if because of conscience towards God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.” 1 Peter 2:18
Of course we do have deliverance from some of the consequences of the curse even now, here on earth. When we become Christians and are transformed and are able to walk in holiness, righteousness, and love, we are freed from the harmful consequences of sin that had caused pain in our lives previously. As Christians we also have access to God’s provisions, such as His healing, both physically and emotionally, His guidance for our lives, leading us to “green pastures” of peace and blessings, as well as protection and deliverance from our enemies.
We must still recognize though, as Christians, that we are in this cursed world and the Lord may allow us to experience difficult times of trials and sufferings. We must submit to these difficulties, trusting that God is still in control of our lives, and He has a purpose for these situations. Some are for our discipline, some are for us to increase our patience and endurance, and some are for us to bring glory to the Father.
“Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.” 1 Peter 4: 1-2
“The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the hearts” Proverbs 17:3
Again I emphasize though, that the main purpose of the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ was to free us from the curse that came upon this world and all of God’s creation due to Adam and Eve’s sin. We must recognize that as a direct result of the curse, this entire planet is doomed to be destroyed. This destruction will occur when the Lord Jesus returns. Consider this picture of that day as presented by Peter:
“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.
You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3: 1-17
It is interesting to note that God has already destroyed the contents of this world by a flood (all but sea creatures and those in the Ark). It could be that one of the reasons that He did this was to make a point that He had done it once and will do it again, but this time with fire, where all will be destroyed (melted with fervent heat). This is the fate of this current world and the creation of this age.
The bottom line is that this earth is not our permanent home. We are just passing through this earth as aliens and strangers, and one day we will find our new home when Jesus comes and establishes His kingdom with a new heaven and new earth.
I want to make it clear that we are still responsible before God as good stewards of this earth, to take care of it. Simply because the earth will be destroyed in the future does not give us a pass on our responsibility to take care of what God has given to us. We honor God by treating His creation with respect. We also must recognize that future generations must live on this planet and we should not destroy the resources that they will need to survive and live a healthy life.
Paul’s writings in Roman’s chapter 8 (under the inspiration of the Spirit) sum up the truths about the current situation of God’s creation, and our attitude towards these truths. Here they are with my comments in brackets:
“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. [this revelation will be at the second coming of Jesus] For the earnest expectation of creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. [creation is aware of the curse upon it and is waiting for the final release of this curse at His coming] For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption[which was brought on by the curse] into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs until now. Not only that, but we also who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. [Are you groaning for this?] For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.” [this hope is so important!] Romans 8: 18-25
One final thought: we, as Christians, should not be surprised that this world is dysfunctional and that men’s plans to create some sort of utopia always fail or often make things worse. They will always fail because they will not work on this cursed world. Our heavenly Father, who created this world, has put a curse on it for a reason, and that reason cannot and will not be undone. Mankind has rebelled against God from the initial fall in the garden, and the only way back to paradise is through the redemption of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah who was sent to undo the curse and take us to the paradise (the future kingdom of heaven) He is preparing for us. All who accept His redemption and His promise of eternal life in heaven will join Him there.