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A Day at a Time: Warning Labels

By Scott Harrup
Sept. 18, 2011

In a renewed effort to dissuade people from smoking, the Food and Drug Administration recently developed a series of graphic images and messages scheduled to cover the top half of every cigarette package in the United States beginning next year. The images go beyond the traditional Surgeon General’s printed warning to clearly portray the ravages of smoking-related disease.

One study estimates 213,000 established smokers could quit the first year in response to the campaign. It would be wonderful if that estimate proves to be low, but no matter how effective the measure is, millions of people will continue to smoke, fall ill and die.

Why? Because even the clearest warning won’t stop those people who choose to ignore it.

The Bible proves this principle, both in the life stories in its pages and the life stories of many millions of readers. From the very first warning issued and ignored in Eden, the story of human persistence in self-destructive practice continues right up to Revelation.

But the Bible is not just history’s clearest warning against evil in all its forms. It issues a bold invitation as well. God offers redemption to free us from the eternal consequences of those warnings we have already ignored. He offers inner transformation to equip us to follow His guiding wisdom as we navigate through life. He offers eternal life beyond this one in a world with no need of warning labels.

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’

“And He said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.

“‘He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son’” (Revelation 21:4-7, NKJV).

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

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