“Has “Mayhem” Always Been Here?” Does the Bible have anything to say about that claim?
Mayhem! Cool commercial, but is it accurate?
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Recently while researching a new talk that I’m building I ran across an Allstate Insurance commercial that was supposed to air after the 2013 Superbowl. I read that it wasn’t able to be played because they couldn’t cut it from 60 seconds to 30 seconds. It still seems to be quite popular though on YouTube as well as other sites.
The actor Dan Winters plays the fictional character of “Mayhem”. In this commercial they start off in the Garden of Eden where “Mayhem” is “the most amazing apple ever.” We see Adam and Eve take a bite, and then everything gets crazy, literally.
We live in a world that seems to be filled with “mayhem”, just turn on the news or pick up a newspaper if you don’t believe me. There truly seems to be an increase in the amount of evil that we see/hear about from almost every corner of the planet. (And no, just because I said every “corner” of the planet, I don’t believe in a “Flat Earth!” I’m just sayin’! By the way, if you’d like to read a good article on the “Flat Earth”, Go Here!)
Quite frankly, what we see would be very discouraging, if we didn’t have Jesus and His Word to keep us in focus. Without a proper understanding of what happened in the past, we’d never be able to properly comprehend the present and future. This is one of the reasons that I believe satan has worked so hard to get people to see the world from a perspective of millions of years of death and suffering. It’s a very effective tool to deceiving a generation and making it difficult to see the God of the Bible.
Has “mayhem” always been here as the Allstate commercial states? Before we answer that, we’ve got to understand what the word means. Here’s how the dictionary defines “mayhem”:
1. Law. the crime of willfully inflicting a bodily injury on another so as to make the victim less capable of self-defense or, under modern statutes, so as to cripple or mutilate the victim.
2. random or deliberate violence or damage.
3. a state of rowdy disorder:
Well, from that definition I can clearly say, “No!” Mayhem has not always been here. In Genesis 1:31 God tells us that when He had finished with creation that:
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
So, according to the only one who knows everything and who’s always been there at the end of the sixth day of creation, there was no “mayhem!” We praise God that what He originally created was perfect. No death, no tears, no sorrow, those all came as a consequence of man disobeying God. “Mayhem” is a consequence of man’s sin, not something that God created.
Does it matter?
The short answer is, “Yes!” It absolutely does matter if this history is correct. Because if Genesis 1 isn’t reliable, how in the world could you ever trust John 3:16?
This is where satan has been smart. By getting man to doubt the first book of the Bible, which is written as Historical Narrative and not poetry or allegory, it has a powerful effect of our ability to trust the rest of the Bible. This lack of trust has led to the world that we see today.
What we believe about where we come from does have an impact on the way that we live our lives today and possibly on where we will end up in the future.
How about the other claim
“Has been and always will be everywhere.”
Will “mayhem” always be everywhere? “No!” And we praise God for that. In Revelation 21:4 we read that:
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Praise God! “Mayhem” will have no place in heaven! We have a message of hope because of what Christ did in the past. And because we can trust what He did in the past, we can know that He will do what He said He will do in the future. We truly are in “Good Hands” when we place our faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ, not an insurance company. Regardless of how big they are, they can never be as powerful as the One who made everything by speaking it into existence, from NOTHING! We’ll deal with that in another article. Until then . . .
Carl Kerby is an inspiring, motivating and highly respected Christian speaker. With more than 20 years of ministry experience, Carl shares his extensive knowledge and understanding of God’s creation in his presentations, outreach events, books and other resources as the President and founding board member of Reasons for Hope, Inc.