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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Truth Wednesday hosted by Anne Morgan - "The Truth Project" part 5 - "Who is Man?"

Truth Wednesday hosted by
Anne Morgan
"The Truth Project" part 5
"Who Is Man?"

Who is Man?

There is a pernicious lie that is permeating the human mind. It’s that "man is just a material beast. He can’t have a purpose beyond himself. He must live for himself. Because man is born good, or neutral, it is the world he lives in that influences him for good or evil."

Perhaps you’ve heard variations on these beliefs. Our culture is saturated with the idea that everyone is basically good. Pick up the newspaper or watch the TV and you will soon find yourself wondering what caused someone to commit the crime they did. Defense attorneys will argue that their clients were the victims of an abusive home, or neglect. They experienced such a difficult childhood that all they know is to fight their way through life. Psychologists will tell you that you behave the way you do because of what your mother/father did to you in childhood.

From the beginning, man has tried to blame their sin on someone else. Adam blamed Eve and God (for giving him Eve) Eve blamed the serpent. Today, no one seems to be responsible for their behavior. We live in this culture of blame because we believe that man is inherantly good, so it has to be someone else’s fault when we do something "evil".

This philosophy is in direct opposition with Scripture. The Bible teaches that man was made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27), and it was because of Adam’s sin in the garden when he disobeyed God’s command, that sin entered the world. And through him (Adam) the sin nature was passed to all mankind. God held Adam and Eve responsible for their choices. (Gen. 3:16-24) And thus making it necessary for the need of a Redeemer (Gal. 3:13)

A person that believes they were created in the image of God, and that they have been born with a sin nature, will have a different world view than someone who believes they are inherently good.

What do you believe?

Are you quick to blame someone else when you do something wrong? Or do you readily confess, seek forgiveness and make restitution (when appropriate)?

Do you blame your upbringing for the choices you make? Or do you thank God for the parents you had because they prepared you to serve Him?

Do you seek out the faults in others, comparing yourself to how good you are? Or are you fully aware of how sinfilled you - and me - are, and thank God that He offers forgiveness for you...and others?

If you are honest, you will admit that at any given time you - like me - can believe that lie that "we’re basically good".

Yet Scripture tells us that this world view will only bring about death. Without the Holy Spirit we are powerless fight against the natural man. (Rom. 8:13).

We are commanded to acknowledge our sinful nature, and through the power of the Holy Spirit break the bondage of sin.

Colossians 3:5-10 tells us we are to "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Our old nature is drawn to this behavior, but with the power of Christ, we can overcome the old man.

This weeks challenge: Make an honest evaluation of how you view yourself and others. Are you quick to find excuses? Does the depravity of the news surprise you?

Last weeks challenge : God’s laws are an expression of His nature. Whatever God says is true and right. Our job is to trust Him.

Next week - Theology: Who is God?


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