It is not difficult to understand the societies we live in when we look at the actions of individuals as stemming from the human heart or soul. All our actions stem from the desires of the human heart, both good and evil. A group of individuals is what makes up our villages, our towns, our cities, our provinces or states, and our nations. It is the corporate thoughts and desires of a group of individuals that also determines whether something good or evil will come out in our actions.
The Bible makes it pretty clear that all of humanity was separated from God through sin and willful rebellion (i.e. The term hamartia derives from the Greek ἁμαρτία, from ἁμαρτάνειν hamartánein, which means to miss the mark or to err). Even though we were all created in the moral image and likeness of God, since the Fall of Adam & Eve in the garden, THE HUMAN HEART is now universally depraved (morally corrupt).
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 NLT
As the Scriptures say, “No one is righteous–not even one. Romans 3:10 NLT
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? Jeremiah 17:9 NLT
Of course, to the self-absorbed Me generation(s) of today, whose vanity and piousness or hypocritical display of virtue seemingly has no boundaries – the very notion that we are basically good as individuals is prevalent. This concept of ourselves is probably one of the greatest self-deceptions in the history of humanity. We have regressed even further from the Tower of Babel, though we scarcely know it.
The descendants of Noah were living in the area of Mesopotami in Babylon. They settled in a land named Shinar. The population was growing and they all spoke one language. The people decided to build a tall, proud symbol of how great they had made their nation. The Babylonians wanted a tower that would “reach to the heavens” so that they could be like God and that they would not need Him. They began to construct a great ziggurat.
God did not like the pride and arrogance in the hearts of the people. God caused the people to suddenly speak different languages so they could not communicate and work together to build the tower. This caused the people to scatter across the land. The tower was named The Tower of Babel because the word Babel means CONFUSION.
We no longer want to be like God – we claim to be God. Masters of our own evolution and enlightenment leading to a true civilization, a peaceful society, and a harmonious humanity. Like an episode out of Star Trek, we espouse the ideals and virtues of Captain Jean-Luc Picard. We even have terminology for those ideals and virtues, secular humanism, a belief that humanity is capable of morality and self-fulfillment without belief in God.
Self-deception is a cunning and cruel taskmaster.
Take a good hard look around you and tell me what you really see in our world. I see selfishness, greed, anger, prejudice, hatred, and war. I also see peace, patience, kindness, tolerance, and love. I see the moral image of God in humanity, but I also see our desperate brokenness and fragility as humans. To think that we are even capable of climbing out of that pit of despair, on our own strength, is deception at work. The very enemy of our souls, the Devil or Satan, is intent on destroying the crowning achievement of God – His creation. It is almost irrelevant if we refuse to acknowledge the problem of evil in society – it does not prevent the hordes of hell from their deceptive and destructive ways towards humanity.
As followers of Christ, our war is not against each other, let lone those outside of the Faith.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 NLT
Our enemy is definitely not our brother or sister in Christ. Our struggle is against that fallen part of ourselves that rises up within – our own jealousy, selfishness, and greed. The Apostle Paul often referred to that as our “flesh” or our carnal desires. Paul was speaking about our fallen human nature. in all its carnal desires (i.e. sexual, sensual, erotic, lustful, lascivious, libidinous, lecherous, licentious; physical, bodily, corporeal, fleshly).
The writer of the Book of James was straight forward on the issue of carnality.
What causes conflicts and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from the passions at war within you? You crave what you do not have. You kill and covet, but are unable to obtain it. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask. And when you do ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may squander it on your pleasures. James 4:1-3 Berean Study Bible
The battle that rages is within the human heart and is energized by the unseen realm of evil around us. Naturally, we still have a choice in all of this, each and every moment in our lives. We choose whom we follow and serve, either God and His promise of salvation in Christ or ourselves and this world and its empty promises.
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. Proverbs 14:12 NLT
For You granted Him authority over all humanity, so that He may give eternal life to all those You have given Him. Now this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent. John 17: 2-3 Berean Study Bible
“Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would know My Father as well. From now on you do know Him and have seen Him.” John 14:5-7 Berean Study Bible
To be continued… The Great Confusion: Part 2
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