The Human Condition

Originally, humans were amoral. That means they were neither moral nor immoral. They were given the opportunity to choose between those positions but had not done so at first. Their environment was constructed by God himself. They enjoyed every pleasure given them.

God made them in his own image which meant like him they had free will.  Being divine, God always chose what was good and loving as far as the exercise of his will. Even though the first man, Adam, was told that he would be like a god knowing good and evil that was a lie. When man fell to the lie, he knew good and evil, but not like a god.

This was a lie that the devil told himself that he could be like God. That led to his rebellion. It also led to Adam’s choice to rebel against what God told him. This meant the day he sinned he died. He did not physically die for many hundreds of years later, but death was looming in the future while he spiritually died that day. He abused, he mortified, he brought shame on himself.

The Bible describes the human condition since that day as the best a man as filthy rags. With his own self-awareness, David assessed his condition. In Psalm thirty-eight he said, “my wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness.” Job called himself a worm. After describing the human condition in Romans chapter 1, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their own imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like unto corruptible man and to birds and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.” Paul further said, “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into lies, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. Likewise, also man leaving the natural use of the woman burned in their lust one to another.”

In the next chapter Paul began by saying that mankind is inexcusable. He described the hearts of mankind as hard and impenitent creating a storage of wrath prepared for the future against themselves. Later in the same chapter, Paul made an interesting observation. He said, “For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you.” Outside of God our souls are blemished, soul stained, disobedient, abounding in rebellious behavior, lustful, and are as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin.

No form of philosophy, good intent, pseudo-religion, good works, self-deception, self-righteousness, pretense, or resignation can relieve our stained souls! There is always something missing. Lingering in the back chambers of our minds are questions. There is an unsettling without peace, without final resolution. There is a disconnect between creature and Creator. The human condition is permanent unless Jesus is invited to repair the problem.

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