From the Slime or the Divine?

 

Several years ago there was a popular song about someone making a mistake and cheating on their partner.  The song kept repeating “We are only human,” as if that explained it and made it ok.  Things like this drive me nuts!

 

Are we just evolved animals or are we divinely created?  Here is something to consider.  We live in a world of instant gratification where personal responsibility is politically incorrect.  Any harm anyone does is now automatically justified and rationalized because of something that happened to them in the past and because they “are only human.”  I mean, you put red meat in front of a dog, the dog is going to eat, right?

 

The thoughts bubbled up in me again this morning as I was reading Proverbs 16:32, which says:

 

Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.  (ESV)

 

In my quest for purity it does me no good to start from the standpoint that I happened by chance and evolved out of the slime.  What pure standard would I strive for?  I have learned you get into trouble and get the big head when you compare yourself to others.  But when you compare yourself to perfection, to the One who created you, to the One who lived the perfect life, to the One who set the ultimate example by dying for you, you get humbled pretty fast.

 

In a world governed by natural law there is a thing called cause and effect.  “Humans” who try and explain away God, and then proclaim that we should strive to live “morally” because it is the right thing to do, don’t even understand the dilemma they have created.  How can there be such a thing as moral law unless there is a moral law-giver?

 

As Dad says, “You have a choice.  The choices you make will either make your life better or worse.”  When you learn to rule your own spirit and take personal responsibility, suddenly life becomes much easier on you.  Don’t buy into the modern chorus of “we are only human.”  We are divinely created and we have the seed of the Creator in us, which allows us to choose purity and rule our spirit.  But make no mistake, it is a choice and the world will mock you for it.  Just ask the Jonas Brothers about their stance on purity.

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5 Comments on “From the Slime or the Divine?”

  1. Wiebs Says:

    Hi There!
    Great post. I’ve gotten so much out of this Blog, thanks.
    Wiebs

  2. Archie Winningham Says:

    Sure, we’re only human. But who created humans? God. And how do we know if we are doing right or wrong? God reveils it to us.
    As far as those who do know Jesus as their personal savior, how do they/we know that we are doing good or bad? The answer? Christains have a solid answer, if we so choose to listen to God. The ones that think we evolved from slime, well, I’m SO glad I know different!

    Great post Tom. You did it again!

    Archie

  3. Kelli Estes Says:

    This drives me nuts too! This making excuses thing is no stranger to the inside of the church either. However, that opens an entirely new can of worms for another day. We have become so conditioned and far too tolerant of the worldly ways of change. What you said is true. We are all human and yes something has happened in all of our lives and it’s called sin. We are either saved sinners or lost sinners and the choice is ours to make. People just don’t understand that the debt has already been paid just so we can make our own choice. God’s word talks about Satan having the minds of the unbeliever blinded. If you are blinded to the truth, you can’t make the right choice. If those blinded folks were unblinded, they would choose heaven over hell every single time. As believers, we have a huge responsibility to the unbelieving world. We must intercede on behalf of the blinded hearts and minds out there. Satan must be bound through intercession so the Holy Spirit can work in the lives of those folks. That is when blinders will be lifted out of the way and rational, eternal decisions can and will be made.

    Tom, I mailed Michael Norton a dozen or so booklets called, “Praying Effectively for the Lost” several months ago. I had told him to pass those along to your dad to teach in Sunday School. The booklet was written by Bro. Lee Thomas and is an awesome teaching tool that I have gleaned a deeper understanding of prayer in my own walk with the Lord, Jesus. The website is http://www.pelministries.org for those interested.

    Great Post Tom. Keep up the great job!

    Kelli Estes
    Kentucky

  4. Sy Says:

    Nicely done! I totally agree with Tom on this one.

  5. Lynda Says:

    I just found your blog, but I’m DEFINITELY adding you to my links!

    Wonderful, insighful post. Thanks!


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