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Undeniable Truth Number 2

Posted by undergroundchurch on July 27, 2009


Undeniable Truth Number 2: Mankind is inherently evil.

I know that sounds very strong, but it is a proven truth throughout history and is the basis for our need for a savior. Every society has shown that it is capable of unspeakable evil. It can be rationalized, justified and ignored, but it cannot be denied.

I know that thought also flies in the face of what you hear today. So many people are out there teaching and preaching the opposite, that mankind is basically good, but the problem with that approach is that when you believe you are basically good, you don’t completely grasp your need for a savior.

First, let’s define a couple things. 

Good and Evil.

Here is the scoop on evil, “There is no such thing as evil, only an absence of good”. Let me ask you two other questions to illustrate, “Is there such a thing as ‘cold’ or ‘darkness'”? Again, the answer is no.  Cold is the absence of heat and that starts at 0 degrees Kelvin. Likewise, darkness is only the absence of light.  Dark always loses to light and cold always loses to heat.

In the same way, evil only exists when good is gone.  Adam and Eve started good, but opted to relegate the good for selfish gain.  In doing so, they brought evil into our lives.  Ever since, we have all been bent to selfish gain. 

Everything we do from birth is about us.  We want our bottle, so we cry. We want mommy’s attention, so we throw tantrums, and as we grow older, we maintain that position of selfishness by doing things to please self.  That root is pride which is the cause of evil in our lives.

Self-Centeredness is God Ordained

Here is the interesting part, God made us to be self-centered beings.  It is a design characteristic that allows us to produce one thing – love.  Love only exists when we have the choice not to love.  Adam and Eve made that choice for us, and we repeat it every day of our lives.  Sometimes we choose to love God, and other times, not so much.

The most important thing we do for God in our lives is obey.  We demonstrate our love to God this one way – by putting aside our selfish nature (pride) and “obeying” God.  We cannot obey God and please our selfish nature at the same time.  However, when we do obey God, we not only please him, but satisfy our spirit.

Loving God is all about sacrifice.  Sacrifice is all about setting aside the self-centered will and opting for the will of God.  It is the hardest thing we do.  We think God is pleased with our worship, prayers, and sacrifice alone, but all of that is meaningless if we aren’t willing to lay aside our pride and obey God. (1 Samuel 15:22)

He wants it all.  We must die to self and live for Christ.  If we are unwilling to do this, then we are living in disobedience and proving once again that our hearts are bent toward evil.  It is a daily battle, and one that is attainable if we live our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.  He gives the essential strength to do right, avoid wrong and transform our lives. 

God says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”  (Jeremiah 17:9)  God doesn’t fix wicked hearts, he replaces them. (Ezekiel 36:26) It is the only cure for the wicked hearts of mankind.

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