12.12.18

God restores humanity

I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. - Galatians 5:16-17 (NKJV)
If you don't have the Spirit of God living in you, you live by the flesh and have no inner war between the flesh and the Spirit. You don't have a choice otherwise, nor would you even be able to comprehend it.

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. - 1 Corinthians 2:14 (NKJV)

So here's the thing, if you believe humanity to be advanced animals, then you will find material contentment in behaving like an animal. In times of plenty, you'll be an r-strategist, and in times of scarcity, you'll be a K-strategist, but in neither case will you be so by choice, but because that will be what is demanded of you by your environment.

In the flesh, this is all we have to live for. The lusts of the flesh, and their satisfaction, and the ultimately diminishing satisfaction as our dopamine receptors adapt or burn out.

What the Spirit of God gives us is the power to make a choice other than satisfying the lusts of the flesh.

Sure, there are folks without the Spirit of God who deny some of them, and for a time, but the pattern of their behavior is always enslaved to sin.

God's work in our lives gives us ability to be more than just animals, more than just machines satisfying desires.

Jesus Christ is not a killjoy, he's the only way to lasting joy and contentment, both in this life and on into eternity.

Actions matter more than words

Peter denied Jesus three times, but was later executed for his faith in Jesus Christ.

Failures are a reminder of fallibility, a gift for sustaining humility.

There's a good reason why folks who make claims of perfection generate an immediate suspicion.

If you point to Jesus Christ instead of yourself, your failures become a non-sequitur, a distraction.

Point to yourself and your failures will be all that anyone wants to talk about.

Reality checks

We like to compare ourselves to others. We like to contrast what we are capable of with what others are capable of. We like to understand where we are at in a proverbial hierarchy. We then like to act based on where we think we are versus where we think we should be.

A video shared by Vox Day in a recent post was this type of video. It is supposed to be an erudite discussion related to a book that Vox Day recently published, but it rather quickly turned into a petty competition between the speakers as to who was "better" than Vox Day.

This is a great example of what not to do, because even the "winner" of such a lame competition is still a loser, and that's before we account for the feminine passive-aggressive methods they use to try and "win" in the first place.

If you watch the video, it's much easier to suffer through it if you pretend that everyone speaking is a woman, and they're all upset because a man had the audacity to call their whore friend a whore, and since they're also whores, they're now defending their whore friend to prevent anyone from calling them a whore as well.

If that doesn't work for you, also realize those folks are all going to hell, and you can tell this because of how they argue. It's revealed by what they think really matters, and in their belief that sacrificing truth, let alone cogency and brevity, that they believe they will somehow dazzle God the same way they can run circles around people who aren't as smart as they are. That they'll find a loophole and get the upper hand on God, because their own judgment is really that good. That if they just keep talking, just like their false prophets, that they'll accidentally stumble upon the magic words that will save them from their sins. Because they keep talking for almost three hours.

Their plan won't work, and Christians "playing along" only reinforce their delusion that the game is going "their way", so the best thing to do is not play along at all. To point out lies and deceit and to shun unrepentant sinners, and to properly foreshadow how conditional God's grace and mercy ultimately are.

At this point in time, the only way folks like these have a chance of becoming aware of just how many false gods they worship is if every one of those gods is utterly destroyed. That'll happen at the end of time, but we'd be doing them a favor if we crushed the false gods sooner than later.

When not destroying their idols, you can also pray for them and people like them, who are still on the outside looking in, convinced that they'll remedy their fallen state by their own power. Pray that God can break their stubbornness well before they meet God face-to-face on judgment day.