Reproclaiming the Everlasting Gospel
I have often heard it said, in one way or another, that "The natural mind is the enemy of God". For me, this has always raised the question of "Why should God have given me a mind that is naturally his enemy?" It is contradictory that if man was created in the image of God, he should have been given a mind that is naturally his creator's enemy, but was "pre-bent" to be subservient.
After pondering this for a while, I was finally shown an answer that makes sense, If we turn to Genesis Chapter 3 and read the story of Eve and the Serpent, we find the same events that happen in each of us when we transgress. First, we are shown the bait. (...your eyes shall be opened and you shall be as God...). Should we attempt to resist this temptation in our own human strength and reply with Eve "God has said 'you shall not...lest you die'" we soon, like Eve, find ourselves out-argued. Perhaps, after all, we shall not die this time. No amount of human logic, thought, or effort can stop our lust for the great things we are promised if we eat of Satan's fruit; To our fallible judgment, they are made to seem of higher account than Life and Truth.
From here comes the position that the natural mind is the enemy of God. It is true, of course, that if we set ourselves to willfully disobey God's command, we become his enemy. However, to state that our human mind is naturally evil because it was made for judging of earthly rather than heavenly matters is nonsense. Humans were not created to live without support from their creator: Our minds and earthly judgment are not meant for resisting temptation any more than a ballpoint pen is for digging a ditch. If the sheep are not meant to fight the wolf, they are no more their shepherd's enemy than the ballpoint pen that would break at the first serious effort to move dirt is mine.
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