CHRISTIAN DISCERNMENT

Matter is subject only to natural laws and can neither act nor react. Water, for example, follows the line of least resistance according to the law of gravity.

Plant life is a gigantic step up from the state of matter. Plants can react in that they respond to natural influences such as light and moisture. Although they have the capability of deriving nutrients from minerals and organic materials and propagate themselves according to a built-in genetic plan, it can not be claimed that plant life takes conscious action.

Animals are another big step upward on the scale of life. They can both act and react. They have instinct and natural drives (hunger, self preservation, propagation etc.) and in addition, they have the capability of limited conscious choice (preference) and a complete nervous system. When influenced by outside forces greater than these, one can expect animals to respond differently, but we donít speak of self discipline or moral choices in relation to animals.

Like matter, plants and animal life, man too is naturally inclined to be a creature of habit, following the line of least resistance. But man is created in the image of God and endowed with a determining willpower that is intrinsically more powerful than his natural physical drives. Humans have few instincts, are creative, can think logically and are conscious of moral and ethical values, setting them far apart from other forms of life. Man is creative and capable of feats unequalled in the animal kingdom.

Something has gone terribly wrong
In recent years, scientists have been puzzled by large numbers of whales, which ďcommit suicideĒ by swimming into shallow water, where the ebbing tide leaves them stranded, crushed to death by their own weight. Jet planes are no longer allowed to break the sound barrier over certain regions, because the sonic boom causes animals to kill their own offspring. Breeders of purebred dogs have produced animals with serious hereditary deficiencies and diseases. Such incidents are considered abnormal in the animal world, and they are nearly always caused by environmental factors and/or human beings.

A farmer may train his pig to drink beer, but no animal gets drunk and beats its own partner or offspring without cause. Where in the animal world could we find anything like the perversions man is obsessed with? Sexual perversions, from homosexuality to child pornography, abortion, senseless violence and insatiable greed are found only in humans.

Something has gone wrong with humans, but we donít need to wonder about the cause, because the Bible tells us what our problem is. People have rejected God and attempt to live like plants and animals, seeking the line of least resistance and to fulfill the lusts of their flesh. And they refuse to accept God's  remedy.

God's Answer to Man's Problem
1) We must repent of our wickedness,
2) We need to accept Godís will for us as defined in His Word and...
3) ...live accordingly.

God's remedy is very simple and uncomplicated. He desires to restore that which man lost when he turned away from God. Man lost his good conscience; he lost fellowship with God, and he lost the ability and power to cope successfully with life. The apostle Paul explained this to the Roman Christians. Separated from God, man can only live according to the flesh (human nature). Through conversion, however, the Holy Spirit is restored to us, enabling and empowering us to meet lifeís challenges victoriously.

Darwin tried desperately to discover another cause for man's erratic and evil actions in hopes of finding a different solution. He traveled far and wide, attempting to discover or construct an alternative to the biblical explanation, but stumbled over thousands of obstacles. The problem of blushing (due to guilt feelings) among humans was only one of these problems and the subject of one of his books. Darwin could find no explanation apart from that which the Bible presents.

Rather than believe Godís Word, millions of people still cling to godless theories and philosophies, while the human dilemma grows steadily worse.

Sex education was introduced in schools in hopes of curbing sexual promiscuity. To date, this has only resulted in a redefinition of the terms in order to make it socially acceptable.

The elimination of poverty was supposed to reduce crime, but it has brought us more of the same plus new evils, such as drug addiction.

Modern medicine and hospitals were expected to increase the length and quality of life, but murdering unborn infants and euthanasia hardly seems to fit that description.

Modern conveniences were designed to reduce our work load and make life more livable, yet never before have we known such a hectic pace of life. Heart attacks, nervous breakdowns, psychological basket cases and suicides have reached epidemic proportions.

Ralph V Harvey