Welcome to the Jungle, Part 2

Mankind’s fall from grace has affected every aspect of existence.  It is somewhat easy to understand the physical aspects of the fall, but these are not the only considerations.  Physical reality changed after the advent of sin making the natural world hostile, as well as, subjecting man and all things to disease and death.  So great is the affectation that the very building blocks of life corrupted and even the development of the unborn is fraught with chaos.  However, though negativity and malformation come naturally in the physical state, we do not accept these things as normal or desirable.  Instead, we seek remedies for difficulties and recognize abnormalities as such.  We do not throw up our hands and accept the status quo.  In trying to address physical concerns, we are overcoming the fall.  This is crucial for us to understand as we examine the more ethereal aspects of the curse.

The mental and emotional states of people are fallen, as well as, the tangible.  In other words, because a person thinks, believes or feels a certain way does not mean that experience is any more correct than the experience of one with an observable, motor deficit.  It is somewhat easier to grasp the mental aspects of the fall than the emotional.  This is partly because mental issues will often manifest outwardly and are more subject to random testing.  While this may also be said of emotional things, the observable can be quite distinct.  When a person has an intellectual challenge, we do not say, “Well, that’s the way they are,” and leave it at that.  If one adopts this perspective, all departures from health would be let lie.  Rather, we try to overcome the curse and use such means as we are able to facilitate productive and enjoyable life.  The cognitive is influenced by genetics but may not be normative.

We do not accept what is natural as good because it is.  All things have been tainted by sin.  This includes all that descends from genetic traits, as well as, other influences.  I stress the issue of genetics because we tend to pick and choose what we accept and affirm in this regard.  Some issues raise our concern, whereas, others we only confirm.  Truthfully, we should consider our stances with care and appeal to a less variable standard.  There is no area in which people are as confused as the emotional state.  It is far easier for believers and non-believers to understand that the fall has affected the physical and mental aspects of mankind than for them to accept the emotional ramifications of same.  People tend to feel out of control with regard to their feelings, and there is a reticence to question the emotional state of others as no one wants to be viewed as unnecessarily judgmental.  Is it off limits?

Many issues of the modern day are related more to emotional than to objective concerns.  While it may be easy for us to discern physical and mental incapacities, we are, occasionally, reluctant to identify emotions as incorrect.  While this is not always the stance, it is, nevertheless, the position of many that we don’t know where feelings come from, so we validate them because failure to do so would constitute a rejection of the feeler.  This is especially true if we think the leanings do not really “damage” anyone.  They are, after all, thoughts.  Of course, thoughts lead to actions, but it cannot be true that well-intentioned holdings are wrong.  At issue is whether the way we feel is the way God intended us to feel when He created the world or whether the fall has influenced even this area.  The popular position is that none of us is to say, and there is, obviously no standard for feeling only acceptance of variability.

So it was that Eden became a jungle.  Creation corrupted, foreknown but unintended.  However, when we consider the fallen world, we do not accept its imperfections because they exist.  We try, though never to complete accomplishment, to correct or curb aberrations.  It was God’s intention that Adam should groom and guard even paradise, but sin raised the degree of difficulty of the assigned task.  In like manner, we understand that mental capacities and emotional tendencies are defective by the same means.  Because of this, we realize that the things we think and the ways we feel are not sacred because we say so.  Rather, they must be subjected to a standard of truth though perfection be unattainable.  God had a plan when He created the world and all therein.  You and I fit into that plan and are subject to His design.  We achieve His pleasure with difficulty, but, in all of our strivings, receive grace.

Sterl

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