Welcome to the Jungle, Part 3

In dealing with the natural world, we attempt to tame and care for it within our abilities.  The many beautiful and beneficial aspects of the earth we affirm and preserve.  If we need change or improve something, we do.  Realizing that not every aberration or undesirable is correctable, we accept that some things, though unwanted or harmful, are matters of guarded coexistence.  We, also, consider that not every action, however well-intentioned, is appropriate, and we restrain our interventions.  Humans are stewards of the creations of God and will be held accountable for such at a future day.  We understand that the world is not as God originally created or intended but is still under His control and supervision. 

In the same way, all human physical abnormalities are under God’s sovereignty though not alleviated by Him.  Each of us will have manifold issues of concern in this life, and some will have severe conditions of great affect.  These are the ramifications of the fall and sinfulness in the world.  They are not the fault of God though He be Lord of all.  We are sinners by nature and sinners by choice, and the age of freedom is not at an end.  We do not accept these imperfections as the way we are though they may, indeed, be such.  Rather, we seek to heal and bind up infirmities.  That we cannot mend all tears does not inhibit our efforts though we realize not all weaknesses are capable of redress.

God instructed mankind to care for the natural world, so there is biblical basis for efforts in taming and training creation.  The Bible addresses physical faults in a few ways.  First, these are matters of prayer, and God intervenes in some instances.  Second, specific (though not exhaustive) ways of dealing with defects are given letting us know we are to use available means in matters of health.  Last, if issues are beyond control and seem to be in God’s permissible will for us to bear, we are to commit our keeping to Him as a faithful Creator.  It is not easy to carry the weight of our personal sins in addition to the curse of the race, but the grace of God enables or weaknesses to meet the challenges of the age.

The corruption of sin can exist apart from individual acts.  Some situations are inherited by current conditions outside of personal control, and some are inherent in the sinful nature passed along since Adam’s transgression.  In large part, physical concerns may derive along these lines.  Other areas affected by the fall have to do with issues of personal choice and may touch the physical, as well.  Our very natures are fallen and urge us toward sinful acts and selfishness though we are capable of seeming good deeds by comparison.  In issues of free will, we do not simply follow our leanings and assume we are making the right choices.  We are to bring our inclinations to God’s Word for validation.

As our natures are fallen, we have tendencies to do the wrong things.  These misdeeds include our thoughts, as well as, our actions.  Considering sin is the same as committing sin, and even fleeting thoughts are sinful and must be repented.  A good many Christians are wrong in their belief that their thoughts are blameless because they do not lead to observable actions.  No.  We are fallen mentally and sin daily in this regard.  The intangible elements of our lives are known to God, and He will hold us accountable for them.  I fully understand that we do not realize where all our thoughts come from and struggle to think correctly.  However, Paul said we could bring even these captive to Christ.  Take control.

The believers are to make even their thoughts subject to God’s will is revealed in His Word.  We bring our thoughts to the Bible in addition to our physical concerns.  Our imaginations are tinged by sin, and are not sacrosanct because they come naturally.  The mental effects of the fall on mankind are encompassing, but they are, also, enabled by the grace of God.  Much research has been done in secular fashion regarding the plasticity of the brain and its ability to adapt in strengthening or weakening desires and leanings.  Such findings chime with biblical assertions that Christ can be Lord over all aspects of our lives and guide us in all respects.  Secret and hidden things are subject to the Almighty.

It is difficult to say why we feel the way we do.  Certainly, genetic makeup is involved, but, since it is fallen, our emotions are fallen in that regard and subject to weakness and imperfection.  It is incorrect to think that our emotions are correct because we have them.  Our leanings (however strong) must also be subject to God’s Word as they have been tainted by the fall.  It is inconsistent to understand other areas of life as broken and not our emotional states.  Because we have certain feelings does not mean those desires are God-given or pleasing and exalting to Him.  God made us to be other than we are in the current state.  Our emotions can and must be redeemed, as well as, our physical and mental states.


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