Welcome to the Jungle, Part 4

It is well-established that the physical world is fallen and not as created.  Weeds grow.  Animals are aggressive.  The weather is inhospitable.  Work is toilsome though it bring certain feelings of satisfaction.  Common grace is still effectual and observable in spite of the curse.  The untoward nature of the natural world will be seen by believers as a product of the advent of sin whereas it will be termed by unbelievers as the natural state of a universe born of chaos.  Worldview is extremely important in understanding existence, and it is inconsistent to accept one explanation of the natural and make a leap of faith to try and fit in the spiritual.

Our own bodies are affected by sin.  We age, battle sicknesses, and, ultimately, come to painful ends though we never know the exact roads of our journeys.  Death passed on all men because of the sin of the original man though our personal sins be lesser (or different) than his.  Physical abnormalities are presented to God in prayer and pursued with physicians in order to correct or adapt the concerns.  It makes no sense to accept a limitation when it can be overcome, but, acceptation itself (in cases) does not mean we affirm as optimal the hand we have been dealt in life.  Our organic experiences are tainted by sin and subject to scrutiny.

It is less tangible to describe mental states as products of the fall though no less true.  Of course, disorders of the mind may come to light in various fashions causing us to understand that something is off course.  Some will play the game of “what is normal,” but such are not the musings of the serious-minded.  There are variations and adaptations in all the created order, yet the road of reason is determined by its clarity and not its clutter.  Currently, mental disorders are determined by a vote of psychiatrists (imagine that).  While votes never ultimately settle anything, at least, academia understands that there is a concern in the area.

Medications are available in the physical and mental arenas to address (in part) departures from health.  This is also true in areas of emotional difficulties.  Such ethereal considerations are influenced or determined by a number of factors, and there is some disagreement about the nature of emotional deficiencies.  However, we understand that the ways in which we feel may or may not be in the best interests of the individuals concerned or connected with realities faced.  In short, because we feel a certain way does not mean that it is correct to feel that way.  Sin has bent even our inclinations.  We may think or feel things that are incorrect even ungodly.

Over all, human nature is fallen so that we are prone to wander from goodness and godliness and follow our own thoughts and feelings to sinful actions further increasing or guilt before God.  There is a continuing societal battle in redefining deportment and deviance to accommodate sinful leanings in the areas of thoughts and desires.  This is not true in considerations of the natural and physical worlds in which faults are more clearly quantified.  Many people believe that what they feel or think is to be applauded rather than examined.  This line of thinking leads some to the belief that God intended what they, in fact, have determined.

The standard of reality may not be the standard of righteousness.  Every aspect of existence must be brought to God’s Word and made subject to His governance and guidance.  People do not want to consider themselves being wrong, but all humanity must repent of self-will.  Correctness is determined biblically and not by individuality however conceived.  Though the world of today exalts singularity and self-determination above other virtues, God will one day call us all into account on the basis of conformity to His revealed will and the image of His son.  One that day, our righteousness will not be gained, it will be a gift.

Sterl

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