Saturday, March 31, 2012

Fickle Human Nature


Sin is the ultimate reason for all human ills. Yet,
there are those in our culture who will not use
the word, "sin." Sin to them, is as scare as hen's
teeth. Hence, they will use the culture's
euphemisms to hide from the root cause of why
human behavior is so fickle.
“Schizophrenia,” is the term given by behavioral “experts” (psychiatrists), to describe a person’s mental state. A person, who possesses schizophrenia, is a person who has a serious mental disorder. That particular “schizophrenic,” disorder by dictionary definition, is:


A common example of schizophrenia is someone who is supposedly “normal” one moment and then goes berserk, the next moment. Such was the recent incident which took place on a commercial airliner where the pilot of the aircraft all of a sudden went out of control, and had to be subdued by the flight’s passengers:


A Hollywood version of schizophrenia can be viewed in the famous two movies, called “Psycho” I and II - moviesdatacenter.com/

Schizophrenia is a severe form of fickle human behavior. Human fickle behavior is human behavior which is inconsistent, capricious, vacillating, unpredictable, erratic, and changeable. Perhaps, all these one word descriptions of fickle human behavior can be related to schizophrenia, or, at least behaviors which are forerunners to that severe form of human mental contradictory behavior.

Perhaps, the most striking example of the fickleness of human nature is that which Christians celebrate each year

Pic of Christ riding into Jerusalem on what
Christians celebrate as Palm Sunday. The very
same crowds who enthusiastically looked to
Christ for their deliverance from the Roman
oppression, were calling for His crucifixion, six
days later. This is, perhaps, the best example of
the "fickleness of human nature."  
This Sunday again, marks the Christian world’s beginning of “Holy Week.” That particular day which initiated Christ’s last week on earth before His resurrection from the dead, is usually referenced, as “Palm Sunday.” Jesus entered Jerusalem to be met with hordes of crowds, singing his praises. [Matthew 21:1-9] However, 5 days later on [Good] Friday the crowds of people were demanding Pontius Pilate for Christ to be crucified.



What can explain this radical change of behavior of that crowd who called for Christ’s crucifixion?

On the surface, we can point to massive schizophrenia. Human fickle behavior was rampant. Within 5 days of singing Christ’s praise, they were damning Christ, viciously calling for His death. Truly, it was inconsistent, capricious, vacillating, unpredictable, erratic, and changeable human behavior at work!

Behind the scenes the Jewish religious leaders engineered Christ’s demise and stirred up the people. Should we then blame massive hysteria for Christ’s death? Should we blame the Jewish temple leaders and Judas for betraying Jesus? All these human factors can be thrown into the mix but, behind the human scenes, the Triune God allowed all of this to happen so that Scripture’s prophecies could be fulfilled But, more than that, God’s plan from the beginning to send His only begotten Son, was being played out. John the Baptist’s words at Christ’s baptism, found their fulfillment with Christ’s bloody divine sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. John 1:29

Every human being is infected with sin - hence all human beings are fickle

The Bible proclaims that all human beings are sinners by birth and by practice. As a consequence, we possess the disposition to be fickle. We can "turn on a dime." We become unpredictable and inconsistent with our behavior toward our holy Creator God and toward our fellow human beings. We sin often because we are sinners to the core. Romans 5:12

The disciple of Christ has the advantage, though. Even though Christians will be sinners until the day they die, just as non Christians, - there is a huge difference. Christians possess a "new nature." Their new nature is the Spirit of the Lord Christ. [Romans 8:9] Thus, Christians, not only have the “sin nature” [the “Adamic nature” – known as the old sinful nature, the old Adam or the old man] but also the “new nature” of God’s Holy Spirit dwelling in them. As a result, Christians are always called by God to “seek after the spiritual.” [Colossians 3:1-10]

You, pathetic non Christian – all you have is the sin nature

Human nature ignores the reality
of hell for a number of reasons.
Those reasons are no excuse for
the damning unbelief in Christ
who came to save priceless
souls. Please note this website's
topical message on hell. Also note
the one article on Near Death

Experiences.
Before you non Christians think that you are in the “same boat” as Christians, you are sorely mistaken. Your sinful nature is utter and nasty to the core, with nothing to check it or keep it in place. Your very nature is so fickle that you could go psycho at any time. You do not have the spirit of Christ. You do not have the Christian’s new nature that would compel you to seek after the spiritual things of the Triune God. Baring repentance and faith in Christ, you will spend an eternity in hell, when you die. You have nothing to look forward to, except fleeting time in this world. You will only look as far as the next meal; the next drink; the next drug; the next entertainment; the next human encounter. And, at anytime, you could die of natural causes; a brutal instant accident or a swift growing disease.

What will you do? How will you make future plans for your priceless soul? Can you force yourself to be God’s friend to escape His disfavor because of your sins against His holy commandments? Does it really bother you that your time in this life is so severely limited? Or, do you talk foolishness to yourself and say that the only life you’ll ever live, is, in the present?

May the Triune God have mercy on your soul – you who are not God’s children by faith in Christ Jesus! As I’ve stated sometime before, I have no 4 or 5 point prescription plan for you to come into God’s good graces, and for you to come away with a clean conscience. Saying a prayer and then having someone tell you, that because of your prayer, you are then a Christian and are going to heaven, is utter nonsense. You can’t work or earn your way into God’s good graces and into his holy heaven. You must have put on the righteous (holy) clothes of Christ’s holiness for God to accept you. [Matthew 22:2-14 ; Philippians 3:8;9] Christ died for all your sins – past, present and future. But, that does not make you into being one of God’s dear children, anymore than the presence of a cookie jar possessing cookies within its container.

The Bible tells the sinner that he must repent and believe. It says that “he who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who believes, not, will be damned.” [Mark 16:16] You must have a change of heart and mind and actually believe in the Savior Christ. [John 3:14-21] But, without the power and presence of God Almighty, it is impossible for you to repent and believe. Your sinful and fickle human nature will not allow you to repent and believe. It would take a miracle for that to happen. But, that miracle happens all the time. It’s the miracle of believing; of “conversion.” It’s all the operation of God to "father" you to become one of His children. John 1:1-14 ; James 1:18 ; Ephesians 2:1-10


Friend, you need to avail yourself of the Scriptures. Faith comes by way of God’s Word [the Bible – Romans 10:17] You shut yourself off from God’s Good News Message for you, and you consequently cut yourself off from God, His forgiveness and His holy heaven.

Sinner - Come and take freely of the “water of God’s Word” [Isaiah 55:1-2] By exposing yourself to the divine revelation, God’s Holy Spirit is able to convict your sinful soul. He is the very “agent” that can bring you to genuine and saving faith. Romans 1:16 ; Romans 10:17 ; 2 Timothy 3:14-17 ; Acts 8:26-39 ; James 1:18 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Don’t delay in becoming serious about your priceless soul! May the good and gracious God, have mercy upon your soul and may He remove those mental obstacles that you put in the way of your priceless soul.

Amen.

Above Message and Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Also: For a couple of other (more formal) worship formats:
The Order of Morning Service
The Order of Matins

Related Scriptures To the Above Message

Conversion - John 1:12-13 ; John 3:3 ; Matthew 16:17 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; James 1:18

Salvation - John 1:12-13 ; James 1:18 ; Matthew 16:17 ; Ephesians 2:4-5 ; Ephesians 2:8-10 ; 1 Peter 1:3 ; 1 Peter 1:23 ; Colossians 1:20-21 ; John 3:5-8 ; John 6:65 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 ; Romans 8:29-31 ; Romans 9:15-18 ; Titus 3:3-7 ; Philippians 2:13 ; 1 John 5:4 ; 1 Peter 1:5 ; Hebrews 2:3

Old nature - Romans 7:18-25 (in context with the whole chapter)

New nature - Romans 7:23-25 - Please read the whole chapter to profit from the context. Also, note the whole chapter of Colossians 3:1f for further understanding

Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

Please also note:

The "Words in Season" topical messages and related worship format are not intended to discourage or replace the Christian worship and assembly of Christians at their particular places of church worship. As this website's author, it is my prayer and hope, that many souls will find the topical messages, related worship format and other material, a useful and valuable Christian resource.

The Christian Faith: Parts 1-3
2 -- How the saving (believing) process of the Christian Faith takes place
3 -- What are the tell-tale signs that a person has been “Saved” [is a Christian]

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