Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Nature of Evil

There is a error being promoted by many.  This error has been promoted by liberals and conservatives alike.  It has been used by both sides to justify such things as gun control and many other onerous government prerogatives.  This idea is that people are generally "good."  While I understand those who believe in the Grandfather-in-the-Sky religion or no religion at all promoting this false idea, I get very frustrated when those who claim to be Christian promote the same idea.  I say that because, according to Scripture, that "truth" is a complete lie.  Today I want to talk briefly about the nature of evil.  Before I begin, I must dispose of this lie that so many believe.

The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], And desperately wicked; Who can know it?  Jeremiah 17:9 NKJV

As it is written: "There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one." Romans 3:10-12 NKJV

Without Jesus, the heart of man is evil.  Mankind, on its own, is not generally good but predominantly evil.  This is Scriptural fact.  In fact, there are none good.  Except for Jesus, there has never been anyone who was not a sinner and who did not need a savior.  Through Adam and Eve, we are all born as slaves to a sinful nature with the only cure being Jesus.  This idea that man is basically good is not consistent with Scripture and it is an idea that must be challenged. 

This brings me to my point for today.  I will use the idea of gun control as the backdrop for my position.  Those who favor gun control like to take about how more guns mean more violence and how that the cause of all the violence and evil is the free flow of guns.  Those who are against gun control say that most people are law-abiding citizens and that most people are "good" and would never think of shooting another.  One side blames guns and the other blames the "rare" occasion of evil.  Both sides are wrong. 

Those who believe that curtailing guns will curtail violence are utterly ignorant of the history of mankind.  Cain killed Abel and mankind has not stopped killing one another ever since.  Murder, mayhem, rape, pillage, war, violence, and all the like have been around for a long time before the invention of firearms.  Guns are not the cause of murder but they are an expression of the murderous sinful nature of mankind.  What I am saying is that guns are not a cause of violence but an expression of our violent nature.  We did not find guns and decide to kill people, we decided we wanted to kill people and spent much time over thousands of years devising easier and more efficient ways of doing so.  Making guns legal or illegal will not stop people from killing one another.  Man would just find a different way of doing so, perhaps something even more violent.  For example, such "weapons" as box cutters and fertilizer have been used to kill thousands, even in modern history.  Guns are merely an expression of the nature of man without Jesus. 

That said, the idea that we are all basically good and good people need guns to protect themselves from evil people is also false.  I am not denying that guns are useful in self defense and have been used righteously many times to protect one's own life or the life of others.  However, I am denying that people are basically good.  The reason why "good" people need guns to defend themselves is because guns were invented in the first place.  Guns are an expression of mankind's propensity for violence and law-abiding people only need them to keep up with those who are more evil.  Even law-abiding gun owners have a slant for violence, only there's is more controlled.  They may not go out and commit crimes, but many brag and fantasize about what they would ever do with whatever gun they want to brag about that day to anyone who should ever try to harm their family.  I agree that they have a right of self defense, but the fact that they act like they look forward to it reveals that they are just as violent only they are looking for a "righteous" reason to be violent.  Mankind, without Jesus (and even sometimes with if they are not abiding in Him), is evil and violent.  This even includes law-abiding gun owners. 

This world is a fallen world populated by violent, selfish, wicked man.  We are all born with a sinful nature and in that nature we are all born slaves to sin.  One only needs to observe the behavior of children to know that very well.  I have heard one person teach that we should not chastise our children for bad behavior but that we should admonish demonic influences on their lives.  That idea is not Scriptural unless your child is actually possessed by a demon.  Scripture tells us that the behavior of someone under demonic possession is not the same as your routine misbehaving child.  That idea only denies that fact that even the children of Christian parents are born slaves to sin.  We may want to deny that fact, but they need Jesus just as much as we did before we came to  know Him as Lord and Savior.  In fact, Jesus is the only hope for this fallen world.  Gun control, gun rights, stricter laws, looser laws, and strong police force, vigilantism, and anything else are all useless without Jesus. 

Every man is born with an evil sinful nature and the world we see is merely an expression of that nature.  This is evidenced in history and even present behavior.  I mean just look at the rioting and looting that goes on by otherwise normal people after something as trivial as a sports game.  The heart of man is evil and the only one who can change that heart is Jesus.  Only when the Holy Spirit lives in your heart can it begin to change.  If you want the world to change, preach Jesus. 

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed [us] into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.  Colossians 1:13-14 NKJV

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