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The Human Condition

It should be obvious to anyone with any experience in life that people are characteristically sinful. Alexander Pope said, "To err is human". But more accurately in Biblical terms, it's human nature to sin. Why is it that children need to be taught to be good, but don't have to be taught to be bad? That just comes naturally to us all. This is not to say, as some do, that the fact that our human nature tempts us to sin itself makes us guilty of sin. It would be unjust, and therefore sinful itself, to reckon guilt to those who didn't actually COMMIT sin, simply because they were being tempted to sin. Even Jesus would have been reckoned guilty in that case. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are— yet was without sin." Heb 4:15 (For "Jesus Christ our Lord, was born of the seed of David according to the flesh" Rom 1:3 And "every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God" 1Jn 4:3a) Jesus partook of the same nature as we have, being subject to the same kinds of temptations inherent in that nature.

Yet apart from Christ there is no one who hasn't complied with their sinful nature and committed sin. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Rom 3:23 The Bible is filled with examples of human wickedness. It's one of the major themes of the Bible taking up vast amounts of its content. For example it portrays the people of Israel constantly sinning. All the prophets speak of this. Criticize Jews today and you're labeled anti-semitic. If that's the case, God is the greatest anti-semite of them all. For He's constantly criticizing them in the scriptures. (Though today it seems, as a people who reckon themselves religiously superior to everyone else, the Muslims have far outdone the Jews in wickedness.) But one reason God chose the Jews was to demonstrate what is characteristic of all people. Would people be better if God were to do great miracles, if God were to miraculously provide for their needs, if He were to speak directly to them and give them explicit instructions, would they be better people. The Bible proves they wouldn't end up being better people. The Bible proves that such things have no impact on getting people to stop sinning. God's purpose in introducing the Law of Moses was for people to be aware of just how sinful they are. "Through the law we become conscious of sin." Rom 3:20b And it is essential for people to come to the conviction of their own sinfulness if they are to realize the relevance of Jesus Christ. "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith." Gal 3:24

Speaking to the Christians in Ephesus Paul writes, "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath." Eph 2:1-3 That's just human nature at work.

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The Human Condition

It should be obvious to anyone with any experience in life that people are characteristically sinful. Alexander Pope said, "To err is human". But more accurately in Biblical terms, it's human nature to sin. Why is it that children need to be taught to be good, but don't have to be taught to be bad? That just comes naturally to us all. This is not to say, as some do, that the fact that our human nature tempts us to sin itself makes us guilty of sin. It would be unjust, and therefore sinful itself, to reckon guilt to those who didn't actually COMMIT sin, simply because they were being tempted to sin. Even Jesus would have been reckoned guilty in that case. "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are— yet was without sin." Heb 4:15 (For "Jesus Christ our Lord, was born of the seed of David according to the flesh" Rom 1:3 And "every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God" 1Jn 4:3a) Jesus partook of the same nature as we have, being subject to the same kinds of temptations inherent in that nature.

Yet apart from Christ there is no one who hasn't complied with their sinful nature and committed sin. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Rom 3:23 The Bible is filled with examples of human wickedness. It's one of the major themes of the Bible taking up vast amounts of its content. For example it portrays the people of Israel constantly sinning. All the prophets speak of this. Criticize Jews today and you're labeled anti-semitic. If that's the case, God is the greatest anti-semite of them all. For He's constantly criticizing them in the scriptures. (Though today it seems, as a people who reckon themselves religiously superior to everyone else, the Muslims have far outdone the Jews in wickedness.) But one reason God chose the Jews was to demonstrate what is characteristic of all people. Would people be better if God were to do great miracles, if God were to miraculously provide for their needs, if He were to speak directly to them and give them explicit instructions, would they be better people. The Bible proves they wouldn't end up being better people. The Bible proves that such things have no impact on getting people to stop sinning. God's purpose in introducing the Law of Moses was for people to be aware of just how sinful they are. "Through the law we become conscious of sin." Rom 3:20b And it is essential for people to come to the conviction of their own sinfulness if they are to realize the relevance of Jesus Christ. "Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith." Gal 3:24

Speaking to the Christians in Ephesus Paul writes, "As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath." Eph 2:1-3 That's just human nature at work.

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The answer to your question is that we are born with a sin nature.

I know that the liberals of our day will not and do not want to accept that but it is none the less the fact of reality and it is what the Scriptures teach us.

Sinful behavior comes naturally. The news is filled with tragic examples of mankind acting badly. Wherever people are, there is trouble.

Charles Spurgeon said...…...….
“As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.”

Romans 7:1
"For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. "
 
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The answer to your question is that we are born with a sin nature.

I know that the liberals of our day will not and do not want to accept that but it is none the less the fact of reality and it is what the Scriptures teach us.

Sinful behavior comes naturally. The news is filled with tragic examples of mankind acting badly. Wherever people are, there is trouble.

Charles Spurgeon said...…...….
“As the salt flavors every drop in the Atlantic, so does sin affect every atom of our nature. It is so sadly there, so abundantly there, that if you cannot detect it, you are deceived.”

Romans 7:1
"For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin. "
While we are born with a sinful nature, we are nonetheless held accountable for whether or not we act upon that nature. Thus we cannot simply blames our sinning on our sinful nature, for where there is no control nor is there accountability.
 
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While we are born with a sinful nature, we are nonetheless held accountable for whether or not we act upon that nature. Thus we cannot simply blames our sinning on our sinful nature, for where there is no control nor is there accountability.
I agree.

However, why does a dog bark?...….....Because he is a dog and that is what dogs do by nature.
Why does a rattlesnake bite?...………...Because he is a rattlesnake and that is what they do by nature.

We.....humans sin because we are sinners and sin is what we do by nature.

IMO, we are sinners by representation, sinners by nature, and sinners by practice.

Because we are Sinners by Practice, means our actual practice of committing actual sins. There is no need to dwell here. However, I want to make an important point. It is this practice of sin that actually commits us to judgment in hell.

The fall of Adam as our "Federal" representative head condemned us to live in a fallen world. The corruption of Adam's nature by sin caused all of his descendants to be born with a corrupted nature that tends to sin and fails in many ways. But it is only our actual practice of sinning that condemns us to an eternal hell. This explains why infants who die do not go to hell.

Now, there is only ONE sin that condemns a mans soul to hell and that is the sin of "Unbelief".