Anyone who is not a hermit knows that humans are complicated creatures. We are emotional, at times so unpredictable, independant, yet need others. We are a contridiction into ourselves.
Have you ever wondered how we can be loving, generous, thoughtful, and sacraficing and be the same people who can watch someone be beaten to death before our very eyes and not seek help? Humans have been doing that since the beginning of time. The Romans are the most common example of this. A society that brought us the arch, plumbing, and roads that still exist today thought nothing of literally feeding men and women to starving wild animals. In fact, people demanded to see the blood flow.
The answer is that we have a fallen nature within us.
We have the capability to be like Christ, but our nature is to rebel against what we know is right.
Romans 7:14–15 states
We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do — this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. (NIV)
If you question that, think of your diet plans. You know that you should not eat that piece of chocolate cake. Yet you want it. You will find a excuse or way to exonerate yourself and in the end eating that little slice of heaven. We know what is right and wrong, yet we will choose the wrong if it is easier or more “pleasurable”.
When you are angry at someone and you know that you should calm down first, what do you do? More than likely you open up your mouth and let the feelings flow. Feels good while we are doing it.
You might ask what can we do about it, but the right question is what can God do about it?
Yes, we try all the time to handle everything ourselves. We do a good job of it don’t we? No problems with our finances, relationships, moral values, or need for prisons! We do just fine by ourselves.
God has a very loving side that causes Him to draw us close and hold us. Yet He has a righteous side that knows that we must answer for our deeds. Kind of a dilemma for Him? You could say that.
But He has a solution……..
Christ — God Himself