Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Insane, Immoral or Incompetent - Part 2

Our decline as a  people; is not simply the issue that we do not think about the affects of our actions on others. The root to this sinister plant is "we want to". Again: I will say this in a direct and personal way, "I want to".
"Where do wars and fights come from between you and another? Don't they come from your own un-bridled desires?" (Personal paraphrase by the author from the book of James, section 4 verse 1.)
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?"
Not all desires are wrong. Desires that are uncontrolled may not be wrong either, but the fact that they are not controlled is wrong. We can talk about control, but let "control" go to the sides for the moment and finish this discussion of "desires". Like I said, not all desires are wrong:
"Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart." Psalm 37:3 & 4
According to this passage, "the Lord" gives your heart desires. However, before passing the blame off on God for every desire I have I should consider the rest of the statement: "Delight[ing] ...in the Lord". I cannot find in this passage evidence that Delighting in the Lord could end with God giving me a desire to do damage to myself or others. For instance another quote from the book of James:
"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God."
 So if I give my will over to view pornography, I have made a choice based on my desire to watch it. This is not a desire under control or a desire from God. I will finish out with one last quote from the book of James, 3rd section verses 13 through 18:
"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."

2 comments:

JACKS Organic Team said...

I'm not sure if it is my browser, or if it is your web host, but it seems as if some of the passages of Scripture have been marked through.

Joseph S said...

Thank you for your comment "JACKS Organic Team". Yes, I am aware of that and working on resolving the issue. The issue really is this simple; when a quote is made it highlights the background, which sadly is the same as the text.

However, you can read the text if you click and highlight the text in your browser.