“ Rewards Of Pathology!”

KEY SCRIPTURE    
Rom. 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 

 According to Paul, the gospel of Christ is the most pure revelation of God’s righteousness, which leads to life by faith for the just (or believers). Conversely, those who refute the existence of God incur His wrath which certainly leads to damnation! Furthermore, Paul correlates the “proof” of the existence of God with the relative reality of the existence of Man (“that which may be known of God is manifest in them…” see KEY SCRIPTURE). However, in lieu of acknowledging the Creator as the Source of his being, Man became overwhelmed by creation to the point of being pathological.

What caused the world to become compulsive, obsessive, neurotic, extreme, unreasonable, unreasoning, and uncontrolled? Paul opines that it was a lack of glory (magnificence or credit?) and thankfulness for God which led Mankind to deviance, irreverence, and decadence. The world wants to strip God of His magnificence to glorify “Man, birds, beasts, and creeping things (KEY SCRIPTURE)”. Man started to put more trust in the empirical evidence of finite creation, than to accept the possibility of a Supreme Being who resides in the infinite realm of eternity. He believes in the reality of finite death – not infinite life!

The paradigm shift which caused the focus of Man to metamorphosize to a less than spiritual stance, was precipitated by a desire for tangible rewards. This yearning then initiated Man vs. God, and Man vs. Man conflicts (Gen. 3:1-7; Gen. 4:1-9). Unfortunately, such wantonness has even found a place throughout the history of the church (Php. 3:18-19), which has inexplicably found itself pitted against science. Both require “the measure of faith (Rom. 12:3)”; however, we should remember that II Pet. 1:5-7 says to “…add to your faith…knowledge”. The fear of the Lord in the Old Testament is equated with faith in the New Testament (reference: Scoffield Bible, Prv. 1:7), and is the only solution to inadequacy (Psa. 24:1)!
We must realize that Satan’s goal is to deter us from The Great Commandments found in Mat. 22:36-40. Note how the Serpent motivated the mind of Eve, making her feel incredibly ridiculous for believing God. Now with just a stroke of her ego, she was manipulated to countermand God’s order, which is designed to promote vitality (Prv. 7:2), to instead seek a “false” reward (Prv. 16:25)! These are classic examples of the Ridicule and Manipulative styles of leadership that overcame the First Adam. Thanks to the Inspirational leadership of the Last Adam, we shed pathologies to find life (Mat. 20:28; Rom. 10:9; I Cor. 15:20-31)

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