Being Human and Being Sinful

I have often heard—and I used to say—“I’m not perfect, I’m only human.” There is something to be said about using our very nature as an excuse, a reason for failure. It seems to border on self-hatred.

While it is true that our human persons, with one exception, are hopelessly mixed up in corruption—that is, sin—human nature and sinfulness remain philosophically distinct.

When YHWH made the heavens, the earth and all therein, he made humans without sin and they were complete. So, in order for us to be human, sin is not necessary.

And only one of these will remain after the resurrection.

Edit: For future posting, there is a part of being human that involves being limited, that involves not being God. And God in fact wants us to be human, he never asked us to be God or omniscient or omnipotent. Being limited is in fact the right posture for us to be in. Sometimes things happen for reasons of being limited and feeling bad something God wants us to be needs sorting out. I will attempt to address that stuck point in a later posting.

Until next time, ZoeBios

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A Human Touch

I spoke with an old friend whom I hadn’t spoken with in a while. In the meanwhile, she went through some life changes that I was savvy to through someone mentioning her Facebook status but had never told been directly told about. She acted as if I knew, which I happened to this time, but it was very strange. I played along but couldn’t shake the oddness.

I have a theory now about why it’s strange.

Imagine a world before the internet: you know things through people telling you, vehicles being word of mouth or telephone, or books: direct communication or media.

In the world of the internet, social media or even blogs to an extent are people writing books on a short publication turnaround but about their personal lives. It’s like I’m getting information about people as if they were people but by methods that make them like books. If I get the majority of my new information about people from ‘social media’, It’s almost like people have been turned into books and I’m just studying them.

This chills my lonely heart.

Sons of Aslan

I’ve been away for 4 years, writing in a very different style elsewhere. In the rest of my life, I have had a chance to at least form a working understanding about many things.

Man is made in the image of God; a Christian is a ‘Son of God’ in status but not in character. As I begin writing here again, I intend to elaborate on my life’s integration in Christ for my sanctification and that of others. That is, this blog is mostly for me to digest what I’m being taught, but I’m doing this in the presence of others in order to avoid doing so sloppily. Incidentally, I hope to engage with others who are interested. I know that I am flesh and blood because when I throw a pebble into water, ripples emanate outward; if there were no sound, I would fear that I were a ghost, trapped in silence.

Against YHWH, against one who can rend the soul, there is no defense, except to cleave to his side, to be found in his only Son.

Would You be…

Would you be a “Superhero”?

Here is—for the purposes of this question—the definition

  1. You cannot use your ability for your own gain (“No Self-gain)
  2. Nobody can know that you did any of your deeds while you are a superhero (“No Glory”)
  3. You can’t use your abilities dishonestly, dishonorable, etc. (“No Supervillian”)

Really, it boils down to a question of spending your own time and energy for no tangible return nor benefit to you for being able to do good.

It took me a while to get an honest answer out of myself for this one. I like the idea of doing good but I wonder if my knowledge of being rewarded in heaven (and thus eventually) is still the main motivation for me to do good. Or the “feel good” feeling afterwards. Am I doing good for it’s own sake truly? Is that a desirable outcome?

Would you be a “Superhero”?

Discuss.

Two Things that the World Needs Most

I’ve been thinking about this question in a different form: what your “three wishes” were — that is, your most important and deepest desires. But I think that the questions posed to me is more to the point and causes more introspection.

What two things do you think the World needs most?

My response: God: His providence, love, grace, the Cross. Sin: The misery of life without God to make us turn around to the thing we need most.[1]

Discuss. Argue my response or post your own.

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Under New Ownership

Why is it that people so often forget the “under new ownership” part of the gospel, that when we are saved we are not our own anymore because we have been bought at a price?

Nor is this new ownership a bad thing. We are not losing; we are not turning in our cards: we are redeemed into the life that God intended for us to live. This life is the most meaningful and fulfilling one we can live. In fact, it’s the only life lived that has any meaning at all.

Hitler, Abortions and Obama

Some perspective:

5.9 million Jews were killed over a period of conservatively 6 years in the Holocaust (Wikipedia: this comes out to a million Jews a year. But 1.2 million babies are aborted annually in the US alone.

Read: we kill more infants per year than Hitler killed Jews per year in the Holocaust. Puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

We’ll probably go even higher as the Freedom of Choice Act opens up venues and methods of abortion that were previously considered too sick to do.

Note: this blog is NOT meant to be political in nature. But this issue is an important because it is a serious moral issue.

What We Should be Concerned About

Obama, with the Freedom of Choice Act that he has promised to push for, will overturn everything. This includes the (legal) definition of a human (you can see where the logic of this falls apart) as a fetus that has left the womb. With that Act passed, the doctors can still perform another attempt to take the infant’s life should the infant happen to make it out of a womb — which is euphemistically termed “a failed abortion.”  Attempted murder, maybe?

If all that a human was, was a mass of tissue that was ejected out of a womb and happened to get along on its own, then we are getting into some dangerous waters of our definition of “human.” That means we can make anything into a human. And nothing human. Suppose we could make a tumor live outside the body. Then it would be a “human.” That’s pretty messed up

To Address Some Common Objections

Disclaimer: This is not to say that there other things don’t need to be talked about. As Christians, we need to rethink the way we go about relationships, the way that we view sex, the way we view marriage: the way we view responsibility.

Also, don’t talk about the fringe cases as an argument for making abortion legal at the extent to which the law now allows it. Perhaps in the very strictest cases. But then we open the door to the definition of strict. And people have then the wrong attitude about the law. They see it as a kind of a bar to jump over. How little effort can I expend and still get by? Can I get it be convenient?

Finally, there’s also the idea that we don’t make laws for the exceptions: we just make exceptions in laws. We have forgotten this in a sensationalist, bleeding heart generation. Divorce started off for abusive couples; now we use it when our spouse stops being sexually exciting.

Aristotle once said, democracy dies when people realize that people can vote themselves benefits. We’re well on our way.