9/18/2015 9:57:17 AM
An Education in the Knowledge of Good and Evil
Before Adam committed his sin in the Garden all that he and Eve had seen in the world was good, deeply and powerfully good. Their harsh introduction to the school of evil was only to begin after they rebelled against God by disobeying Him, and they were cast out of Eden. No matter how much we may wish for it today, we cannot return to the time before that act when everything was good. God's people are waiting until the Gardener comes back and pulls up all the weeds. The sad result for us? We not only know evil now, but we must be educated in the distinction between good and evil. That is, we must be able to recognize evil as evil and good as good.
The sexual revolution, which is well on it's way to becoming the sexual tyranny by this point, is working hard on presenting an illusion to the world. That illusion is that there is no good and no evil. There are only the ways we feel about things, and that feeling is only a biological reaction of the human body which has been evolving over millenia. Does this make you feel good? Then it must be good, at least for you. Does this make you feel bad? Then, for you, it is. Don't, however, call it evil. To some other person, it may feel good and be good for them.
We buy this argument in more and more realms of life now. And before you know it we have lost the ring of authority when we say, "no, don't do that." Why shouldn't I do something just because you don't like it? Who are you to judge me? Thus, the lines are blurring even towards pedophilia and polygamy. Is anybody really surprised? The indoctrination has been under way for decades. The proverb about a woman without discretion being like a ring in a pig's snout goes right over our heads (Proverbs 11:22).
It seems to me that judges in our day are an anachronism, despite how much power they seem to wield right now. It is shown in the fact that people with an agenda look for the 'right' judge, which means they are looking for the judge that agrees with them on what is good and what is evil. Before long, the idea of judges being people who make decisions based on some standard or law outside themselves will cease to exist because our society has stopped believing there is such a thing as a standard outside ourselves.
There is no moral center in our culture. The greatest gift you can give to the next generation is to teach them why some things are fundamentally right, and some things are wrong. We need an education in the knowledge of good and evil. To do that properly, we must recapture a vision of the truth. Not a truth. The. If the church can't give a clear reason why people should stop living in sin, then why would we expect anyone else to? It should not surprise us that the devil is trying to blur the lines. Not knowing the difference between good and evil is bad enough, but a growing number of people deny there is even such a thing. Without a return to the truth, the church has nothing to say. Without a clear understanding of the Gospel, and of why the Gospel is necessary, we are a toothless tiger starving in the jungle.
"Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’" - Jeremiah 6:6