Monday, November 07, 2005

Our Deadly Bias

This is something people don't want to admit. We all like to think that we are unbiased, objective, and that the person with the opposing view is the one who is distorted and clouded by his own assumptions and wishes. God's Word doesn't allow for anyone to escape from the charge that we are all biased -and not only biased, but biased in a certain way. Apart from God opening our blind eyes and bringing light to our darkened hearts, we will always be accurately characterized in the following manner:

1. As those who do not seek after God

Contrary to popular belief, men do not seek after God. There are two categories of people that appear to be: there are those who only appear to be but are actually just looking for another avenue to exalt self above their Creator and lay claims upon Him to fulfill (and hence, serve them rather than the other way around), or there are those who truly are seeking God because God has been so gracious to unblind their eyes and draw them to Himself. Apart from this special operation of grace, no man seeks God. No man truly desires God -we just want things from Him and then wish to go on our way. We want someone to help make life better, but not a God to sit on the throne and be the focus of our worship. The Bible tells us:

"...None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." (Romans 3:10-12)

2. As those who are not able to submit to God and are hostile toward Him.

Not only do we not seek after Him, but even if He sits right before us, we would rather flee than bow our knee to Him. We would rather seek our own good than give all honor and glory to God. The idea that God holds us accountable is offensive and causes all kinds of hostility to erupt within. The Word of God says, "For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God." (Rom 8:7-8)

3. As those who actively and knowingly suppress the truth of God

That's right. We aren't ignorant. We may not have a fully-orbed understanding of God, but the Bible is clear that we are not with excuse. We aren't ignorant enough to be spared this charge. We all have knowledge of God, yet we all seek to suppress it, cover it up, deny it, pervert it, and ignore it. Why? Because of all of these other things listed. We don't want to have to bow to God. We are born with a corrupt nature that is unable to submit to God because it doesn't want to and never will -not unless it meant somehow gaining something that would benefit self. The apostle Paul tells us, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth."(Rom 1:18) and a few verses later, "For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened." (v.21)

4. As those who constantly seek to be autonomous from God

This pretty much summarizes the former things. We want to be our own gods, essentially. We want to be free from His rule and reign except in those instances where it seems to benefit us. When we look back into the Genesis account of man's fall into sin, we will note that it was man's desire to be like God that led to the fall. Having God and enjoying God was not enough for us. We want the throne for ourselves. We want the gifts and not the Giver. We would be pleased to remove Him from every area of life -even those of us who believe we are good and will go to heaven accordingly. When we imagine heaven, we do not imagine heaven as enjoying the Being of God in the face of Jesus Christ forever. We would just assume He not interfere.

5. As those who are spiritually dead

The Bible says we are dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph 2:1). Our hearts are darkened, and we are not able to even repent of our sinful way and believe on the Lord Jesus and be saved. As the Lord Himself said, "No one is able to come to Me [believe in Me] unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:44)

In light of these descriptors, it is not hard to look at the world around us and witness these attributes in action. Evolution is not even still represented as a theory anymore on television, even though it still very much is only a theory in the scientific realm. It is accepted as fact regardless of the many facts that speak otherwise -facts that most people are not aware of. Why? Because men suppress them. In contrast, those who espouse views that include a Creator are considered unscientific and biased in their view. Ironic, no?

For a healthy dose of human depravity, check out this Yahoo discussion. It is regarding this article that shows a recent archaeological find of an ancient, pre-Byzantine, Christian church -one clearly identifying Jesus as "our God", no less. Read the pomp and hostility of those "discussing" the article. "JESUS IS A LOSER!" claims one of the participants, while others simple deny His existence, regardless of the mounds of evidence that demonstrate otherwise, and yet another admits that having faith in God is better than having faith in the government, but then adds, "But even better than having faith in a god is having faith in YOURSELF." With just a cursory look we can see hostility toward God, suppression of the truth, and self-deification and a burning desire for autonomy from God.

It seems everyone is up for a good conspiracy story, one where the truth remains hidden and suppressed for fear of some dreaded conclusion coming out. Such is the premise within popular books such as The DaVinci Code. The irony is that we all, especially those whose hearts remain darkened (which is every person who is not "born again", born of the Spirit of God), suppress the truth. We are all in on this "conspiracy" to suppress God's truth. And what is the "dreaded conclusion" that we are seeking so desperately to avoid? It is the conclusion that God is God and we are not -and that we are dependent on God, though we have and still do daily sin against His holiness and heap nothing but more wrath and condemnation upon ourselves. It is wrath and condemnation is that justly deserved, too. We are under God's curse, and rightfully so. That is perhaps the most offensive thing with the exception of this next point: that we cannot remove this condemnation from ourselves and cannot repair our relationship with God even if we wanted to. We need a Savior, and God has only given us One -the One we mock, Jesus the Christ.

But then again, I can see why this would make someone unconfortable. Those are some pretty ugly things to have applied to us. Better to just hide that stuff and pretend the problem doesn't exist, right? It seems far more important to protect our sinful human pride than admit the truth and cry out to God. I look back and shudder at how I blatantly rejected God my whole life and, even now as a believer, still do to some extent -though now, by the grace of God, I hate it. Believer and unbeliever alike still need a Savior. We can reject this fact, but the nice thing about truth is that it remains true no matter what I think of it. I can postulate all kinds of things to cover it up, pervert it, spin it a different way, or somehow try to exclude myself from undesirable consequences, but the truth is still true. If you have never thought about this, I pray this would be a sobering moment in your life when God would be gracious to you and shine light into your soul.

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