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Re: Getting better and better

Mankind, over the period of his development, has greatly succeeded on the path to self-betterment, which explains the origins of the old adage...

"Every day in every way I'm getting better and better"


This expression has been around at least since I was a child; perhaps even longer? I'm not sure of its origins. But it expresses man's idea of himself, even prior to today's psychobabble of self-esteem, self-empowerment; and the religions of self-actualisation and self-deification.

Certainly, there are some things that might be considered as "better" today: things dealing with technology, travel and communications, and the gadgets that make our lives easier. But what about the root core of mankind? That which makes him 'tick'?

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" (Jer17:9) This was proclaimed two and a half millennia ago. Has the situation lessened since then?

In ancient times there were wars: skeletal remains discovered reveal axe heads still embedded in skulls, arrows where they had pierced bodies. What do we have today? Instead of one man killing another man (individually at a time), today a single person can push a button unleashing missles, bombs or whatever that can kill thousands of people at a time. Is that "better"?

Today there is a problem with rape. On the African continent in the context of political unrest and genocide, there is rape. There are home-invasion rapes; and rapes in other contexts. Isaiah prophesies about warfare and speaks how the wives are "ravished". (Is13:16) When Ruth was to go out gleening and comes to Boaz's fields, Naomi tells her to stay with him, rather than go somewhere else where she could get attacked by men. (Ru2:22) And Boaz also warns his young men to not hassle her. (vs9)

The daughter of Herodias (traditionally according to the operas and plays thought to be "Salome", although Scripture doesn't give her name) danced so as to "please" Herod. (Mk6:22) Today such entertainment is done by the likes of Brittany Spears and others, to titillate the lusts of -thousands- of men at a time.

Before the flood they were living 800-900 year life spans. Abraham lived to 175yrs. (Ge25:7) Moses lived to 120 (De34:7), as God established at the flood. (Ge6:3) David to 70 (2Sa5:4,1Ki2:11), as established. (Ps90:10) Surely, for those who value longevity that's not "better"! If the "wages of sin is death" (Rom6:23); or...the "soul who sins shall die" (Ezk18;4); if man is dying younger today (in spite of modern medicine) than they did in ancient times, that fact alone suggests that man is not improving...i.e. getting "better"...but getting worse.

Is man better now? Is he worse? Or, perhaps pretty much the same?

"The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it may be said, See, this is new? It has already been in the days of antiquity, which were before us." (Ecc1:8-10)

A young man with a new car... in a year he gets tired of it and lusts after the newest, shiniest, raciest. The 'old' 35" TV isn't sufficient, we need the latest digital "high definition" model. The newest latest medical scientific projection: stem cell research and cloning? What was it that went on between those "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" before the flood? (Gen6) Today they are cloning animal-human hybrids for (they claim) body 'parts'. Where did those animal-human hybrid 'gods' of mythology come from? (Ge6:4) Even for as technologically advanced as we claim to be, one has to wonder but what similar things were going on way back then? UFO accounts, which are pretty much understood to be "other-worldly", and the Christian understands their source as being demonic, of "reproductive experiments"... If it is demons today, and it was demons during Noah's time; and Jesus did speak of "as it was in the days of Noah"; I dare say today's cloning and other reproductive experiments are nothing new. If it was perversion in Noah's day such that God called the human race "corrupted" (Gen6:12); to such an extent that Noah's was the only family that was "perfect in his generation" (vs9); is mankind any 'better' today?

As God looks down upon mankind from out of His Heaven, what does He see?

"Jehovah looked down from Heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any who understood and sought God. They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, no, not one." (Ps14:2-3) -ALL- have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Rom3:23) Man is -born- that way, and "in sin did my mother conceive me" (Ps51:5)

"For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Rom1:18) The few things we have mentioned here, and so much more: "Let no one beguile you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience." (Eph5:6)

The Christian is exhorted: "Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" (vs7-8)

Noah was "perfect in his generation". In these days "like" Noah's the follower of Christ is exhorted to also "be perfect". (Mt5:48) Those that used to intone the opening postulate, also used to piously claim to follow the "Sermon on the Mount". Well, that's where this exhortation comes from, to "be perfect".

How does one become perfect in God's eyes? It is "accounted" to a person through faith in Jesus Christ (Rom4) on account of Jesus' shed blood, by which we are "immersed" into Jesus' death and resurrection. (Rom6) Our sin is washed away in "His own blood" (Rev1:5) And when we repent, we receive "remission of sins" (Lk24:47)

Otherwise, is it not evident that the opening postulate is false.

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