The Condition Of The Human Heart
by John Clark
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The human heart is in need of a savior. Jeremiah 17:9 says "The human heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?" This does not mean that each and every person on planet earth does wrong things all of the time. What it does mean is that the condition of the heart, spiritually and emotionally, is prone to do wrong things, think wrong thoughts, act wrongfully, and to reject God. This started in Genesis with Adam and Eve and has continued down through history. You say you don't believe in the Bible and the story of Adam and Eve? Consider then, this non-biblical question: Why do parents have to train and discipline their children to do right?
Children have a natural bent toward doing wrong. There is something in a child's inherent nature from the time of birth, even before they have been exposed to the environment or upbringing, that is manifested in wrong attitudes and behavior. This behavior, as we all know, results in not only social ills but also in destruction and death. This nature is why we have divorces, crime, broken families, dysfunctional homes, envy, greed, jealousy, pride, and of course, the list could go on and on. It is why our prisons and mental institutions are filled with people.
Nothing that the culture or society has done can really fix the problem. No amount of teaching in psychology, religion, government money, education, positive thinking, feel-good theology, etc., deals with the core issue-the condition of the human heart. All these things do is to attempt to deal with the symptoms. In fact, man's nature wants to deny that there IS a sinful condition, or to make it of lesser importance.
What is the answer? It is found in the grace of Jesus Christ. You say, "There you go, preaching religion again." No. The answer is in the death and resurrection of the Savior, Jesus Christ. He met human nature, 2,000 years ago, right where it is, in need of salvation. Romans 5:8 records, "But God demonstrated his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Acts 4:12 says Jesus is the only name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Jesus himself said that he is the way, the truth, and the life. Can Jesus be deluded or a liar? Many people consider him to be the only perfect person who ever walked the planet. How can this be? You see, God sent his Son, Jesus, into the world as it says in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life." Why? Verse 17 gives us the answer: each and every person could be saved from their human condition and fallen nature, IF they call upon him for their salvation. The human condition was and is so bad that it was necessary for Jesus to die on the cross for it. When he did that he bore the entire sin of all humanity, past, present, and future, for you and me. That is the essence of true Christianity.
People don't like to admit that they have a depraved heart. They like to say that it is the result of the environment or upbringing. Adam and Eve had no one to "upbring" them, and they had a perfect environment in the Garden of Eden, but they still blew it. They chose to disobey God and to cast blame. This pattern of behavior has continued since that time.
You say you don't believe in God? Whether you do or don't doesn't change the fact that human nature has a tendency to do wrong and it has to be corrected. Has religion worked? Of course not, and why not? Religion without a relationship with the Creator is nothing more than man's attempt to reach God with rules, rituals, and forms of worship. Much of religion is done with the false belief that one can earn salvation. Religion will never change the condition of the human heart.
The Bible and Jesus have the answers to the heart condition. Now you say, you don't believe in the Bible? Why not? It is the most credible source of truth ever written. It gives evidence of inspiration through fulfilled prophecy. If you say you don't give any consideration to the Bible then you have never taken an honest look at the evidence. In addition to this are all the claims Jesus made about himself in the Gospel of John.
The Bible and Jesus also answer the question of one's eternal destiny. Can one know for sure where he or she is going, and what is going to happen to them, after passing from this earthly world? Will there be some kind of conscious existence good or bad? If so, what will that eternal existence be based upon?
Here is what it says in I John 5:11-13. "And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life." This will happen when God gives you a new heart and puts a new spirit within you. (Ezekiel 36:26) Call upon Jesus today and receive your new heart.
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Good writing John. John 3:36 takes it further "whoever has the Son has life, whoever does not have the Son, the wrath of God abides on them". Strong language but God's word on it. Cannot preach this scripture in churches in America today. Not warm & fuzzy...