Delusions of Garlic

“Now the mixed multitude who were among them yielded to intense craving; so the children of Israel also wept again and said: “Who will give us meat to eat?   We remember the fish which we ate freely in Egypt, the cucumbers, the melons, the leeks, the onions, and the garlic”  Numbers 11:4-5 NKJV

The Bible presents the nature of mankind as age-old and universal.  In spite of the phenomenal achievements of the modern age, human nature has remained virtually the same since the fall of Adam.  Science, economic progress, education, the ideals of humanism, and all the other remarkable feats of the human race still leave this world in as miserable condition as it was thousands of years ago.  All of these advances have not addressed man’s underlying, fundamental dilemma.

At the very root of the problem, the Bible says, is the heart of man.  Jeremiah the prophet lamented, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9).

Contrary to what humanists believe, the Bible demonstrates that the very nature of man is not basically good, but evil.  Knitted into the fiber of mankind’s nature is the system and structure of sin and its corresponding traits of lust, passion and craving.  This course of sin is so powerful and overwhelming that it grips and enslaves the human heart of natural man.  Education, self-will, and intelligence cannot tame it: sin pervades and masters the very depths of one’s being.

The children of Israel illustrate this lust, this craving in the wilderness, after they fled to freedom from Pharaoh and the Egyptians. Their memories became selective; the craving for the exotic foods in the land they fled from was so intense that they forgot the sufferings and despair they underwent as slaves: the oppression, the arduous labor, the harsh sun, the hunger from lack of food. They wanted to go back to the very place that enslaved them, hankering after the watermelons, the cucumber, the onions and the garlic that they probably ate meagerly as slaves, and not “freely” as they claimed. The craving was so intense that nothing else mattered, not even their freedom.

Sin perverts, creates a duality in man.  On the one hand we behold all the impressive, awe-inspiring achievements; on the other hand we survey the towering garbage heap of  human failures.    No one is exempt from this condition. It made Paul cry out when he realized the gravity of it all:  “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” (Romans 7:24)

Sin eventually leads to death, physical and spiritual.  It hastens the physical, and elongates the spiritual into eternity.

There is an answer, the only answer to this terrible malady called sin.  In His great love and compassion, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, so that through Him we can be delivered from the tyranny of sin and death and be born again into a new kind of life: everlasting life.  But we must first recognize this oppressive nature of sin within us and yield ourselves to God and His way of salvation. Until then, we will forever be restless, unsure, and live in constant contradictions within ourselves, for as one former sinner St. Augustine prayed: “Thou hast made us for Thyself and restless is our heart until it comes to rest in Thee”.

The Course of This World

in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience”  Ephesians 2:2

A life that has not been born again is a spiritually dead existence: born of the flesh, dead in trespasses and sins.  The Apostle Paul makes that claim. It is a life without knowing Who God is, separated from Him and His life: a mere existence that is outside of all the richness and fullness of life that a relationship with God has to offer.

The course of this world may be lauded as logical, sensible, and desirable.  Its pathways have birthed ideas and ways of life based on the premise of a universe without God and moral-based laws.  Its roadways are packed with herds of followers.

A man or woman may say that there is perfect freedom apart from God because of  free will to choose to live as one pleases.   Not so, says Paul.  A person without God walks “following the course of this world”, with a perspective on life dictated by the fickle mindset of the world through media, advertising, and whatever is the “in” thing to do, the “way things are done”.  Its biddings are luring and whimsical, but it is exactly the opposite of free will at play: one becomes a slave to it.

It is in being born again, born of the Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ that we are quickened, made spiritually alive to connect with God and everything that pertains to Him: His wonders, His love, His blessings, His joy, His peace, His freedom, His gift of everlasting life.

” Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily I say unto thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3 Registered & Protected