Satan Greatest Battlefield and God’s Greatest Glory
The other day while sitting in church with my wife and kids, listening to the preacher talk about church people and how they attack and hurt their own; my daughter looked at us with amazement on her face not understanding the boisterous laughter coming from the audience. She asked, “Dad why do they laugh when everything the preacher stated is true?” At that moment I comprehended the significant consequences of the encounters my daughter endured from church people who had shown aggression towards her father and mother as pastors. From that point until now my thoughts linger back to the moment when my daughter’s face look totally confused at what she witnessed from the church audience on that day. I responded with a vague answer with very little depth to satisfy her curiosity and confusion about the blatant act of human nature that collided with Christian spirituality, morality and integrity. This sermon attempts to explain to us why humanity turns inward against itself when faced with our own human nature.
Let us first start with a generic definition of human nature.
Merriam/Webster dictionary describes as human nature;
A ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that are common to most people: the nature of humans; especially: the fundamental dispositions and traits of humans.
Wikipedia describe Human nature as
…distinguishing characteristics, including ways of thinking, feeling and acting, that humans tend to have naturally, independently of the influence of culture….Human nature particularly important implications are found within ethics, politics, and theology. This is partly because human nature can be regarded as both a source of norms of conduct or ways of life, as well as presenting obstacles or constraints on living a good life… .
Socrates teleological approach considered human nature
in terms of final and formal causes. Such understandings of human nature see this nature as an "idea," or "form" of a human . By this account, human nature really causes humans to become what they become, and so it exists somehow independently of individual humans. This in turn has sometimes been understood as also showing a special connection between human nature and divinity .
A deeper look human nature will help us understand the definition of human nature better. Human nature is deceitful; it continually claims it is good. But it always seeks its own gain as the purpose and result of its work. It rejoices at worldly gain and is depressed by worldly loss. It is greedy, it wants possessions and to take inventory of its property. Human nature won’t easily die, be subjected, suppressed, or guided. It loves idleness and bodily rest. It is very frail. It fears rebuke and to be loathed. It is soon shaken by a sharp word. It loves the flesh, vanity, and the novelties of the world. Human Nature seeks after praise and that its accomplishments are admired and well-known. Human Nature judges every little...