A Responsibility vs. A Response Ability

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Psalms 14:1-3
“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.”

Biblically, a fool is someone who knows better, yet goes ahead with their folly anyway. In other words, we are all fools. There is no way around it. We all know better. We are all sinners. None of us does good. None of us understand. None of us seek God. We have all turned aside. We are all corrupt. Period.

Ironically, fools do not go to hell for saying “no” when given the Gospel.

Think about it…

Does everyone get to hear the Gospel?

No.

If people went to hell for rejecting the Gospel, it would then actually make sense to protect people from hearing it, thus saving them, due to their innocence of never having the opportunity to reject it.

Rejecting the Gospel is not why fools go to hell. No, they go to hell because fools (all people) are sinners, and we all know it…

Romans 1:19-22
“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 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. Claiming to be wise, they became fools.”

We are all without excuse. Claiming to be wise, we all became fools.

So, why don’t we just choose God?

Because we can’t.

Genesis provides us with some insight as to what we know, as opposed to what we can actually do

Genesis 3:22-24
“Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.”

The man now knew good and evil, because he had disobeyed God. This experience caused him to become “like” God as a result. In other words, the man now had an insight regarding righteousness and culpability which he had not had before. What we can say with confidence regarding mankind, ever since this banishment from the garden, is that…

1) Man knows good from evil.

2) Man cannot do both good and evil, he can only do one of them: evil.

In other words…

Man has a responsibility, but not a response ability.

They are easy to confuse.

Look at what Paul says…

Romans 8:7-8
“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.”

 

1 Corinthians 2:14
“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is NOT ABLE to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

Man knows better, but he cannot do better.

Paul also quotes Psalm 14, as I referenced above (which also reads the same as Psalm 53), regarding man’s inability to do good…

Romans 3:10-12
“as it is written:
‘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.'”

We all know what we ought to do, but we ignore it. We all suppress truth in unrighteousness.

Do you know what is also interesting, which we need to always be aware of?

Satan understands all of this responsibility stuff, and he craftily used it to deceive Eve…

Genesis 3:1-5
“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. ’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””

Satan deceived Eve. Don’t let him now deceive you into thinking that you can now do good, without Christ.

Without Christ, we can only do evil.

 

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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