About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman

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The Soul Is Sick    


As I look up at the moon that is so far away, I think how far humanity has come in the advancement of science and technology.  What we once considered a god, we now know is a planet that we have actually walked upon.  Our God-created intellectual capacities have brought us a long way from those flat earth days.  That being said, there is more to a human being than intellectual capabilities.  It's our heart, our soul, that stimulates our intellect into action, and sad to say, whether it's our individual soul or our collective cultural soul, both are sick.  It's what Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. 


"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"


Now that I'm old, I admit that my father was right all along when he would consistently tell me that humanity is "just down right sick."  Jeremiah 17:9 confirms dad's thinking when it states that the human condition is so sick that we have no clue how sick it is.  Furthermore, there is no human cure for this sickness, so any attempt on our part to heal the heart is stricken down by what I would call an "intrinsic sin syndrome."  Yes, our God-created intellectual abilities have provided much needed advancements in all aspects of life for which I am thankful, but, each advancement gets hijacked to one degree or another by our depravity.  It is for this reason that Jesus addressed the issues of our depraved heart.  Matthew 5:21 and 22 is one example.    


"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment."


The law said don't murder.  Jesus said don't get angry in your heart without due cause.  The law addressed external behaviour while Jesus addressed internal behaviour.  Law, a matter of the mind, cannot heal a sick soul.  If, however, there was something that could penetrate the heart, that something could change the behaviour of the heart, and thus, change the behaviour of a life.   


Law, legalities, education and technical advancements, and all matters of the mind, are vitally beneficial.  I'm all in on that, but none of these things can heal a sick soul.  Only that which can actually enter the soul can heal the soul, and that, I maintain is the Spirit of Jesus.    


This is important in today's world where we think that law, legislation, education, and technology, can cure our individual and cultural ills.  Such things have benefit, but life shows us that they have their limitations.  We pass laws concerning murder, but we still murder.  We legislate morality, but we're still immoral.  We educate don't drink and drive, but we still drive drunk.  We created software to protect our online existence, but we're still hacked.  My dad was right.  Jeremiah was right.  The soul is sick.  There is no human cure, but there is a divine cure. 


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