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Who’s Your Daddy?   Leave a comment

God is good. Human beings are not good. Satan is evil. Man is evil, but not to the extent that Satan is evil. We are motivated by our father to do either good or evil.

So, whose your daddy?

When God is our Father, we are motivated by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to express God’s goodness.

When Satan is our father, we are motivated by his indwelling to express his nature.

And there is the tricky part – Satan is the god of this world, so guess which expression autonomous society most often approves as “moral”? Yes, that which Satan motivates. The father of lies is very adept at dressing up that which is not good (not derived from God) as something worthwhile and tasty.

 

“Hey, Eve, doesn’t that fruit look good? Eat up! It will open your eyes to a whole new reality! Trust me. This is for your own good and, hey, God is denying something you really want, so it’s okay to rebel. There will be no consequences.”

Satan lied then and he lies now. The “tree of the knowledge of good and evil” was a rejection of God’s intent. The “father of lies” (John 8:44) foisted upon man the delusional idea of self-determined morality. We could be “like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5), independent of our Creator.

“Satan persuaded man … that he had an adequate capacity in himself for being good, without the necessity of having God; that he could be righteous in his own right, morally adult without the need of being spiritually alive! In short, that could be be independent … both cause and effect.” (Ian W. Thomas, The Mystery of Godliness. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. 1964. pg. 50. — thanks, Alan, again. lela)

Morality was founded at the fall of mankind. Since then, we’ve been naturally self-deceived, believing we can establish ethical standards or good and evil, right and wrong, on the basis of human self-evaluation of individual and collective social “good”. Our relativized, self-oriented standards of good and evil are always contrary to God’s intent, always sinful, and always derived from our fallen nature.

So the question is — Who is your Father?

If you say “I am” you put yourself in God’s place and morality is pure idolatry, bowing down at the throne of your own self-delusion.

None of us have been good since the fall. Even Christians, who at least acknowledge this fact, are not good. We are at best able to express the goodness of God when we allow the Holy Spirit to act through us.

But that’s not the same thing as being good.

 

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