Genesis chapter 6 verse 5 says this: “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
What would it be like to live in a human society in which there was no set standard or rules by which its members were expected to conduct their affairs? Life would be pretty chancy. God was so saddened by this state of affairs that He felt that the only thing He could do was to wipe it out and start over again.
In that kind of society, every excursion outside one’s door would be a venture into a societal jungle in which pain, fear, violence, and possibly death lurked at virtually every step. Indeed, if everybody were “a law unto himself,” one would not be safe even within his own home because the people there, too, would be living by their own rules. It does not sound as though life would be very fulfilling or enjoyable because only the strongest or the most clever would survive. This kind of life can only be described as a constant, fearful struggle. Community life under these conditions would be impossible because community is possible only when everyone adheres to the same rules. God is creating a Community, a Family, a Kingdom.
Now a second scenario: What would it be like to live in a human society in which there were set standards, but people abided by them only when they felt like it? This might be a definite improvement because people might feel like obeying the rules at least once in a while. There would be more chance for agreement and decidedly less conflict, anxiety, injury, or death. But still awful!
A third scenario: What would it be like to live in a society in which there were set standards, and people generally agreed with them, and for a variety of reasons, many restrained themselves from breaking them, even when they did not feel like it? However, if a person or community really felt pressure – if one felt that his need or the community’s need was great enough – then he or it would break those standards, even to the point of mass murder – war. Again, this is an improvement over both of the other two scenarios, as the chances of peace and stability are increasing.
A fourth scenario: What would it be like to live in society in which people or a community overwhelmingly agree on the standards and, for a variety of reasons, restrain themselves to obey them even when they did not feel like it? This scenario is downright Millennial and much closer to how God would like us to be living.
A fifth and final scenario: What would it be like to live in a community where the standards were absolutely engraved in each person’s character, and no one has even a thought of transgressing them? Every thought is for the well-being of each individual and the community. It is not difficult to choose which scenario would be the most pleasurable to live in and would produce the most and the best. God is taking us to this place as Scripture clearly lays out. But it is only for those who invite Him in to their lives and are “Born again”, and then this is their / our future.
As things now are, we live in the third scenario.
Which of these five will allow people to concentrate their creativity and energies into producing prosperity and happiness – without ever having to be anxious or having their abilities or energies taken away by conflicts with their fellow human beings? It is easy to see that the fifth scenario fits best.
Our atheist friends say that we move from scenario 1 through the different scenarios by unguided mindless processes that have no aim. But they simply can’t say how or why this happens to human beings. A much more obvious answer in how we have arrived at scenario 3 and how we will progress to the final scenario is that God has made us as moral beings in His image. Morality comes from God, it simply can not have evolved. Atheists seem to be trying to fit a round peg into a square hole.
Have a great week