By the way, the fact that mankind was given the truth only means he’s accountable for not believing on Christ for the forgiveness of sins. As for the idea that mankind has some type of inner cleanliness — Christ debunks that in Matthew 15:18-20:
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man. From the inner core of mankind he is sinful from birth. There is no “inner goodness”, “inner truth”, or “inner light”. There is only darkness apart from Christ.
Also see Jeremiah 17:9 - “For the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can conceive it?” Certainly no indicator of any inner goodness or light!
posted on 04/02/2013 2:45:17 PM PDT
I hope this is not just big paragraph. I promise it was not when posted. This getting interesting, I hope you will learn something from this. 2Cr 4:6 For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God's glory displayed in the face of Christ. Whose light? Gods own light Shine from where? Their hearts What happened? Made the light shine out of the darkness But do not be shocked that all do not shine in Spirit Jhn 12:40. "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn--and I would heal them." Could this be so? Could God be responsible for some not being able to see the truth? Rom 9:15 For he says to Moses, "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." [fn] Seems like God will justify those he wants..... Rom 9:16 It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy. Seems like there is nothing we eve do........ Rom 9:17 For Scripture says to Pharaoh: "I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." [fn] Rom 9:18 Therefore God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden. The cold hard truth is here, if someone does not have the truth, it is because it has never been revealed to them. The light continues to shine in darkness. Rom 9:19 One of you will say to me: "Then why does God still blame us? For who is able to resist his will?" Good question..... Rom 9:20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? "Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' " [fn] Ahhh, where is the trust? Rom 9:21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? The simple thing is if one chooses to mock another for not "having" the truth, is this one really mocking God. It would seem so. All we can do to help is to pray for them and love them in any capacity that we can.
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