2 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. – Proverbs 14:2
Unregenerate man has a problem. If he rejects the God of the Bible and the Bible as God’s revelation to man, then he is stuck with himself. David W. Norris, The Big Picture: The Authority and Integrity of the Authentic Word of God, put it this way: “The sinner…swings to and fro between a world that is ruled by utter chance happenings (creation) and a world that is bound by inescapAble natural law (death), between the chaos of total irrationality and the frigid location of icy reason”.
It is a frightful world to the lost soul. Consider the people who walk down your street during this Covid-19 crisis: Why are they wearing face masks when there is nobody around them? Fear leads to strange thoughts, which leads to strange behavior.
The unregenerate man will pursue anything in order to justify his existence and the correctness of his being. By chance he exists, and surrounded by death, the natural man will pursue any idea to its most extreme. To solve the problems that confront him, death and decay, we will struggle to survive and develop varies ways to do so. In consequence of death he will make up his own gods to answer the central question, “What’s next?”.
What can he trust in? Science? If man is a product of chance, then how can his thoughts be anything but a derivative of chance? The response would be something like this, “But we can observe, repeat and conclude”. The world is flat – observed, repeated and thusly concluded. Now the world is round. “Oh but they were ignorant then. They did not have the advantage of modern technology.”
What is modern today, will be on the trash heap of scientific history tomorrow.
Modern technology proves the thesis. The speed of light is constant, ops, maybe it is not. Modernist thought reinforces it. Twenty years ago, gender was fixed. Today, we make it up as we go along.
Psalm 2 “Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”
Paul wrote, “God is not mocked” (Galatians 6:7). He has given us His word for all that pertains to “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). He has given us natural revelation (Romans1:20) in the creation to point to Himself. He has given us the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin and lead us to Christ and the authority of His Word (John 14:26). God is not mocked by the plans of man, He holds them in derision.
Always ready to forgive and receive and yet, simultaneously, judge and condemn. We either follow His Word and find blessing or disobey and find judgment.