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Human Action

Human action can only stand on the moral principles of man or on the teaching of the Bible.

If human action is justified by the precepts of man than we know the act is uncertain and precarious because the thoughts of man are uncertain and precarious.

If human action is justified by the Bible, then there can be no argument against it.

If human action is not justified by the Bible, then no argument of man can stand against it and human action must be declared as disobedience.

Then human action is uncertain in its outcome and precarious because the thoughts of man are uncertain and precarious and should be rejected.  Or, human action is ordained of God and should be obeyed, and or it is not ordained by God’s word and should be rejected.

There are then three justification for human action, two should be rejected and one accepted.  The rejected justifications:  The action emanates from the heart of corrupted man and, or the action is falsely attributed to the bible.

The only acceptable human action is action that is posited from God’s word.

The thoughts, beliefs and actions of man are limited by time and space.  Apart from Biblical revelation these three attributes (thoughts, beliefs and actions) of man have no ability to transcend time nor can they be applicable to all people, at all time at all places simultaneously (time and space).  The thoughts of man, apart from the Bible, will continually change.  There is no fixed point of to reconcile all things other than himself, who is in constant state of change himself.  There is no permanency.  All things:  thoughts, beliefs, religion, health, emotions, love etc. are in a constant state of change and thus are not fixed, they are uncertain.  The only certainty today is that tomorrow will be different, or it will not be, until it is, and man does not know when he will change again.  He is hopelessly choatic.

This is the inescapable nature of the natural man.  Given no fixed point of creation, there is no fixed point of humanity.  Humanity is reduced to the biological combination of chemicals and subject to impulses that spring from some unknown force that does not exist.  Whether it is Marxist historical materialism or Darwin natural selection does not matter.  Humanity defines itself according to the world we find ourselves in today. The polarity of one explanation over another is a non-factor whereas both spring from the thoughts of man unguided by God’s Word.  As circumstances change humanity changes the definition of humanity, or it doesn’t, until it does.

The fountainhead of man is man.  He is the product of chance that faces the certainty of death.  By chance man tries different combinations of spiritual amulets to justify his existence apart from the word of God.  Rejecting the word of God, the principle dogmatism is the religion of “doing good”.  “Doing good” becomes the cure all for the uncertainty that man faces in the chaotic worldview the denies the Bible.  By “doing good” man hopes to alleviate himself of senseless guilt imposed upon him by others, the reality of moral guilt that eats at him and the dread of dying.  “If I do enough good, then when I die…..I don’t know what will happen, but it will not be bad”.  How does man define “good” or “bad”, other than by his own whimsy that continually changes in reflex to others? 

Hence, the actions of man who rejects the Bible has no basis for his actions, or for determining the “good” or “bad” of a particular act.  There is no absolute standard to reconcile the act to.  It is analogous to an accountant trying to reconcile books of a business using a number system that continuously changes.  If the number system is not fixed, then there is no way to determine whether the numbers add up to a gain or a loss.  There is no mental catallactic that brings a mutually agreed upon meaning, or order to the number system.  Hence, any type of reconciliation is futile. The numbers mean something today, but we just do not know what that is.  Maybe tomorrow we will know.

Likewise, without the bible as foundation, man has no way of knowing good or bad or whether the actions he takes are good or bad.  But, how do I know what the Bible says?

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