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  • Wednesday, May 16, 2007

    The Evolution of the Definition of Righteousness and Unrighteousness

    Ever wondered both WHEN and WHY the change takes place…
    If a five year old boy pulls the pigtails of a five year old girl, his teacher says he has done something (or is being) bad, but when Paris Hilton is sentenced to jail, commentators respond she is “not a bad girl, but a ‘good’ person”.

    Is there a different set of standards for adults than for children?

    Commentators are not alone. Does not the unbelieving world do the same thing every day when it comes to redefining sin? (... and denying both the nature and culpability for one's actions)

    When does the standard and change take place? When one is age ten, or age twelve, or fifteen, … or when one’s agenda demands the standard no longer mean what it once did or be applied the way it once was?

    Makes me grateful for all the kindergarten teachers whose wisdom often goes unnoticed.

    Ever heard a person say “I really didn’t mean to yell at you”? Really, would it not be more genuine to tell the truth and say that one did mean to yell at the other person, but then deal with the heart and attitude leading to the action… than to deny the truth and cover up the heart?

    Oh, how deceitful the heart and how numerous the ways man seeks to deny the truth. How good it is that there is one who has come not only to expose the world, but provide a real solution for sinners! It is only then that one can freely call it like it is and not have to hide behind a lie.

    1 comment:

    Puritan Lad said...

    A good adult, by today's definition, is one who has learned "tolerance", thus holding the absurd notion that all worldviews, philosophies, governments, moral codes, religions, and economic systems are valid and equal.

    This, of course, excluded Christianity, because it is "intolerant". Want proof? Just listen to what is being said about Jerry Falwell today. If anyone said these things about anyone other than a Christian, they would be charged with a "hate crime" (whatever that is.)