When you look at various species of animal within their natural habitat you will notice that each species operates out of what is called, ‘instinct.’ An instinct is an automatic reaction that is based on either internal or external stimuli which creates a specific behavior. Animals are instinctive by nature because they are built to react based on their surroundings. In the wild, you will recognize that each species of animal behave based on the instincts that are associated with its kind. For example, lions & tigers are carnivorous by instinct. They hunger and thirst for the meat of other animals to satisfy their cravings.
Other animals may be omnivorous meaning, that they only consume plant life as a way of survival. Just like there are instinctive behaviors that animals in the wild commit, we as humans are instinctive by nature. Our behaviors are deeply embedded in sinful nature that we were all born into. From the time that you and I entered into this world, we were sinful creatures due to Adam & Eve’s disobedience in the Garden of Eden. Some might look at the various acts of sin and even the escalation of it occurring around us, and there might be an element of surprise.
However, in the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 1, we can see that what is occurring in our world is not a new phenomenon. In this particular chapter, the writer who is King Solomon, points to the notion that life is meaningless – however, Solomon does not mean that life lacks meaning or purpose. The context of the first part of the chapter is to suggest that ambition and seeking after temporary things is vanity.
(NLT) “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets then hurries around to rise again.”
(NLT) “Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.”
King Solomon is essentially making mention of the fact that our lives and everything that we are doing is temporal. However, notice what verses 9-10 record:
(NLT) “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.”
In these two verses, King Solomon points to the very essence of what occurs within every generation that passes. Basically, He says, “Nothing under the sun is truly new.” What does this statement mean? If we examine the reality that we were all born into sin, this means that all of the sinful behavior that we see displayed today, has already taken place in years and even centuries past.
Sometimes it is very easy to be surprised by the blatant behaviors that are paraded around us every single day. However, what King Solomon makes clear is that what we see today, has already occurred in human history. Homosexuality, drunkenness, child abuse, murder, theft, and a whole host of other sins has already taken place throughout history. It becomes rather surprising to many even Christians to see the decadence that has occurred throughout our world. However, we who are in Christ should not be surprised.
The first reason why we shouldn’t be surprised is because the sin that is being committed in our world, stems from the operation of maintaining a life that is tied to the original state of being born into sin. While we are living in troubling times and sinfulness has escalated rapidly, these things are occurring because of disobedience and humanity’s willingness to remain in its original condition. The expectation of every Christian should not be for those living in worldliness to comply with God’s decrees. Rather, it should be expected that those who are blinded by satan will operate out of their sinful nature or their instincts.
Secondly, much of the sinfulness in our world is tied to End Time period. The Apostle Paul states to Timothy in 2 Timothy Chapter 3, the following:
(NLT) “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.”
You and I, we are living in evil times and these are indeed the last days according to scripture. Jesus Christ’s return is imminent, however, He will be returning for those who have accepted Him as Lord & Savior. The times that we see have grown worse, because of how much closer we are to the return of the Lord. So, it makes sense to see various sins and an increase in wickedness due to prophecy being fulfilled.
What you and I see is an outward manifestation of an inward disposition that is given to the original nature of sin. This sounds like bad news because one might see all of the tragedies and behaviors as hopeless. However, you are not without hope. The very hope of the world is Jesus Christ who came to die on the cross for your sins.
If you are living in your sin, you are operating out of the old nature or your sinful nature. To escape the punishment of Hell and eternal separation from God, you must be born again. Click here to read a previous blog post on the topic of being born again. You don’t have the ability to save yourself, rather you need to be saved from your sin. It is the act of sin that destroys and creates a chasm between the love of God and humanity.
God wishes to know you and that you know Him, but there must be a cleansing of your sin through the blood of Jesus. The sacrifice of Christ has already been made for you and I. God is waiting for you to accept His sacrifice. It is because of our sinful nature that we act instinctively in opposition to everything that God stands for. Instead of remaining in your sin, you have an opportunity to be changed through the acceptance of Jesus Christ.
Is Jesus Christ your Lord & Savior? If not, then the opportunity is available to you. Jesus came so that you could be redeemed and that you are no longer bound to the instincts which are a product of the nature of sin. Unlike the common animal, your nature or instincts can be changed through Christ. Accept this gift of life, and allow God to change your heart which will change your behaviors.