Blindness from Original Sin – part 2 of series on blindness and deception
We are all born spiritually dead because we all inherit the sin nature of Adam.
This is Part 2 of a series on Blindness and Deception. Read Part 1 here. Part 1 is an introduction and digest for the series: it will have links to all parts in this series as they are published. The series is addressing these questions:
- Are abusers spiritually blind? (Or psychologically blind, which is pretty much the same thing.)
- Are abusers deceived?
- If they are deceived, to what extent have they been deceived by others and to what extent have they deceived themselves?
- Are some abusers brainwashed or controlled or enslaved by others? Are some of them so controlled by people higher up the pyramid of evildoers, that they could be said to be victims themselves?
The sin nature we are all born with
All of us, excepting the man Christ Jesus, inherit the sin nature from Adam.
We all come into this world with a bias to be selfish and to not love our neighbour as ourselves. With our sin nature we disregard God. We go our own way without recognising or respecting or honouring God our maker – whose loving kindness towards us is so vast that it cannot be expressed in human words or grasped with our human minds.
When rightly and justly reproved for selfishness or wrongdoing, the knee-jerk response of the wrongdoer (you, me, whoever) is rebellion, blame-shifting, hiding from the truth, fighting against truth. The sin nature not only runs for cover, it rears its head and hisses and spits. That is the nature of sin. That is the sin-nature we all are born with.
the imagination [intent or thought] of man’s heart is evil from his youth
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way
Romans 5 confirms that we inherit the sin nature from Adam. To make this point, I’ve select only parts of Romans 5:12-19.
…sin entered into the world through one man, and death by means of sin; and in this way death went over all people, inasmuch as all people sinned. … death came through one sin of one man who sinned. For the sentence of condemnation came from one sin. … by the sin of one, death reigned by the means of one … by the sin of one, condemnation came on all men … by one man’s disobedience many became sinners…
What happens to the sin nature when someone becomes a Christian?
Let’s take a closer look at Romans 5 which I partially cited just above. I will show in bold the phrases that talk about the gift of grace: forgiveness by faith in Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who took our sins upon Himself.
But the gift is not like the sin. For if through the sin of one, many are dead, much more lavish upon many was the grace of God and gift by grace, which grace was given by one man: Jesus Christ.
And the gift is not over only one sin, as death came through one sin of one man who sinned. For the sentence of condemnation came from one sin. But the gift came to justify from many sins.
For if by the sin of one, death reigned by the means of one, much more will those who receive of abundant grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life by the means of one; that is to say, Jesus Christ.
Note on Romans 5:16 in the New Matthew Bible:
Adam’s disobedience damned us all before we ourselves worked any evil, and Christ’s obedience saves us all before we ourselves work any good.
When a person is born again / regenerated / trusts in God’s promises / knows and follows Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, does that person still have a sin nature?
Putting this question another way: Is it right to call a Christian a sinner?
God has given each of us a conscience. The conscience is inbuilt in our human nature: it tells us right from wrong. Those who have never heard of God’s law know the law in their hearts: in their conscience.
The culture we grow up in, and the teachings and examples we are exposed to, can deform and invert our conscience.
Here is an example that we are familiar with. Many churches teach that God says abuse is not grounds for divorce. Victims of abuse, in trying to obey this false teaching, suffer untold harm. Nobody benefits from this false teaching except the abusers.
Another example: Islamic suicide bombers have been taught that it is good to murder crowds of people and they will be rewarded by Allah for doing so. Another example: Luciferian families teach their children from a very early age to believe that good is evil / and evil is good.
To whatever extent my conscience is recognising right and wrong the way God defines those things, I will be correctly pricked by my conscience when I do wrong or when I cultivate wrong thoughts, wrong desires.
In Romans chapter 7, the Apostle Paul described his own experience of this.
I delight in the law of God as far as the inner man is concerned, but I see another law in my members, rebelling against the law of my mind, and subduing me to the law of sin that is in my members. O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, I myself in my mind serve the law of God, and in my flesh the law of sin.
The Apostle John confirmed that whether we are Christians or non-Christians it is wrong for us to say “we have no sin”.
If we say “we have no sin”, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:5-10
And this is the tidings that we have heard from him and declare to you: that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and yet walk in darkness, we lie, and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in light, even as he is in light, then we have fellowship with him, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
What if my conscience has been somewhat mis-taught? What if I have been trained to think that right is wrong and good is evil? Is my responsibility for doing wrong erased? Not entirely… and especially not when I have reached the age of accountability. I don’t want to define when the age of accountability begins, but by adulthood it ought to apply. Other factors come in here too: how deep – how brainwashing – was the training that inverted my conscience? How much was I intimidated and coerced and terrified into obeying evil or complying with evil? How much was I entrapped by the leaders of the corrupt system that mis-taught me?
God is merciful. He calls all to come to him in repentance, and he offers complete forgiveness to those who repent and follow him.
Truly truly I say to you, He who does not enter into the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. He who goes in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep; to him the porter opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. And when he has sent forth his own sheep, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but will flee from him. For they know not the voice of strangers.
This similitude Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand the things that he was saying to them.
Then Jesus spoke to them again: Truly truly I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All, even as many as came before me, are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door. If anyone enters in by me, he will be safe, and will go in and out, and find pasture. The thief comes not but to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come so that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.
Bible translations used in this post:
New Testament: NMB (New Matthew Bible)
Psalms: Myles Coverdale’s translation as per the 1662 Book of Common Prayer
Old Testament other than Psalms: NKJ (New King James)
I will make each post title below into a hyperlink when the post comes out.
Part 2: is this post
Part 4: Blindness exacerbated by group choice and group-leader choice
Part 5: Blindness as a result of being deceived by others
Part 6: Blindness as a judgment from God