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Conflict of Natures

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But I do the very thing I do not want to do, I agree with the Law, confessing that the Law is good. So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me." Romans 7:16-17

 As a body we are subject to the Law of gravity and as a living organism subject also to biological Laws. We cannot decide to obey these Laws, nor can we decide to disobey them.

 I was a big Superman fan when I was a little boy and sometimes dreamed of being able to fly. I would pick out a good bath towel to use as a cape - somehow I held the belief that it was Supermanís cape that gave him the ability to fly. I would run and jump holding my arms outstretched trying to convince myself that if I tried hard and long enough I would lift off and fly - but it never happened because the Law of gravity always pulled me down.

At the time this Law seemed like a nuisance and was a hated barrier that prevented me from taking flight, but today I am very grateful for this wonderful Law that keeps everything in place. The Law of Gravity is like the foundation for all things on the earth, without it, everything not anchored would fly away in chaos.

 Of all the Laws the Lord has made the only Law we can choose to disobey is the Law of Nature which is the Moral Law of God written into the conscience of every person.

This is not to suggest that this Law reveals what is right and wrong and what is true and false, but rather, gives us the understanding that there is a right and wrong and there is an absolute truth. This Moral Law written into our conscience serves to motivate us to seek what is right and what is true.

The conscience alone cannot be our guide, but must be educated by God, the Author of righteousness, and Jesus, the Truth personified. Jesus said, -"I am the Truth" and speaking of the Father, -"Your Word is truth." We may not agree on specifically what is right and wrong, but a yielded conscience will move you to strive for righteousness and seek the truth as God reveals it.

 As humans, we do not succeed in obeying this Law very well. However, whenever someone points that fact out to us personally we often feel compelled to offer various excuses as to why we have failed to live up to that standard.

In reality, our excuses only serve to show how deeply we believe in this great Moral Law. I am not angry when someone accidently trips me even though I break my arm - but I am angry when someone tries to trip me and fails. So I am not angered when it is an accident even though I am hurt, but I am angry when it was intentional even though I was unharmed.

Our anger comes from the intentional violation of the Law of Nature which demands proper moral conduct. God has given us free will, but the moment we have a self it is possible to put our self first. Free will makes evil possible, but it is the only thing that makes it possible to give love.

 We are all born with Adamís fallen nature which wars against God and His Spirit. Those who are born of the Spirit have now received a new nature - the divine nature of God, -"For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the Divine Nature" (2 Pet.1) As Paul wrote, we may struggle with our flesh from time to time but we are mighty in the Spirit.

 We were created to receive and live the Divine Nature in righteousness and truth, but we can choose to disobey it and serve our fallen nature. In every person there is a conflict of natures and each of us will choose who shall be Master of our life.

 

 

 

 

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