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Fallen man cannot see God
THE EFFECTS OF THE FALL
 
Why the Fallen Mind Cannot Perceive Divine Truth
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God : for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14
 
As the descendants of a fallen race we've inherited a genetic inability to care for the things of God. Although God has made His Word freely available to all, man's mental and moral nature is corrupt —preventing him from receiving divine revelation from God.

Fallen man is therefore, under condemnation because, having received the truth, he rejects it. This rejection of Divine truth acts to degrade the fallen mind even further into spiritual ignorance, idolatry and finally into complete moral collapse. 

"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19 

Fallen Man Suppresses Divine Truth
"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;" Rom. 1:18

Wrath is God's reaction to godlessness and unrighteousness. His righteous anger is expressed in divine action against godless man. That's why fallen man suppresses divine truth regarding what he is, and what he has done.

The person who denies God's existence is actively suppressing the deepest instincts and highest ideals of their heart —and positioning themselves right in the center of God's wrath.

The Fallen Mind Cannot Comprehend God
"Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shown it unto them." Rom. 1:19

God has taken specific action to reveal what can be known about Himself to fallen man. God's truth reaches down to man at his own level, in his own fallen realm of sin.

The fact is —although he denies it, fallen man actually knows about God.

The Fallen Mind —Without Excuse
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" Rom. 1:20

Man's spiritual vision is so damaged by sin and corruption that he has lost sight of God. As in the theory of evolution, instead of seeing God through His creation, fallen man prefers to see god as a creature (e.g., an ape).

But the visible things in nature testify to fallen man of God's unlimited power and Supreme Authority. The bare possibility that a moral Super-Being exists places a heavy responsibility upon man —and as a result he is without excuse.

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God." Ps. 14:1 

Fallen Men and Women are Fools
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools," Rom. 1:21-22

Fallen man knows God, having been brought face-to-face with Him and His works. But fallen man has not responded appropriately to this divine knowledge by praising, honoring, or glorifying God...not even a "thank you" for what He is, or what He has done.

Instead, they reject the divine light of God as the virus of spiritual darkness invades and infects their God-given intellect, emotions and will.

The Fallen Mind Glorifies the Creature, Not Its Creator
"And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man and to birds and fourfooted beasts and creeping things." Rom. 1:23

Fallen man creates substitutes for God as in the godless theory of evolution. Science textbooks teach hungry, innocent and impressionable minds that man came from the ape, rather than from the divine imperative of God's creative will. Consequentially, fallen man honors a beast in place of his Creator.

The Fallen Mind Does As It Pleases
"Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." Rom. 1:24-25

God has released fallen man to sink lower into immorality.

The Fallen Mind Reaches the Depths of Immorality
"For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." Rom. 1:26-27

Homosexuality is a result of fallen man's rebellion and abandonment of God, and they receive the penalty for their immorality.

The Fallen Mind is Evil
"And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:" Rom. 1:28-31

The fallen mind that has rejected God - and has been rejected by God - is hostile to inner harmony and peace, and can only generate trouble.

The Fallen Mind Enjoys Evil in Others
"Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." Rom. 1:32

Evil loves company. This final state of the fallen mind not only acknowledges the death penalty of knowingly rejecting God, but vicariously enjoys sin committed by others.

The Fallen Mind is Blind to God's Truth
"Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:" Ephesians 4:18

Spiritual blindness is subsequently God's curse upon those whose hearts are not right towards Him.

Finally, Fallen Man's Thinking is Completely Manipulated By Satan
"In whom the God of this world [Satan] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God , should shine unto them." 2 Corinthians 4:4

Without God, fallen man is helplessly lost in bondage under the worldly Law of Satan which demands:

  • That they seek all their pleasures in and fix all their heartfelt hopes upon this present Age (over which Satan presides);
  • That they use their best endeavors —by means of various sensuous and intellectual occupations and delights, and countless ways of killing time (which he has cleverly devised) —to keep their thoughts from ever wandering into that Age to come which will see him a captured fugitive, instead of a prince and a god. [1] 
 

 
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