THERE IS ALWAYS FRICTION IN RESISTANCE TO EVIL! Less friction releases speed. We promise God , ourselves and others we will not do something, or that we will do something else, but inevitably our human nature takes over.
More than 200 people every single day die of drug overuse, and with alcohol it’s hard to tell – probably more than we can imagine.
Oppositional defiant disorder, another word for anger, with the need to disobey authority, is usually a part of the addiction.
Why are we wired to destroy ourselves? The medical community may say it’s because of genetics and the theologian will say it’s original sin. Would I be amiss in saying it is both?
I will go out on a limb and say with some people the destruction complex, the tendency toward anger, rebellion, hate and addiction cannot be “healed.” In my opinion the root cause is spiritual. Therefore, the center core of one’s heart must be addressed through the redemptive cross of Christ!
Yes, there is a place for medical science, techniques, education and support. Definitely, there is a place for neuroscience in the treatment of neurotransmitters in the brain. “Devilish thoughts can manipulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Transformations of the heart to render it transparent and forgiving can reveal changes in/to neurotransmitter functions in the regulation of brain chemistry .” (quote from Dr. Lanny Snodgrass)
Some may say that knowing Christ is simply imaging, but those who have found the life-giving forgiveness and peace that Jesus gives will beg to differ.
I’ve heard it said that anything, anything fun and pleasurable can be irresistible, so much so as to be addictive. Jesus handled it this way without excuse: “You shall not tempt the Lord God.” Most of us start to play tiddledywinks with temptation instead of crushing the devil’s lure at the very start.
Sin doesn’t start out with someone lying in their own vomit, nor fighting the stench of a venereal disease. It usually starts in pleasure. Satan is an angel of light. Then he uses his technique to make toxic the prefrontal cortex of the brain disabling the ability to make rational decisions.
“‘Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.’”
Matthew 7:13-14 (msg)
It may seem to confuse, but Jesus said, “‘Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.’”
Matthew 10:34 (niv)