Concerning faith and sight:
Being made in the "image of God"
It was Karl Marx's hope that man would only see himself as he is (through dialectic 'reasoning,' 'justifying' himself "before men"), that man would re-create himself in his own image, evaluating the world according to his own "human nature," measuring himself according to his own feelings and thoughts (according to his own "sensuous needs," "sense perception," and "sense experience," "only according to nature"), that "... the eye becomes the human eye, the ear the human ear." (Karl Marx)
But God declares that "the imagination of men's heart," the image that man has of himself, evaluating himself (and God) according to his own 'reasoning' abilities, is abomination: ''And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16: 15 "For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise." II Corinthians 10:12 "For we walk by faith, not by sight:" II Corinthians 5:7
We are made in the image of God. What does that mean? That we can evaluate. We either evaluate what we see by God's Word (by faith) or we evaluate God's Word by what we see (by sight), according to our "human eyes" and our "human ears," as the woman did (with Adam following) in God's garden in Eden (Genesis 3:1-6). "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5: 20, 21
no man has seen
"And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth." John 9:39-41 If we evaluate God and His word from our sight, we are blind and continue in our sin, trusting in our flesh. But if we confess that we are blind, not able to evaluate ourselves and the world around us apart from God's word, putting our faith in God and His Word, then we can see ourselves and the world as God sees us and the world. It is therefore, in Christ alone that we gain sight and can evaluate ourselves as God evaluates us and "have no sin," being redeemed, made alive in Him, according to His righteousness, no longer dead according to the works (praxis) of our flesh, living by sight.
If we continue to evaluate the ourselves and the world we live in according to our sight (according to "human reasoning"), continuing to 'justify' our carnal heart over and against the Word of God, then we remain in our sin. "Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity." Ecclesiastes 11:9, 10
"For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." Acts 28:27
Luther spoke of education in his day, that unless the school insistently preach and teach the Word of God they become wide gates to hell, warning that "... they teach not Christ but human reasoning. . . Woe to these lost and dreadful men of Sodom and Gomorrah!" "Miserable Christians, whose words and faith still depend on the interpretations of men and who expect clarification from them! This is frivolous and ungodly. The Scriptures are common to all, and are clear enough in respect to what is necessary for salvation and are also obscure enough for inquiring minds. . . let us reject the word of man." (Martin Luther, Luther's Works)
"Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities." Jude 7, 8
If you don't start with righteousness (God and His Word) as being the issue of life, you can not see above the fray of the sensuous 'moment' (your carnal nature), you can not know where you are and therefore turn away from where you are going―in bondage to the pleasures of this life going into eternal damnation. Seven billion sinners sinning, does not make sin 'right.' Only in Christ is righteousness and true life found. It is only in Him alone, in His righteousness, 'redeeming' us from judgment and eternal death and 'reconciling' us to the Father, that the issue of life resides. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 13:6
In your praxis of defending ('justifying') your bondage to the "enjoyment" of this life you will attack and destroy righteousness. Satan will keep you busy pursuing and defending the "enjoyment" of this life (having "pleasure in unrighteousness"), even doing so in "the name of Lord," only to use you for his Genesis 3:1-6 project, the negation of righteousness from the face of the earth (personally and socially) so that all men might remain deceived, "taking pleasure" in deceiving one another (evaluating themselves and the world through "human nature") under his influence and control, and remain condemned by God for their unrighteous praxis in this life. Not believing in the truth, not following after that righteousness which is only imputed by Christ to men of faith in Him, but rather believing in a lie, following after their own sensuousness and 'reasoning' abilities, dialectical man ('justifying' himself before himself, measuring himself with himself) will spend eternity in the "life" to come, with the great deceiver, in hell―which will not be eternal "life" spent in enjoyment and pleasure but will instead be eternal "life" spent in torment and pain―because they "believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." I encourage you to trust in the Lord with all your heart, if you are not already doing so, and stop leaning to your own (sensuous) understanding, evaluating yourself according to your own "human nature" and not according to the Word of God. (Proverbs 3:5).
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" 2 Corinthians 10:5 "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians. 2:8, 9
In the consensus process man evaluates and judges himself according to the flesh (according to his own sensuousness), negating righteousness as the measuring stick for judging his thoughts and his actions. We need to concern ourselves with how God evaluates us (sees us), judging us according to His Word and Spirit, not how man' sees us, judging us according to the flesh, since God is the one determining where we will spend eternity, not man. "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6 "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6 "And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:" Philippians 3:9 The law only exposes mans vanity and wickedness, God's law revealing man as being sensual, temporal, and therefore vain, with man either turning to law, to 'justifying' himself by works, or rejecting law, 'justifying' his flesh as "good," i.e. if it feels good it is "good," all for personal gain, i.e. for the "lust" of pleasure and/or "the approval of men."
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