What was it like to be the first person on the earth? The account given inthe first book of the collection of history books called “The Bible”helps you to imagine it. Seemingly, the Maker of the world was able to givedirections via mental or verbal communications. So, you would have known that akindly creator had made you and that he was going to show you day by day how todevelop the earth. Naturally, this would have given you a great sense of safetyand security and you would have set about the tasks that your Maker gave you. Heknew where he’d buried the oil and the water and the coal; he knew the best timeto sow your seeds and reap the harvests. He also would be able to indicate toyou variations that might occur in weather patterns. The result would be a lifeof fulfilment and order flowing from an inner sense of what to do and when to doit. Above all, you would feel your life depended on your Creator’s personal loveand interest in you; the world was simply one of his planets you were lookingafter.
The Great Perversion
You and I know that the first men and women did not take that attitude. Infact, they began to ignore these inward intuitions from the Creator and setabout developing the world as if there were no kindly creator. In order to stayalive they saw they needed continuous food supplies, clothes to protect themfrom the cold and rain, and shelters in which to sleep when the sun went down.But as humans multiplied, the competition for these “necessities of life”increased and we human beings developed new feelings like fear and anxiety. Webegan to worry about whether we would have enough food stored for the next yearand the adrenalin increased the excess acid in our systems so that our bodiesfelt the strain. As we experienced frustration at not having as much grainstored as others, our blood vessels experienced constriction and headachesbecame a fact of life.
But the greatest change occurred not in our physical health but in ourmental attitudes. Our minds became preoccupied with “beating our neighboursto the punch” and manipulating our grain stores (and later, our stocks andshares) into ever larger quantities. This itself turned into an infinitelyreceding horizon as it became impossible to be sure that we ever had “enough”.It was very difficult to produce the same security as we had when we depended onthe infinite Creator of the universe. As the centuries passed, we transmittedthese competitive and acquisitive drives to our children. The result was thatthe human race turned into a mass of little neurotic squirrels trying to getenough nuts stored for the winter. Instead of the fulfilling of our minds’desires for wholeness and order as we saw the world respond to the creator’splans, our minds became slaves to the fulfilment of our physical needs. Underthis kind of physical and emotional pressure, mistakes in judgement occurred andthe resulting errors in action produced agricultural and mining fiascoes thatcaused further trauma for the race.
The Love Shortage
However, this perversion of our mental and emotional natures caused morethan unbearable angst. As a race, we found that our “individualness”seemed to go unrecognized. There were billions of us who thought we weredifferent for all the other billions, but none of the rest seemed to appreciatehow different we were. We knew we were different, but we no longer felt the loveof the One Significant Other in the universe who could give us that sense ofworth and self-esteem. The resulting sense of inferiority and insignificancedrove us to force others to acknowledge and recognize our importance. So beganthat disapproval that has resulted in our present society of people-pleasers. Wedon’t want to run our lives by what other people think, but we do. We havebecome little puppy dogs who will do anything for a pat and a cookie.
The Doubly Perverted Nature
The reason we have difficulty being what we were meant to be is due tosomething missing in our natures and something perverted in our natures.
We now live without any contact with our maker. This means we lack any innerguidance or direction from him. We roam through life driven by circumstances andothers’ opinions.
Because we lack internal direction, we have become utterly dependent on theexternal world of things, people, and circumstances to provide for our needs.This has twisted the ways our minds, emotions, and bodies operate so that ourpersonalities are disintegrated. Even when we do aspire to do the kind of thingour maker wants, we find ruts in the very cortex of our brains and imbalances inour emotions that prevent us from “doing what we would”.
Our Fallen Nature
Our own personal failures to live up to what we believe we ought are due tosomething bigger than our own inadequacies. Our personal failures stem from anature that is almost as “old as the hills”. It’s a perverted andtwisted psychological and physical nature that has been bred into ourforefathers for generations. You are faced not simply with changing “thehabits of a lifetime”, but with changing the nature of mankind. In order tolive the way you were originally created to live, you have to somehow recoverthe nature you once had.
This is a problem that is far bigger than you yourself. This is not just apersonal problem you have with bad temper or drugs. This is a human raceproblem–a cosmic problem.
The perversion of our natures is so complex and ancient that humanity itselfcan no longer solve it. Trying to repair a product that needs to be returned tothe manufacturer never solves the problem. This is the reason for our humanpredicament.