Concerning the rants of his day by clergy, Erasmus made an observation that is used often today, perhaps worded differently, but with the same meaning.
“Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.”
How oft we hear the plea, often in a pathetic voice, “Well, after all, I’m only human.” By using the effects of the fall of the first human, humans attempt to rid ourselves of responsibility for our actions and the consequences thereof.
Nearly in the same breath we humans will drop the credibility rating of any human we may have looked up to when they, the one from whom we expected so much demonstrates that he/they are, when all is said and done, only human. In the background I hear some TV commentator lamenting the confessions of Lance Armstrong. Add a little religion into the mix and the world is appalled at any lapse into mere humanity.
That Christ knows we are, only human, is well attested to in scripture. Provision for a slip or dive into pure humanity is anticipated. Acts of repentance, which when sincere, are sufficient for maintaining or restoring fellowship with our Lord.
1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly