The Arrogance of Man
Ramon Arias | August 11, 2014
Humanity is drowning in its own absurdity by thinking and accepting the wisdom of natural man as the solution for solving the enormous plague of evils increasing by the day. The reality is, and historically proven, that they can only make things far worse.
I'm sure you agree that beheading men and children, raping women and selling them as sex slaves because they do not submit to a particular brand of Islamic denomination (Sunni) is a disgusting manifestation of evil. Just consider the war between Israel and Hamas, the conflicts in Ukraine, the chaos and human suffering in the continent of Africa, China’s social atrocities, Western and Eastern Europe’s maladies, Central and South America being taken over by drug cartels and all the blood curdling fall-out that comes with that, while other parts of the world whose soil is being soaked with blood by those whose insatiable hunger for power and control rages on, which by the way, this by no means includes over one billion three hundred million babies killed by abortion simply because men and women have approved this evil action with their laws as being the right of a woman to murder the life that is growing inside her, and crazy sick governments and wealthy maniacs playing God and wanting population control. Added to all this is the rest of the evils produced by economic greed and all its derivatives. We have to ask, how long can this go on?
As horrible as all this is, humanity has traveled down this road of man-made inferno in the past. The only thing that has changed in our times, and especially since the Industrial Revolution that started in the late 18th century, is human discovery of the truth in science and for the most part the misapplication in technology, this is not overlooking also the benefits we have received when ethically applied. But, when it comes to human wickedness or goodness there are factors that determine which will dominate.
Approximately in 967 B.C. King Solomon said: “What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, ’See, this is new’? It has been already in the ages before us.” Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
For over 50 years I have been studying life cycles. Before the summer of 1973, I came to the conclusion that there was no hope for the future of humanity due to what the cycles revealed. My conclusion at that time was that humans were going to eliminate each other to the point of extinction. However, as I started reading the Bible for the first time the historical cycles made perfect sense. In 1986 R. E. McMaster, Jr. wrote an insightful book "No Time For Slaves". In chapter 11, two and a half pages long, he wrote about "Human Action Cycles" where he packed information about important cycles and states the following, "these cycles provide us with a good feel for the direction life is taking today."
Here they are:
Psychological human action cycle: Humility – peace – wealth – pride – war – poverty – humility.
The failure human action cycle: Success – complacency – mental laziness – moral laxity – failure.
Human power cycle: Humility – truth – self-assurance – confidence – assertiveness – leadership – power – pride – compromise – arrogance – relativity – failure – humility.
I choose to side with Jesus' statement that there are only two types of humans: “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:43-45). “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander” (Matthew 15:19).
The solution to all of humanity's problems is really not complex at all—it is very simple. Man's biggest obstacle is arrogance. Once that gets out of the way; the tug and pull ceases and the human heart opens up to accept God's solutions, as they are revealed in His word. We can rest assured that restoration will follow. Humility plays an enormous role in acknowledging the biblical worldview, which sets individuals apart from those who reject God's standards for living. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
Without a doubt, with God’s insights, we must be experts in discerning what is going on and what we must do. Who can be trusted to give us accurate information of what is taking place, as we see our nation and the nations being shaped into a worldview that can only produce an increment of all the kinds of evil we are witnessing? Even though the mistrust grows by leaps and bounds all around us we must not accept a fatalistic mindset. All that this means is that you and I must work harder to find the truth in the gigantic maze of information; everything we hear, read and see must be verified through the grid of God’s Word, keeping history in mind. As we do this let us daily have a heart check of our own through the word of God and the Holy Spirit and see if the results reveal arrogance or humility.