Monday, February 27, 2006

Pride and Insanity

Let his heart be changed from that of a man, let him be given the heart of a beast. Daniel 4:16

This verse is taken from the midst of a dream that king Nebuchadnezzar had concerning himself. The king had grown strong and the kingdom he ruled was prospering, but pride was in his heart. It is interesting that the Lord punished his pride with seven years of insanity, by taking his heart of a man and figuratively gave him the heart of a beast.

There is a parallel in today’s society. We have said that God is dead. We don’t need him. We are autonomous. This is pride parading as wisdom, but look what has happened because of it. If God does not exist then we must live in a closed system of cause and effect, making us merely beasts on the earth with no purpose or reason for our lives. Death becomes the end and no matter what you do in this life you will still cease to exist. The blind system of chance has created and destroyed you. The insanity comes in when people who hold this worldview continue to live like there is a reason for it. Hence, pride has led to insanity.

May it only be for a season as in Nebuchanezzar’s case. May we eventually step out of our insanity and may understanding return to our society that we may bless the most high, and give praise and honor to Him who lives forever. In Jesus Christ there is life, there is reason, and there is purpose. We may live our abundant lives for Him, and in the end, only the Christian can legitimately cry out, “death were is your sting? Grave where is your victory?”

-Doug Eaton-


At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:06:00 AM, Blogger no_average_girl said...

wouldn't that be a wild dream to dream, then to realize it was about yourself?

At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 8:02:00 AM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Two verses come to mind as I read this:

1. "The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God." Psalm 14:1

2. "Pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." Proverbs 16:18

This is a good conclusion to the effect of pride. Great post.

At Tuesday, February 28, 2006 9:52:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

Everyone is searching for the purpose of life, their life in particular...He is that Purpose...He is reason, He is Life, without Him there is Him the spinning stops, the insanity subsides and everything makes sense. Good post, Doug..


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