Total Depravity

Total Depravity

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23

Earlier this week, I briefly skimmed through an article about the discovery of the remains of a massacre of prehistoric nomad/hunters in Kenya.

I didn’t really think much of it, and just filed it away in the memory banks as something I could refer to and use at some later point. But earlier today, as I was driving home from an appointment I had, I listened with interest to an interview with a certain Professor Robert Foley from Cambridge University.

What piqued my interest was the line of questioning by the interviewer…

The general thrust of the interviewer was that it was sad that the somewhat romantic notion of a peace-loving nature inherent in people had been destroyed by this discovery. For prior to it, the consensus view among academics in the field was that human aggression and violence toward each other only began after human beings started settling in to more permanent dwellings. That somehow, in their nomadic past, that humanity was a peace-loving, gentle lot. The Professor tried to tone that down, saying that while he believed that human beings were inherently compassionate and good, this showed that when needed, aggression, and indeed, violence could come to the fore.

I wasn’t aware this was the general view in academia, but is vastly different to what the Bible has to say. The Bible teaches that since the Fall, every person is inherently sinful. This rebellion against God carries consequences toward our fellow man. While the Doctrine of Total Depravity doesn’t mean that we do evil ALL of the time, it does mean that evil affects ALL of what we do, even the seemingly good.

And that is precisely why we all need Jesus – every single one of us.

The solution for mankind is not more education, or a more equitable distribution of wealth. The only solution is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. And that is why the Apostle Paul after making the sweeping declaration that ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, continues on in Romans 3:24-25, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.


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