Are You The Natural Man?

1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Because humans are fallen in nature, there are things that come naturally to us. If born again, that fallen nature has become a new nature in every way. So the same things which were natural to you before are no longer part of your nature.

Sadly, many have been deceived either by a church, a friend, a spouse, a parent, and some who call themselves Christians because they still live as the “natural man”, but someone told them “you are a Christian”.

So I thought of list of some natural things (dead in sin) so that you can examine whether or not you have been deceived. These things are part of our fallen nature, and if you are living this way, as Paul labeled, you are a “natural man” or “natural human being”.

In homage to Psalm 51, here are 51 things I thought of (I am sure there are more) that describe the natural man. These characteristics would be unnatural for the born-again believer. It doesn’t mean you aren’t still in the process of repenting and growing or that you are perfect, but what it does mean is that doing any of these things would seem unnatural to you.

  1. You doubt or do not believe that an Almighty God exists. However worldly religions such as evolution, climate change, political ideologies are believed and defended.
  2. You feel no need to repent of sin and avoid anyone telling you to do so and see them as “hypocrites”. After all, you are in effect your own god and will decide and choose what is best for you.
  3. You make up your own rules on morality, purely subjectively or what society is going with today because “everyone believes it”. As stated in point 2, you are your own god and the Almighty God must bow to your wishes and choices or He is to be discarded.
  4. The Gospel is a turn off, anyone speaking on the Bible is boring or annoying. You see going to church as a annoyance and chore or just as a merit point with God. “I’m good for the week now”. Your remember really nothing from your church attending, but possibly a joke the pastor told.
  5. You have really no time to study the Bible when and if anyone prompts you to, it turns your stomach. The Bible to you is nothing more than a good luck charm. You’ll swear on that Bible, but then lie seamlessly and rationalize it.
  6. You doubt the Bible’s authenticity, its sufficiency, and rather seek to disprove its inerrancy and standard for truth. The Bible in your view is always secondary to your worldview or church.
  7. Your idea of “goodness” is that you aren’t committing nasty sins as those criminals in prison and that you volunteered or did a good deed for someone in your life. “I am not like THOSE people”….
  8. You believe that if there is a heaven, God should let you in because you are overall a “good person”. And if there is a hell, that place could only be reserved for the likes of Hitler or Stalin, the mass murderers and rapists, never you or your friends/family.
  9. You seek to rationalize lustful behavior, or living in sin, and sexual immorality. Those who question you are shunned and ostracized.
  10. You compare yourself to others as the standard of “holiness” or “goodness”. And in effect and by what you believe, your standard for love is better than God’s biblical standard of love because you can tolerate sin in your life and other’s sins but God can’t.
  11. You are closed minded when it comes to the church you attended, and will not listen to anyone. What you were taught as a child in your mind cannot be changed.
  12. You seem to use most often, “thou shall not judge me”, as your defense of your sinful behavior. But you have no problem judging and condemning others by your self righteousness.
  13. Because you don’t believe the Bible, you’d rather believe in man’s version of Christianity and traditions.
  14. You are superstitious, you read horoscopes, you are into yoga, you believe in mediums and sorcery. You believe in good luck and bad luck, and Karma.
  15. Your political party trumps biblical teaching on morals, laws, standards. You live your daily life obsessing on whether your political party wins the day or argument.
  16. A political person is idolized by you, and is propped up as your earthly god and you spend most of your time defending them.
  17. You see Christians who speak about their faith as “Bible bangers” or with other degrading slurs.
  18. Cursing and foul mouthed language is your second language, and don’t even realize it.
  19. Your affinity to inane gossip engrosses your life, you spend way more time talking about others than Jesus Christ. But you are more than wiling to take God’s name in vain.
  20. You see many roads leading to heaven, not just one way. To you, there is no one right “religion”.
  21. You abuse the verse “and God made them in His image” as a way to justify immorality.
  22. You easily confuse lust for love and have no problem with it. You compromise and appease the sin of lust in sexual immorality and call it love.
  23. You mock and ridicule Jesus with ease, and believe you are funny. In this you tell and laugh at profane and crude jokes about God, about Jesus, about Christianity, and about those who share their faith.
  24. You live your life as “to thine own self be true”, whatever makes you the most happy at the moment.
  25. You see sin as a convenience, not as an evil transgression. You mock others who speak out about sin and evil, again believing it is funny.
  26. You lead your children into your own sins, and justify it because you are the parent.
  27. You use God as your cosmic ATM machine in your prayers. He is only called upon when you NEED something.
  28. You try to make insane deals with God “if You do this, I will only then do this”.
  29. Pride is one of your best qualities, you are a very stubborn and proud person but won’t admit to this.
  30. When called to forgive, you’d rather just hold a lifelong grudge. Your idea of forgiveness is better than God’s idea in your mind.
  31. When told to drop people who cause you to sin, you can’t and don’t. Your social status is much more important than your faith. And your feelings are the priority no matter if it is right or wrong.
  32. When told you are a filthy rotten wicked sinner, your rage pumps up to a 10. You’d rather eat glass than to admit that you are indeed a sinner like everyone else.
  33. When told to discern your faith, discern your church, because of pride you become obstinate and incorrigible.
  34. When witnessing evil and sin, if it doesn’t affect you personally, you are apathetic. Appeasement and tolerance of sin is your mainstay while claiming to be a good righteous person.
  35. You rely on other biblical figures outside of Jesus to help you into heaven. Avoiding idolatry is just a suggestion to you.
  36. When told to place your faith alone in Jesus, it greatly upsets you, and you recoil because that cannot be the only way for salvation. Jesus to you is merely a good teacher, a prophet, but not someone to be worshipped as God. Your version of Jesus is a sandal wearing sissified long haired hippy, He overlooks and tolerates sinful behaviors because that is who He is to you.
  37. You pray to others in heaven, because somehow God won’t listen to you otherwise. You spend more time talking to dead relatives or others (who can’t hear you) than to God.
  38. Your unhealthy sinful living is a red line for anyone who points it out. They are just “hypocrites” as your way to rationalize your life.
  39. You believe there are sins which are modernized and now legal because those sins are outdated.
  40. You live by moral relativism, not by Biblical standards. The truth is what you make of it. To you, religion and Christianity is just a way to control the masses, you have your own compass which is better.
  41. You are an incorrigible and bitter person when it comes to some subjects, and when challenges you on those subjects, those people just became your enemy.
  42. The more time passes, the more you justify your past sin. The further time passes, the less the sin becomes.
  43. You pick and choose what commandments you can keep and then see yourself as a “good person”.
  44. You pick and choose what Bible verses fit your life, and discard the rest and the context.
  45. If other people are doing it in your mind, you see it as normal and good. You won’t question things any further as to not to offend or hurt someone’s feelings. Your motto is “live and let live” as a way to rationalize and justify this.
  46. You use your friends and family as an excuse as to why you are the way you are. It is never really your fault or responsibility.
  47. You use your school, or community, or job as an excuse as to why you are the way you are.
  48. Nothing is more important to you than worldly awards, your 401K, your family, your social media status and the amount of followers and likes you get on your comments and posts. You aren’t concerned at where you’ll be in the next 100 years, but just the next 5.
  49. You are not seeking eternity with God, just living a good long life and having a decent obituary and having many people attend your funeral and say nice things about you.
  50. The priority of things you look forward to are things of this world, friends, vacations, weddings, your career, family, children, hobbies, drug use, alcohol use, sexual immorality, revenge, and generally things which make you happy.
  51. It is never God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, it is always ME, MYSELF, and I as your worldview and mindset. You’ll put your life on the line for a family member, but never God (and by this if you really think carefully on this “never God”, by no matter what you say you believe, you are not God’s child).

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