But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.(1 Corinthians 9:27) KJV
We (most of us anyway) have a conscience. When we do something wrong we feel bad about it. We may even fear the consequences of what we’ve done, karma, coming back on us because we reap what we sow.
The “reprobate mind” of scripture is a consequence of rejecting the relationship of cause and effect. It manifests as a refusal to acknowledge the relationship between behavior and consequences.
We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.– Matty’s Razor
In the reprobate mind there’s a disconnect between cause and effect. God, as the cause of creation and giver of life, has been rejected so consistently, and the knowledge of his judgment has been suppressed for so long, that it ceases to exist. The idea that there will be consequences for our actions has been rejected.
Reprobate: ἀδόκιμον – adokimos
- castaway, rejected, reprobate.
- failing to pass the test, unapproved, counterfeit.
The reprobate mind exists in a depraved state where anything goes. It manifests as indignation at the very notion that there will be consequences for our actions. Then it becomes denial that the consequences, when they come, have anything to do with the actions that caused them. Probably the best example, of what appears to be a reprobate mind, in recent history is the washed-up billionaire playboy Donald Trump.
This issue would seem to be something that people are very interested in. It frequently pops up in the search terms people use, like “what are the consequences of a reprobate mind?” What we hope to convey is that a reprobate mind IS THE CONSEQUENCE of rejecting the correct relationship between cause and effect.
We need to understand that there’s a fundamental problem with the unbelieving mind that makes people incapable of comprehending the correct relationship between cause and effect. This is how it is that they can look at you with a straight face and say things like:
“Why do you think that the universe needs a cause?”– Atheist Science Troll
- Call upon the name of Jesus Christ,
- believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
- confess your sin.
Cause and Effect: Abiogenesis and Evolution
There’s a reason why the distinction between abiogenesis and evolution, for example, is so important. It’s as fundamental as cause and effect. One of the arguments presented by atheist science trolls (ASTs) that the human race didn’t originate with Adam and Eve is genetics. Genetics is a rigorously scientific discipline, which embodies the relationship of cause and effect, therefore the outcome from it ought to be the truth.
The rhetoric is that there’s not enough genetic variability present in a current human genome from which to derive the entire human race in 6,000 years starting from just two individuals. ASTs love to wave this in the face of creationists but they’re blissfully unaware that their logic is flawed. They’re taking the genetic variability of a mating pair of current humans. These are the end result of the process of devolution. The ASTs want to extrapolate the entire human race from one mating pair of the end result of the process of genetic decay.
It doesn’t work that way. To find out what the genome of our Noachian ancestors would have looked like we would have to take all of the genetic variability present on Earth today, add to it whatever has been lost (which we don’t know), then compile the genome of Noah, and his wife. Noah and his wife represented the sum total of all genetic variability now present on Earth. Adam and Eve had even more genetic variability than that, since Noah and his family are derived from them.
ASTs want to use the effect as the cause. This is the only way they can compose some logical-looking rationale to refute Adam and Eve as the origin of humanity. By using the end result of the process of evolution as the starting point, they can look at you in all seriousness and say, “this simply doesn’t add up. The math doesn’t work.” They’re right, but their scenario is contrived, an example of inductive, reductive circular reasoning. It’s scientific sleight-of-hand, a mathematical regression which is designed to fail, for the purpose of making the point that their contrived scenario will fail.
So what? Time to dismiss them as irrelevant and move on. Adam and Eve were created with a complete genome about 6,000 years ago.