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Jesus’ genius plan for all, when there is so much bad in the world?  Well, how would we know what good looks like, if we weren’t exposed to bad?  SovereignShepherdJesus has created great examples of bad examples, and great examples of good examples, so we can clearly grasp the difference.  How could we appreciate the goodness, humility, love, of Jesus, without a Hitler to teach us about the bad that lurks inside each of us humans?

Why didn’t Jesus create a world where all humans were good all the time?  Ask the Author.  This is His Grand Story, not ours.  Who are we to sit in judgment of the CreatorSustainer of the Universe?  Arrogant, self-righteous humans, that’s who, blind to the extent of bad in each of us, imagining ourselves way-superior to Hitler, and lots of other humans, badder than we.  The biggest need inside the Church, and outside, is self-awareness.  Only bad humans need a Savior.  The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were considered the most holy of all humans, but Jesus had the harshest things to say about those who imagined themselves good, wonderful.  Jesus said, “He who has a sense of having been forgiven only a little, loves only a little.”  The lack of unconditional love in the world today, outside the Church, and INSIDE, exposes the human condition of imagining we are good-er than we really are.  We can’t handle the truth, can’t bear to look inside and see the darkness that lurks within, down deep, in the recesses of our souls — especially the independence/pride/confidence-we-know-what’s-best, leaning on our own understanding, being wise in our own eyes.

We Christians would benefit enormously by learning from eastern religions and modern psychology about the importance of self-awareness.  Seems to me that the BIGgest hindrance to a widespread awakening in the Church in our day that spills over into secular society, is a lack of self-awareness in us Christians.  So we Christians imagine ourselves only slightly bad, and are therefore underwhelmed by Jesus.  He’s a part of our lives, but not everything to us.  We live in denial of how much WE are everything to us.  In denial of what God-haters we are: hating having to trust Him and His genius plan for our lives, and those we love, because we are so independent/confident-we-know-what’s-best.

— Dave McCarty, GospelFriendships, championing Gospel-awareness, self-awareness, and sovereignty-awareness among believers, so we might be compelling to the seculars around us

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