There are two towering philosophies at war in the New Testament.
The first tower is occupied by the Pharisees and by the functional atheists of the day. Like I’ve said before, functional atheists and Pharisees are very similar in many ways.
The first tower looks like this:
. Spiritual self-sufficiency, the creation of one’s own spirituality with it’s own dos and don’ts, it’s own right and wrong. It’s own invented code of morality.
. No acknowledging of one’s own sin
. No mourning and grieving over who one is
. Eschewing meekness and promoting individual strength and self-assertiveness
. No desire for righteousness, rather a longing to acquire the “good” things of the world
. Nothing merciful - demanding punishment for those who do wrong
. The cultivation of impure thoughts and lusts.
. Designing to do away with the worship of Creator God and His Son Jesus
. Attacking, either verbally, socially or physically those who follow Jesus
Perhaps you know someone like this? An atheist or two? A Pharisee perhaps?
The second tower of philosophy looks like this:
. Knowing that one doesn’t have any spiritual resources on one’s own to make one acceptable to God
. Deep sense of sorrow and repentance for the sin that is present in one’s life
. Truly fear God in light of one’s own unworthiness and His holiness
. Deep longing and desire for righteousness and yearn for God’s holiness and love
Because of the above characteristics, this person:
. Bestows mercy and grace on others without question to their spiritual state
. Their thoughts and actions are pure, not scheming on how to get from others in order to satisfy one’s own lusts.
. Eager to spread the message of peace between God and humans through Jesus Christ
The people in the latter tower will be hated and ridiculed by those in the first group.
Jesus condemned those who are determined to live in the first tower and said “Blessed are you,” to those who reside in the second tower.
Jesus said, “See first the kingdom of God (The Second Tower) and everything that you need will be given to you.” Matthew 6:33