Men’s Imagination Evil Continually…Genesis 6 pt 4

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.(Genesis 6:5-6) 

We have been looking at the universal conditions that led directly to the flood , in the “days of Noah”, because Jesus told us that this same state of affairs will be duplicated in some way at the time of the Parousia, and the final judgment of this world. “As in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be…” at the end of this age, according to the Saviour.

We have thus far considered six of the stated conditions; 1) A population explosion, 2) Rapid progress in technology, science and the arts, 3) A complete disregard for the original ideal of marriage, 4) the blurring of the distinction between the people of God and the world, 5) the rejection of a line of preachers of righteousness and judgment, and finally in the last article we discussed 6) violence covering the earth.

We come to another startlingly modern sign of the days of Noah, the fact that in those days God said, 7) The thoughts and Imaginations of mens hearts were only evil continually.

Imagination is a God-given attribute, part of the Image of God with which we were created. We men and women can conceptualize, and picture in our minds almost limitless possibilities. By Imagination we are able to create, plan, foresee, and visualize. We can dream and fantasize in our hearts for both good and evil purposes.

But Jesus warned us that because of the fall of man and the subsequent corruption of our nature, , the things which proceed from the heart, are what defile us,

And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.  For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,  Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:  All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.( Mark 7:20-23)

The human heart has become an “Idol factory” according to one of the reformers, for fallen men are constantly devising Images unworthy of God or of those bearing the likeness of God. Those self conceived Images, formed by the deceitful lusts of the heart, shape and guide men, away from God, and after their fallen desires.

People tend to follow their most cherished inner concept ,the Image of what they love, the ideal that they regard as the most beautiful, whether it be the Image of ‘world peace’, Utopia, the vision of Humanism, Islam or communism, (in fact all “Isms” are actually man-made idols, rivals to God and His plan for the world). This is why it is so important to love and seek the “only True God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent”.

When there is enough peace, prosperity and leisure, men tend to have more time to devote to the development of their imaginations, and Images. In the days of Noah and even in the days of Lot, Jesus tells us that people were

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (Luke 17:26-28)

The  people of Noah’s day had the time to indulge in Imagination. Obviously they weren’t  living ‘hand to mouth’, there was a vibrant economy, people got into trade, food, entertainment, the arts, drink, relationships. None of these things is evil in itself, but note the absence of God in their actions and thoughts. When left to themselves, the imaginations of men tend towards evil.

What we are living in now is a revolution of the indulgence of human Imagination. Our technology  facilitates it. Most people who have ever lived could not have conceived of Radio, let alone television! Think of what the television revolution has done to the imaginations of modern man. People can get lost in a soap opera or a sitcom, they can become fascinated by a movie or documentary.

Even more so than radio and television is the explosion of technology that allows one to privately screen any movie he wants, anytime he wants, put the ‘buds’ in his ears, tune everyone else out, and to immerse oneself in story after story, meditating the contrived, special effected  imaginations of hollywood directors and screen writers  for hours without interruption.

Rarely  is the question asked, “What becomes of the soul which has immersed him or herself into the Imaginations of degenerates such as Spike Lee, Quenton Tarantino, or even Mel Gibson?” Thousands of titles of  blood soaked, gratuitously violent, blasphemous, sexual provocative films are constantly on call for PC users, who no longer need to think, but can at will enter into other worlds for hours at a time.

Perhaps more ominously are the computer games which millions of people have plunged their minds, hearts, affections and hours of time into. One doesn’t merely play board games, such as Chess or Stratego with a friend anymore. Such were the leisure pursuits of the past.

Now, with the flip of a switch one enters through imagination, into the killing fields of World War 2 or into a bizarre fantasy world of witches, warlocks, dragons, spells and curses, or into a football arena, a boxing ring , or a Colliseum .

Many of the more sensationally violent crimes , such as the recent school or theater shootings which have stunned and rocked us for the last fifty years, have been committed by mentally ill loners, often on prescription medication, and often  hopelessly addicted to  video games, many of which consist of the vicarious experience of going from room to room, and shooting at close range the virtual enemies who pop out at them.

Through our modern technology, millions have entered completely into Evil Imaginations, they now have the tools to escape from the burden of  from any painful contemplation, and  conviction from an uneasy conscience that all is not well.

Through their  iTunes lists, or selection of movies or hours of video games, such thoughts don’t even stand a chance of entering their minds. They have already preprogrammed their thoughts, and are in danger of putting themselves out of reach of recovery.

What is it that many of these millions have fixed their minds on? Go walk through a video game store, and you will see shelf after shelf of evil. The occult, witchcraft, Grand theft Larceny games, where one can role play at being a pimp, a gangster, a Pirate, or whatever evil you can ‘imagine’ it is all available, and widely used.

Have you seen what is popular on I Tunes? All of the soul-destroying trash from the sixties and seventies is now regarded as quant, and mainstream music. The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Styx, indeed ll of the drug promoting, occult based “rock and Roll” that churches once warned about and exposed is now as popular as ever thanks to the new technology.

We are rapidly approaching the frightening point reffered to in Genesis, where “Mens hearts are continually set on evil”. At least before, this shift in technology in the field of entertainment, it would have been impossible to constantly be distracted and amused by faxt moving, high quality Images. People had to think.

But we have created a highly entertaining, completely immersing world of constantly shifting images, many of which draw their inspiration from the occult, or various violent scenarios, wherein it could truly be said that of a good many, “The imaginations of men’s hearts became continually evil”.

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6 Responses to Men’s Imagination Evil Continually…Genesis 6 pt 4

  1. Dr. William says:

    I’ve enjoyed your series of excellent Genesis articles, but was disappointed in some remarks you made in this article. “Mentally ill loners”? Are you connecting these concepts to imply something derogatory, concerning the mentally ill? What are you trying to imply about prescription medication, and what do you know about its proper use? I see a lot of people with psychotic and other illnesses. They are often misunderstood and misrepresented, and I can affirm, medication is essential if they are to have any quality of life outside of hospital. Maybe I mistook your meaning, I hope so.

    • billrandles says:

      Dr William, Thank you for your kind words and for your questions. I assure you I meant no harm in the use of the term, “mentally Ill loners”. There is no way I would want to be in any way derogatory about those who suffer such affliction, I was being matter of fact about a phenomenom we are experiencing here in America, in which schools and theaters are being attacked by heavily medcated people suffering from mental illness. Our demagogic politicians are using these occasioons to advance draconian gun control legislation, but ignore the prescription medication angle, and the mental illness factor, thats all I was saying. I realize there are a lot of people on psychotic medication who never would hurt anyone, but it so happens that the man who recently shot one of our congresswomen, as well as the shooter in the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, and the recent horrible kindergarten shooting, all happened to be mentally ill, and on some kind of PSychotic medication. I truly know nothing about the use of such medication, remember that my article was not about mental illness or about drugs, but a warning about the violent and sadistic video games we have been immersing our young people, and yes many adults, and mentally ill into. I assure you I have nothing but compassion for those suffering in that way and have spent much of my ministry befiriending such. Thanks for giving me the chance to clear this up Dr William.

      • Dr. William says:

        Thanks for your reply and explanation. I was probably being a bit oversensitive. The article overall made a lot of sense to me.

  2. John Eagan says:

    Hi Pasor Bill and BIG Fellowship Proverbs26:1-28 pray that the Body of Christ the Church would walk in Love and operate out of the wisdom from above God bless in Jesus name as you continue to preach and witness until the return of Jesus Love in the Father and Jesus our Lord and Savior Bro John and Teri

  3. Jared says:

    I think the comment about mentally ill loners is important. I hate how those who are labeled as “mentally ill” are ostracized and forced to be isolated because people are afraid of them or think they’re losers. I also hate that they are labeled as “ill”, like being depressed, angry, or anxious is a disease. These feelings have no pathology, they’re not like cancer or tuberculosis or any other disease. These feelings are normal biological responses given to us by God to be indicators to us that something is amiss in our lives. I have known dozens of people who have been clinically diagnosed as depressed, bipolar, psychotic, etc, and none of them, not one of them, was without significant negative circumstances in their life that would cause any normal person to have the same feelings they did. They weren’t ill, they weren’t sick, they were simply reacting to the stimuli in their lives. And it only amplifies those feelings of hopelessness and despair when those around them see them suffering and withdraw themselves from them. It’s the modern equivalent of the good Samaritan. Nobody wants to get involved in the life of the psychotic depressed man lying on the side of the Jericho road. So he just gets worse and worse until he can’t take it any longer and lashes out. These people need to be led to Christ, but instead they are being led to the pharmacy. The church is failing it’s primary directive: preach the Gospel to every creature, even the ones on antidepressants and the ones who are clinically diagnosed as psychotic or bipolar. There are millions of “mentally ill” people out there longing to be set free from their afflictions by the blood of Christ, but are instead being baptized in a sea of pharmaceuticals!

  4. David Matthias says:

    Glory to GOD pastor bill for your willingness to preach truth. So many churches feed the imaginations of mans itching ears. The lord convicted me a few years ago to get rid of tv and sky etc. Best thing i ever did. And my children were all the better for it. We occasionaly watch a dvd. Usualy something tame, the daniel project is a good watch. Digressing. May God continue to bless you in his ministry, as you preach more truth.

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