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Daniel of Doulogos Name:Daniel
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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Remember The Eighties?
Hairspray hair... on men?

Yeah, you remember... Gowan? MTV?

Oh, you remember...

I mention Gowan because as I was riding in this morning one of his songs was running through my head - A Criminal Mind. I was thinking how Gowan had almost nailed a description of the carnal mind, and so I thought I would post some of the lyrics (for the benefit of those who aren't old enough, or were to righteous in their younger years to have listened to Gowan.).

I will only change the word "criminal" to "carnal" and some of the pronouns from third to second person - you tell me if your "old man" had a voice whether or not he would feel comfortable singing this song:

The chorus:
A carnal mind
Is all I've ever known
you try to reform me
But I'm made of cold stone
A carnal mind
Is all I've ever had
Ask one who's known me
If I'm really so bad...


Some snippets:
...I stand accused before you
I have no tears to cry
And you will never break me
Till the day I die...

...I don't regret a single action
I'd do the same again...

...you really struggle daily
you struggle with me till the end
I have no guilt to haunt me
I feel no wrong intent...

...I'm made of cold stone...


That pretty much is the song of the old man, no? It can be somewhat haunting to listen to these lyrics with an enlightened understanding of why we sin. What Gowan is describing here, he attributes to the criminal mind, but it really is in all of us from the get go. It is the old man, the thing inside of us that hates God, loves itself, and only itself, and cannot be reformed by anything we do. It is cold and irredeemable, and I find it chilling to hear the defiance and rebellion of the old man so well articulated in a secular song.

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posted by Daniel @ 8:45 AM  
4 Comments:
  • At 9:36 AM, July 24, 2007, Blogger Daniel said…

    You're a strange animal, that's what I know.

     
  • At 11:16 AM, July 24, 2007, Blogger Jim said…

    Yep, he sure did nail the old man's thinking.

    It's hard to believe people can actually be so hard that they will ultimately refuse to repent even in light of the eternal fires.

    When we see the utter sinfulness of man, God's grace, mercy, and longsuffering take on new depths of greatness.

     
  • At 4:08 PM, July 24, 2007, Blogger Kim said…

    I remember that song! If I remember correctly, Gowan had a lot of hair.

     
  • At 9:24 PM, August 01, 2007, Blogger ladynada said…

    You hit the nail on the head, and God is telling all His Children about this nasty carnal mind that we have been dealing with. Jesus came to save us from the carnal mind!

    more on the carnal mind on my blog and forum.

    God bless you, for your obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit and your ministry.

    nada

     
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