I tried desperately to reach him but he was out of his mind. I could not reason with him on anything. He was convinced that he had the answer to all our companies problems if we would just give him a few more weeks. It was the saddest thing I had ever witnessed in my life. Here was a good friend of mine who had been a great engineer at one time now reduced to a crazy person who was convinced in his own mind that everyone else had the problems and not him.
When Jesus hung on the cross, he said to the people who put him there,
"Father! Forgive them for they do not know what they are doing!"He was very much like me trying to reach my lost friend. In his case, we are very much like my friend. Our minds are so twisted by our sinful flesh that everything to us is really upside down. We claim that everyone ELSE (including God himself) has the problems and we are completely right in our beliefs. God tries to reason with us and help us to see how much we need him to fix our minds and our souls. We cannot do it on our own. Like my friend, our minds cannot fix themselves. They are like broken computer processors that think there are problems everywhere in the PC but the real problem is with the processor. In our view, we think we have it all figured out. We know what is best and what is not.
Adultery? That's just a new loving relationship being formed to replace a broken one.
Homosexuality? That's just an alternative lifestyle.
Pornography? That's just self-expression
Lying? That's just an alternative form of the truth.
Stealing? That's just an attempt to reapportion wealth from those who don't need it.
Intoxication? That's just acceptable form of release from the cares of the world.
Abortion? That's just fixing a female medical problem.
This brings to mind another verse in the Bible.
"There is a way that appears to be right,
Only God's Spirit and Love can bring true healing to our minds. If only we will let him
POST NOTE: my friend did get help in the end and is doing much better today