Introduction

He that is kind is free, though he is a slave;
he that is evil is a slave, though he is a king.
Saint Augustine

In truth as this thesis will reveal,
both are slaves and doomed to destruction without
the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…

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Why are we here and what is the struggle of man? Pressing questions that have been asked and contemplated since the beginning. But in all that time has there ever been a satisfactory answer to these questions? In narrative terms, this is called conflict and there are many variations to the theme. Man vs. Self, Man vs. Man, Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Society, just to name a few.

But are these really an accurate description of conflict in the world we face? I would propose that there are two scenarios that encompass them all; man accepts God and man rejects God. For when man places his faith in God and the nurturing protection in which He provides, then no longer is man in conflict with any external stimuli. Likewise, when man rejects God, he is exposed and threatened by everything around him.

It is in this domain where man has freewill to seek righteousness or reject it thereby accepting sinfulness. And whether viewed as good or bad by the standards of man, it is within the domain of sinfulness that Satan lurks and threatens man. Man fools himself by perceiving his actions as good, even though he rejects the creator of all that is good which dwells upon the earth. Goodness is inherently corruptible, therefore the church and its ministry must seek holy righteousness apart from goodness.

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