And, thinking about how our bodies react to things this way...I was just thinking about the universality of these reactions. How consistent it is...that if you take a thief...a murderer...a serial killer...someone who has committed atrocities against their conscience to the point they've got no empathy left...and hook them up to a lie detector...it can still tell they're lying.
Isn't that interesting?
It's as tho' no matter what we choose to do with our minds...our bodies don't forget. Our bodies are made to be a constant presence of "the truth" for us so that we have no excuse for doing wrong.
And, if this is the case, it makes the whole "doctrine of Original Sin" that much more insidious and deadly because there ya go. The church in it's typical fashion working against God teaching people to ignore their bodies. Teaching people that their bodies are in all ways against God...when in reality...their body...is a testimony to the truth. When we even think about sinning, our body will react to it...and it's the church that's done its best over the last few decades to convince the whole world to ignore their bodies...even getting all the popular Bible versions on board with altering scripture to agree with this doctrine.
If we were in tune with the "truth" that our bodies speak to us...when we are tempted in anything...we'd FEEEL that it's wrong...and we'd not have to "pray about it"...we'd know. We'd know that when we "felt bad" that something was wrong. It would eliminate so many of the wrong things we do with our children...so many...and by extension change our entire world for the better.
But, the church wants us to believe that if it "feels good" DON'T DO IT! Because pleasure = sin! Our bodies only want pleasure because they are sinful! And, they want us to believe that these wrong things we do sometimes "in the name of God" feel cruddy because it's just hard to do what's right...but that's just not true...it's just not true! And, we get our minds to believe it...but our bodies know better. Our body still just knows better.
"There is a way which seems right to a man (he thinks it's a good idea), but the end thereof are the ways of death (your good idea is going to hurt you or someone else!).
Even in laughter (when someone seems to be livin' it up at the bar partying and having random sex etc...) the heart is sorrowful (you have that pang of emptiness and pointlessness inside when you're alone); and the end of that mirth is heaviness.
The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways (Party it up! Lie! Cheat! Steal!): and a good man shall be satisfied (feel truly pleasureful) from himself."
True pleasure never comes with sin because our bodies know the truth...and God designed our bodies to feel pleasure because He wants us to feel pleasure. He loves us. He created the very concept of pleasure for us...our senses and all the things which delight us He created them for us and so how sad it is that now "pleasure" is equated with sin...
All the stuff that is actually sinful that we THINK is "fun" hurts us inside...and true peace/pleasure/satisfaction comes when you are not in sin...
Think about what truly feels good?
Being in Love. Being Loved.
Living in Peace.
Being treated with Patience and Kindness.
Having and being treated by people with Self control...
What if we did follow the slogan of if it feels good do it?
What if we only did things that truly feel good?
The doctrine of Original Sin has led to so much sin, grief, sadness, pain, loneliness, depression, suffering, illness and even death in our world simply because the one final form of communication that God has with us is severed by that doctrine...
He who still can feel his ears...let him hear...
"...you shall call His name Jesus,
for He will save His people from their sins.”
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."