When I harden my heart and mind against my wife because I don’t approve of the way she cleans the apartment, I harden myself against my wife, period, and no longer appreciate anything that she does. When we harden our hearts and minds against one thing, we harden ourselves against everything. When we take drugs to deaden our stressed-out feelings, we numb ourselves to everything else. Likewise, when we harden ourselves against God, we harden ourselves against life and people.
Perhaps this is the best way to understand the insanity and self-destructiveness into which the West has descended:
- Romans 1:21-28 “For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a DEBASED MIND to do what ought not to be done.”