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It is also important to observe that fallen man's inability and depravity is spiritual and not natural. God created man naturally able in Paradise, but he made himself spiritually unable in his sinful fall. Fallen man yet retains all the natural faculties he needs to love God -he has a soul, will, emotions, thoughts, and actions. The problem lies in the fact that fallen man does not want to serve God, but hates the thought of it. He wants to serve his self-god, not the true God. Fallen man's inability being spiritual rather than natural affects his responsibility and guilt, as the following examples illustrate.

    "I could not help it," Len explained after not assisting a person whom he saw fall into a deep rocky gully. "I had just broken my leg and I was in a cast up to my hip. The gully was very steep, rocky, and deep. With my crutches and cast, I was unable to even start working my way down to help him. Care for him? I could not."

    Is this an example of natural or spiritual inability? Is Len guilty of this lack of assistance or not?

    "I could not help it," Jack complained, after severely attacking and wounding another man. "I hate this man so much that when I saw him, I just had to attack him. Had some others not pulled me off him, I would have killed him. Love him? I could not."

    Is this an example of natural or spiritual inability? Is Jack guilty of this offense or not? Why?

    "I could not help it," a lost sinner states on the judgment day. "I so badly wanted to serve myself and do my own will that I hated God, His law, and the way of salvation. I had so much enmity against God that I had to fight against Him. Love God? I could not!"

    Is this an example of natural or spiritual inability? Is this sinner guilty of this offense or not? Why does a person's spiritual inability make him not less, but rather more guilty?

Read the following verses. Which speak about natural, and which about spiritual inability?

And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth?

And he answered, My lord, 0 king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame.

-II Samuel 19:25-26

And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

-Genesis 37:4

If a murderer told his judge, "I could not help it. I hated the man so much that when I saw him I had to kill him," would this excuse or increase his guilt?


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