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Summary: UNDERSTAND ANTHROPOCENTRICITY--- The sin of putting man before God. There are spiritual traps we must avoid at all cost.

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ANTHROPOCENTRICITY: THE TRAPS WE SET

By Wade Martin Hughes,Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

Humans are the only varmints that builds traps and set them to their own destruction.

ANTHROPOCENTRICITY an(T)-thro- pa- sen- tric- ity

Sam Williams wrote:

I just finished reading an article about Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

His 1978 question and answer sums up our problems.

How did the West decline from its triumphal march to its present sickness?

"ANTHROPOCENTRICITY --- THE ELEVATION OF MAN OVER GOD"

I guess that sums up our situation.

ANTHROPOCENTRIC: Considering human beings as the most significant entity of the universe.

Regarding the world in terms of human values and experiences.

THE SEA OF LIFE HAS MANY STORMS, TRIALS AND PROBLEMS THAT ARE TO TEACH

US AND TEST US...

Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may

sift you as wheat:

Luke 22:31 (MSG) "Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me,

like chaff from wheat.

HAVE WE HEARD ALL THE WARNINGS... ??? TRAPPED?

Have you ever read about people that have been ship-wrecked?

We have heard about people trapped in THE OCEANS OF LIFE?

The water is SALT WATER.

The sun will bake and burn you.

What do you do when all the fresh water and food is gone?

We know fresh water is essential to life. What will we do when the fresh water is gone?

We have been taught that SALT WATER IS DANGEROUS.

After many days on the ocean with no water and no food there is only one solution?

Ocean water has 6 to 10 times the salt than the body can handle.

THE SOLUTION WILL BRING SUDDEN DEATH.

I AM THRISTY? I AM DYING? This will not hurt me?

The salt water has great appeal to a thirsty person. I have been warned many times.

THE MORE YOU DRINK THE THIRSTIER YOU GROW, THE MORE YOU DRINK.

The salt causes dehydration, then kidney failure, then death.

IN OUR THIRST THE OCEAN WATER APPEARS TO BE WHAT WE NEED...,

THE TRAP --- THEN IT BECOMES --- WHAT WILL KILL US.

THERE IS A BIBLICAL TERM WE PROBABLY DO NOT USE EVERY DAY: GIN.

GIN is another word for TRAP.

A gin could be a noose or a snare.

Amos 3:5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take

up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

Psalm 141:9 Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers

of iniquity.

There are several types of GINS.

DRAG-NET, HAULING NET --- this requires the work of several men.

HAND NET, CASTING NET --- one person can handle this.

BAG NET --- a deep net that traps in the bag.

DECOY --- fake, look alike.

LET US RECALL THE ISSUES OF AN EFFECTIVE TRAP?

Every effective trap has to have several elements.

It must HIDE THE INTENTION --- catch unaware.

There must be PREPARATION to ready itself.

There must be some kind of APPEAL OR LURE to attach the victim.

It must have the ABILITY TO SPRING shut suddenly.

It must have the ability to HOLD and make the escape hard or impossible.

TRAP:

In football the defensive player is allow to cross the scrimmage line and then be pushed away


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