Summary: UNDERSTAND ANTHROPOCENTRICITY--- The sin of putting man before God. There are spiritual traps we must avoid at all cost.
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
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.
In football the defensive player is allow to cross the scrimmage line and then be pushed away
from where the ball is being advanced.
In basketball two defensive players converge and surround the ball carrier to steal the ball
or get the player to make a bad pass.
In baseball the glove has a trap to catch and hold the ball firmly in place.
SPEED TRAP: There were places that the police officer receive a portion of each ticket or
the police department had quota's for tickets.
Years ago in Benham Kentucky the police would wait at the bottom of a hill, a hidden sign
lower the speed limit from 45 to 25 and the officer would be eagerly awaiting and he would
gladly give you a ticket.
REMEMBER GOD WARNED HIS PEOPLE ABOUT TRAPS THAT WERE SET ALL AROUND THEM?
Joshua 23:9 For the LORD hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you,
no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. 10 One man of you shall chase a thousand:
for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. 11 Take good heed
therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. 12 Else if ye do in any wise go back,
and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make
marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: 13 Know for a certainty that the LORD