The Bible is a book about broken people, causing broken relationships, and hence breaking the environment being redeemed to their creational purpose. Once our connection with God is restored, we learn to begin to love ourselves in an appropriate way, spilling over in love towards others, bring healing and restoration to the world we live in.
So essentially the Bible and it’s message is about CHANGE. Constant change to mature and grow in our love towards God, others and changing the world.
Since the beginning we were called to subdue the Earth. (Gen 1:28) but also importantly rule over sin. (Gen 4:7) We sinned when we abandoned our divine purpose, giving in to carnal fleshly, animal instincts. Hence satan appearing in the figure of a snake… an animal. Our lower, state. The greatest gift the Bible, and Christianity ever gave the world is the concept, and belief that we are made in God’s Image. We are more than mere animals.
(Gen 1:26; Gen 1:27; Gen 9:6; James 3:9)
So Gideon had to select only 300 men, making a distinction “Everyone who laps from the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set apart by himself” Judg 7:5-7 God was looking for distinct, distinguished, high morale type of people, to win the battle.
Temptation always wants to lead us lower, downward, towards our animal nature. Judah went down from his brethren Gen 38:1 And Samson went down to Timnath Judges 14:1 Whereas God wants to lead us upward. Taking the high moral road. Doing what is right. (Rom 8:5-9; Col 3:1-2; Phil 4:8)
We are different than animals: the are not lazy, disloyal, overweight, get addicted no instinctively they merely survive the life-cycle. We have the ability to make choices. Society has adopted the mistaken belief that knowledge can solve all problems.
The reality of our modern world is that knowledge and information are now more readily accessible than ever before. Just look at the Internet—knowledge has never been so cheap and readily available. And yet, have we seen improvements in our moral behavior? Do we make better choices for ourselves? No. On the whole, we do not. The problem is that knowledge alone does not alter our behavior. The only thing that will change our behavior is making the right decisions, and the only way to ensure we do that consistently is to build up the strength of our characters.
We all hope for the Magic ferry, who will change our poor existence into that of a queen in a moment. This is not going to happen!! It takes a daily effort to continue to make the right choices, and do what is right!
A summery of all the steps one needs to take to overcome temptation, and indulgences is found in
2 Pet 1:3-8
1. FAITH πίστις pístis; gen. písteōs, fem. noun from peíthō (G3982), to win over, persuade. Faith. Subjectively meaning firm persuasion, conviction, belief in the truth, veracity, reality or faithfulness (though rare). Objectively meaning that which is believed, doctrine, the received articles of faith.
2. VIRTUE ἀρετή aretḗ̄; gen. aretḗs, fem. noun. Superiority or being pleasing to God, or the superiority of God revealed in the work of salvation. Aretḗ denotes in a moral sense what gives man his worth, his efficiency. In the NT: virtue, moral excellency, perfection, goodness of action. In 1 Pet. 2:9, aretás (pl.) is translated “praises.” The virtues as a force or energy of the Holy Spirit accompanying the preaching of the glorious gospel. In 2 Pet. 1:3 it stands next to dóxa (G1319), glory. Human virtue in general (Phil. 4:8); courage, fortitude, resolution (1 Pet. 2:9; 2 Pet. 1:5 [cf. 1 Cor. 16:13]); moral excellence.
3. KNOWLEDGE γνῶσις gnṓsis; gen. gnṓseōs, fem. noun from ginṓskō (G1097), to know. Knowledge. Present and fragmentary knowledge as contrasted with epígnōsis (G1922), clear and exact knowledge which expresses a more thorough participation in the object or knowledge on the part of the knowledgeable subject. Present intuitive knowledge is often expressed by the verb oída or eídō (G1492) (Luke 1:77; 11:52; Rom. 11:33; 1 Cor. 13:2; Col. 2:3; 2 Pet. 1:5, 6).
4. SELF-CONTROL ἐγκράτεια egkráteia; gen. egkrateías, fem. noun from egkratḗs (G1468), temperate, self-controlled. Continence, temperance, self-control (Acts 24:25; Gal. 5:23; 2 Pet. 1:6).
5. PERSEVERENCE ὑπομονή hupomonḗ; gen. hupomonḗs, fem. noun from hupoménō (G5278), to persevere, remain under. A bearing up under, patience, endurance as to things or circumstances. This is in contrast to makrothumía (G3115), long-suffering or endurance toward people. Hupomonḗ is associated with hope (1 Thess. 1:3) and refers to that quality of character which does not allow one to surrender to circumstances or succumb under trial.
6. GODLINESS εὐσέβεια eusébeia; gen. eusebeías, fem. noun from eusebḗs (G2152), devout, godly. Devotion, piety toward God (Acts 3:12; 1 Tim. 2:2; 2 Pet. 1:6, 7). Godliness or the whole of true religion, so named because piety toward God is the foundation and principal part of it (1 Tim. 4:7, 8; 6:6, see Matt. 22:37, 38; Heb. 11:6). Although eusébeia in the NT is translated “godliness” (1 Tim. 2:2; 3:16; 4:7, 8; 6:3, 5, 6, 11; 2 Tim. 3:5; Titus 1:1; 2 Pet. 1:3, 6, 7; 3:11), the word “God” is not in it. Only in 1 Tim. 2:10 is it theosébeia (G2317), where the word Theós (G2316), God, occurs as a prefix instead of eú, good or well. The word eusébeia literally means well-directed reverence, but does not imply an inward, inherent holiness. It is actually an externalized piety.
7. BROTHERLY KINDNESS φιλαδελφία philadelphía; gen. philadelphías, fem. noun from philádelphos (G5361), one who loves his brother. Brotherly love. In the NT, used of the love of Christians one to another, brotherly love out of a common spiritual life (Rom. 12:10; 1 Thess. 4:9; Heb. 13:1; 1 Pet. 1:22; 2 Pet. 1:7).
8. LOVE ἀγάπη agápē; gen. agápēs, fem. noun from agapáō (G0025), to love. Love, affectionate regard, goodwill, benevolence. With reference to God’s love, it is God’s willful direction toward man. It involves God doing what He knows is best for man and not necessarily what man desires. For example, John 3:16 states, “For God so loved [ēgápēsen] the world, that he gave.” What did He give? Not what man wanted, but what God knew man needed, i.e., His Son to bring forgiveness to man.