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The Cop-out "i'm Only Human"

  1. I just heard a song on one of the threads here saying "I'm only human, don't put the blame on me." We have heard the first part of this phrase a lot, as well as "We are all human, we all make mistakes." Yes that is true, but let's not use that as a cop-out or as an excuse, setting us up or preparing us to fail in doing that which is good. "I'm only human" can be read as being a sinner, one that is not perfect, one that fails, one that doesn't know everything, and a lot of other negative aspects. Is this the only way God views us? Was this Paul's motto, or did Paul say "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me." Philippians 4:13. Did God tell Joshua "You're only human. Don't think you are going to be able to fill the shoes of Moses. Don't think the people are going to follow your leadership. Don't think you will be able to cross this flooding, Jordan River, or lead the Israelites into the Promised Land." God didn't provide Joshua or anybody else with this cop-out when God would have one (that He had created in His own image, and had promised to be with, or would indwell), live for Him. "This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest." One can go around with the defeatest attitude of "I'm only human" or with the victorious attitude of "I am a human, made in God's image, empowered with yielding to be controlled by the indwelling presence of God's Spirit, protected by putting on the whole armor of God, and living by faith by putting my trust and obedience in the Word of God.

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  1. brinny
    "Cop out"? Seriously? What's with the adding to the pain someone is already struggling over, and quibbling over the "wording" used in describing their pain? It IS true that every single one of us is "human" and that means that by golly, we're going to have fer-real "weaknesses", amen? After all, if none of us had "weaknesses", what would we need a Savior for? Perhaps when we see a brother or sister in the throes of pain, and expressing it, we could pray for them? We've ALL been there and/or WILL be. The REASON that God COMFORTS us in the midst of our pain and sorrows and grief, is so that we do the same for our hurting brothers and sisters, amen?
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    1. Greg Merrill
      Take offense if you like, and focus only on pain and weakness if you will. My post is not to wallow in that, but to be the greater person that God intends us to be, by His provision; to be victorious in Christ, not defeated by our own limited, human self; not to be defeated by the attacks of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Cop out? Seriously? Yes, most very seriously.
    2. brinny
      @Greg Merrill It's a fact that every single one of us is "weak", as it is written. HE is our strength. We have NO strength of our own. The only "offense" here is a notable lack of empathy for someone struggling (which we ALL do), and THAT (struggling) is not "wallowing", it's "struggling", which is what David, Jacob, Job, Elijah, and even Jesus the Christ did. Kicking someone when they're down is not being "victorious". It's the antithesis to anything "Christ-like".
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    3. Crystalp8
      This guy seems the type to troll lol. He must be retired & have alot of time on his hands & nothing better to do but look for verbal sparring matches online. Maybe debating makes him feel relevant?
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  2. bettercallpaul
    I'm only Australian, then?
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    1. Kerensa
      Me too :)
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    2. bettercallpaul
      Living in the UK?
    3. Kerensa
      Yep.
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  3. Crystalp8
    You sound like a real winner @ByTheSpirit . I'm sure god loves that cheerful compassionate attitude of yours. Yeah why should you pray huh? Do you know me? The stages of grief I'm working through? I once read Jesus became angry at money changers & even became physical with them. I am working through my issues with very faithful UNJUDGING christians. Thank the good Lord they didnt just assume I was the worst sinner ever for coming to a cgristian place for help & guidance. It's dangerous to just assume like you do. I hope someone returns the same compassion & mercy you seem to be proud to dish out. human cop out measures...have a blessed day I Jesus name
    1. ByTheSpirit
      Wow, so um, I never once mentioned you specifically, I only tagged you to ensure you got my response.

      Perhaps your "unjudging" attitude could use a little rearrangement. I highly doubt God would want any of us to say "may you get what you gave to me" even though you misunderstood. Good grief

      If that attitude you display is what you think God wants from you then you are following the wrong god. That is something you definitely want to work on
    2. Crystalp8
      How does it go,love your neighbor as yourself. I'm sure the Lord has told those showing human emotion to stop using their feelings as a cop out.bless you for representing Christ love for his church.your heart must have soared when you first told of your sorrow of a trial & a brother in Christ praised your cop out attitude for feeling low
    3. Crystalp8
      And I don't want to argue with anyone about god. Try to learn about a situation your ready to pounce on & judge.
  4. Crystalp8
    Oh yeah,& your welcome for allowing you to use my personal feeling & story to launch a counter blog about personal feeling why others don't handle trials exactly like you. Ill pray for you though :) I'm sure Jesus would rather me do that then go start a whole other blog to counter yours.
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  5. Crystalp8
    Cop out? I wonder if that's how Jesus would see & accept that statement? Would Jesus down a troubled soul with those choice of words? Wwjd?

    Your compassion is showing....
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    1. ByTheSpirit
      "Go and sin NO MORE" he has already answered you troubled soul
  6. ByTheSpirit
    "I'm only human" is the biggest cop out ever created by the church for a license and excuse to sin.

    God gave us his spirit to free us from "our human" nature, why do people feel necessary to cling to it?
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    1. Crystalp8
      Maybe you should pray about it & the people who feel that way about it instead of passing judgement on those not fourtinat enough to have the time to blog about it?
    2. ByTheSpirit
      @Crystalp8 why should I pray about something I do not have a problem with? Perhaps those who use the cop out should pray for wisdom to understand that God NEVER is ok with sin, and has called ALL HIS PEOPLE, to live Holy lives. Holy as in, not in sin.

      Think about that