Let’s go deeper into a statement from the last post: “Religion cannot work because nothing a dead man can do will restore him to life. The only One Who can restore “dead” humans to life, who can restore the flow of His Spirit, is God.” (See: The Futility of Religion)
Just under 10 years ago, NASA sent a robotic “rover” to Mars,
designed to receive transmitted instructions from earth, follow them, and prowl around on the surface of the planet. But something went wrong with the operating system of the rover. He could not communicate properly with the transmissions from Pasadena. Let’s suppose, in that condition, the rover could still move around on the planet. Even though he could do stuff, there would be no way for him to do what the engineers who designed him wanted him to do. Because the necessary communication was cut off, he would essentially be dead. Suppose the defect that cut off communication also prevented the rover from using its solar battery chargers. Maybe it couldn’t point the panels in the right direction. Soon it would not only be dead to communication but also physically dead – out of power as well. (This is not exactly what really happened; I’m tweaking the details to make an analogy.)
Here’s the point: The rover couldn’t fix itself. Communication with the engineers was dead. Power was going to eventually be dead, too. The only party that could accomplish the fix was the engineers. They observed the problem, diagnosed it, and initiated the process by which it was eventually fixed.
Using that analogy to illustrate our situation with God, our communication with God (His Spirit) has been cut off. In that condition, there is no way for us to do what we were designed and intended to do. We can roam around the planet and do stuff, just not the right stuff. The Bible word, sin, simply means doing the wrong stuff. We are “spiritually dead;” our communication with the “Engineer” is down. As a result, we will also physically die, too. We cannot fix that. Nothing we can do will make His Spirit connect. That’s the bad news. The good news is that He has observed the problem, diagnosed it, and has initiated the process by which it may be fixed. God said He would repair our operating system:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (Ezekiel 36:26-27)
PS: The name of the Mars rover? Spirit! Stay tuned…