Theologians talk about man’s “sin nature,” the curvature of our souls that entices us to rebel against God and His standards. The great French mathematician and theologian Blaise Pascal saw two truths in Scripture about man’s nature. He wrote, “What a chimera then is man. What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy. Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth; depositary of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error: the pride and refuse of the universe.” (The Pensees) [I had to look up the word “chimera.” It refers to “
In this statement Pascal put his finger on two equally true declarations about man: (1) made in God’s image, we are His representatives and have incredible dignity and worth because of His creating us; (2) having fallen away from God because of our sin, we are broken, disordered, disintegrated, flawed. And that’s why the Good News of Jesus is needed!