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Uncombable Hair Syndrome

Sin Nature Self-examination Self-image

Source: "'Uncombable hair syndrome' is real: Meet the girls with the unruly manes," by A. Pawlowski, TODAY.com, Aug 3, 2017

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2022-04-30

Scripture: Titus 3:5

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

How many times have you awakened, looked in the mirror, and said, “Man, I’m having a bad hair day.” Well, for the 100 or so people around the world with the ultra-rare disease, Uncombable Hair Syndrome, they wake up every single morning to that reality. UHS stems from a genetic mutation through which the hair shaft takes on a rather triangular shape, causing the hair to stand up straight from the head, making it impossible for the hair to lay flat. As such, sufferers look unkempt, ungroomed, unruly, all the time.

No amount of effort on their part can manage their “bad hair.” Not rollers, nor, irons, nor gels, nor sprays. 

One might think, just from looking, that these people simply don’t care about their appearance, or are blind to how unkempt and unruly they look. That’s because it takes a deep look into their genetic code to see just what’s really going on.

APPLICATION

For most of us, we look into the mirror and we say to ourselves, “Hey, I don’t look too bad today!” And even if we awaken with a bad hair day, we can pull out the hot rollers or hair gel, and voilà, problem solved. We can present with a fairly tidy appearance. But what if we looked deeper into the mirror, into the core of our being?

At our core, in our soul of souls, we are all unkempt, untidy, and unruly. That’s because we are all born with a spiritual mutation … a sinful nature.

No amount of behavioral grooming can correct it. Oh sure, we can mask it, and present it with a pretty tidy appearance. We can justify it and say that it's not so bad. But we can’t correct it on our own. Only the “washing and renewing” of our spirit can do that.

“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.” (Titus 3:5, NKJV)

Evil Is "Make-Believe"

Evil Sin Nature Naive

Source: Daily Wire

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-09-09

Scripture: Mark 7:21

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ILLUSTRATION

A young American couple, Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, 29, quit their jobs to take a year-long bike trip around the world.  Sadly, the trip took a fatal turn on a route near the Afgan border where they were stabbed to death by alleged ISIS terrorists.  The couple ignored warnings about the dangers of the region, claiming to believe that evil was a make-believe concept. 

Earlier on their journey, while in Morocco, Austin wrote:

"You watch the news and you read the papers and you're led to believe that the world is a big, scary place. People, the narrative goes, are not to be trusted. People are bad. People are evil. People are ax murderers and monsters and worse.

I don't buy it. Evil is a make-believe concept we've invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans holding values and beliefs and perspectives different than our own—it's easier to dismiss an opinion as abhorrent than strive to understand it. Badness exists, sure, but even that's quite rare. By and large, humans are kind. Self-interested sometimes, myopic sometimes, but kind. Generous and wonderful and kind. No greater revelation has come from our journey than this."

 

APPLICATION

It's pretty shocking to think that anyone could be this naive.  You would think that all anyone would need to do is to watch or read the news to know that evil is alive and active in our world.  

But perhaps even more surprising is the denial that evil exists within ourselves.  For it is one thing to be suspicious of the "narrative" presented by the media; it's quite another to deny our own dark side.  It's not "make-believe" to believe that evil is real.  But it is pure fantasy to deny what we all know to be true within--sin dwells in all of us. 

There are consequences to living in denial of such a fundamental truth.  It causes us to turn a deaf ear, like the Geoghegans did, to important warnings we might otherwise heed. And there are also spiritual consequences to living in denial of the existence of evil. When we refuse to acknowledge the sin that dwells within us, we turn a deaf ear to God's warnings of impending judgment and to our own  personal need for salvation. 

As tragic as the story of the Geoghegans is, this is far more tragic.

"For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come--sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person" (Mark 7:21-23). 

The Town That Banned Death

Death Sin Nature Victory

Source: “DEAD COLD Inside remote icy town where you’re NOT ALLOWED TO DIE,” By Susannah Keogh, The Irish Sun, March 10, 2018

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-25

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:54

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ILLUSTRATION

Susannah Keogh, with the Irish Sun, reports: 

Longyearbyen, [Norway], a tranquil town in the middle of nowhere, is so remote that residents are not allowed to die there. 

Dying has been banned on the island since 1950, when it was discovered that bodies in the local cemetery were not decomposing because of the chilly temperatures.

The island’s climate is so arctic that in the 2000’s, scientists ... tested corpses buried there who succumbed to the 1917 influenza virus – and to their amazement, retrieved live samples of the virus.

Residents had been living among the deadly virus for decades, without even realizing it.

The graveyard no longer takes any new inhabitants because of fears disease will spread throughout the island, meaning that even those who have lived their whole life on the island, cannot be buried there.

Instead, terminally ill residents have to be shipped to the mainland to prepare for death.

APPLICATION

This little Norwegian town had a big problem, but it wasn’t really with death. It was with the fact that death was not allowed to finish its job, to complete the process of mortification.  

The same is true with us.  Our biggest problem isn’t with death but with everything that falls just short of death.  If we are to overcome sin, we must die completely to sin.  Anything that falls short of that, allows sin to live on.

Of course, dying to selfish impulses provides momentary relief, but real victory only comes through the grave.  

“When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). 

Heaven Series--Surprise #5: You Won’t Be Bored In Heaven!

Heaven Series Sin Nature Unbelief

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:12 ; Jeremiah 17:9

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Heaven Series--Surprise #10: The Perfect Ending!

Heaven Series Millennial Kingdom Sin Nature

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-24

Scripture: Genesis 1:31 ; Revelation 20:9

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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What's A Moon Tree?

New Birth Sin Nature Holy Spirit (Walking In)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-12-03

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17

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Why's That Smirk On Your Face?

New Birth Holy Spirit Sin Nature

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-11-05

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:4 ; Micah 6:8

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The Sins of the Father

Legacy Sin Nature Guilt

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-08-14

Scripture: Isaiah 1:18

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

Spiritual Growth Sin Nature Fruitfulness

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2016-07-18

Scripture: Matthew 13:37 ; 1 Peter 1:23

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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Cracks In The Soul

Weakness Stress Sin Nature

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-05-13

Scripture: Romans 8:3 ; Matthew 26:41

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