Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
"This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is the earthly, animal, demonic." (James 3:15)
The disciple James called the attitudes of jealousy and contentiousness “earthly” because they are fleshly, devoid of spirituality. They are “animal” in that they are the product of fleshly inclinations, similar to characteristics of unreasoning creatures. Such attitudes are “demonic,” for they reflect the disposition of God’s spirit enemies. Each member of the congregation would do well to make a self-examination and work to eliminate such traits. As teachers in the congregation, overseers should be conscious of the need to rid themselves of negative attitudes. It is not easy to succeed in this because of our imperfection and the influence of this world. However, with a firm grip on the counsel found in the Bible, as well as with the help offered by God’s earth-wide congregation, we can move forward.—Psalm 73:23, 24.
(Watchtower issue: 03/15/08, 4:15, 16)
*Here's a good article about how Godly Principles Can Benefit You which discusses the topic of human behavior vs animal behavior,...here's an excerpt:
"You are no doubt aware that animals are governed by instinct. Many machines are designed to obey instructions. But humans were actually created to be guided by principles...Humans have the capacity to chart their lives according to principles, that is, according to what they believe to be a code of right action..."