Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Without natural affection

A horrifying story has broken in our area, one that is though terrible, is becoming all too tragically common. A father who did not have custody of his two sons asked the mother to visit them over the weekend, and when he got his sons he drove them into the woods and shot them. Then he shot himself. One boy was 4 and the other was 7.
Just a few days before that, in my old home town, another father killed his autistic son, then himself. Reports of parents killing their children are becoming less rare and more common as each day passes. Unfortunately, the bible prophesies that the end time would be filled with families "without natural affection".

2 Timothy 3:3 it states the end times will be rife with people who are "Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good... The Greek word for 'without natural affection' is astorgos and the short definition is 'unfeeling.' The word originates from alpha and storgé (family affection). "The Greek means 'Without natural affection - To their own children. Intemperate, fierce."

Matthew Henry said in his bible commentary:
"See what a corruption of nature sin is, how it deprives men even of that which nature has implanted in them for the support of their own kind; for the natural affection of parents to their children is that which contributes very much to the keeping up of mankind upon the earth. And those who will not be bound by natural affection, no marvel that they will not be bound by the most solemn leagues and covenants. They are truce-breakers, that make no conscience of the engagements they have laid themselves under."

What could be worse for a child, but to feel in peril for their very lives from the one to whom it is entrusted, their father? As Matthew Henry said, 'see what a corruption of nature sin is..." O Lord come quickly!

8 comments:

  1. End times signs.
    2 Timothy 3:3
    Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

    Sad...

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  2. This can go both ways. Children having no love or affection towards parents. I am seeing a lot of this. In fact, more of this than parents being unfeelingly towards their children.

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    1. Anonymous, I agree completely. Thanks for the reminder it does cut both ways. 2 Tim 3:2 & Matthew 10:21 are good verses which remind us of that as well.

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    2. Homosexuals constantly mention this does not refer to gays, but many other passages do. Every time there is a same sex relationship in the bible, something bad happens. I pray that that my mother realizes this soon, and comes to the truth.

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    3. Hi, Steve...I know that it's been over a year since you posted your comment, but I just had to write on the off chance you might see this. My mother too is a lesbian. In fact, two months ago she married her partner of 21 years. Both my sister and I are devout Christians. We have been mourning since that day for her soul. I made a HUGE mistake and went to the wedding because I felt sorry for my mum; however, I have repented and asked God to forgive me. I'm afraid it has sent a really bad message to my mum and her partner. How do you deal with situations such as this? Being a Christian child of a lesbian has been very difficult. It has taught me a lot about unconditional love, but it has also strained our relationship to maximum tautness! I will pray for you and your mother...MARANATHA!

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  3. Romans1:22-32 says it all

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  4. Without natrual affection does not just apply to families. This can also apply to people in genreral. Even peaople in church have a coldness about them now more then they did in the past. People can see someone dyiing on the street and won't even help them.I,ve seen writings about such situations.

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    1. Yes, these are definitely difficult times that Paul wrote to Timothy about.

      The word in the verse that says "without natural affection" does mean family affection. It is from a root word in Greek that's astorgos, from the word alpha (as a neg. prefix) and storgé (family affection).

      2 Tim 3:2-3 says that people will be without self-control, brutal,
      not lovers of the good, ungrateful, unholy, heartless etc. Those words describe the situations you shared. It is sad, isn't it, to see such hard-heartedness, even among church members

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