the Week of Proper 20 / Ordinary 25
Man: Perversion of His Faculties
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
According to the fable, the tail of the snake obtained precedence of the head and led the way in the creature's journeying. Being altogether blind the new guide dashed against a stone at one moment, and the next came violently against a tree, and at last drowned both itself and the head in the river of death. Here may be seen the unhappy condition of men in whom their baser nature is dominant, the animal controlling the intellectual. They invert the order of nature, they rebel against common sense; their course. cannot but be unwise and dangerous, and their end must be fatal. God made man upright, and placed his thoughtful faculties aloft in the place of sovereignty, but man in his folly permits the appetites which he holds in common with the brute creation to reign supreme, while the mind, which ought to rule, is degraded to meanest servitude.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Man: Perversion of His Faculties'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​m/man-perversion-of-his-faculties.html. 1870.