Evil desires — What does the Bible Mean by this?

Published April 13th, 2014 by Dirk Waren

seven-deadly-sins-7-638

According to the Bible an “evil desire” is any desire that stems from the flesh, which is the sinful nature. The “sinful nature” refers to the negative side of human nature. It’s our lower nature, which Freud described as the “id.” The Bible details three basic categories of the sinful nature: The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). Any sin you can name stems from one of these three categories, including the traditional “seven deadly sins” — lust, wrath, pride, envy, gluttony, greed and sloth.

The problem with Western culture is that we’ve largely thrown out the notion of “evil desires” and therefore have lost our moral compass. Instead of shunning evil desires, like hatred, murder, perversion, greed & inebriation — we are encouraged to indulge them. The result is our hedonistic society.

Thankfully, the LORD has provided a Way to escape the evil desires of the sinful nature. This is one of the many reasons the message of Christ is called the Good News! So, if you are struggling with a certain sin, you can walk free! For details see this teaching.


Leave a comment

Want to share your thoughts on any of the issues raised in this article? Please leave a comment below.


comments powered by Disqus

Back to Articles