It is not mankind's crumminess that makes the majority choose to "feel good" by the flesh, it is the ignorance of what good really is. First century Christians used to eat, drink, and have orgies but then they heard the truth of what good really is. The odd thing is, is that there is nothing in all of existence that will make us feel better about ourselves than the message of the Cross!
The problem the church has is that the message of the cross doesn't fit
in a box. Its genuine truth can't be used to manipulate people. The
church's goal isn't to set people free, it is to get everyone to come
into the correct denominational box week after week. Most churches and
freedom can't co-exist. Churches try to define everything, every minute
of the meeting is accounted for, every doctrine already marked as true
or false. Jesus said, "The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the
sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going;
so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). When you put wind between four walls there isn't much it can do. Even if you open the
windows not much is going to happen. Christians are always coming from
church and going to church. Almost no one knows what it means to be born
of the Spirit. With birth comes a new identity. With praying a sinner's
prayer in church all you get is a new point C on weekends.
While everything does come down to personal choice, when you are deceived you don't even know you have another option. Ultimately if you choose to be open to God, no matter how wrong He shows your beliefs to be, you will find freedom.
You will stay in the dark and defend the very things that destroy you..
• If you are more concerned with certainty or confidence than truth
• If you are somehow endeared to holding onto a belief you've held for a long time
• If you trust in men (including yourself, leaders, theologians) more than you trust in the living God inside of you.
For those reasons I've seen people deliberately choose the "god" who gets offended &
angry at almost everything they do over the true God who hold nothing
Why do people love their bondage?
I think it comes down to a false sense of security. That is why people like the law (or what they think the law is), it has a list of things for them to do where they can evaluate themselves. They think as long as they have the rules they will always know what to do. It is not true, it often doesn't even feel that way but its "supposed to be true" IF "you can keep the law." Since people can't keep the law they believe they are the problem thus the false sense of security breeds greater insecurity in them. Hopefully that insecurity leads to them abandoning self-effort & entrusting theirself to God. But if the people are infected by one of the three reasons above it is a lot less likely.
Walking by the Spirit is a journey with God into the unknown where your security must be found in Him being with you, not in your control, not in predictability, not in rules, not in self-evaluation. You don't know where you are coming from & you don't know where you are going but you know who you are with.
Imagine two people standing before you. One is saying "Come with me." The other is holding up a list of laws, commands, & principles from the bible. Most Christians pay attention to the man holding the rules. They've also been taught to be afraid of "being led astray," so they refuse to go with the man saying, "Come with me." The truth however is that Satan is the man holding up the laws & Jesus is the man saying, "Come with me." 1 Corinthians 15:56 says, "The power of sin (the enemy, Satan) is the law." When you sit in front of a list of rules you aren't like the wind because you aren't walking with the Spirit of God. When you live by laws your life doesn't blow, it just sucks!
Satan and the Sign or Jesus and the Journey?