We concluded last week with the affirmation that the body is not evil. Likewise, Jesus affirms that the heart is not evil. Even though the heart is a battleground between love and lust, we are not condemned to lose this struggle. Redemption is possible.
The Apostle John writes of three forms of lust: “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” (1 John 2:16) Certain modern thinkers—most notably Nietzsche, Marx and Freud—have accused the heart of being dominated by lust in its three forms. Nietzsche interprets human action in terms of the “will to power” (which corresponds to “the pride of life”). Marx uses the lens of man’s desire to accumulate and protect wealth, which John calls “the lust of the eyes.” Freud famously saw all human activity as arising from the sex urge, or what John describes as “the lust of the flesh.”