The Scorpion and the Turtle, an allegory, goes as follows. Being a poor swimmer, a scorpion asked a turtle to carry him on his back across a river. The turtle replied, “You’ll sting me, and I’ll drown.” The scorpion replied, “If I were to sting you, I would go down with you. The turtle exclaimed, “You’re right. Hope on!” Halfway across the river, the scorpion gave the turtle a mighty sting. As they sank to the bottom, the turtle asked, “Why did you do it?” The drowning scorpion sadly replied, “It’s just my nature.” And often we ask, “Why do people do wrong?” The answer, “It’s our nature, our sinful nature.” Thankfully though, there is One Who offers us a new nature. Paul wrote, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away, behold all things have become new.” That new nature is waiting for us all.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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