“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength in sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
-= 1 Corinthians 15:55 – 57
“All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”
-= 1 John 5: 17 – 19
There are no gray areas in The Bible.
There are no gray areas with God.
There are no gray areas with Jesus Christ.
Both believers and non-believers like to put this hierarchy in place depicting that there are different levels of doing something wrong, but God makes it very clear.
There are no levels of mostly right or “It was only a little thing” when it comes to God’s laws; there is only right and wrong.
To God, there is no difference between the “little white lie” that we tell to someone in order to keep the peace or get out of a situation, and murdering someone. It is us, as humanity, whom have constructed these levels of sin in our minds in order to justify our immorality. We do it so that we can point to someone else when we are confronted with our sin and say “well, at least I didn’t do THAT”. But, there is no difference in God’s eyes. Sin is sin. It is a willful disobedience to God and his will. And, God makes it very clear as well that we are to hate the sin, but bring the message of love, salvation, and mercy to the sinner so that they may understand what they are doing, turn from it, and receive Jesus Christ as their savior.
Unfortunately, in this secular and worldly society that we have across the world, we have become so entrenched in the false idea that there is a hierarchical structure to sin – that we have now begun to use that as judgment against God! How many times have you heard someone say, “Well, if that is the type of God He is, then I want nothing to do with Him” or “If a God can allow such evil in this world, then I don’t want to know Him”? We hear it ALL the time, and it is because we have falsely become accustomed to the errant thinking that what we do wrong has different levels of wrong.
First, God does allow evil in the world, and He does so because He allows humankind free will. It is OUR decisions and OUR evil that have created such pain, suffering, and death in this world; not God’s.
God created heaven on earth, Eden, placed two perfect human beings within it and essentially said to them; go have fun, enjoy this place which I have made for you, just don’t do one thing. That’s it. Don’t do one thing, and everything will be fine. But, of course, the one thing was done and the rest of history was set into motion. It happened because of MAN’s will, not Gods. God was clear in His expectations, and WE decided not to follow that one simple rule. So, again, God allows evil in the world because in His grace, mercy, and love he created mankind with free will. He didn’t want a bunch of non-thinking slaves running around doing his every bidding; He wanted people to choose to love Him, to follow Him, and to recognize Him as the creator of all things. And what was the first sin ever committed against God and His will?
They ate a piece of fruit that they weren’t supposed to eat.
Now, in our current social construction of the hierarchy of sin, used as a means to justify our immoral nature, I don’t believe we even register eating fruit as one of those wrong choices; but to God, it was a clear choice to disobey His very simple rule – and because of that one choice, that one sin, God threw Adam and Eve from Eden, separated Himself from them, and watched as their choice to sin began to extend out into the world.
Think about this for a moment…Adam and Eve HAD ETERNAL LIFE. It was not until the point where they decided to go against God’s one simple rule that death even became something that humankind would have to go through. They had eternal life with God, and they chose to disobey Him. The evil and horrible things that happen on this earth are not because of God, they are because of OUR choices as humankind to go against Gods very simple rules.
They are simple, but they can also very difficult to follow because we now have a sinful nature to contend with. But, by judging God and His mercy, grace, and love because WE have sinned and brought pain, suffering, and death unto His perfect creation – those who do so are putting the wrong things as right, and the right things as wrong. We are justifying our immorality so much so that many people are comfortable with blaming God for their sin and the sins of this world.
Which leads me to the second point I want to make: anyone who says they believe in Jesus, and yet defends sin, may want to carefully reevaluate their core values, beliefs, and understanding of God, Jesus Christ, The Bible, and their stance on what sin means. Jesus said “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” (Matthew 12: 30) – He goes on to say, in verse 34, “O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? For out of abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.”
Jesus is stating that what a person says is a reflection of what is in their hearts. He is also stating that there is no middle ground with Him; a person is either standing for Jesus and His righteousness, mercy, and grace – or they are standing against Him. Jesus forgives each and every person their sins once they admit they are a sinner and need Him to be saved. This does not save us from death, because that is what sin demands, but it does save us from eternal death – hell and separation from God due to our choices to disobey God and His laws. Yet, there are several secular ideals being accepted by Christians who justify their immorality by attempting to say that God and His laws are wrong, or can be changed. They cannot.
Abortion, for instance, which is the murder and butchering of a child simply because he or she would be an inconvenience at the time, is a sin. It is murder. Every life is created because of God, and is done so with a purpose. The chosen murder of a child is a sin, plain and simple. There are many so-called Christians today that believe it is woman’s right to choose whether or not that child is born – they are justifying sin by attempting to make God fit into a secular mold the world has created. As Jesus stated, you cannot be both for Him, and against Him – and the words of your mouth reflect the state of your heart. If you, as a “Christian” believe that a woman has the right to choose whether or not her child lives or dies and therefore has the right to murder that child because they want to – then you are condoning murder. Plain and simple. There is no gray area in God’s law. I looked up a statistic the other day that stated, on average, there are 1.06 million abortions in the United States each year. That means that 1.06 million little lives have been murdered – on average – since our secular society has embraced it as an acceptable practice and so-called Christians have endorsed it. So much so, that men and women, so-called Christians and non-Christians, have labeled it as being a brave act, a praiseworthy act, and a protected right! Secular society has not only condoned the murder of children, but has somehow twisted it to be a GOD GIVEN RIGHT!
If you stand with abortion, then you are standing against God, Jesus, and the Bible; plain and simple. You are justifying immorality by endorsing child sacrifice. You are condoning sin; and you are condoning murdering innocent lives based on convenience, selfishness, and a gross misunderstanding of the laws of God.
Another one that has become a big deal lately is homosexual marriage. If you stand with homosexual marriage, then you are standing against God, Jesus, and the Bible; plain and simple. You are justifying immorality by endorsing an activity that God has called “a detestable act” (Leviticus 20:13). – I will get into the understanding of Old Testament law, and the fulfillment of that law by Jesus Christ in the New Testament in another post. It isn’t as difficult as people make it out to be.
If a person believes in God, the creator of all things and the master-planner of the entire universe, then with that belief comes the understanding that God’s design is perfect; it is what WE as humankind have chosen to do with it that turns it into evil. A man and a woman were designed by God to be perfectly complementary to each other. Our bodies fit together as they were designed. Our bodies inspire desire and pleasure from each other, as they were designed. And, they create new life, as they were designed. Homosexual relationships are against God and we were never designed to work that way. Whether the persons chosen understanding of the creation and population of the world is from God, or from the scientific myth of evolution, a man and a man together does not create life; nor does a woman and a woman. Homosexuality is a sin against God. And yet, secular society has, again, not only condoned the activity, but has also labeled it as brave, praiseworthy, and they are now attempting to turn that into a protected, God given right. Once again, they are justifying the immorality by using it against God and His will.
We cannot justify our immorality. Sin is sin; and all sin leads to death. And Jesus died for those sins so that we can be saved from eternal death and separation from God. All we have to do is accept that we have sinned, accept Jesus as our savior, and believe that He has a plan that is infinitely better than anything we could have come up with on our own. Being a Christian is NOT about judgment, and we are not called to judge anyone, but we ARE called to chastise, speak the truth, and show people what they are doing against God so that they can recognize their sin and repent from it.
What they do with the truth, is up to them.
Their choice will determine their eternity.
We are to love them with the love of Christ. Accept them as human beings, but hate the sin that they are shackled to. Jesus Christ offers so much more than that of the world, but the world seems so much bigger and relevant because Christians have been silent and ineffective for far too long as a people. Jesus Christ – God – loves each and every one of us. It is our choice to sin and be blind to that which causes us to be separated from Him and His perfect plan for our eternity. Do not let the few years of life we have on this earth cause you to live an eternity in separation from God. We all fail. We all sin. Even the most devout and committed follower of Jesus Christ stumbles from time to time because of our sinful and rebellious nature.
God does not demand perfection, just progress.
Turn your eyes to God. Read the words of The Bible, and study the words of Jesus Christ. He does not want to judge you, He wants to save you! And He offered Himself as a sacrifice for the entire world so that every single man, woman, and child would have access to God. A close, intimate, and fulfilling relationship with The One who created this entire universe! He wants you to simply acknowledge Him.
Choosing not to is your right, given to you by His amazing allowance of free will.
But, that is a choice that will be judged.
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