Sunday, March 27, 2011
Love and Marriage - some comments from the threads examined
That last one is a classic epic fail. All of these cultures mentioned in that ludicrous article were established after the Tower of Babel. Ancient history and genealogies reveal that these civilizations all were descended from the family of Noah, who knew God and God's laws as given to Adam and Eve in the Garden after the fall. There were no remnants of the pre-Flood civilization, but the people who left the Ark had the knowledge to quickly rebuild great civilizations, quickly performing engineering marvels such as the Pyramids that we still admire today.
We can be sure that Noah and his family could read and write and that all people had one common language until after Babel. The basis of God's law was known to all, but some cultures left God behind when they left Babel behind and the concept of God and the history of mankind became warped and twisted and Chinese telephoned...and yet virtually every culture on Earth mentions a flood and a Creator God and many if not all of the names of the men who left the Ark. God established the Law and the Golden Rule is simply a man-made simplification of the teachings of Christ and the Bible. The Golden Rule is inferior to the Law in authority and certainly not in keeping with what Jesus Christ was actually teaching.
Jesus Christ came to the Jews who were under the Law of God. He preached the Law to them, not just the letter of the Law but also the intent. He taught them that adultery was wrong but beyond that concept was the assertion that even considering it was also wrong! Jesus was preaching the Law to people under the Law so they could clearly see that they did not and could not keep it. At this time the Jews were still giving blood sacrifices for sins at the Temple according to the Law but these sacrifices had been going on for centuries and had never provided a solution for the problem of sin. Jesus provided the solution. But the Sermon on the Mount, for instance, is not actually such good news because not one of us can always do what Jesus urged us to do. You see, we sin because we are sinners by nature. Jesus not only didn't sin but he took the penalty for all the sins of mankind and became The Blood Sacrifice, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world for us all at the cross. He then rose again from the dead as the victorious Messiah who reclaimed the authority over the Earth and over death.
I was a sinner by nature and choice but I did come to believe in Christ in this way: I understood that Jesus Christ did not sin and that He died for my sins in my place. I understood that Jesus was God allowing Himself to be limited by a material existence, the Son of God, come to undo what Adam had done. When I trusted Christ and traded my sins for His sacrifice then suddenly a change took place inside of me. I now know that I was born again at that moment, that my dead spirit was brought to life by the Spirit of Christ.
Now people had been telling me over and over for years that Jesus Saves and that I had to be born again to know God and avoid hell. It seemed simplistic and I just ignored those people. I was looking for the great secret to the meaning of life. I sought it through philosophy, through drugs, through meditation, through hedonism, by whatever means I could. I read "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" before Phil Jackson even heard of the book. No explanation for life and existence was satisfactory and so I had decided to just live for the moment and for my own pleasure.
But God didn't give up on me. He kept on seeking to catch my attention and one thing worked. My wife, who had been transformed after having our first child from a loving, fun person into a ranting shrew and I was about to seek a female upgrade via adultery and then probably divorce. But she "got saved" and was radically transformed. Suddenly the shrew was Snow White and I was being treated like a prince! Did God do that to her? So I saw that she had truly been changed and when the pastor of that church came to talk with me I, for once, listened with at least one ear opened.
I was a sinner
Jesus died for my sins
If I asked Him to take my sins and come into my heart, He would do it and I would become born again
He would work on me from the inside out.
Jesus has been working on me from the inside out ever since. What I would like would be for all of you to allow God to catch your attention long enough to truly consider the Jesus Gift. Once you put your pride all the way down and admit that you have absolutely no power to save yourself, you will be able to hear from God and give Him a chance to convince you.
God didn't make me perfect. Debbie isn't perfect. Highboy isn't perfect. But we are already judged righteous and worthy in the sight of God because Jesus took our place and our judgment and has provided us with an eternal life with God. We are hemmed in by a material world for now. But once we escape the bonds of this life we will live in a form in which we can see God in all his Glory. You see, when God makes a human life He makes something supernatural, a self that will never end. Do you want your never end to be with peace and joy and God or do you want it in solitary torment with no hope of deliverance?