Friday, July 3, 2015

The Most Supreme Court

In light of the recent news I wanted to share some thoughts for Christians and non-Christians on the issue of same-sex "marriage." Already, some will dismiss what I'm going to say for the arrogant use of quotation marks around marriage. Why did I do that? How do I have the right to define what marriage is? The answer to those questions is that I put quotations around it, because I don't have the right to define what marriage is. The Christian came into this political discussion that is being called a civil rights issue, looking at it as a definition issue. We believe that God has defined marriage to be between a man and a woman, because he did so in Genesis:

"Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." - Genesis 2:24

Genesis means beginning, and it is significant that in the very beginning God brings a helper suitable for man. It is significant that the helper he found for him was not another man, but a woman. Woman was taken out of man to be his other half. So on Genesis alone we have our reason for being against same-sex "marriage." Why? Because it isn't marriage as God defined it to be. I don't even need to share Romans 1 with people to prove homosexual activity is wrong, although I do because it so clearly shows that we Christians are not homophobic gay-haters, but have learned from our God the sinfulness of it so we side with God's opinion.

God's opinion started with the creation of man, then woman. He made a beautiful order and combination. We find in Ephesians that it was ultimately made by God to be a picture of Christ and the church. Same-sex "marriage" takes this beautiful mystery and gets it mixed up. The relationship marriage was meant to portray was not Christ and Christ, or the church and the church, but Christ and the church! Those who try to say they are Christians and totally in support of gay relationships, fail to acknowledge that the Bible doesn't say anything in support of gay marriage, only the opposite. Hebrews tells us to "keep the marriage bed holy." Holy means set apart. No sex outside of marriage, including that which is called "marriage" but is not really marriage. 

To finish, I understand that someone who doesn't believe the Bible has no reason to side against same-sex marriage. With the view that we are all just beasts like all of the other animals in the world, I can see why there's no moral objection. Although, I can also then see why there is no moral objection to anything anymore. I can think of two polls that compared people's care of human strangers over their own dogs lives, and it found that 40% of people would save their dog over a person. Without God, moral standards start to decline, lines start to get blurred, and people start to think that human law is the only objective right and wrong. It doesn't matter, there is still the Most Supreme Court in heaven where God judges the justness of every single thought and action of man. He, the inventor of marriage, has clearly defined it to be between a man and a woman.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Reasonable vs Unreasonable Doubt

I've been plagued a lot throughout my pre-Christian and Christian life by doubts about the Bible. I don't know how many who read this will have had the same experience, but if it counts for anything, I've been there, and I still travel through doubting castle from time to time. It can happen at any time: while you're at work, while reading the Bible, or more commonly while talking to lost friends. What do we do when the doubts hit? Are we in sin for that nagging thought in the back of our minds that we could be wrong? I'll  let you answer that yourself, but for now let me just share what helps me categorize the doubts themselves so that I can address them accordingly.

There are unreasonable and reasonable doubts. It is my belief that no one can come across the Bible, read through it, learn a bit about its history and assembly, then have a reasonable doubt about its authenticity. No one can come across problem passages within, and after researching it, have a reasonable doubt about its truth. Can there be unreasonable doubts that arise? Yes, of course. Maybe an analogy would help to clarify the two. Say that there was a murder and the accused is on trial. It is  reasonable to doubt that the defendant is guilty of a murder if there is no fingerprint evidence on the weapon. It is unreasonable to doubt that the defendant is guilty when there is fingerprint evidence, but the defendant says, "Someone made me hold the gun and pulled my finger on the trigger." Now, is that unreasonable explanation from the defendant at all possible? Yes! But is it reasonable? No, not really at all.

If we categorize our doubts about the Bible the same way, we can better address their nature and then battle them accordingly. Does it appear reasonable? Investigate it a little bit and you'll see how the truth prevails. Does it appear unreasonable? Why are you thinking about it at all? Once examined, I think you will find that any doubt, whether reasonable or unreasonable, will never be confirmed after some research of the Bible. Additionally, any time a Christian leaves the narrow and bright path to travel down these dark ones, they inevitably end up returning to Christ. Why is that? Nothing else can satisfy a believer's heart but truth.

“Lord, to whom else shall we go? You alone have the words of eternal life." - John 6:68