Sunday, 1 May 2016

What the Bible doesn't say.

Two thought provoking items I've seen on the internet recently professed that the Bible doesn't say anything about abortion, and that the Bible says absolutely nothing about homosexual marriage. Both items were presented by ordained ministers from mainstream churches.

I wonder what the agenda is of these people. Do they really believe what they're saying? Are they trying to be politically correct in a society which increasingly is demanding that the church, irrespective of the doctrine of the separation of church and state, submit to its values? Apparently that doctrine only works one way.

You could argue, of course, that the Bible doesn't say anything about a lot of things- it doesn't mention concentration camps for example. It doesn't name tarot cards or Ouija boards. It doesn't specifically say don't have sex in the back of a car with a new acquaintance on your first date. It doesn't tell you not to claim expenses on your tax return that you haven't actually accrued. Therefore, if the Bible is silent on these things, we can assume that God doesn't consider them important, right?

Absolutely wrong.

One of the most basic formulas learned in the beginnings of algebra is that :
 if a= b    and if   b=c    then   a must equal c.  Any variable that we call c will be equal to a.

Lets consider the same equations in terms of God. God gives us the specific in Exodus 20:13 "You shall not murder."  Murder is deliberately taking human life. Genocide is taking human life. Abortion is taking human life. Euthanasia and the disposal of unwanted IVF embryos is taking human life. If God says "Don't kill" and abortion is killing an unwanted human, then God is saying, don't commit abortion. Don't gas people in concentration camps. Don't poison your spouse. In fact, don't kill in any other way you can think of.

If the Bible says "Do not practice homosexuality" in both the Old and New Testaments (eg. Leviticus 18:22, Romans 26,27) and we regard homosexual marriage as homosexuality (!), does God need to specify homosexual marriage in the Bible? When God says "Don't commit adultery" and we consider an overnight stand when away at a work conference adultery, does God need to specify such an event? When God says "Flee from fornication" (1 Corinthians 6:18) with fornication being sexual practices outside of marriage, does He need to outline every possible situation? When God says "“Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.” (Leviticus 19:31), does that mean Ouija boards are okay because they're not mentioned? Absolutely not!

The truth is that the Bible gives us the overriding principles to live by. If we then indulge in practices which contradict these principles, we can't claim that God hasn't said anything about them. Shame on the ministers of religion who use this argument to justify condoning what God has condemned. They should be teaching everyone what the Bible actually does say.

The Bible tells us that "
" all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."(Romans 3:23-24). God is interested in every aspect of our lives, large and small - physical, spiritual, mental, sexual, financial, intellectual and emotional.  His word contains His rules which are given not to restrict or limit our freedoms, but to set us free from a life of bondage and ultimate unhappiness. The process with God is always the same - believe in Jesus Christ, receive Him as your personal Saviour, repent of sin and turn away to a new life of learning and living as a follower of Christ. 

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