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The Bible…Rewritten?: Biblical Truth & Cultural Values

Biblefacepage editThis post article is also posted in the Gospel Blog by FEBC

 

Some people believe that if the Bible was written in today’s society, it would be different, it wouldn’t condemn sexual immorality, etc… Well, if the Bible was written in today’s society, it’s true that the language would likely be different, but the spirit and the primary message would remain the same.  Now I’ll show you why.

Lipstick on a Pig

No matter how hard you try, changing the face of sin is like putting lipstick on a pig.  You can change its name and dress it up, but it’s still what it was before…sin.  Some would have you believe that sin was not only just a normal, acceptable part of life, but also that it should be sought and supported.

The Bible clearly states otherwise.

“Know this for sure, that no sexually immoral person, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and God.  Let no one deceive you with empty words.  For because of these thing, the wrath of God comes on the children of disobedience.  Therefore don’t be partakers with them.  For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord.  Walk as children of light, for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth, proving what is well pleasing to the Lord.  Have no fellowship with the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but rather even reprove them.” Ephesians 5:5-11

Picking and Choosing

People who feel that the Bible should be rewritten may not realize it, but they’re likely entangled in a kind of hypocrisy.  They may declare that a certain sexual orientation isn’t a sin, that you should be free to be with anyone you love, but then when they see someone who’s married having an extramarital affair, they’ll condemn them for their infidelity.  However, by their same belief that a person should be free to be with anyone they love and it’s not a sin, then the married person shouldn’t be condemned for being with the person they love outside of their marriage.

We, as humans, may try to pick and choose which sins are acceptable and which are not, but we can never actually make it true.

We have the ability of choice.  We can choose to be gay and we can choose to have an affair.  We can choose to steal and we can choose to kill.  Some may say that homosexuality isn’t a choice, that people are born that way.  The truth is that we may have sinful tendencies—a person may have homosexual tendencies or the inclination to have a hot temper, but that doesn’t mean that person has to choose be gay or allow their anger to get the better of them.

“‘All things are lawful for me,’ but not all things are expedient.” 1 Corinthians 6:12

We are not slaves to our sin; we have the choice to say no and the Path to overcome it.

“Therefore don’t let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.  Also, do not present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.  What then?  Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace?  May it never be!  Don’t you know that when you present yourselves as servants and obey someone, you are servants of whomever you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?  But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bondservants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were delivered.  Being made free from sin, you became bondservants of righteousness.” Romans 6:12-18

Yesterday, Today, and Forever

The Bible itself gives a few indications to refute the idea that the message of the Bible would be different it were written today.

“Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness” 2 Timothy 3:16

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that through perseverance and through encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

We Can Be Free

Because of God’s great love for us and Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross to make atonement for our sins, we do not have to be slaves to our sin.  Through the power of Christ we can be free.  Though the journey may be hard, the Bible tells us:

“No temptation has taken you except what is common to man.  God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13

You may say, “But I have been tempted beyond what I’m able!”  However, you had the ability to say no, to walk away; you may have even heard that little voice in your head warning you—you just didn’t listen.  You have the choice not to sin.  However, you can’t overcome sin on your own, but with God you can.

“Trust in Yahweh with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

You can choose today leave behind slavery to sin and accept the freedom, love, and redemption in Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him.” John 3:16-17

3 thoughts on “The Bible…Rewritten?: Biblical Truth & Cultural Values

    • Thank you. Yes, abiding in Christ can safeguard us from the sorrows of living outside of his love. Like a sojourner in a frozen land we can choose to brave the cold alone or we can accept the warmth and protection offered to us in the blanket of His love.

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