Thursday, May 29, 2014

Something to Think About

THINK ABOUT IT: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are characteristic traits that have no laws against them. So why do we as humans choose to live a life contradictory to these traits, traits that lead to breaking the law, hurting others and ourselves?  Traits such as sexual immorality, impurity, hatred, discord, jealously, fists of rage, selfish ambition, envy, drunkenness, impurity, etc.  Is it because we don’t like being told what to do?  Is it because we are stubborn?  Is it because we are rebellious?  Is it because truth is relative?  Is it because the Bible tells us we should live lives of integrity and since people are so extremely opposed to the Bible they choose not to? 

I think it is all of these things.  One thing I don’t understand is why the last reason is even a option for why we choose to live like this.  I believe it is because we have ranked our evil acts with murdering another human as the ultimate sin!  Here is where this ranking falls short; regardless of how "innocent", one shortcoming leads to another. If you choose not to have self-control and end up acting out one of the traits the bible labels as "acts of the flesh", you will end up going down a path of destruction you never intended to take.  Furthermore, where do we get this ranking?  Where do we decide what acts are bad and constituted as sin?  If truth is relative then shouldn’t it be OK for people to just murder each other if they feel like it and not be punished?  Shouldn’t it be OK for people to rape young children because it makes them feel good?  If truth is relative who makes these laws that pretty much every living, breathing, human being on this Earth accept?  Who is the ultimate lawmaker if no one is perfect and we all have shortcomings and failures.  Wouldn’t something like this require someone perfect to decide what is right and wrong? 

Here are what people; both Christian and Non-Christian don’t understand (I say Christian because for a long time during my walk with Christ I thought the same way and I know others who have said the same).  God isn’t sitting up in heaven, telling us what to do because He is a mean God.  He isn’t telling us what to do because He enjoys watching us fail so He can punish us.  He isn’t telling us what to do because he doesn’t want us to have fun and enjoy our life.  In fact, that thought is completely against His nature. 

God gives us these laws because He is our Creator.  He knows what is best for us and He knows what will give us a satisfied, pleasurable life.  The creation needs to know its limits.  He knows us and this earth better than we ever can or will because He made it and us.  Who knows a creation better than its creator?  Not even the creation itself for only the potter knows the purpose of His creation.  Instead of trusting His plan for us, we choose to rebel against it because we don’t like being told what to do and we are stubborn and think we know what is best.  (For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. ~Romans 1:25)

God also gives us a choice, free will, and a creative mind to either fulfill His purpose, or create our own purpose.   I’ve never met anyone who lived with the intention of wanting to be a murderer.  I’ve never met anyone with the intention of wanting to be a child molester.  I’ve never met anyone with the intention of destroying their perfect family so they could fulfill the fantasy of an affair.  I never met anyone who wants to be a rapist.  I never met anyone who wanted to destroy their integrity by being a money launderer.  These things just aren’t natural.   They are contrary to our nature and our purpose. We weren’t created to be these types of people.  We choose which direction our heart goes and we are always given opportunities to get off that path before we end up destroying ourselves. 

Every person I have ever talked to wants to feel significant.  They want to make a difference in the world.  They want to live a life that is peaceful, fulfilling and satisfying deep down to the core of their being.  They want to feel free.  The good news is, we were called to be free.  When we use our freedom to indulge in the worldly, selfish desires instead of serving others humbly with love, we go down the wrong path ending up as something we never intended to be.  But when we allow the Spirit of God to lead us, we don’t need to worry about whether or not we are doing what is right because what is right will just come naturally, out of love for God and others. 

This is something I wish everyone would understand.  If each person in this world would live a life the way it was intended to be lived, and live the way they were created, I can’t even begin to fathom how great this Earth would be, like heaven I guess.  Better than my wildest imagination I reckon.  Enjoy your life the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

Galatians 5

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