I see…dozens, maybe hundreds of people using this same dangerous logic lately. It’s a logical progression in their mind but it is founded on flawed logic. Here is the brunt of it.
“God would not violate my moral code.”
Here’s why that’s flawed. Let’s break down the logical progression here.
- I believe in God, creator of the universe, being to whom I owe all.
- God wrote a book explaining to me how to conduct my life.
- This word of God should shape and change me.
- I’m going to ignore the parts that violate my moral code. – Kinda goes off the rails here.
So you believe in God, you know he wrote the Bible, but you think there’s this stop sign in the middle of the road when you get to parts that make you uncomfortable. You’re saying your moral code is superior to God’s? Then why do you worship him if you are the superior being?
So you’ve essentially missed the point entirely. God’s word commands you, not the other way around.
Also, God specifically warned us against this faulty logic! He put a man through a living nightmare simply for the illustration!
Genesis: 22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
And let’s be clear here. There was no second guessing or Abraham wondering if he was crazy or if it was the devil. When God literally calls your name, you know it’s God. He carried his son to the mountain and was just about to kill him when God told him to stop.
Do you think that violated Abe’s moral code? I think it probably did. I think it probably did some serious damage to the man mentally. Think about how raising a knife to your child, getting ready to watch them bleed out like you’d seen happen so often with livestock, and then just getting a “hold up, hold up, nevermind” from God. Why did God DO THAT? WHY WOULD A LOVING GOD DO THAT TO HIS SERVANT?
Because it illustrates a point that we don’t ever have to wonder about now. It’s a simple message. And it’s extremely important.
God doesn’t care about your personal desires, your moral code, your belief system outside of him. He simply. does. not. He cares about what he knows is best for you. Yet like children who don’t want to brush their teeth, we simply pretend we put the toothepaste on the brush, swish some water around our mouth, and go to bed, refusing to believe that “our parents would give us cavities.” It’s stupid flawed logic that a child would succumb to, and it’s not getting our teeth any cleaner.
If you have decided to be a Christian and follow God and it wasn’t because you wanted to CHANGE, then why do it? To add a keychain to your belt? A little piece of flair? A trinket for display? That’s not what worshipping God is. Worshipping God is your whole life. If you do it right. I won’t say you need to do this or that or what the secret code to correctly believing in and worshipping God is, because there is no right answer. There is, provided for us a very simple outline in Proverbs (as well as a redonkulous amount of specificity elsewhere.)
Proverbs 3:5Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
So lift your hands and dance or clasp your hands and scowl, as long as you follow that Proverb, you’re doing better than most.
That’s how you live your life. Notice how specifically in that passage God says “lean not on your own understanding.”
So right there in God’s simplest explanation for what belief entails is the idea that you should not be making up your own mind about God’s word. God’s word should be making up your mind for you.
If you surrender your life to God and absolutely nothing changes, you should be very concerned. If you do not find you must now walk a narrower path in life now that you are following God, you should be very concerned. If you follow any path but the one through Christ, you should be very concerned, and if you think the word of God is fluid, changeable, malleable, or God help me…fallible, then you should reconsider the idea that you are in fact a follower of God. You may be being lead by something entirely different.
But despite Abraham’s amazing faith, and breathtaking stewardship, we still have people spitting in his face, deciding these large swaths of the Bible don’t apply for whatever reason.
Some state because the Bible was written so long ago, that it didn’t take into account modern society and culture.
- Society and culture’s shifting tides do not factor in to God’s will. See: Genesis 22
Some say that the Bible was written by men and is therefore subject to their influence.
- God wrote the Bible, period. See: 2 Timothy 3:16
Some say they just “don’t think God would damn innocent people to hell.”
- He could if he wanted to, it wouldn’t be for you to run through your moral filter, he’s God Almighty. Even so, he hasn’t. He is a merciful God and provided every one of us a way off this rock. God doesn’t damn anyone, Adam damned us all. See: John 3:16, Romans 5:14
Basically what all of this hubbub boils down to is “I don’t want to change my beliefs.”
Then, my friend, you don’t have any interest in following God. If you’re going to go to work, you have to wear pants. If you’re going to go to the hospital, you wear the gown that shows your rear. When you’re born you’re naked and when you’re born again you’re bathed in the blood of Christ. That’s just the way it is.
That’s just not up for discussion. You’re in or you’re out. If you think you’re in, you’re out. If you’re dipping a toe in, you’re out. If you’re considering being in but sort of weighing your options because you’re not sure how going to church is going to affect your spin class schedule, you’re out. If you have no conviction to abstain from your sin, you’re out. You see where this is going?
It’s really a very simple conclusion. You can’t double read this verse. It’s not interpretable. It is only a face value message from Christ the embodiement of God himself.