Wednesday, March 25, 2009

God of... Excuses?

I haven’t quite known how to start this post...

This past week, I’ve had some very interesting conversations with someone I work for. I thought this person to be a good, solid Christian, and was actually starting to look up to them as such. Guess an overlying theme is not to hold anyone on this earth too high.

I can’t even recall how we started the initial conversation. I think this person had brought up something concerning pork and what we eat. This person and their family are very wanton with what they put in their mouths, and I’ve watched their children suffer for it with boils and soars on a regular basis.

This person’s point was that they didn’t think doing so was sin. Yet, what is sin? “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4

God says in the Old Testament to refrain from eating pork -that is a law. For good reason, too! There is always a reason with God...

However, this person brought something up to me concerning this issue. Apparently the Bible gives us an excuse to do what we want. Can it be true? I wasn’t about to take his word for it. I came home and went to the Word and researched not only the Word but what it was saying by digging deeper into meanings of words, etc.

And I found this - that approached every verse this man pulled out to support his claims. I have checked this site and find it to be a credible source with no alternate intentions other than to uphold the Bible in every way, as is. (If you find otherwise, let me know.)

Between the two sides, this was the most reasonable. Not only that but it relied on God and His Word and there was no need to ignore the facts -pork is bad for you and, even with man made technology like refrigeration (main words here are MAN MADE), it is still a threat to your life. Basically, for this person to have been correct in this discussion, they would have had to change the Bible. All over the place! So, they were placing man above God. Are you?

I wasn’t about to have it. God’s Word is perfect as is! And I will forever proclaim this to be true because I know it to be. Has nothing to do with faith (in terms of following blindly) of any kind, but truth and reality and what is good.

So, the question is, would God really change His mind on something He had already said? What does that say about God? What does that say about us for portraying Him as such? And we wonder why so many people now a days have a hard time coming to Christ!

Christ said in Matthew 5:17, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law.” The fact of the matter is that pigs have not changed. Neither have these bodies of ours. That was not Christ’s purpose in coming.

In conclusion, this person said he would have to “get a revelation from God” on the matter. But, what about this... 1) I was brought to them to work. Had never met them before in my life. 2) God has blessed me with a working mind, a willingness to learn, and the understanding of these things. 3) I brought it up and shared it with them from the love and concern of my heart as a fellow follower of Christ. And 4) The proof is clearly there in favor of God’s Word, all we have to do is search it out.

What more of a revelation do we need????

Yes, I do believe that God can tell us, “this is right.” But so many times His voice is overshadowed by our selfishness or wants or needs. Plus, God did use people (prophets and even nobodies) as well as proof (the plagues in Egypt come to mind) of Him to relay his messages. Why would He have stopped using those means today?

If this is an issue you are struggling with as well, I would suggest you pray about it, yes, but also seek to learn and ask God to teach you. The best decisions made are those that we know both sides of and make based on what is right and good -based on God.

Two things to remember... “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” John 10:10

~It is very possibly you are being lied to and deceived by the Enemy about pork as well as other things. If it is a threat to your life, it's safe to say that it is not of God.

"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."

~Asking isn’t the end. We must seek as well... Thank you, Billy Coffey for the reminder of this verse. :)

~L. Pierce

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