Reading the posts of many bloggers who express faith it always intrigues me how the expressions reflect what they want to believe.
If for example a person with faith wants to believe or practice something not condoned in the scripture the first step is to rationalise the context. To explain what the author meant. Some even tell us that God would change views at the same time as society.
A Classic Rationalisation
The use of images and idols in the Christian Church but 1 John 5: 21 possibly one of the last three books written simply states: “21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” The christian church has made so much of devotional images in worship and has licensed the production of them it is viewed as an appropriate part of personal worship.
The bible writers hadn’t changed their message from Genesis to Revelation Idolatry is to be condemned, it is associated with unclean or impure worship. But, “as we have faith god will understand”. That is a bit like saying I’ll park on the pavement here or abandon my car in the middle of the road, the authorities will understand I just have an errand to run.
Think of another 1 Corinthians 6: 9 -11 is often the focus of religious groups because it says homosexuality is practised by unrighteous people. But have you taken the time to read the rest of the scripture “Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.” That same list includes practices that are accepted in most religious groups or excused because there are mitigating circumstances.
Faith and Morality
Is it possible to have faith in the God of the Bible and live in a way that the Bible (the christian guide) clearly states is immoral from god’s point of view?
Paul in making the statement in 1 Corinthians 6 opens with the words “Do not be mislead” so those who relax their moral code to ensure that their faith reflects contemporary thinking are certainly missing the point.
Jesus made the point repeatedly when healing others that their faith had been a major factor. We know Jesus had the power to do many things but he refers to the faith of those he healed. Not all of those who received that healing followed him publicly because they were afraid of how society would treat them.
The same applies today. Many want to stand out and clearly state that certain practices, views or religious activities are incompatible with God’s standards and inheriting the Kingdom.
Contemporary Faith isn’t going to save anyone when it deviates from the scripture therefore, jealously guard the bible teachings, check out what the bible actually says for yourself.
Remember although God’s capacity to forgive is bigger than our heart, God provides a moral line of acceptable conduct, yes what is required for modern faith remains consistent, to keep his commands, observe his teaching and show our faith, literally draw close to god because he WILL draw close to you.