Prejudice

Will prejudice ever end?

All have experienced prejudice at some point! It could be social status, skin colour, ethnicity, education, the way we dress, each of us can think of many reasons.

Society often falls back on blaming the past for current prejudice, historical wrongs must account for modern prejudice, many ascribe religion and the conversion to Christianity or another faith as a basis for historical justification. The clergy led with the idea that God preferred one race over another. How accurate is that?

The Bible and Prejudice

The Bible, contains 66 canonical books, it is a library of Gods dealings with humans. What was Gods view on how we should treat one another? The law given to Moses is often quoted as highly prejudicial but note something outstanding here in Deuteronomy 1: 16 “At that time I instructed your judges, ‘When you hear a case between your brothers, you are to judge with righteousness between a man and his brother or a foreign resident.” There was no distinction. This standard applied to all the laws and commandments.

There was an interesting point about those who chose to live with God’s people, they had to keep God’s law. They could not practice their own faith, or live by their own. They could not require that the Israelites change their laws out of tolerance. Rather the migrant had decided to live under God’s Law. By doing so they were assured of justice.

The nation decided to accept and tolerate the foreign Gods, therefore, leaving their faith. But as soon as they did prejudice emerged.

By the time of the Christians – the new congregation, God’s people following had that standard changed? Would God tolerate injustice in the congregation? Notice the Apostle Pauls words at Acts 17: 26 to 28 “And he made out of one man every nation of men to dwell on the entire surface of the earth, and he decreed the appointed times and the set limits of where men would dwell,27 so that they would seek God, if they might grope for him and really find him, although, in fact, he is not far off from each one of us.28 For by him we have life and move and exist, even as some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his children.’” Recognizing the same origin and the same standard.

What did this mean? Acts 10: 34 to 36, “At this Peter began to speak, and he said: “Now I truly understand that God is not partial,35 but in every nation the man who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.36 He sent out the word to the sons of Israel to declare to them the good news of peace through Jesus Christ—this one is Lord of all.” Equal in the eyes of the creator, note the words of James the Brother of Jesus in James 2: 1 “My brothers, you are not holding to the faith of our glorious Lord Jesus Christ while showing favoritism, are you?” Prejudice is favouritism in action carry on reading through to verse 13. James makes powerful points about justice and equality.

In James 1: 25 “But the one who peers into the perfect law that belongs to freedom and continues in it has become, not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; and he will be happy in what he does.” we have a description of true freedom it does not link it to race, ethnicity, education, wealth or religion. Just as it was for the national of Israel Christians are required to keep Gods commandments, those who want the benefits of Christian living must also live by those standards.

What the Bible really teaches us!

The bible shows that all people are equal in God’s eyes, he doesn’t discriminate, however, to receive the promised benefits we must actively follow God’s standards, his laws and requirements. No dilution, watering down the medicine to make it more palatable. Think in terms of a Doctor providing a course of treatment, the principle is always that the medication needs to be administered in a specific way. Now you make the decision that although you have been told alcohol counteracts the work of the treatment you enjoy it and you’ll have your regular tipple. Is it right to expect the treatment to be as effective? Can we blame the Doctor if the treatment failures? Can we criticise those who follow the treatment prescribe and benefit?

This describes the basis for some much prejudice. The desire to extend the benefits to all but diluting the rules to make society palatable.

God’s standards have not change

We are all equal before God, his requirement to enjoy the benefit of that equality is keep his commandments and extend genuine love to fellow believers. Jesus words at John 13: 35 “By this all will know that you are my disciples—if you have love among yourselves.” states the this love is the identifying mark of true Christians.

This unity exists today – there is a group of people who have put aside prejudice, seeking to live in harmony with God’s standards this link takes you to examples of how Love has changed lives follow the example of Johny and Gideon

This is just a glimpse of the promised future for those who accept God’s prescription for humanity and accept the government he has established with his Son Jesus.

These benefits are global, finding out more in the language you speak and read is easier than ever. Find out how you can live in a world free from prejudice and Enjoy Life Forever!

God’s Word is Alive

Are we allowing God’s Word to transform our life? It is very easy to say “well that’s who I am you just have to take me as you find me!” or that “God will accept me for who I am – he will forgive all my sins so why bother?”

Notice the words here in Romans 12: 2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The Greek word Paul used here is “me·ta·mor·phoʹo” which translates as metamorphosis and we associate this transformation with a butterfly. To continue to exist the butterfly must go through this transformation.

So what is the impact of Gods word on our lives? Well note what Paul says here is 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 10 says: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

These are characteristics and actions that most faiths accept, saying that Jesus death covers all of our sins and yet none of these practices or those who practice them will inherit God’s Kingdom.

So what impact did this information have on those Christians in Corinth?

Note verse 11: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” They made changes as other translations help us to appreciate.

We need to accept that what we have been taught is acceptable to God by the religions of this planet just don’t reflect his standards. When refering to I Corinthhians 6 many evangelical groups and fundamentalists state that homosexuality is condemned but forget all of the other things listed, fornication, idolatry, and adultery.

Paul did not pick on the LGBT community he stated clearly that all sexually immoral choices were judged in the same way.

If we want to be acceptable to God and inherit the Kingdom what do we need to do?

  • Read God’s Word
  • Let it soak into our heart and mind
  • conform to the things we read
  • develop the traits and practices that please God
  • where we struggle pray for help and lean on god
  • spend time with people who want to please God in the same way
  • Live with the bible as our guide and reject the Godless society

We learn many things from the experiences of others – we have Pauls example he was a foremost sinner in his own words but the Bible truth transformed his life. Does that happen today?

Notices some of the experiences in the video link here.

The Bible transforms lives – as Hebrews 4: 12 “For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Those who want to find out more please follow the link to JW.ORG