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The Bible seems to be clear that sex is more than just a physical act, it has a spiritual side that is much more important than the physical. The ideal is one man and one woman in one relationship for life. Like in the garden they are naked and unashamed, not just physical but completely open and vulnerable to the other person with complete trust that their mate will always treat them with love, respect, and grace. They act as one, supporting each other in everything, protecting each other and sacrificing for each other in every situation. 

So, what does sexual sin do?  Paul talks of “joining” yourself to a prostitute, so there must be a spiritual consequence to sex outside of the ideal. Could it be that treating sex as purely physical is anti-spiritual and causes all sexual unions even those in a subsequent marriage to be purely physical also, by comparison with with past unions, devoid of the spiritual union we need. 

How do we (the fornicaters amount us) get back to the ideal?  We have faith in our spouse. Hebrews 11:1 By Faith: Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 

Our Hope is for a partner who will love and cherish us in sickness and in health, in bad times and good, who won’t hold our mistakes against us. These things are in the future so assurance can only come from conviction and trust, and that is faith. 

We are to be the bride of Christ. But we have whored around in this life with other gods and that “anti-spiritual” thingy has us pretty screwed up.  The solution is the same, faith, the assurance of things hoped for in a future we cannot see.  In this way we become the Body of Christ, sharing in His life, fully us but also fully knowing Him. Naked and unashamed. 

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Posted: July 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

Is Gods love based on who we are or who He is?

Luke 15:11

The Parable of the Lost Sons

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.

If the story stopped here what would me know?  That there was a family, a father and two sons. Not an older man and two younger males, but a Father and his sons.  They were in the same family, related by blood, genetically related.  These were not friends of the family or nephews, or foster children residing in the home.  They were SONS of the Father. 

Luke 15:12

The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

What do we know now?  Besides the disrespect we know that the younger son knows who his father is, and that he has an inheritance. 

Luke 15:13

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.

The father allowed his son the freedom to abuse the wealth he had giver him. There were obviously no strings attached, no trusty to make sure the son invested wisely till he grew up. It was his inheritance to do with as he wished, even to squander it. Do you think he learned that from his father?  If not where did it come from?

Luke 15:14

After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

Uhoh, shouda been more prudent, maybe put some back for a rainy day. Really f****d that up. 

Luke 15:15

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

Got himself into it, gonna get himself out. Pull yourself up by the old bootstraps. That’s the “American way”!! “You reap what you sow.”  You think the father wanted it that way? Was happy to see the ungrateful little prick learn a lesson?

Luke 15:17

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! Luke 15:18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. So he got up and went to his father.

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

He has his story together and is sticking with it. Do you think he really knows his father? If not where did he get this view of his father?

Luke 15:22

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

That’s the end of Act I, scenes 1,2,3,&4

What did we learn? The Father, who is obviously God, is generous to His children, He gives them the freedom to mess up and loves them anyway. The son was not lost to the Father, the son had lost sight of who the father was. While the son was loving the world, the Father was still loving the son. Even after giving everything to His children the Father still has more to give. 

ACT II

Luke 15:25

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 

Whoops, just about forgot about him. 

Luke 15:26-27

So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

Wait a minute here. I’m in and he’s out. 

Luke 15:28

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.

The Father pursues the older son, he doesn’t wait him out or get angry. 

Luke 15:29-30

But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

The older brother says ” faith without works is dead” and ” show me the fruit”, “you reap what you sow”. Where is the justice. Let me see your wrath

Luke 15:31-32

“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

The Father did not say this son of mine was dead, he said this brother of yours was dead. A child of the Father is never dead to Him. 

“And they all lived happily ever after” NOT. 

what is free will? Is it “could have done otherwise” ( libertarian free will), or is it a kind of ” soft determinism ” ( compatiblism) based on our nature?  What I mean is do we make decisions based on careful reasoning, choosing the course that is either in our self interest or that fits our moral paradigm, or do we make decisions based on our inner character, and if the latter is it really a free will decision?  

Obviously some decisions fit the libertarian profile, but I think most decisions upon careful reflection don’t. We think we are being rational and thoughtful but the outcome was a forgone conclusion. We go with our group. 

How does this fit in with the Christian perspective of God?  If we really are ” born again”, new creatures, is our new character slowly transforming us into a new determined man?  And if so when we act like this new man at first and go against our old nature is this free will, but as we become more like Christ does it become determinism ( we really could not have done otherwise)?  Once you see the ” image of God ” in other people, once you start loving those people and when you start giving Grace because you’ve been given so much, you can’t go back. At that point God has worked all things for good for those called according to His sovereign purpose. 

Brokenness and repentance 

Posted: March 21, 2015 in Uncategorized

Is brokenness just Acknowledging our guilt and inability to not sin before a righteous God, or is it an emotional response to an overwhelming sense of despair at our state before the judgement of that righteous and holy God. 

Is repentance knowing you are guilty and knowing you should change, or is it a royal battle against your sin nature that is fought tooth and claw In every situation that you are aware of?

And the big question is, does it matter which definition applies to an individual as far as salvation is concerned?  Do we need to just “trust” in what was done for us on the cross, or must we do something. I’m not asking what we should do but what is necessary.

I think that everyone (maybe excluding sociopaths) believes we should try to be a better person and do what’s right. All people regret their transgressions. There may be a debate about what it takes to be a better person, what is right and what is a transgression (sin), but those debates go on in the church as well as the mosque the temple and the synagogue.  So it seems ALL believe in brokenness and repentance. Some wear sackcloth and ashes, some join monisteries, they used to sacrifice their children, and some say a prayer thanking God for grace and move on. 

To be a Christian we have to put out Trust in  Jesus.  But what do we trust him with and why do we need to. We trust that he has dealt with our sin (guilt/brokenness) and that it was necessary ( repentance).  Grace should free us to take joy in the knowledge that our guilt is dealt with.  And love should cause us to please our savior. Joy not brokenness and love not repentance. 

Because of what He could and did do it is not necessary for us to do what we can’t and won’t do. 

Inspired, infallible, inerrant?
Not a search for heresy but for truth.

The bible was written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit. It is inerrant in the way the original author intended. It is infallible in that it’s truths are eternal and lead to salvation.

The bible is NOT a history book (although it has historical narrative), it is not a self help book (although it is a great help and comfort in this life), it is not a science book (although it does not contradict science)

Inspired can mean lead by God thru dreams or by direct revelation or through oral tradition or wisdom writings or compiled poetry, etc. The bible has to be interpreted in the context and genre of the authors experiences, circumstances, tradition, writing style, method of revelation, and purpose. It is written so that the people of that era could understand it. It spoke to the observations of the hearer.

Inspired does NOT mean a word for word literal complete dictation of God speaking to the author (like the claims of the Quran). Paul speaks of mysteries not revealed and we see types of Jesus in the Old Testament. It is obvious that the original authors did not have this revelation.

The Bible is true in everything it teaches. The question is, what does it teach? Sometimes scripture may be telling us the truth about someone or something rather than what actually happened.

Was genesis 1 a literal history or a literary narrative. Was the flood regional or worldwide. Did job’s calamities all fall on the same day? Did Caesar count and tax the ENTIRE world or only the areas in and around Palestine?

Someone’s interpretation of scripture does not tell you they are correct. It only tells you how they interpret it (this does not mean there is no correct interpretation). Scripture is not subjective in that it can mean whatever you want it to mean, but it is not totally objective in that it only has meaning to the people and circumstances originally written to.

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Freedom (from what?)

Posted: October 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

What is freedom in Christ?

To be free we have to be free from something. To be free we have to be captive first. So what are we captive to. The bible talks about being enslaved. The conservative view is we are enslaved to sin,the liberal view is we are a slave to the law.

They are both right. We are a slave to the tyranny of the flesh. Our desires control us and on our own we are helpless to resist. We want what we want and can’t control ourselves. If we deny it we are simply lying to ourselves and if we believe the lye we are a fool.

We are also a slave to the tyranny of the law. We know what is right, we have a standard and hold others to it. We try to maintain that standard in ourselves and feel guilty when we don’t. If we don’t feel guilty we are an even a bigger fool.

So what is the answer? We will be a slave, a slave to Christ. But with Christ there is no tyranny, there is only love and compassion. We are a bond servant paid for with blood and set free, not after a period of time, we don’t earn our freedom. If we earned it by not being bad ( the flesh), or by being good (the law) then why the cross?

Freedom in Christ is the freedom to be a slave to the only good master. The master who serves His slaves and adopts them and gives them His kingdom as an inheritance forever. 

 But if the slave plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free,’ then his master shall bring him to God, and he shall bring him to the door or the doorpost. And his master shall bore his ear through with an awl, and he shall be his slave forever. Exodus 21:5-6