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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A theological question for today - Is the Bible really about Right and Wrong?

So, before you jump on my case, please consider the ponderings I am having as I see more and more moral controversy in this country of ours.

In California recently, a school board determined that students need to be taught heroes of different causes that aren't currently in their history books, including handicapped persons who overcame, and homosexuals who led the civil rights cause or were heroes in the military, etc.  There is a big concern that this will promote to young children some inappropriate behaviors, as well as make more mainstream something that parents may not want taught to their children.  While the marriage amendment politics brought out the leadership of many different religions, this cause seems to be left to the evangelical Christian leadership to fight.  It does not actually look like they are prepared to do so.

My question that is arising from all this is noted in the title - is the Bible about right and wrong, or is it something even greater than this, above the petty arguments of us imperfect humans?  I covet your thoughts on this.  Here is my theory, for you to poke holes in.

I see six or seven key purposes for the Bible, as it is written.  I am sure there are many others, but for consideration, here is my list:

1. To further prove the fact that there is a creator God.  (I believe the creation proves it independently of the Bible, so the information in the Bible is for additional support to those of us who struggle to accept this fact)

2. To reveal what life is like in connection to God (we have joy, guidance, etc)

3. To explain to us what happens when we die, as we are connected to God.

4. To show us what God's expectations are for us in this connection  - (to be perfect, to help others see how great it is to be connected to God)

5. To show us what breaks this connection (Imperfection - we call this sin, and it encompasses a tremendous number of actions or thoughts that we choose of our free will to do, which break our fellowship with God, and leave us at risk to the world)

6. To show us how to restore this connection once and for all (as well as to deal with those times when we temporarily break the fellowship)

7. To show us the consequences of living outside of this connection, now and in the future.

There are lots of ways to think about this, but in summary a relationship with God is better than anything else we will ever experience, but we have difficulty making and keeping this relationship intact because of the sins that are common to us all.  The Bible explains and demonstrates these sins for us so we can understand what not to do, in order to keep our relationship pure.

In the old testament, without the Holy Spirit as a guide, He used Moses to deliver a series of rules to follow to keep the relationship intact, while also providing achievable actions for restoring broken fellowship, so the benefits of being in God's will could be experienced.

In the new testament, Jesus Christ comes into the world and demonstrates for us the very personal nature of our relationship with God.  He described behaviors that pleased God as well as those which broke fellowship.  He tells us that a Holy Spirit will come into us, and provide us personal guidance on how to maintain fellowship and grow in our relationship with God. 

Paul came along and helped these new Christians understand that there were still directions to follow to maintain this fellowship with God, even though Jesus became the new sacrifice, eliminating many of the old sacrifices and rules.

Now, governments have come and gone many times since the first Christians.  In some cases, a government would implement a rule of law that was very similar to Biblical rules.  This made the scriptures a legal definition of what is wrong to do in that culture.  However, this did not mean that there would never be a change.  As people began to explore the freedoms that come from the rule of the governed, the realization came about that laws could be changed at the will of the majority.

We experience this today, as polls and surveys are used to justify changes to laws, whether in agreement with scripture or not.  Christians in turn, fight back by positioning the Bible as an authority on right and wrong to a culture that does not even acknowledge that God exists in many cases. In other cases, they recognize His existence but do not let that fact influence their decisions.  These new decisions are made on the relative situations of the moment, political winds and popular views of the enlightened.

The bottom line of this long winded discussion is this.  The Bible is a book that deals with a relationship with our creator, God.  It is not a legal document in our current culture.  If we do not see the value of being in fellowship with God, and the joy of understanding wisdom, feeling fulfilled and happy in a very sad culture, we are certainly not going to be drawn to rules more restrictive than our government requires!

We must first demonstrate and teach the value of our relationship with God, before we can show how the Bible reveals those actions that disconnect this relationship.  Otherwise we will fight a fight for morality, family values and restraint that will fall on deaf ears.

Please help me work through these thoughts!!!!!!!!

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