Recently I was listening to Apologetics Dot Com (ADC) podcast where the conversation of the attributes of God where discussed and love being one of many attributes that God possess was part of that discussion.
God’s love is often misunderstood by all of us and if not truly defined Biblically it can twist and pervert quite quickly.
Best way to define God’s love, at least for me anyway is to look at this way. If you had a child that took a metal knife and ran to the electrical socket hoping to see what happens when they jam that knife in, what would you immediately do and what also would you do to convey to that child why jamming a knife into an electrical socket is bad.
Now I can’t speak for any parents in general but I would stop my child very harshly to keep them from hurting them and then I would do what it took to convey that sticking anything in a power socket is a bad thing.
That is what God does for the us, he did it for mankind during Noah’s time, he did it to his chosen people the Jews in their time and he will do the same to you and I in our time.
The question is will we know when he is doing this and will we know how to respond when he does it or will we just chalk it up to a bad day, karma or just bad luck?
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 [b]bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Contrast to how we define love in today’s life. Love is pleasure, love is lust, love is desire, love is what I want regardless of what others want, love is me.
This is where we go wrong, we either truly don’t know what love is or our wants and desires get in the way because we either deny God or just conveniently disregard who and what God is.
You wonder why our society is crying right now, why it feels like people are emotionally and morally bankrupt.
Well it’s because we have love wrong and we tend to pervert it at every angle. We pervert it for money, for our own desire, for our own lust and eventually that extends beyond the barriers of our own homes and starts to expand in life outside those who indulge too much.
If you break down 1st Corinthians you get a stark punch in the eye of how we get God’s love wrong.
Love is patient: We lack patience, we want our lust and desires now. US News 2013 reports nearly 48% people 15-33 years of age live together before they get married and 75% lived with their partner at some point in their lives before marriage yet divorce rate of 50% still remains the same, we simply want more than we should because we are inpatient and we think we know more.
Love is kind and not jealous: How many of us get this wrong, we want what we want regardless of whom and what it affects and how kind is that. Jealousy can break you and break a relationship. Again we put our lust and desires ahead of what is best for us and most of all God
Love does not brag and is not arrogant: Do you enjoy those parades that show off love, the TV programs that teach a different kind of love you know or is it just lust for our entertainment that is being showed off.
Arrogance is choosing to ignore what God has described what is best and doing what you think is best. Bragging to everyone about your conquest to the point it’s the norm and not shameful, letting that conquest define you is not love.
Are we so arrogant that we brag we know more than what God has given us; we can define love better than God?
Love does not act unbecomingly: Love is not dishonoring one’s self or someone else; it is not unsuitable or indecent.
Dishonoring our society, or family doing indecent acts against what God has created and described and demanding it to be good or at least tolerated. It is done time and time again, lust and desire trump honoring God, oneself, others and self control.
It does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered: My desire is what I want, love does not do this. I will do what I want to get what I want no matter who gets hurt.
Love does not provoke to get what it wants, love does not get what it wants it is given freely because it’s love.
If you hurt me I won’t love you, if you judge me I won’t love you regardless of what I do or what I want. Love is there regardless of what happens no matter what happens it gives compassion when we make mistakes but firmly reminds to give compassion as well.
Does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth: God made laws, wrote commandments, and describes his love, the contrary is unrighteous. No matter what we do we cannot rewrite what God commands and descriptions but instead we should seek his truth in these matters not excuses to make them okay.
Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things: Love takes on hurt and heals it, it trusts us when we do not deserve to be trusted, it gives hope when all hope seems lost and because of this God’s love endures all things no matter how much we pervert or distort his love, God never stops loving us.
If God is love then 1 Corinthians 13 verses 4-13 is who and what God is. With this kind of unconditional love, can we not try our best to do the same for each other in the name of “God is Love”?
This was my question of the day about two weeks ago on my Facebook page; it did not get any takers for opinions.
One either it was too deep of a question or it was one of those no duh questions but regardless it is something that people sometimes do.
My answer is no; we cannot define our own morality only God can define morality and he already defined what it is not and how we stay away from immorality.
Now one might say then “where are those definitions and guidelines and if you say they are Biblical are we then supposed to read the Bible every time we are faced with a moral dilemma”?
Well it would not hurt to do some reading now and then but one does not really have to go too far and read Exodus 20and you get God’s definition of what he expects from us, they are called the Ten Commandments and they pretty much cover it all.
You might also skim over toMatthew 22: 37-4037 “And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [o]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
With these two commandments we follow all the Ten Commandments in Exodus and any other rules and laws that are defined by man.
Understanding we are all sinners and we will always fall short that is a given and to make things more interesting we live with unbelievers that sometimes don’t see eye to eye with the Ten Commandments and Jesus’ 2 commandments.
We live in a world that sometimes likes to make up and pass new laws that hide or make the wrong look and feel right.
What makes us viable in this world of sin is that God gives us Grace, if we accept his son Jesus in our lives then we are forgiven.
We are not worthy of his grace but it is a free gift all he asks is we follow him but we cannot define our own morality and toss God’s moral law aside and expect grace afterwords.
He will convict your heart and he will do that because he loves you 1 Thessalonians 1:4-6. The question is will you look, listen and know that conviction when it happens and what will you do when it comes?
This is the second in a series of four defining the four denominations of atheism, last week I went over the 1st denomination the non acting or detached atheist, this blog goes over the 2nd denomination, how they view and live in their doctrine known as Atheism
The 2nd denomination is what I call the Reaching out or Seeking Atheist. They view their atheism more like humanism without this view they would have a meaningless belief.
They can have migration from the 1st denomination but more often not. Normally the children of the 1st denomination will seek the 2nd denomination because of lack of a foundation of belief that the 1st denomination did not give. The 3rd denomination will too sometimes migrate to the second and mainly again looking for something that they have not found in the core atheism belief or sometimes just to distance themselves from the underling ideology of the 3rd denomination.
The 2nd denomination again knows there is a God but rebukes God in the name of man hoping someday humans will evolve into a god of its own. They are humanist in nature much like the vision Gene Rodenberry the creator of the Star Trek franchise. Man does not need a God he can evolve in such a way he will either become a little god or have no need for any God.
Most of these 2nd denominational atheist are liberal in nature and don’t view their country to be the great savor of the world but view the multiculturalism evolutionary thought to be the savor of the world or worlds.
Their liberal ideology allows them to disregard God, moral law and natural law thus allowing them a lifestyle that cannot be in judgment. Since there is no God then everyone can make their own moral ideas, ethics are your own ethics its all relative and no one dare judge because after all why are your moral ides and ethics more important than mine.
The 2nd atheist see’s religion as a weakness or hindrance to progress. The view a person is better off believing in themselves than God because the belief in God requires self sacrifice, obeying, faith, trust and accountability in something that sometimes cannot be seen or touched.
The 2nd or seeking atheist feels faith and trust have to be something that is seen or touched but disregards the hypocrisy of theory’s such as evolution and the big bang.
Science is not always their first belief but man himself can be the god of this atheist. This 2nd denomination takes people down the wrong path, a path of disobedience from the God of the Bible, most feel a belief in God is bondage and with no God is freedom.
They try and take faith and trust of God away and convince you that you are your only way contrary to what Jesus said in John 14:6.
The path is full of non judgmental immorality and relativism, creating rules that fit your life and if you disagree of my rules you certainly cannot judge or condemn regardless of who it hurts and how it affects the society.
When dealing with the 2nd denominational atheist know that many are not grounded in their doctrine and make a hodge podge of believe out of humanism, secularism and new age philosophy. This is the main reason why the 4th denomination atheist hates or despises the 2nd or seeking atheist. The pure atheist labels them as secular Christians and they would be correct on this label.
The idea of moral and ethics and right and wrong have to come from somewhere, the 2nd or seeking atheist would like us to believe it evolved but knows it could not have evolved because they cannot explain conscience and why no other creature has had this evolutionary process as well.
The 2nd denomination atheist requires one to know not only the atheist doctrine but humanism, and the secularist ideas as well in order to witness. These atheists again sometimes have many ideas of why they won’t seek the God of the Bible as the one true God.
They are not to be feared but to have patients with. Cutting through their liberal ideology can be the first obstacle, there are a few conservative seekers but most are just economically conservative not socially conservative.
Prayer, patients and friendship is the up most important. Be clear on what you believe and be clear on what God states morally and ethically do not waiver on these issues otherwise you risk getting accused of being hypocritical something the second atheist is well aware and most likely deals with being a part of this doctrine.
This was posted on my Facebook feed the other day by a FB friend that I actually know and work with and although it’s taken mid chapter it’s a very important message King Solomon was writing. The full context can be started at Proverbs chapter 2 verses 1 through 11 and here we get a very good lesson on why following God and his word would be beneficial to us.
My son,if you accept my words and store up my commands within you,2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding— 3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 7 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
If we could just trust and obey God’s word and have faith in how he directs us we too will be great men and women like Solomon was.
If you view this passage in an objective way you can see God is telling you that if you walk with him follow him he will grant you wisdom and integrity. He is also telling us if you do not walk with God and fallow him you are doomed to deal with ignorance and dishonor.
It does not take too much intelligence to see this, countries that have embraced The God of the Bible have been more so prosperous and viewed with integrity while on the flip side countries that have refused to put God first or embrace him have not always been so wealthy and most have been viewed with corruption or deceitful.
Individuals follow the same path and can be held to the same standard. How has your walk with God been, do people view you as honest and have been blessed with common sense. Just because a man or woman does not have monetary wealth does not mean they do not have wealth.
Jesus tells many parables of being rich in money but having a bankrupted soul. What Solomon was writing here is when you follow God, when you look to God for your decisions, and when you except The God of the Bible as your God he will give you wisdom, morality and ethical integrity and that is something that money cannot buy.