You might not realize that the last post titled “I Am a Homophobe” is an excerpt from a 9 page article.
The article is full of quotes and statistics, useful for countering all those “accepting” and “tolerant” people out there, who are accepting and tolerating a deadly, corrupt and corrupting lifestyle. The information is also useful for countering those virulent bullies hammering away at the goodness and love of a tolerant God and His followers.
The article is at www.wholebible.com/Homophobe if you want to get the straight scoop from knowledgeable people (including many quotes from homosexual literature) on this destructive choice.
There are no contradictions in the Bible. Yeah, I know, if you’re a believer you get the contradiction thing thrown at you all the time, but it’s just not true. The word contradiction literally means (from Latin) “to speak against” and includes “assertion of the opposite” or “direct opposition between things compared.” It is asserted that the Bible contradicts itself, therefore it cannot be believed. But it’s not the Bible that is contradictory, it is the person viewing it.
Usually the reason for the contradiction is all in the head. A contradiction is perceived because of limited understanding, limited information, or limited willingness to do what God says. Mostly it’s the lack of willingness. You can tell this by the extra tag on the alleged contradiction such as “I can’t believe in (or follow) a God who says He’s a God of love but would wipe out an entire race of people.” The “I can’t believe” statement gives them away. What they really mean is “I don’t want to do what God says and I’m using this as an excuse to do it.”
God is all love, but He is also all justice. He doesn’t stop being loving in order to be just, nor does He stop being just in order to love. He is always good, right, and holy. His love and justice go together. By definition whatever God does is good, right, holy, loving and just. We may not see it, or agree with His actions, but that does not mean that God contradicts Himself.
Have you ever heard it said, “You haven’t done what I’ve done” or “You wouldn’t understand what I’m going through because you haven’t been through it yourself” or similar statements? It’s wrong (do we have to hit a finger with every kind of hammer out there to know how it hurts with all of them?) but let’s go with the thought for a minute. People who trot out the contradiction thing judge the Bible without actually doing what it says. They haven’t “been through it themselves” so they will not understand. Their “natural minds” refuse God’s living oracles which affects understanding. They have no intention of doing what God says, therefore they think a contradiction exists in the Bible when it only exists in their head.
The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14, ESV)
So if you are accosted by a person who insists on contradictions, just tell them they don’t understand because they haven’t been through what you’ve been through!
Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the LORD our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike. (Deuteronomy 29:18–19, ESV)
Idolatry is bitter, and bears poisonous fruit like wormwood. It is “a root of bitterness” we get when we turn away from the covenant and “walk in the stubbornness of my heart.” When we turn away from His Law, we turn from justice or the fruit of righteousness to bitter wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth (Amos 5:7, 6:12).
Idolatry is “cheating” on God. We cheat Him with less than whole-hearted commitment. In public, we might claim to be like loyal spouses and do what God says. But when we ignore His Word it’s just like cheating on a spouse. Any thought or action that doesn’t match His Word is idolatry. Or adultery.
We might comfort ourselves that we are not idolaters because we don’t have a statue in the living room (let’s overlook the crucifix, Christmas tree, Easter eggs and bunnies for now). But idolatry is not limited to actual images. Paul says that covetousness is idolatry (Ephesians 5:5). God says the Chaldeans worship their own might (Habakkuk 1:11) and Jesus says that Mammon or money (Luke 16:13) is a god. And don’t even get me started on American Idol. If we reject His ways and go our own way, even in the smallest thing, it’s idolatry.
From the book Whole Bible Christianity
Bruce and Susan are going to the Re:Write conference in San Diego 9-21-2012. It’s for learning how to publish. Entered a contest with ‘The Heart of the New Covenant’ manuscript and didn’t win, but scored two tickets. At the least we will learn more about publishing. But maybe we’ll make some contacts and get a look from a literary agent. You need one of those nowadays if you want to talk to a publisher. Pray that we’ll be successful in however God wants the message of the book to get out there.