People have a lot of questions about various Bible verses. Many of these questions are easily answered when one considers the context of the troublesome verse – the chapter in which it’s found, and it’s relationship to the rest of scripture.
Today, to make myself crazy (crazier?) I’m going to pick three and briefly unpack them – emphasis on briefly.
Question #1. God commands wives to submit to their husbands…. What!?!?
“Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.”
This is probably the most commonly questioned and criticized verse in the Bible. When taken in context, however, what seems to be a master/servant relationship is revealed to be a beautiful expression of self-sacrificial love, respect and equality.
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”
See the difference?
Husbands are commanded to love their wives as equals. To put her interests and wellbeing above his own. To give his absolute best, and even give up his live for her if necessary – just as Christ did for all of us.
A wife that submits (to her husband, is simply allowing herself to be treated as the most beloved, cherished, wonderful thing in the universe.
Seems like a pretty sweet deal to me.
Question #2. Does the Bible really say that [those engaging certain sexual acts unmentionable in Canada under penalty of law], won’t inherit the kingdom of God?
The Bible also says that drunkards won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Or thieves. Or adulterers.
“Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor [those engaging certain sexual acts unmentionable in Canada under penalty of law], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
What do all of those forbidden actions have in common? They all damage the body, mind or spirit of ourselves and others.
There are times I’d like to check out of life and just get drunk off my @$$, over-eat, or let a smoking-hot bimbo drag me home with her, but I don’t, because those are destructive acts – and that’s the difference. Feeling like doing something doesn’t mean you have to do it.
The catastrophic physical damage that [certain sexual acts unmentionable in Canada under penalty of law], and alcoholism cause the human body are well-documented and indisputable. God doesn’t command anyone not to be ___ or not be an alcoholic, only to abstain from the destructive associated acts – because willfully destroying yourself is willfully destroying God prized creation, a creation made in His image.
Another key thing to remember is that, NOBODY, none of us, are righteous before God on our own, and therefore, not worthy to inherit His kingdom. Christ died to wipe our slates clean. The only way any of us will see eternal life is by accepting His free gift of salvation.
Question #3. Does Evolution fit in the Bible?
And it doesn’t need to.
Acceptance of Evolution requires monumental, absurd leaps of faith completely unsupported by science. A library’s worth of books have been written trying to explain away the profound and irreconcilable discrepancies between evolution and the real word. Simply put, evolution doesn’t work. It can’t.
Acceptance of Creationism, on the other hand, requires no mental gymnastics. Without exception, the real, non-hoaxed, (Piltdown Man, etc, etc, etc.) evidence – the same evidence evolutionists must construct elaborate stories to fit within the framework of their world view, or ignore outright – supports both creationism, and the Biblical account of history – Noah’s flood, the exodus, etc.
One of the major theories purporting to reconcile evolution with the Bible is the ‘days’ theory.
There are many variations, but the it all hinges a verse that says a day is as a thousand years to God, and thousand years as a day. Some believe this to mean that the six days of creation could each be a thousand years long (still nowhere near the billions of years required by evolution). Others believe that there may have been billions of years between the six days of creation. There are dozens of other theories as well, most are completely crazy – though quite entertaining.
Several times in scripture, Jesus himself references the Sabbath, the day God rested from the work of creation. Each time, Jesus is clearly referring to the days as single, twenty-four hour days. So, as it must, when scripture interprets scripture, there is simply no room (and as briefly outlined, no need) for billions of years or evolution to fit within the six days of creation.
Believing in evolution is not a salvation issue – it’s just, you know, unsupported by evidence. Regardless of how you believe God got us here, we’re here, now, and that’s what important.
Peace out, homies.