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 common questions and briefly unpack them. Emphasis on briefly.
Question #1. “God commands wives to submit to their husbands! That is, like, totally sexist and whatever.”
“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 what appears 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 to his wife, even his life 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], nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”
What do all of those forbidden acts have in common? They all damage relationships, the body, the mind or the spirit.
There are times that I’d like to just check out of life and get drunk off my @$$. But I don’t, because that is a destructive act. 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] and alcoholism cause the human body are well-documented and incontrovertible. God doesn’t command anyone not to be tempted, only to abstain from the destructive acts associated with the temptation.
Willfully destroying yourself is willfully destroying God’s prized creation.
Another key thing to remember is that nobody – none a single one of us – is righteous before God. On our own, none of us are 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, down right 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 requires no mental gymnastics. The same evidence that evolutionists must bend, contort, massage or ignore to fit their theory, fits seamlessly, effortlessly into the Creationism model.
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 on a Bible 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.
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 day as single, twenty-four hour day. So, as it must, when scripture interprets scripture, there is simply no room (and 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 unsupported by evidence. Regardless of how you believe God got us here, we’re here, now, and that’s what important.
Peace out, homies.