Posted 7/11/2019 19:20 (#7609392 - in reply to #7609138) Subject: RE: Bad behaviors...
One thing I want to point out is God has no oppressive rules. The “rules” were pointed out to expose sin. Sin is any action, that if left unaddressed (without repentance and forgiveness) will lead to the death of a relationship either with each other or with God. If you ever question why something is sin try asking what the outcomes would be if he had said the opposite was good.
The rules also expose that we all have a selfish prideful core that keeps us from having a “sin free” relationship. Hence all our relationships have death laced all throughout them. Frankly the only reason we get along with anybody is because we are not “close enough” to them. Marriage is often our closest relationship and we all know how difficult that can be.
Lastly relationships are the only thing that lasts forever. John 17:3 says And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.
That’s a relationship. But because we are full of sin that causes death to a relationship the only way for us to live on is in a relationship that is without sin. Christ is the only person to have pulled off a completely sinless selfless life and died on the cross innocent... fulfilling the payment of death (sin) that is upon unless we believe Christ is God and we repent of our sin. God saves us by putting our sin upon Christ the perfect sacrifice, and allows us to have a sin free relationship with God which lasts forever because the payment of sin has been paid.
It’s important to know that the rules don’t save you because they only expose the sin/the death that flow from us daily. Instead the only thing that can set us in a perfect relationship that can flow out to other relationships is Gods grace through our faith that He is Good, he is in charge, and his ways are the best thing for our lives as the base of it is a sin free perfect relationship brought about by selfless action which is Christ.
I know christianeese gets old. I tried explaining this in layman’s terms. A different way than everyone has heard. It’s too important to gloss over once again.
Dko you do have a dog in this fight, it’s not like basketball where if you don’t like the game it doesn’t apply to you. Good relationships apply to everyone and God has the perfect relationship laid out in the Bible. It is full of love, it’s not oppressive and if understood, has the richest blessings this world has to offer.