The whole point of the Bible is to show us the way...the way we should go and the Way, who gets us there. We either believe what we are told or we don't. Right way, wrong way. Man's laws or God's. Choices.
In the Old Testament we are told we are to train up our children in the way they should go. We have one of two ways, two laws by which we live. The one of the world and one of heaven. The Bible and the words in it, to the world, are foolishness (1Corinthians 1:18). It says so! God says so. But we have made up our own laws.
We see in more recent events those laws taking place on the streets of our cities. People demanding what they perceive is their right regardless of what the law says. There has been talk on how many of the people come from single parent families. Or families that are not well adjusted because they have chosen the wrong way of life. It's not about what we have or don't have; it's about what we do with what we do have, not letting it hinder our wherewithal to do WHAT IS RIGHT. We still have a choice to do right or wrong.
Oh boy. I started writing this morning before church. And what did pastor preach on...he started with Romans 1:25 above. Then Colossians 2:8 - Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
If things were done the right way, we would not have problems. God's way is not some impossible way to follow. It brings freedom for the soul and life. How much real life is there in being angry all the time and killing, looting, cheating or stealing? How much life is there in feeling as though ones going against the law is like a game? One of our church members got up before the sermon this morning and felt he needed to tell us not to let the enemy steal our joy. We can lose our joy if we allow the lies of this enemy or the lies of this world to take over. Do not fall for his lies.
So back to the two laws. The world is not as intelligent as some may think. God's wisdom is so much greater. If we believe there is a God, and He has done all He says, shouldn't we be willing to believe what He says will happen to us if He is not taken seriously? He has our future in His hands. That should be enough to bring us to a reverent fear of Him.
So, back to today's sermon, which wasn't what I was going to write about but, oh, how it fits right in! Regarding Romans 1:25. We either worship the creature or the One who created the creature. This is where I divided my notes into two sections... Man's way, God's way; worldly way; God's way. See a pattern? The two laws. Satan's way, God's way; pride or humility; death or life; lies and deceit or truth; foolishness or wisdom. Two laws, two ways of life. One is embraced by many, the other by a few. We have forgotten how to incline our ear to the words of truth. We have forgotten to pass them on to our children. Future generations will less and less know about this Creator and all His works. It will be generations of rebellious people. (Psalm 78:1-8)
Pastor brought 1Samuel 3:1-3 into his sermon. Now the boy Samuel ministered to the LORD before Eli. And the word of the LORD was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. And it came to pass at that time, while Eli was lying down in his place, and when his eyes had begun to grow so dim that he could not see, and before the lamp of God went out in the tabernacle of the LORD where the ark of God was, and while Samuel was lying down... Not only in those days, but today the words of God are becoming rare with little revelation of their meaning (truths). Eyes of the world have grown dim and the lamp of God is diminishing in our world. That is not good.
The two laws...right or wrong, truth or lies, world or God, dark or light. When we start believing we can distort the truth of God's Word to fit our needs or our beliefs because they are less offensive, we have gone the wrong way. But if
we walk in the light of Christ, we will know the truth and it will set us free. Mmmmm. Seek the truth, seek God. If you seek, He will let you find Him!
John may have written these words but I would bet God thinks the same way at times:
I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. (2John 1:4, 3John 1:4)