Adapting God (Stop Trying)

It’s not really the best idea to take an all-powerful, all-knowing God and try to squeeze him into your little worldview box.

He doesn’t fit.

I see it all the time, people deciding that God actually thinks one thing because it fits what they want to believe, what they’re comfortable with.

Listen, God doesn’t actually care what we think is right and wrong, unless it follows the Bible. There’s a couple glaring examples of people deciding God is on their side so that they don’t have to feel convicted. The most popular ones are homosexuality and abortion, naturally, with feminism and divorce following close behind.

God is very clear on His view of homosexuality. I’ve done a post about this even and you can read it here. Old Testament, New Testament, God is clear on what He thinks about homosexuality.

So you know someone who’s gay or lesbian, trans, bi, queer, gender-fluid, non-conforming, all these ridiculous titles. Everyone does. Does that mean God understands the situation and made it an exception? No. You can’t make God adapt to fit your situation. He doesn’t do that.

Hebrews 13:8 (NASB) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

So what he said was right and wrong 6,000 years ago, is still right and wrong today. Just because the world is changing does not mean God is. The world is becoming more and more sinful. It’s up to us to see that sin is not ok, not try to fool ourselves and everyone else into thinking God changes with the world.

Same deal with abortion. It’s murder. We all know how God feels about murder. But for some reason, abortion is different than murder because everyone knows it’s just a group of cells right? Wrong.

Well, scientifically, we’re just groups of cells controlled by an organ in our heads. Life begins at conception. It is not up to us to end it. God doesn’t make exceptions.

Sure, you have free will. You can make exceptions to morality if you want to, no one’s stopping you really. Except certain laws, of course. But don’t try to pass it off as God saying it’s ok because times have changed. No where in the Bible does it say that.

I hope I’ve made my point clear. If you would like more verses just ask. If you have Biblical proof that God changes with the times and circumstances of your personal life, feel free to share 🙂

Dunked

The Baptism of Jesus ( Matthew 3:13-17, Mark 1:9-11, Luke 3:21-22, John 1:29-34)

So, as a rule I won’t be copying large portions of scripture in my blog because I want you to get out your Bible if you’re concerned at all with following along. Plus, different translations have different perspectives, and I would love to hear from you guys.

So, basically, John the Baptist is being his outlandish self and baptizing people at the Jordan River and Jesus walks up and is like “Hey, you wanna baptize me too?”

John, however, knew a thing or two and was all weirded out that the Son of God was asking him to get baptized. He said “Whoa, you’re like, the Son of God, YOU should be baptizing ME.”

(I’m paraphrasing a little)

Jesus probably smiled (I totally picture Him giving John this knowing smile) and said “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

So John baptized Jesus and then Heaven opened on Him and God descended upon Him “like a dove”

(Whether that means His presence physically resembled a dove, or it had a calming, graceful vibe to it, I have no clue.)

And that’s the story of how Jesus got baptized.

Now, the question on many people’s minds is why did Jesus get baptized? Wasn’t He God, meaning he was already clean and sinless?

Because of the line “To fulfill righteousness” I’m inclined to believe that Jesus got baptized to keep with the cultural practice of being cleansed in order to get closer to righteousness, even though he was already righteous. He got baptized to fulfill the law.

By doing so the prophecy in Isaiah 42:1 came true.

He did what was pleasing to God before he started in his ministry.

Psalm 40:7-8

Another question that popped up was why baptism was necessary, when we as modern Christians see it as being born again. My mom and I didn’t know if it was just symbolic, a social practice, or whether it was actually required by God, through the law.

If anyone has answers on this, I’m listening.

Our closest guess was that, since Jesus hadn’t died yet, it was a symbolic cleansing.. We drew this conclusion from the passage in Exodus 30:18-21.

So, there’s the Baptism installment. I would love to read your comments and discussion. Look forward to the next one on the Temptation of Jesus.

Science or Religion today?

Here’s another note on my posts about homosexuality:

They were not born that way.

I know I said it before, but some people had a hard time swallowing my religious explanations, so here is some science backing me up.

There are studies on identical twins showing that homosexuality is not genetic and that you can’t actually be born that way.

http://www.hollanddavis.com/?p=3647

There’s the URL to the study and if you google the subject you can find more.

Tell me what you think, since this is actual science with actual statistics and what-not.