Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Are You Ready to Change?
Do you understand why Christians pick and choose verses? It isn't that we want to ignore other verses which condemn our actions. We believe the entire Bible, not just the passages which we use to make ourselves feel better.
The Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16 (BBE), "Every holy Writing which comes from God is of profit for teaching, for training, for guiding, for education in righteousness." These reasons are what guide our concern to warn people against going to hell and to help them be more like Jesus Christ.
You might not know why you pick and choose verses to defend your actions but we Christians do. And unlike religions such as Islam, we don't hate and kill those who blaspheme our Lord. As Jesus said while being crucified, (Luke 23:34 KJV) "Then said Jesus, 'Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.' And they parted his raiment, and cast lots." Even when he was being unjustly executed, he still felt pity for his murderers.
Furthermore, we Christians use hermeneutics to interpret the Bible. That means we use the clear statements to interpret the vague-sounding ones. We also understand the history and culture of the times when the scriptures were written. This is why we eat shell fish and pork while wearing clothes made from mixed fibers. All of the ceremonial laws pointed to Christ's first coming and therefore are abrogated.
The moral laws remain the same but Christ formed them into positive commands to love God and our neighbours.
I'll be explaining more about this in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? I don't want anybody to be mistaken about such an important decision. Salvation is a limited time offer and we don't know when death will claim us.
Thanks to Voddie Baucham for his indirect assistance with this post.