Some Ideas are True and Some Ideas are False


Visitor: Is it reasonable to you that homosexuality is punishable by death, but rape is only punishable by death in the case that the woman is married or betrothed? Rapists who chose their victims intelligently would pay a fine and have a wife for the rest of their days (Deuteronomy 22:28-29), and homosexuals in consenting relationships should be executed.

Response: You asked "It is reasonable?"

Yes indeed, as offensive as it may be to you, it is reasonable for God to put people to death for ANY sin, any time, any where. God determines when each of us will die, and where. Some today, some tomorrow. None are spared from this. He chooses to delay the punishment for some but all will soon face the reality of death for their sin, however small. That is not an opinion but a fact. That it is God's prerogative is obvious by the simple fact that you cannot avoid the inevitability of your own death. Even if you were very moral all your life it woefully falls short of God's holiness and will end in death (because it is so offensive), apart form Christ.

That we are all enslaved to sin resulting in death is the very condition we all willingly and actively participate in as rebels against God. All of us. If you have not figured it out yet, God puts human beings to death every day this world goes on. He could have wiped us all out at any time and He would have been right and just in doing so... but instead of wiping us all out He actually bore the punishment for sin upon himself so we would not ultimately have to. This teaching about death is not something hidden away in some back corner of the Bible. This is the main message. Humans are in trouble. Christ is your only hope. So you are not exposing anything new that will shock us when you bring up what seems shocking to you. Death is offensive? Yes indeed... because sin is so much more offensive. Christians all know this all too well.

Of course, you have freedom of conscience as long as you live. You can choose to reject Christ now. It is a free country you live in. We are not going to, nor can we force you to believe... We are simply declaring the truth about your situation because we care and hope you take hold of Christ to escape the wrath to come. But you can take it or leave it.

Lastly, why continue to object to God's moral code as if it were objectively wrong? Your very public and repetitive discussion of it reveals that this goes beyond a simple personal distaste for it. it offends you to the degree that you think others SHOULD somehow be offended as well. ... you take it public to show how "wrong" you think it is ... so you are obviously trying to make some kind of objective moral statement as if you actually believed there was right and wrong FOR EVERYONE. It makes no sense in a worldview that says we should celebrate diversity and that all ideas are equally valid. Well, they're not. Some ideas are better than others because some ideas are true (good) and some false (bad).

Note: The Israelites had to atone for sins worthy of death that were much smaller than either of the above - and if they did not atone for them they would die.

I hope, by the grace of God, this small piece helps in opening your understanding to the bigger picture of what we are all up against as human beings. May God look favorably upn you and all who read it.

Fri, 02/14/2014 - 14:32 -- john_hendryx

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