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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Good and Bad

I read this in Isaiah and had to think.
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! (Isa 5:20)
God: "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them." (Gen 1:27)

Us: "Oh, no, we are not gender binary. There is an array of genders out there."

God: "A man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh." (Gen 2:24; Matt 19:5-6; Eph 5:31-32)

Us: "Marriage is not man and woman, but whoever and whoever ... and that whole 'one flesh' thing is bunk."

God: "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in His own image." (Gen 9:6)

Us: "The death penalty is evil ... except in cases where the unborn child is not wanted."

God: "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor 6:9-10)

Us: "There are lots of good, even Christian homosexuals, sexually immoral, idolaters, and, hey, even the greedy and the drunkards. It's you Christians who are evil."

God: "I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God." (1 Cor 11:3)

Us: "It is wrong to suggest that a wife should allow her husband to be head over her. It is the result of sexist males."

God: "You should obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29)

Us: "You should follow the dictates of social norms rather than your religious beliefs."

Just a few "off the top of my head" examples. It is a bit chilling when you realize that "woe" is not a good thing, coming from God. It is also disturbing when you realize that this chapter in Isaiah is speaking about why God was going to dismantle their land.

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