Bible Sunday: As our Stomachs Turn

For those of you who didn’t make it to church today, or perhaps those left behind from the supposed rapture. Please welcome guest blogger Belle. -Skye

Sometimes we can’t help but notice the downward spiral of society that nauseates our spirit. Why is it that society does not spiral upwards to a better, safer, kinder more just society? Why is it easier to degenerate than to upgrade as a human being?

I think God knew that left to ourselves we tend to evilness. This is the evilness that our fore-parents Adam and Eve genetically gave to us. It wasn’t supposed to be this way at all. Adam and Eve were made perfect and placed in a paradise. They had everything their hearts desired, safety, security, creativity, provision, perfect location, beauty, animals, and the most spectacular…total communion with God. They hung out together, walked and talked in the cool breeze of the day. Adam had pleasant tasks to do like naming the animals, and gardening, but he didn’t actually have the bitterness of survival work.

Also, it seems that in paradise Eve was not even given a job at all. Perhaps her job was just to hang around under some apple tree drinking blue bubbly water and delighting her man, Adam. He probably would take her exploring the garden and introducing her to the animals she didn’t know. After all, Adam was master of paradise and she, Eve, was practically his made-to-order bride sent by God. The creator must have detected that perhaps Adam was lonely. That perhaps he needed someone to talk to and someone to be his helper, so… Voila! There was beautiful Eve!  God had made them with reproductive organs to produce more perfect humans, like themselves and live in the best location in the world… paradise. So how did we get from such sublime life to the nauseous stench of what life is today?

It is called sin. Eve, according to the Bible was fooled by Satan that came to her in the form of a serpent. Normally women don’t sit around talking to snakes. But since it was the perfect paradise there was no fear against any of the animals. They must not have been a threat to anyone, but the Bible says that the snake was the craftiest of the animals. So Satan wanted to appear very “wise,” and Eve wanted to be wiser (Genesis chapter three). She was fooled. Adam on the other hand, was not fooled. He just chose to obey his woman instead of God.

God was testing their obedience and they failed. Sin entered them, and on being cast out of paradise, nature was also cursed. Notice God’s questioning of both Adam and Eve, he asks Adam, “Who?” He asks Eve “What?” We are still on chapter three of Genesis. When God turns his attention to the serpent he knew that Satan was the one that had infiltrated himself into paradise. So there was no need to ask any question from Satan, but just pronounce his sentence on him.

Sin was so powerful on mankind that nature was never the same again and out of the two first sons of Adam and Eve, the first one named Cain killed his own brother Abel. And so, as time goes by it seems that sin and man’s predilection towards evil increases with every generation. Because Satan knows that at the end of time he will be cast into hell with all who chose to follow him. He works doubly hard to destroy as many humans as possible.

So what is the answer to all this sin, begetting sin, begetting sin, begetting sin? It’s not a “what,” it is a “Who.” Jesus Christ came and died to take away the sin of the world, therefore reconciling humankind back to God’s fold and family.

John 1:29

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

John 8:34

34 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. 35 A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever.

Romans 6:11-14

11 So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.12 Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

The whole idea of being able to fight against the terrible things we see happening around us in society is to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ into the heart of mankind.

Jesus Christ knew the only way to deal with the evilness of man was to start from the inside out with the transformation that the gospel brings. You might say, but the gospel doesn’t work, because I have seen plenty of Christians that have been the worst offenders in behavior against others. The secret is that God came to bring our spirit back to life to that reconciliation with him, but many so-called “Christians,” do not follow-up in strengthening their Christian walk by renewing their minds reading the Bible as a cleansing and teaching tool to erase their old thoughts and habits that so easily beset them.

And so wars continue, genocide, injustices, child abuse, robbery, perversion of every kind, murders, infanticides etc. and our stomachs churn in disgust and sadness.

Thanks for reading. Truly. I know these days Christianity gets a bad name, but the True Gospel is Real. If a true ideal is tarnished by someone, the ideal is not done away with. Any comment is welcome. I know religion can bring about all sorts of discussion so let’s discuss. After all this space on Sundays is sort of like a cyber church.

-Belle

4 comments

  1. I don’t really believe that humankind is on a downward spiral. I believe that humankind is pretty much the same as we have been since caveman days. For every Hitler there is a Mother Theresa. I believe that humankind will always be that way. That isn’t to say that we shouldn’t strive to be better. We most definitely should. And you are right, Christianity does get a bad rap. I will use the same argument that you have probably heard several times: so much evil has been done in the name of Christianity. So much so, that when I hear people declare their religious beliefs, I inwardly cringe. Because personally, I have seen these so called Christians use the Bible to justify their discriminations. I my heart, I believe that Jesus would be disappointed in the ways people twist his preachings. I’m not saying I don’t believe in God…what I’m saying is, or rather asking…is the True Gospel even in the Bible? A book written by men, strife with discrimination against women, gays, and non-Christians? I want a Bible that preaches goodness, kindness, and community, not one that tells me the many ways I am damned. Once again, I don’t believe that we are on a downward spiral. We are what we are. I actually believe that as a whole, we are much more compassionate and empathetic to one another, despite cultural, racial, sexual, etc differences. And I believe that those positive changes have occurred IN SPITE of the Bible. You are right, Christianity does have a bad name, and that reputation was well earned. But that’s just my opinion.

  2. I appreciate your time and opinion as there are no wrong ones. Every mind has a different perspective, usually tinted by personal experience.

    Yes, the Bible does teach goodness, kindness and community, if nothing else read only the red words in the Bible that are the words Jesus said. Meditate on the wealth of his exhortations given in love. There is a scripture that reads, “God is Love.” John 4:16. Jesus was love personified, so everything he said, the impetus was love.

    I agree many egregious crimes and sins have been done under the canopy of what the perpetrators called “Christianity.” But, they were not true Christians. Read the entire fourth chapter of 1st John. If we don’t love, we are not of God. Case in point, the entire Spanish Inquisition driven in the name of “Christianity,” but it was just carried out by the rabid inspiration of evil.

    We are not spiraling downward? Has safety in the community gone down or up since let’s say, the 1950s? I remember a time we didn’t have to lock our doors at home. I remember times our children could skip to the corner grocery store for candy without parents have to worry about the number for Amber Alert. I remember a time when parents didn’t kill their children for vanity’s sake, because the child was in their way of the life style they wanted. I remember when parents were respected and we would not dare to talk back to them, let alone curse them to their faces or beat them. I remember when incest was a crime and a major taboo in society, and now someone comes on a talk show to say that their lover is their father or brother. I would still say yes, we have spiraled downward quite fast.
    The Bible is called the book of Life, meaning every major and minor sin in life that mankind can commit is found somewhere in the Book. The Book reports to us, it does not commit or endorse crimes, sins, or prejudices. This would be tantamount to saying that newspapers commit crimes and endorse them, because we find them within their pages, instead we know they are merely reporting them. The Bible is a gritty book of life and how to solve our problems. The Bible does not discriminate against women. In Galatians 3:28… “There is neither, Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” So God is the great leveler of people’s gender biases. God does not hate the Gays or Non-Christians. Book of John 3:17 reads, “For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”

    We are in a war between good and evil, but on the upside as you said, for every Hitler there is a Mother Theresa. Amen to that.

  3. Everyone wears rose colored glasses when it concerns the good old days. Maybe they were legitimately “the good old days” But here’s how I see it: There is more crime today because more of it is being reported. Remember, in the good old days, every one knew that so-and-so beat his wife, but that stuff was “family business” and nobody did anything about it. When when she finally died, the coroner deemed it “accidental death” even though he knew better. Everyone suspected that so-and-so sexually or physically abused their children, yet once again, it’s a “family matter” and even if it did go to court, the judge would be loathe to remove the child from it’s parents. Do we see the dregs of society on Jerry Springer and the like? Yes we do. Do we see the extremes of children run amok, disrespecting everything because society is so permissive? Yes, I agree. But those extremes are the price we paid when we said, “No, you cannot beat your spouse and abuse your children and get a way with it.”, “You cannot murder and deem it an accident, because we don’t want to cause ripples.” Remember, those good old days had secret service work to sneak in mistresses to see President Kennedy. Today we outed President Clinton. Those parents that were “respected”, how many of them actually deserved to be? Abuse was present then, as it is now. I will cite a personal example: there is an older relative who made my childhood miserable..she didn’t beat me or anything, but she told lies to my parents just to get me in trouble. For no reason that I could discern. My parents took her side, just because she was old. Age does not equal respect or goodness. And if she did that to me, what did she do to her own children. Children dared not talk back then because no one would have helped them. The doors were left unlocked not because people were safe, but because bad people had no fear of real repercussions-e.g., if the neighbor beats their own kids or drinks in privacy of their own home, it’s of no concern to me. I agree that in many cases children are out of control….but its the price we paid to protect them…no it’s time to find a better balance of protection versus permissiveness. We need to keep striving to be better, but concerning the “good old days”, I still believe things are better now.

    1. I can see where both of you are coming from. Yes, I think back in the day crime was bad but hidden, but I also think that things have gotten worse. There are just situations today that weren’t even around back then. It seems that we lost innocence and our childhood. We weren’t buying padded bras for elementary school kids in the 50’s and giving them condoms either. Yes, I do think good change has happened in spite of the Bible, but I also believe real Christians can make a difference. It’s just that today a lot of “Christians” make fools of themselves, but real ones do exist. I want to be one of those rare ones.

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