Christians believe in the Bible. America, whether you like it or not, was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. But there is something non-Christians need to know about the Bible before you start using it to contradict that for which we stand.
The Bible is an all or nothing proposition.
Either you believe everything that is in it, or you believe none of it. You have to take all of it. You cannot pick and choose parts of the Bible to guide your life and then leave the rest alone. And that decision has some very, very serious consequences.
Anti-Christians love to carry around the Golden Rule and pull it out and whack Christians over the head with it – especially when anti-Christians want their way. Anti-Christians love to run around and say or do whatever they want and then justify their actions when rebuked by saying, “But Jesus says to love one another.”
The most recent case in point here is the recent amendment to the California, Arizona and Florida state constitutions, all of which place the institution of marriage squarely in the heterosexual column. Opponents of California’s Proposition 8 call it all sorts of vile and evil things. It’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black. Homosexuals want to be treated as equals and they want their lifestyle accepted as normal. They love using the Bible as justification for their viewpoint thinking that if they pull some passage out of context they can make their case and Christians will just go along with it because, “it’s says so in the Bible.”
It doesn’t work that way.
God does not hate homosexuals; contrary to the teachings of Fred Phelps of the Topeka, Kansas Westboro Baptist Church (I won’t even give that man the courtesy of calling him “reverend”). God loves every man, woman and child on this earth. God loves everyone whom He created. What He doesn’t love are the evil, wicked things people on this earth do to themselves and each other.
The basic tenet of Christianity rests on the foundation that we are free to do whatever we want in this life. If we choose to love and serve God, there is a reward for that. If we choose to hate and revile God, there is a consequence to that as well. I used to hang around wiccans. I considered some to be friends of mine. But one thing that one of them said to me still rings in my ears today. She said to me, “The concept of hell was invented by parents just to make their kids behave.”
I don’t believe that for a minute. I’ve seen too many things in my life that convince me that evil is real and hell is real. In my studies of the Bible since that conversation, I have come to realize that hell is not a place, it is a destination and contrary to conventional wisdom, it is not a place where the condemned will live forever in torment. It is a temporary place where the condemned will be consumed by the fire until they are no more. Just like when you throw a log on a fire, the fire consumes the log until there is nothing but ash, hell is a fire where the evil and wicked of this world will be cast and like that log, they will be consumed by the fire until there is nothing left of them. This is not meant to scare you. I’m simply reporting. You are free to do with it as you choose.
But getting back to the issue of Proposition 8, I was watching the late LA news last night and saw the Prop 8 protesters meandering around WeHo between Santa Monica/San Vicente Boulevards and the Hollywood and Highland district. I saw signs accusing supporters of Proposition 8 of hatred and discrimination. As I wrote in my previous article, Proposition 8 was about the rights of the people versus ideological judges legislating from the bench. But the opponents of Proposition 8 are too blind with their own hate and contempt to see that.
“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.” Romans 1:28-32 (NKJV – ©1982 Thomas Nelson Publishers) .
Or as another, more modern translations puts it:
“Since these people refused even to think about God, he let their useless minds rule over them. That's why they do all sorts of indecent things. They are evil, wicked, and greedy, as well as mean in every possible way. They want what others have, and they murder, argue, cheat, and are hard to get along with. They gossip, say cruel things about others, and hate God. They are proud, conceited, and boastful, always thinking up new ways to do evil. These people don't respect their parents. They are stupid, unreliable, and don't have any love or pity for others. They know God has said that anyone who acts this way deserves to die. But they keep on doing evil things, and they even encourage others to do them.” Romans 1:28-32 (Contemporary English Version – ©1995 American Bible Society) .
The last line of both of those passages is a condemnation on anyone who practices evil and on anyone who condones the practice of evil. I condemn no one who reads this article. Condemnation comes from God. That’s His job. I’m only the messenger, so don’t shoot me. Additionally, you’re free to express your opinion. Those of you who disagree with me on this article will probably want to use every epithet in the book on me. Go ahead. I don’t care. As I said, I’m only the messenger here. Those of you who know me, know that I will argue until I am blue in the face about politics. You can show me facts and if they contradict my opinion, I will change that. When it comes to my religion, I let God speak for Himself. This is one topic you cannot change my mind on.