Understanding God’s Laws

8 Apr

Charlton Heston as Moses in \

Ray: Many people oppose religious values because they feel that there are too many restrictions on their own personal freedom. Many who do claim a religious faith often pick and choose which parts of their religious teachings apply to them. Either way, I think the underlying problem with both perspectives is that many people do not understand why there are so many restrictions outlined in religious teachings.

Being a Christian, I often struggle with the teachings and interpretations of the Bible. It is very difficult to understand all of what the Bible is teaching. In fact, there is nobody on the planet who understands all that the Bible is teaching. Even so, there are still certain rules that are clearly expressed that many of us choose to ignore.

First of all, we have all sinned and none of us are perfect. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone struggles with the challenges that come with life. At the same time, it is important to understand that God is a God of love. Because of God’s love, He gives us His law.

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4

Considering this verse, I would like to suggest the idea that God’s law is meant to protect us from sin. To some, that might seem obvious. Digging deeper, if God is trying to protect us from sin, what is it about sin that is so harmful to us? For those who believe in Heaven and hell, conventional wisdom suggests that to be a sinner equates to an eternity in hell. Is that so?

Because the Bible says, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” (Romans 3:23), it’s obvious that we have all sinned. But because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the privileges ceded by God’s law, we are able to overcome the death sentence that comes with sin. Thus, “He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved. But he who believeth not, shall be damned.” (Mark 16:16). Believers don’t go to hell, in spite of our shortcomings.

This being the case, I think that the reason God gives us laws is very practical. Sin prevents us from enjoying life. When the Bible says that men and women should not commit adultery, many people automatically assume that God is somehow preventing us from having fun and enjoying sex. Not true. Imagine the devastation that comes with the revelation that a husband has cheated on his wife. Imagine the pain that is placed upon the family and the repercussions that can linger on for years even until death. We’ve all seen nasty divorces and how it effects children and extended family members for the rest of their lives.

Imagine a thief or a murderer who commit crimes against society. Not only do they ruin their own lives, but they leave devastating effects upon their victims and the family members of victims. Alcoholism is equally destructive. Not only does it destroy vital organs to the body which can cause health complications that can greatly alter your physical well being or even kill you, but alcoholism is also a burden to family and friends who love and care about the alcoholic.

I can go on and on about the consequences of different sins but I’m hoping that you get the picture by now. Sin has consequences that affect us here and now, while we’re still living. God’s law is meant to protect us from those consequences. God doesn’t want to see us in pain because of the bad decisions we make. If you haven’t noticed, God also allows us the opportunity to decide rather or not we follow His laws. He doesn’t force us to do anything. You can try to make up your own rules as you go along, but history teaches that you can’t go wrong following God’s law. It will save you a great deal of heartache, pain, embarrassment and regret.

Finally, I feel that it’s necessary to say that nobody has the right to judge your actions. If you feel any guilt about your sins, it’s because God’s Holy Spirit is tugging at your heart and wants you to avoid pain. It doesn’t matter what other people say about you. You can free yourself from guilt simply by following the blueprint that God left for us. Nobody is perfect, but that doesn’t mean we have to bring devastation to our lives by sinning.

Be Prosperous and God bless.

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Seth: I will add only one thing to this: Romans 6:12-14. In writing to the believers in Rome, Paul states:

12Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its evil desires. 13Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer the parts of your body to him as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under law, but under grace.

In that same book Paul talks about the struggle against sin. He knows what it was like to lose that battle, but also the rewards in winning. If we are to truly be believers, we must show appreciation and respect for the gift that God gave us through the death of his son. Honor his life by living with Christian character.

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