There are many biblical accounts that could easily leave you scratching your head and wondering “why would God do that?’ As a result many assert that God is basically a monster. In a recent podcast, we dealt with one example: God telling Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. What kind of God would require such a thing? Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
Proverbs 6:17 says God HATES lying, so this sin is pretty serious! We’re trying to copy JESUS, and he is our standard for everything. Jesus NEVER lied, so to be like him, we must try to do the same. The Bible shows us lots of examples of when lying brought trouble, hardship, and heartache. What examples exist of lying? What should we do if we DO lie? Watch this short video to find out the answers to these questions, and be sure to check our podcast episode #937, "Should We Ever Lie?" for more examples and Scriptures!
Are some transgressions worse than others? Can we find solace in the thought that “at least my sins are not as bad as that guy over there!” Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Are there consequences to the way we live from God's standpoint? Take the example of King David in the Old Testament. He had some whopper sins and yet he was described as a "man after God's own heart" and God loved and blessed him. How does that work with us today?
How well do we do when faced with the gray areas and the white lies of life? Do we have resolve? Is it strong? What is it based upon? Can God bless us when in those gray areas? Watch this short vlog and then listen to the full podcast episode of the same name where we drop in on David of the Old Testament, who seemingly used lying and deceit at different points in his life. Should we follow his example?
Trust is a tricky thing. In some instances it comes to us with ease – as children we typically trust our parents above all others. As we become adolescents we often lose that trust, because we have replaced it with trusting our friends who are obviously much cooler and smarter than our parents. When adults, the door once again opens to trusting our parents because, well, because they have somehow become smart again! Now, let’s look at trust from the other side. Parents will or will not trust a child based upon what they see in them regarding maturity and integrity. A child really must earn their parent’s trust and that usually takes time and evidence. It is the same with God? We obviously should trust Him at all times and for all things. The real question here is can – should - God trust us? What must we do or be to warrant our Father in Heaven truly trusting in us?
Lying. Okay, we know it’s bad but is it really always a bad thing? From a parent’s perspective, it is one of those things that is perched at the top of the “never do this” list of moral and ethical behavior. With children, the boundaries are clear and easy to define, because as we show them the difference between honesty and dishonesty, we reinforce what it means to take the high road, to be trustworthy and to be an honest and dependable friend. But what about the myriad of circumstances that arise as we become adults and begin to live in a world that is not awash in a bold contrast of right versus wrong but instead is overwhelmed with delicate shades of grey – with value judgments, personal rights and the fine line of being offensive? Are “little white lies” always wrong? What about only telling part of the truth – does that constitute a lie as well? Can lying ever be good?
So much of the philosophy of our society today is built around the idea that “I am the center of my universe, therefore what I want, I truly must have,” so the whole concept of sin becomes very subjective and often not even really relevant in people’s lives. So, is sin as relevant today as it was in the past, or have we outgrown the concept of sin in favor of a much more fluid and progressive understanding of right and wrong?