CHRISTIANITY AND MORALITY

‘For I am the LORD your God Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. And you shall not make yourselves unclean with any of the swarming things that swarm on the earth. – Leviticus 11:44-45

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INTRODUCTION

God wanted His people to be holy (set apart, different, unique), just as He is holy. He knew they had only two options: to be separate and holy, or to compromise with their pagan neighbours and become corrupt. That is why He called them out of idolatrous Egypt and set them apart as a unique nation, dedicated to worshiping Him alone and leading moral lives. That is also why He designed laws and restrictions to help them remain separate – both socially and spiritually – from the wicked pagan nations they would encounter in Canaan. Christians also are called to be holy (1Peter 1:15). Like the Israelites, we should remain spiritually separate from the world’s wickedness, even though unlike them, we rub shoulders with unbelievers every day. It is no easy task to be holy in an unholy world, but God doesn’t ask you to accomplish this on your own. He has provided help. Through the death of His Son, “you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault(Colossians 1:22). With Christ, you can live in the world without having to be of the world.

 

MORALITY

Morality is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “conformity to ideals of right human conduct”. It is behavior that is regarded as correct and subjected to a series of codes of conduct by a human being. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy established that the term “morality” can be used either:

(1) descriptively to refer to some codes of conducts put forward by a society, or some other group, such as a religion, or accepted by an individual for her own behavior or

(2) normatively to refer to a code of conduct that, given specified conditions, would be put forward by all rational persons.

Albert Einstein stated that, “A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hopes of reward after death.”

The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics states that, “it is not hard to imagine a society of people that has no religion but has a morality, as well as a legal system, just because it says that people cannot live together without rules against killing, etc., and that it is not desirable for these all to be legally enforced.

CHRISTIANITY

Christianity may be regarded as another religion among certain circles of society, however, in reality Christianity is founded upon a relationship between the person and the Lord Jesus Christ. You may argue that all religions have a representative, but in this sense, the Christian accepts Jesus Christ to not only be the Son of God, but also God Himself. The Word of God is what we believe to have been given to us by God Himself, in order to come to the knowledge of Him. Now, within the wisdom of this Word, not only do we get to know God, but it also provides us with a mirror in which to see ourselves. The true you is found in Its reflection. Whether for the good or the bad.

True morality then is found, not in the codes established by a society or religion, but that which is established by the Word of God. Although societies and religions may change, the Word of God stands forever. This tells us that true morality is unchanging, because the Word of God is unchanging. Truth, according the Word of God, is the measure. Any moral code of conduct established by a society or religion that differs from the truth established in the Word of God is not, in its true definition, a moral conduct. Whether any act or behavior can be regarded as moral, it will have to stand to the scrutiny of what God had to say about it.

So in reality, true morality and true Christianity are joined by the very same foundation, which is the Word of God. You cannot separate them without affecting its true nature. Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.”

The Hebrew words rendered “fool” in Psalms denote one who is morally deficient Morality is not found in what is right or justified in the eyes of society (this we have allowed to be established), but more on the revelation of God’s view of right and wrong, as given in His Word. When we talk about the true moral character of a person, it is to be found in the reflection of that person’s life and how it coincides with the instructions given to us in the Word of God.

Although there may be some codes of conduct in society that may relate to God’s view, it is evident that true morality in society today suffers from a lack of a full inclination to what God has to say about morality. However, true morality was not meant to be carried out by a society as a whole, but by the individual persons of that society. We all hold the individual responsibility to adhere to the Word of God and modify our conducts accordingly in order to be the instruments of change in our society. For example, acts such as removing Bibles from the schools in certain parts of the world, was accepted by society to be the correct thing to do. For what relation does God have with education? However, it was the removal of the moral compass in our society that years later has led to the loss of correct behavior among our children and a society lost in its attempt to fight the onslaught of immoral behavior.

CONCLUSION

This has now created a generation that redefines and adjust morality based on popular demands. We must stand against any code of conduct that is contrary to the Word of God, in order to establish the true moral compass, if society is to find its way back to God.  At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, our Lord said these words: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built His house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock– Matthew 7:24-25. The Word of God, the Bible, is the only rock upon which to build morality. Only then can we be a true Christian nation, living within the measure of true morality within our society.

TO PONDER:

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. – Proverbs 4:14-17

Stay blessed!

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WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP FOR A NEW CHRISTIAN?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

“Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. – Romans 4:7

Introduction

If you are a new believer, you experience the beginning of your new, eternal life. Your sins have been forgiven and you have been given a fresh start.

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TRUST IN THE LORD

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. – Proverbs 30:5

INTRODUCTION

This precious proverb gives confidence and hope in a dangerous and deceitful world. Only the Bible, God’s words to man, has perfect truth from its first word to its last. If you follow its instructions, you can be saved from pain and trouble and obtain God’s rewards (Ps 19:7-11). If you trust Him and His words, He will personally protect and defend you.

A word is the smallest component of language that carries meaning. In God’s inspired Scriptures, every word is specially chosen for value. He has purified His inspired words very carefully – as silver purified seven times in a refining fire – until they are perfectly pure (Ps 12:6). And He will bless and protect any person that trusts Him and His words.

David expressed the sense of this proverb with these words: “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” – Psalm 18:30. God’s way is perfect; He has examined and perfected His word; He will protect those that trust Him. How do you trust God? You believe the things He has written.

Do not question God’s words. He has magnified His word above all His name, and He will not forgive any tampering with it (Ps 138:2; Rev 22:18-19). Satan’s questioning of God’s words ruined mankind (Gen 3:1), for which he is the father of lies (John 8:44). God mocks and ridicules textual critics and Bible skeptics (I Cor 1:19-20; I Tim 6:20-21).

Do you have a word-perfect Bible? Do you trust each word? Do you value the statements of Scripture as pure and right, so that you hate every contrary opinion (Ps 119:128; Is 8:20)?  Can you say with David, “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it” (Ps 119:140)? And, “I hate vain thoughts: but thy law do I love” – Psalm 119:113?

Jesus and Paul had word-perfect Bibles, and they never saw or heard about the originals. Any person referring to originals is either confused or lying. The originals were never in a book for anyone to use. They were never appealed to by anyone for any matter. And the Bible itself never recommended their use. Copies, translations, copies of translations, and translations of copies have always been used. You just need to find God’s Bible.

Consider how Jesus used copies and translations. He defended the resurrection by “am” (Matt 22:31-33), and He declared His deity by the same word (John 8:58). He argued for His divinity from the noun “lord” (Matt 22:41-46). And He rebuked the Jews by the noun “gods,” when He declared that the Bible’s words cannot be broken (John 10:33-36).

 

What about Paul? He defended salvation by grace and the spiritual promises to Abraham by the difference between the singular and plural of “seed” (Gal 3:16). Paul knew God’s Scriptures used the singular “seed” in all promises to Abraham, as Genesis 12:7; 13:15-16; 15:5,13,18; 17:8-10,19; 21:12; 22:17-18; 24:7. To their shame and condemnation, modern versions corrupt God’s “seed,” flagrantly and profanely destroying Paul’s lesson.

Did Paul truly trust every word of God? He sure did. He based his argument for the end of the old covenant on the integrity and meaning of the word “new” (Heb 8:13) and the three words “yet once more” (Heb 12:26-27). And He exalted God’s role in your salvation by changing from the active to the passive voice of the verb “know” (Gal 4:9). There are at least twelve more such one-word arguments in the New Testament.

Do you trust your Bible like Jesus and Paul trusted theirs? Do you have the Bible you can trust? Since the English Revised Version (1881), new Bibles appear at the rate of one per year. They add words, delete words, and change words to defy God’s inspiration and preservation of pure words. The textual critics and profane skeptics behind these versions do not trust God or His words; they trust themselves and their natural thinking instead.

Do you trust what the Bible’s words teach? Do you train your children like God says (Pr 29:15)? Give sexual due benevolence often (I Cor 7:1-5)? Practice firstfruits giving (Proverbs 3:9-10)? Reject the company of fools (Pr 14:7)? Submit to your husband (Eph 5:22-24)? Obey all ordinances of civil government (I Pet 2:13-17)? Give thanks in everything (I Thess 5:18)? Reject all bitterness (Eph 4:31-32)? Always speak with grace (Col 4:6)? Joyfully love your wife (Pr 5:19; Eccl 9:9)? Hate spending in order to save (Pr 21:30)?

The purest trust in God is your trust of His words that affect your life (John 14:23-24; I John 2:3-5). It is easy to speak of trusting God as a fair Being, but the true test of your faith is your willingness to alter your life now and trust Him for eternal life to come. If you trust His words about this life and the next, He will be a protecting shield to you.

Are you attending a church where every pure word of God is preached (II Tim 4:1-4)? Or are the services filled with entertainment and the sermons with fables and illustrations? It is your duty to find a church where every word of God is preached with confidence and conviction. For man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God (Luke 4:4).

TO PONDER:

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. For they cannot rest until they do evil; they are robbed of sleep till they make someone stumble. They eat the bread of wickedness and drink the wine of violence. – Proverbs 4:14-17

Stay blessed!

Please continue to join us on Asempa 94.7 FM – Sundays 5.30 am., Sunny 88.7 FM – Tuesdays 5:30 am; and Uniiq 95.7 Fm – Saturdays 7:30 pm; for our Radio Bible Study as well as Sunny FM 88.7 FM every Sunday at 3:30 pm. for Hymns and their Stories.