How has our society gotten into this mess?
Satan came to Eve and asked her, “Did God really say?” Eve responded by questioning God in her heart. After all, she could reason quite well. Maybe God’s way wasn’t completely best. Maybe it would be O.K. to ignore His direction in this one area.
And so, Eve decided to reject God’s authority in her life and to write her own moral code. She didn’t consciously decide to introduce untold evil, pain, and misery into the world and to all future generations of humanity. She just questioned God and wondered if she didn’t know better how to live her own life.
Isn’t that the same thing that we are doing today? We question the Bible on areas where our culture contradicts the Bible. We question, “Did God really say that…?”
We make exceptions for our own sins. We write our own moral codes and reject God’s standards in the Bible.
We argue that the Bible doesn’t really say what it seems to say about certain sins. After all, when the Bible addressed that sin (you fill in the blank), it was written just for that culture. Our culture is so much more advanced now. We understand that that sin is not really a sin at all. In fact, maybe sin is not even sin any more?
In our pride, we reject God’s authority in certain areas of our lives and decide that we know better. And, when we know better than God, we are left with moral confusion and ambiguity. We judge things based on how they feel to us. And we get ourselves into A MESS. “Common Sense” or wisdom flies out of the window and A LOT of people get hurt in the process – just as we got burned by Adam and Eve’s decision.
I am so thankful for a God Who is always just, always righteous, always perfectly good, and always faithful to Himself. He never changes. What He determined to be right and wrong at the foundation of the world is still right and wrong. We just have to accept it. Maybe, just maybe, God knows better than we do. And maybe, just maybe, God actually meant what He said in the Bible. And maybe, just maybe, we are all sinners, flawed in our own ideas of what is right and wrong, and desperately in need of a God to save us from ourselves.
Has Satan been whispering in your ear, encouraging you to question God? Run to God! Confess your confusion to Him and ask Him to teach you what is truly right and wrong. Immerse yourself in His Word and ask the Holy Spirit to allow it to penetrate your heart and to convict you of what is truly right and what is truly wrong, in your own life and in your culture.