The Bible has some statements ready that completely contradict today’s zeitgeist. However, the fault is not in the Word of God, but in the society that has gotten out of joint, together with its values and moral concepts. Keeping the statutes of God is not that difficult if you really strive for it.
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Apart from the people who have never heard anything of the gospel or who knowingly reject it, there are still a number of people who profess to be Christians who have absolutely nothing to do with obedience, Christian living, repentance, repentance of sins and acceptance of God’s laws . For the majority of evangelical churches, the law of God given to Moses no longer applies, just as the entire Old Testament has become obsolete due to its “replacement” by the “New Covenant”.
Der Glaube an Jesus Christ was sufficient to be “irrevocably” redeemed. Which belief and in what exactly can not be answered in many cases. No valid law, no valid Old Testament and thus also the invalidity of the entire abundance of truths and prophecies for today and you can continue to live “relaxedly” as before. With the supposed certainty of guaranteed salvation, any guilty conscience is completely superfluous, mostly due to a lack of awareness of sin. According to simple logic, there is no sin without law. No law, no court, such a simple logic. But at all the law is valid as long as “heaven and earth endure”, as Jesus Christ himself emphasized (Matthew 5:18).
The (supposed) certainty of salvation while maintaining the old way of life is temptingly comfortable. What better can happen? You don’t change a line, the soul completes a cure stay in the afterlife (there is not any) and after the resurrection can it just go on like this with “bliss”? Change, here and now, simply give up what you love, change everyday life? For many people, who also call themselves Christians, this is an unimaginable thing. This did not fit in with our time at all. After all, today everyone should listen to their own heart.
The Bible has some “pithy” statements as to how people should be about accepting God’s will. Doing the will of God is also tantamount to obedience. Logically, this also includes following His statutes, especially the 10 Commandments. This should actually be self-evident with a true faith. The Word of God also has statements ready that are opposed to today’s zeitgeist. This applies in particular to one’s own “heart and good feeling” about the theses “Find your inner self”, “Do what you enjoy” and “Let yourself be guided by your own heart”. These New Age based “wisdoms” have absolutely nothing to do with the will of God. The opposite is the rule.
Before very sensitive people gasp and become oversaturated with the term “hate” in the following Bible verses, it should be pointed out that this does not contradict Jesus’ commandment to “love your neighbor”. Here we are talking about hatred of deeds. A very good example is provided by Jesus Christ with his tradition to John himself, for example in Revelation 2:6 in the epistle to the church in Ephesus:
But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.
The church members in Ephesus remained steadfast and were neither convinced nor tempted to imitate the occult rites of the Nicolaitans. The young Christian community hated their deeds, like Jesus Christ himself. He didn’t hate the Nicolaitans, but their deeds.
There are also verses in Psalms that describe hatred for those who are enemies of God. However, there are no calls for action against these people. Avoid these people, so the motto. Just as it is found in the New Testament. So in Ephesians 5:11:
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
and 2 John 1:10:
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
Man is not at all entitled to judge another man. You are not even able to judge another human being. A sinner sentenced to death wants to judge another sinner. A very bad position. God alone has the right to judge a man and no one else. Judgment is given to Jesus Christ (the court is already underway). He will judge or show mercy on an individual basis with each individual. Jesus Christ Himself admonished in Matthew 7:3:
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.
Today, this commitment or also indirect request includes a whole range of things that have long been everyday things. It starts with the television, goes through newspapers and magazines, cinema, advertising posters, the music and film industry and, to make matters worse, schools with their sometimes very “strange” curricula. This “rainbow ideology” has already made its way into elementary schools.
Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.
This is where obedience to God comes into play. Since the Bible is the word of God, the relevant passages are also to be understood as His written commands. This includes the commandments (Moses) as well as the instructions for a pleasant life. In today’s world, everyday and “defended values” are often opposed to God’s will. What is correct now is in the Bible.
Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
Failure to obey the statutes of God has consequences. Not because God is an “irascible dictator”, but because His justice knows no exceptions or compromises. Justice entails unchanging straight-forward legislation, equal for all men. The laws of God are formulated for man in his fallen nature and also dictate morality (not the pope). An ideal world in (real) harmony requires sinlessness, i.e. compliance with the rules. The laws will continue to apply even after the renewal of the earth, but the tendency to transgress will have disappeared from man.
I hate and abhor lying: but thy law do I love.
The lie mentioned here stands for all of God’s laws, including the commandments relating to adultery, theft, murder, coveting, the prohibition of idols and images, honoring God’s name, God’s uniqueness and the sabbath (7th day / Saturday).
Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
Whoever hates God for whatever reason cannot be on the side of light. Outside of the gospel there is only the world, and whoever makes himself a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God (James 4:4). You can imagine it like a small island in the middle of the sea. Anyone who is not on this island (gospel) is automatically moving somewhere on the sea (world) and this is (still) ruled by the adversary. There is neither an intermediate world nor compromises. If you want to stay on this island, you should neither set foot on the sea nor make common cause with a “sea creature”. In Revelation 18:4 everyone is called to leave these worldly institutions as quickly as possible. Just as little as the “love” in the Bible something with “ emotional languishing“, nor does the aforesaid “hatred” call for “going for the throat” or otherwise harming an adversary of God.
The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.
A statement that, despite clear positioning, can no longer be classified as a matter of course today. The numerous ideologies, evaluations and moral concepts wandering around the world turned good into bad and bad into good. Here, too, only a look at the gospel can bring clarity. The complete twisting of God’s statutes into their opposite is nothing new. The prophet Isaiah already warned against such perversions (Isaiah 5:20). Today, adapted to the modern age, this is practiced excessively. The Bible gives clear information about what is good and what is bad in God’s eyes.
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
This statement should strike like an arrow to a man who declares the law of God to be invalid. Knowing about the 10 commandments, but then ignoring them because they were finally abolished by Jesus Christ. This statement is untenable and has nothing to back it up. Such a “believer” should ask himself why the prayers seem to get stuck on the ceiling. The frequency of the prayers is probably limited to the times with problems or in the form of calendar sayings, which sound something like “Dear God, please give me a happy smile today”.
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
This verse is particularly relevant to today’s zeitgeist. So-called wisdom such as “Just listen to your heart” is taken ad absurdum with this statement of the Gospel. Check every spirit, so a request of the Bible and this also includes the promptings, which are interpreted by mostly “emotional believers” as input from the Holy Spirit, without checking this in Scripture. These people often listen to their own heart and wonder why things aren’t getting better. In the end, disappointed, they finally abandon their faith. Only the “adversary” of God can have such interests, but many Christians also misunderstand this as a metaphor for the “evil in man” instead of believing in his real existence.
For I the LORD love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Clear announcement. God’s righteousness is eternal righteousness (Psalm 119:142). The word “right” is visibly contained in the word righteousness. Without law there is no justice, for on what else should law be based? The law is clearly defined in the Bible. The 10 Commandments. Those who do so need not fear God’s judgment. On the contrary. The right walking man can be sure of his reward. And it’s not that difficult, 1 John 5:3:
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
Sayings like “do what you want” and “your heart speaks to you” should be discarded. This applies in particular when various dogmas want to tell something about the “divinity in man, for example the Church of Rome.
Nothing rational can come out of the heart of man, which can lead to man’s walking to the good pleasure of God. Anyone who has given their life to Jesus Christ is letting the Holy Spirit work on them. Not even man himself can change his own character. God does this, but only with man’s “permission” (voluntarily). Man must recognize his own fallibility in all humility and ask God to finally put the “mess” in his own heart in order. True faith automatically leads to voluntary, even willing and striving for observance of God’s statutes. God accepts all people just as they are. But mostly it is “only” forgotten to mention that God will not approve that the one who has arrived stays the way he is.
Bible verses from King James Version