Friday, May 24, 2013

Romans 1:18-32 (NASB77)
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God, or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, that their bodies might be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and, although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.
This passage of Scripture is often a "go-to" in regards to homosexuality, but it's been popping into my head for a variety of other reasons.

In a recent Bible study, the idea of our universe being one of "opposites" really stuck out at me.  If there is short, there must be tall.  If there is wide, there must be narrow.  If there is good, there must be evil. And on and on.  In Romans 1, it says that God gave them over to degrading passions, from the natural to the unnatural. 

A quick look at our culture reveals that it is not only in the areas of sexual purity that we have exchanged the natural for the unnatural. 

1) Giving birth.  No longer is it a natural function for a woman to give birth, it has become a medical situation in need of a doctor, pain killers, and far too often, surgical intervention.  I'm not saying that sometimes those things are warranted, and Praise God for the knowledge He has given to others in order to handle those dangerous situations, but for the most part, they are not necessary interventions.  Scheduling inductions or, worse yet, c-sections for the convenience of either the mother or the doctor is ridiculous.  A woman's body was created to give birth.  While there will be pain, a woman was created to be able to handle the pain.  If a woman is taught what to expect and simple relaxation techniques, her pain can/will be lessened by amazing degrees. Alas, in our culture, we have exchanged the natural for the unnatural when it comes to birth.

2)Breastfeeding.  A woman's body is created to breastfeed.  No mixing man-made formula.  No making sure it's the right temperature.  The body creates what the child needs.  It miraculously creates the perfect nutritional milk for the child at their different stages.  Our culture has decided that breastfeeding is somehow sexual in nature and, therefore, more unnatural that feeding formula.  How ludicrous! 

3)Medication.  We have traded natural remedies, herbs, plants, essential oils, for man-made, almost always dangerous, pharmaceuticals.  We put people on addictive narcotics that create far more problems than they fix.  We have people becoming criminals, breaking into pharmacies and people's homes to get prescription drugs.  These drugs alter our minds and our bodies!  God created many, many naturals things that keep a person's body in balance and healthy.  In fact, if we were eating the way God commanded, we would all be much healthier to begin with. 

4)Schooling our children.  It is not natural for kids to be segregated with children their own age 8 hours of every day.  Life is not segregated.  Children learn by example, not by peer pressure or following the lead  of another immature child.  Children should be with a wide variety of people regardless of age, gender, or race.  It is a parent's job to teach their children, not a stranger they will only know for 9 months out of a year.  That teacher, regardless of how wonderful they are, cannot truly know the strengths and weaknesses of your child.  They rarely can steer a child in the direction best suited for that child. 

These are just off the top of my head.  We have become an unnatural world, worshipping the created rather than the Creator.  We worship athletes, scientists, doctors, and experts instead of giving credit where credit is due.  God is behind the athlete's abilities, the scientist's discoveries, the doctor's healing skill, and the expert's knowledge. God gives us gifts and talents for His glory, not our own, and certainly not to be worshipped by others. 

Colossians 1:13-18 (NASB77)
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-- all things have been created by Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.

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