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We all want to hear about the good stuff . .
. . . and hope we can avoid the bad stuff for as long as possible. Yet reality is handled better when we are willing to accept life for what it really is: temporary, not guaranteed and often a struggle.
We all are born, we live and then we all must die: there cannot be anything more probable than death. To live well in the meantime there is a lot of guidance from both human wisdom and religious dogma. Yet sorting through a myriad of do’s and don’ts it sometimes is hard to really know what is true or what applies. For Christians the matter becomes simplified when we discover “there is nothing new under the sun” – to borrow a line from Solomon’s utterances. The Biblical record can help a great deal: especially Proverbs. Our nature is what it is and believing this helps everyone who believes it, to live a better life and to treat each other better in the process. Jesus boiled it all down to two commandments:
Matthew 22:36-40 ESV
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
GOD gave us the freedom to make mistakes . . .
. . . but GOD did not ignore us after creation; GOD gave guidance and knowledge and the ability to discern thus, we can avoid the worst life has to offer.
And here it comes: yes there is evil and yes there is sin and we are capable of both.
1 John 1:8 ESV
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
I have written several times that even the best of us humans are not perfect and not without sin, neither can we do good to overcome it nor, can GOD ignore it. Sorry if that is an unwelcome revelation but it still is true; it is not what I made up it comes from the Bible as a whole and it is a clear description of the character and standards of GOD.
Romans 8:7-8 ESV
For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
GOD provided a way for us to climb out of
. . . hole by first instructing us in the Scriptures and then giving us the work of Jesus Christ who paid the price for sin so that we can avoid eternal damnation just by believing what Jesus accomplished, with our whole heart and mind.
Acts 3:19 ESV
Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out,
Don’t think you can outwit GOD
Isaiah 55:8 ESV
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
ESV = ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION BIBLE
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