Should the Bible and the Christian Faith cause Division?
It has been said that ďReligion should never divideĒ, what exactly do people mean when they say that religion should never divide? Is it that there are many who still believe in what the Bible has to say about morality, and sin? Two subjects that the ungodly have pushed aside in order to make up their own morality that is relative in nature, meaning that their idea of morality changes often to fit whatever circumstance they might find themselves in.
God has laid out his moral absolutes within the Bible; a spiritual book that moral relativists claim is not a reliable source. These humanistic elitists are taking direct aim at Biblical Christianity, and Godís moral law by claiming that Biblical morality is narrow minded, and should not be allowed to divide the people of this nation. Some of these people even identify themselves as Christians, yet they are engaged in a culture war to strip America of the Biblical moral values that they find oppressive to their lifestyles.
What does God have to say about this?
Should Biblical Christianity cause division?
Well it is pretty clear in the Scriptures that Jesus was a very radical guy who shook the very religious traditions of the Jewish faith of that day, preaching and testifying before all of Israel that he was the promised Messiah, sent from God to set men free from their sins.
It is also very clear that Jesus spoke with truth and authority beyond the comprehension of most of the religious leaders in Jerusalem, and a large portion of the Jewish people continued to reject him even after seeing him perform miracles before their very eyeĎs. Christ was radical, and shook the very foundations of their religious traditions, and blasted the religious leaders who in their piety, and being fluent in the Torah, knowing the prophecies contained within itís pages, still rejected him as the Messiah.
1 Peter 2:7 Therefore he is precious to you who believe, but to those who do not believe, "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,
The Apostles continued with Christís radical agenda, to bring good news, and salvation to the masses. These men who were anointed and empowered by God, and they also caused great division among the people. They too performed miracles as they preached the radical message of the Gospel, the message concerning Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified and whom God raised from the dead on the third day. Some of these men were imprisoned for preaching the Gospel; many of them became martyrs because of their testimony concerning Jesus Christ.
This radical message caused great division among the Jewish people, some believed, and those who refused to believe plotted to kill these men of God.
Acts 14:4 but the people of the city were divided. Some were with the Jews, while others were with the apostles.
Jesus said these words: Matt. 10: 34. "Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword!
Luke 12:51 - 53 "Do you think that I came to bring peace on earth? Not at all, I tell you, but rather division! From now on, five people in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided father against son, son against father, mother against daughter, daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law, and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
Christ came to bring division into the world, and a sword by which to do it with!
This sword that Christ refers to is the Word of God, and the Gospel of the Kingdom. Christ states that he did NOT come to bring peace to the earth, he knew that the Gospel of the Kingdom would cause great division among men, that it would split men apart, and that evil men would hate GodĎs people because of it.
Jesus sayís he came to pit people against each other, even within the same household a non-believer will become the bitter enemy of another family member that has become a true follower of Christ. In some places in the world today, if a person becomes a Christian they will be kicked out of the home, and disowned by the rest of the family for the radical commitment they have made to God. Many times these individuals are even killed because of their faith; it is the intolerance of non-believers that leads to violent acts against those who are followers of Christ.
Jesus said these things so that his followers would know what to expect from unbelievers in this world. The truth of the Gospel tends to repel and infuriate those who refuse to believe, causing them to be extremely intolerant of God, and his people.
Christians are too follow Christís example, and be just as extreme as he was. Christians are too show great compassion for the lost as Christ did, while NOT tolerating their sin, this is what Christ did when he told the woman to ďgo and sin no moreĒ. He did not say, itís okay, go back home and pick up with your adulterous lifestyle. He told her that her sins were forgiven, and not to go it again.
Christ showed love to people while he hated their sin. He never made up his own set of rules; he only followed the rules God the Father has already set into place. Jesus even got violent once when he discovered a bunch of merchants had taken over the temple, making a mockery of Godís house of prayer, and worship. He drove those greedy Merchants out of the temple, he did not go in and love them out, he physically forced them out.
What about those who claim to be Christians, yet they do not bear the proper fruit as proof of their conversion, and seem to support things that are ungodly. Those who truly belong to God will have turned their back on all evil, and will not support things that are contrary to the Bible, or do not line up with Scripture, or are outright condemned in Scripture. For instance Biblical Christians are against abortion, and the homosexual lifestyle, while those who are merely religious tend to support these evils within our society.
Matthew 3:8 Produce fruit that is consistent with repentance!
God never changes his mind concerning his moral law, evil is always evil in his eyes, and he will not tolerate it. Every person that comes to Christ, Godís solid foundation that many have rejected, must turn their backs on all that is evil, this is part of the transformation that takes place in a believers life.
2 Timothy 2:19 However, God's solid foundation still stands. It has this inscription on it: "The Lord knows those who belong to him," and "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil."
A Biblical Christian has the responsibility to stand firm upon the clear teachings of Godís Word!
Godís morality never changes for it is based upon his holiness, righteousness, and it never at anytime becomes relative. Those who follow Godís absolutes do it out of their love and devotion for God, they are not perfect by any means, they are human like all the rest. However, they are forgiven of their sins, and are called to boldly stand against all unrighteousness, and corruption is this world.
To those who wish to persecute Biblical Christians because of what they believe, go for it!
For the blood of the saints, is the seed of the church, the more we are persecuted for our faith, the stronger we become, this is what has happened all down throughout history. The more Christians are persecuted, the stronger we become, and the more we multiply.
Yes the Christian faith is radical to the world we live in, and those who live in the darkness do not understand why Christians believe the way they do. In the very depths of their hearts, those who hate Christians for what the believe really hate God, for it was God who made those moral laws, and it is God that will judge the ungodly by those same laws come judgment day.
Yes the Christian faith will divide people, the sheep, from the goats!