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TRUST JESUS TODAY
The Word of God
Part III of IV
I love the Bible with all of my heart and that’s why I wish so much that the world’s great theologians and religious leaders would galvanize their expertise and efforts and find ways to allow our Bible to more clearly help us understand and solve the many social problems that each of us live with 24 hours a day…in the year 2008.
Yes, I feel that today’s social problems are much graver and people all around the world suffer much more than my God wants or demands.
Yes, I feel that we (all humans on earth) have as much right in year 2008 to expect an enjoyable and safe life as God envisioned when He Created the world. We certainly can’t blame God for the mess we have today and have had for thousands of years. We and the Church have allowed and encouraged our problems from the beginning of time.
I daily think about and frequently read the Ten Commandments. I believe that these are a list of religious and moral imperatives that according to Judeo-Christian tradition were written by God and given to Moses on the mountain.
1. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol.
2. You shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God.
3. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
4. Honor your father and mother.
5. You shall not kill (murder).
6. You shall not commit adultery. Adultery being defined as sexual intercourse
between a man and a married woman who is not his wife.
7. You shall not steal.
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
10. You shall not covet (desire) your neighbor’s wife.
Only in two Commandments does God command us to adhere regarding a sexual issue. Both # 6 and # 10 forbid man from thinking about another man’s wife.
It seems to me that today the Church and too many Christians get stimulation from an unnecessary over-involvement in many unimportant sexual issues.
Of course when God gave Moses the Commandments the world was not overly populated. God accomplished His perfect plan in His Creation of man. He instilled His Plan in the DNA of humans. His Plan insures that earth will populate. He instilled desires in all humans. Human nature is to take care of the rest for ever.
The strongest desire God instilled in man was to satisfy hunger of food and water, so that man could healthily survive.
The second strongest desire He instilled in humans was the desire to satisfy the craving for sexual satisfaction. This desire insures that healthy humans will keep earth well populated.
We can easily see that His plan works. We can also see that humans have become greedy and confused through their man-made rules.
Today my God cries as He looks down at His beautiful Creations and sees such misery and confusion.
Hunger and starvation is prevalent in our over-populated earth. Selfish humans have not insured that every human on earth gets a fair share of everything needed to have sufficient food and the knowledge and ability to produce enough food.
Humans have established man-made rules and man-made religious principles that encourage our earth to be over-populated. We arrogantly refuse to control the population growth.
It seems that the earliest religions and churches began establishing illogical laws and rules to control the minds of the masses. It appears to me that from the times of witch doctors, tribal chiefs and early church leaders, they all realized that the easiest way to control the masses was to regulate their human desires.
Thus it’s apparent that perverted men began controlling sexual behavior of every one. There was a time when the church was the police, jury and executer. For a time it was illegal to have sexual intercourse in any position other than the missionary position. Supposedly this was to insure pregnancy and population growth. Persons were put to death if the church window-peeping police discovered any violators.
Still I believe the church has mostly good points. We are proud of the Theological virtues.
We are familiar with the theological virtues as written in the Bible, but let us briefly review them. (1 Corinthians 13:13) And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three, but the greatest of these is charity.
Faith: In Christianity, faith centers on a belief in God, a belief in the reality of a transcendent domain that God administers as his kingdom, and in the benevolence of God's will or plan for humankind.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16,KJV).
Hope: In Christian tradition, ‘hope’ is a combination of the desire for something and expectation of receiving it. Positive precept is required when exercising some duties, as in prayer or penance. Hope is also the driving factor in human emotion that allows what some might view as impossible human action to be accomplished.
Charity: In Christian theology charity, or love, is the greatest of the three theological virtues. Love, in this sense of an unlimited loving-kindness towards all others, is held to be the ultimate perfection of human spirit, because it is said to both glorify and reflect the nature of God. In the most extreme form such love can be self-sacrificial.
Charity is comprised of two parts, love of God and love of man, which includes both love of one’s neighbor and one’s self. (Read Paul’s description in 1 Corinthians, Ch 13.
Christian teachings saw a need to expand interest in the social sins of humans with additional rules.
Seven deadly sins
The seven deadly sins, also known as the capital vices or cardinal sins, are classification of vices that were originally used in early Christian teachings to educate and instruct followers concerning immoral fallen man’s tendency to sin. These sins are, lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride.
Lust: Lust is usually though of as involving obsessive or excessive thoughts or desires of a sexual nature. Unfulfilled lusts sometimes lead to sexual or sociological compulsions and/or transgressions including (but obviously not limited solely to), adultery, bestiality, and rape.
Gluttony: Gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. In the Christian religions, is considered a sin because of the excessive desire for food, or its withholding from the needy.
Greed: Greed is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of excess; however, Greed (as seen by the Church) is applied to the acquisition of wealth in particular. Actions that may be inspired by Greed include; disloyalty, deliberate betrayal, or treason, especially for personal gain, for example through bribery, scavenging and hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority.
Sloth: More than other sins, the definition of Sloth has changed considerably since its original inclusion among the seven deadly sins. It was first called the sin of sadness. In early years of Christianity it would have characterized as melancholy, apathy, depression and joylessness. Today it represents the failure to utilize one’s talents and gifts. For example, a student who does not work beyond what is required (and thus fails to achieve his or her full potential) could be labeled ‘slothful’.
Wrath: Wrath (anger, hatred, rage, revenge) may be described as inordinate and uncontrolled feelings of hatred and anger. These feelings can manifest as vehement denial of the truth, both to others and in the form of self-denial, impatience with the procedure of law, and the desire to seek revenge outside of the workings of the justice system (such as engaging in vigilantism and generally wishing to do evil or harm to others. The transgression borne of vengeance is among the most serious, including murder, assault, and in extreme cases, genocide.
Envy: Envy, like greed, is an insatiable desire. Greed is largely associated with material goods, whereas Envy may apply more generally. Those that commit the sin of envy desire something that someone else has which they perceive themselves as lacking. Dante defined this as “love of one’s own good perverted to a desire to deprive other men of theirs.
Pride: Pride is considered the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins, and indeed the ultimate source from which the others arise. It is described as a desire to be more important or attractive than others, failing to give compliments to others though they may be deserving of them, and excessive love of self (especially holding self out of proper position toward God). Dante’s definition was “love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor.
When we read the Old and New Testaments it’s easy to feel and realize that then all humans had different conditions and circumstances to deal with than we do now.
Obviously the Theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity apply to all of us today just as it applied to all humans from the beginning of civilization on earth.
Obviously one would have to be brain-dead not to clearly see that the seven deadly sins of Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy and Pride are still present with our society today, but often at a much deadlier degree than when this list was made by Pope Gregory the Great (540 AD-605 AD.
The most serious changes that have occurred during this 5000 year period deal, in one way or another, with the increased human population on planet earth.
However, the population growth isn’t the only change. Almost every segment of earth’s early society would be unrecognizable today.
I feel the early Church had a logical mission to encourage population growth. It certainly had no reason to be concerned with over-population as it does now.
It’s obvious to me that today the Church has a responsibility to control population growth before we humans destroy God’s Creation (our earth). This requires the Church to concentrate (as much today) on finding justification in scriptures for birth control as it has in the past to arrogantly justify world-over-population.
The social attitudes and concerns were obviously different then. At that time there was no need to think about abstinence or masturbation. There was no need for condoms. Unwanted pregnancies were not a concern or issue, because all pregnancies were welcomed, regardless of age.
It seems that at that time it was accepted and encouraged for humans to get married at age ten or any age when they desired sexual intercourse…or to raise a family with out knowing about marriage. Likely sexual intercourse outside the framework of marriage was a small issue.
Earth was not suffering from poverty, hunger and starvation 100 years ago as it is today.
Today everything is different. The Church and all social leaders have an urgent responsibility to deal with all problems as they affect all humans and our society today.
Recently the Vatican announced a list of seven new mortal sins in an effort to appeal to the modern Catholic.
After 1400 years the Vatican is willing to make changes in Church policy, as it adds seven more ’social’ sins to its list of the old seven deadly sins.
This is basically agreeing or admitting that times and needs do change in our society.
I strongly feel that God’s Word is perfect and thus the Ten Commandments are perfect. I feel that God’s Plan is for the Ten Commandments to be the law and social rules for mankind.
At this moment it seems to me that the Church needs to examine the major issues in our society today that encourage and cause these new social sins.
“The light at the end of tunnel” can be a hope that the Church can also address needed changes in our social rules guiding our social existence as humans (Christians) on our overly-crowded planet.
Today, no individual or religious group has a right to be arrogant and close their eyes and ears to the inhuman problems that exist on earth, regardless of their beliefs. Responsibility for caring for God’s most precious gift (humans) is the most important responsibility we all have…even if we must make necessary changes that bother our pride.
I feel that individual and religious groups have a right to their personal feelings and views, but not at the expense and suffering of those that are daily suffering. No human, especially a child, should ever go to bed hungery; yet millions do every day. This is more sinful that the issues pertaining to condoms, masturbation and sex out side of marriage can ever be.
There is no real excuse for this. This situation in our educated world certainly doesn’t make God happy. Christians certainly have not done their job or fulfilled their responsibility to solve this solvable problem.
Arrogance, illogical and misoriented thinking and man-instilled principals are inexcusable. Prepared by Gene Hudgens
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