Monday, October 12, 2009

Fundamentally, Folly

Areas of conflict we see in our culture, from homosexuality to abortion or even Bible versions or music, are all in great need of starting with a foundational question: Who is the ultimate Authority? No one is totally unbiased in any situation or concernng a given issue. However, the message of design in the universe is overwhelming! How did it originate? It is understood that design comes from a designer! A building must have an architect or a painting, a painter. Would a perfect Designer of the universe have intricate order in all that we see, but leave people up to their own devices and without specific instruction?

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7)

True knowledge, including knowledge of the physical world, begins with an understanding…

That the Creator exists.
That He gives wisdom and instruction (Prov. 2:6)
Scientists often refer to “millions” or “billions” of years of time as they speak of earth’s history, but such long ages directly contradict Scripture, facts from true history, and facts from true science. According to the Bible, God made everything in 6 actual days about 6000 years ago. The universe, humans, and all of the animals were made directly by Him. There is no evidence of a long, gradual transition from “ape-like” ancestor to human, nor is there solid science that proves the absurd notion that dinosaurs exist today as birds!

True knowledge of the physical realm begins with an understanding that the design of all things points to a Designer Who made it all and Who has a plan for it all. Those who reject this founding premise, or despise this “beginning of knowledge,” are here referred to in Scripture as “fools.” What folly it is to reject knowledge!

"The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good." (Psalm 14:1)

Scripture also describes those who reject the idea of God as “corrupt” and as doing “abominable works.” Of course, no human being is perfect. Everyone has done something wrong. The Bible states that we are all sinners (Romans 3:23) and that the payment for our sin is eternal death.

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

However, Scripture sometimes uses more potent terms for certain sins. For instance, the actions of men together in sexual activity in the Bible is referred to as an “abomination.”

"Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination." (Leviticus 18:22)

This is a clear prohibition in the area of sexual activity. One may look up other places in the Bible and find that the same term (”abomination”) is used for various other prohibitions, such as shepherding being an “abomination” to the Egyptians or that eating fish without fins and scales was to be an “abomination” to the Israelites. The common usage of this term for these other prohibitions need not eradicate the seriousness of the prohibition of a sexual practice. Each of these actions were described as being, in essence, “detestable.” Herding sheep was detestable to the Egyptians, and fish without fins and scales was to be detestable to the Israelites. Though the same cannot broadly be said of shepherding or of ancient Hebrew dietary laws today, the sexual law is still applicable. There are many things that are detestable. Something could be detestable in the realm of artwork, or food, or any other area that you might consider. However, it is clear from Scripture that, to God, activity which is still legally referred to as “sodomy” (homosexuality) is morally detestable and “unseemly.”

"…likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." (Romans 1:27)

The Greek term for “unseemly” is “ah-skay-muh-SOO-nay” (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:5) and the use of this word involves nakedness (Revelation 3:18). The phrase “men with men” is literally “men in men,” and could not be more clear in referring to homosexual behavior. For someone to say that this passage is referring solely to “temple prostitution” is totally illogical and unbiblical. If one follows the context of chapter one of Romans, he will see that the behavior of these men is itself the judgment of God.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God (as Creator) …but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. (Romans 1:20-27)
We see in this passage the results of mankind’s decision to reject the knowledge of God as Creator. Hence,
They become vain in their imaginations.
Their foolish hearts are darkened.
They become fools while professing wisdom.
They change the glory of God into images like men, birds, beasts, or bugs (”creeping things”).
They change truth into lie.
They worship and serve the creature more than the Creator.

These are results of man’s choice to reject the knowledge he had been given of God as the Creator. God’s choice, then (”Wherefore”), is:

To give them up to vile affections (women against nature; men in lust one toward another).
To give them over to a reprobate mind. (Romans 1:28)
The folly (above) that men encounter is a result of their own choice to reject the clear knowledge of the Creator and His design. Part of this folly includes same-sex, sexual activity that many seek to tout as “normal” or “natural.” If one takes the Scripture as his guide, homosexuality is the ‘normal’ outflow of one’s rejection of God as the Creator.

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