I am writing this article in response to a comment that I received from an anonymous reader. I respect the comments of others so I read and reread what others write seeking to understand their points of view, even if I do not agree with what is written. We are living in a time that is dominated by an incorrect way of thinking and what I mean by this statement is the idea of relativism. Whatever you believe is correct and if someone disagrees with you then his way of thinking is also correct. This deceitful way of thinking has even crept into the way that some people view the Bible. The Bible teaches that there is right and wrong and God is the One who determines what is right and what is wrong. If we as people want to learn what is right and wrong then we need to go to the source of what is right and wrong, the Word of God. Of course there are wicked people who do not care about right and wrong because they are more interested in promoting their agendas, their wicked lifestyles and they will go to any extreme to try and convince others of their positions. Some even try to use the Word of God, of course manipulating what is there, in order to divinely prove their point. When the Scriptures are studied in context with the guidance of the Holy Spirit then the very heart of God can be understood. If one comes to the Scriptures with a sincere desire to learn (not coming to the Scriptures with a mind already decided) then he or she will understand what is right and what is wrong. I will use some quotes from this anonymous reader in order to prove my point.
“From what I can tell on your blog, you aren’t reading and interpreting the bible in any of the languages in which an of the original translations were done (there were 100s of translations before the contemporary ones to which you refer…each with its own spin and errors), which means you are relying on someone else to translate the meaning for you. So here is an equally (possibly more accurately) reliable interpretation”
First of all, the Word of God is perfect in every way.
“Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.” (Proverbs 30:5-6). “The words of the LORD are pure words; As silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” (Proverbs 12:6)
Not one single word in the Bible is wrong. I know that there are mistakes in the different translations but that is not because of the Bible that is because of the translators. One can understand the Scriptures in his own language without the help of the original languages but it does help to know the original Biblical languages (Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic). I do have knowledge of the original languages and the original languages only help confirm what the NASB (New American Standard Bible, a word for word literal translation of the original languages) version says. I will set several versions side by side including the original in order to see that the Bible is correct and the anonymous reader is obviously influenced by the homosexual agenda by trying to force the Bible to say what It does not say.
“Do you translate and abide to ALL the laws of Leviticus regarding unclean times of the month, unclean meat, cloth etc? I suspect you are picking and choosing where you interpret “literally” and where you don’t.” One thing that one must keep in mind when reading and studying the Scriptures (notice I said reading and studying, not just listening to what someone else says about the Scriptures) is the fact that there is a certain historical context in which the people described in the text lived in. If you try to interpret verses from the Old Testament while having the mindset of the 21st Century then you will come across many difficult things to understand. For example 21st Century America our food preserving methods are much different than they were say 4,000 years ago when the Levitical laws were written (also try not to confuse food laws with moral laws because there is a difference). Much of the restricted food was food that usually rotted faster meaning that it would not preserve well and also animals like pigs and scale-less fish eat anything, including garbage and fecal matter. It only makes sense to avoid things that might make you sick since the health care of that time was not the same as our health care today. Pork is still considered a risky food to eat because of the damage it does to the body. Also sanitation during the time that the Levitical laws were written was not the same as it was today so being “clean” as the Bible says was very important. The “nations” other than Israel had some disgusting practices such as having sexual intercourse while a woman had her monthly period. God wanted to protect His people from this danger because of the high sanitation risks involved. Even today it is recommended to refrain from sexual activity if a woman is having her menstrual period and modern medicine can explain why. The list goes on and on but the point is, these laws were for the benefit of the people and when followed they brought protection. I am not picking and choosing what I want to believe. The anonymous reader has obviously been influenced by someone promoting the homosexual agenda, trying to make it seem as if the Levitical law on homosexuality is irrelevant when in fact the law is very relevant because it protects us from all kinds of physical diseases and mental psychological problems.
“You speak a great deal about the issues surrounding sex. Which leads a reader to suspect you may be struggling with difficult issues surrounding sex. I know those things can be difficult. Good luck and I hope you enjoy and learn from the material below.” I do speak a great deal about sex but not because I have a problem with it. I know that sex was created by God to be enjoyed by a husband and his wife. I am married and I do enjoy the benefits of the sexual relationship with my wife. I have no shame or guilt because I know that it is a holy act given to us by God. The reason I write so much on the topic of sexuality is because of the evil people who try to promote illicit sexuality everywhere as if it were second nature to humans, like breathing is. When sex is perverted by evil people (for example those who promote the homosexual agenda) then it becomes a disgraceful act. I want to teach people the Truth about Sex, that it is created by God for a husband and his wife and that there is healing and reconciliation for those who have believed the lies of those evil people promoting illicit sex as something normal. I have a question for the anonymous reader, “Does it bother you that I present the Truth about Sex and if it does then why is that?” Those who promote propaganda do not want the Truth to be made known so they fight against it at any cost. Those who promote their propaganda through the homosexual agenda do not want any mention of the Truth about Sex to be heard. They scream tolerance but they themselves are the most intolerant when it comes to the Truth!!!
I will leave this as the introduction and come back the arguments against the accusations of the anonymous reader with another article. Until then I hope this will clear up some of the half truths that the anonymous readers has already shared. Understanding the cultural and historical context as well as the Biblical words will be the focus of the next article. By seeing all these things together the false accusations of the anonymous reader will be easily disproved. One last note, being wrong not the end of the world if you will admit that you are wrong and allow God to change you. That is the “good news” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God is ready to offer forgiveness of sins and a new life for those who turn away from their arrogant ideas and totally submit to the Truth found in God’s Word. Dear anonymous reader, that good news if for you too. God bless.