does the Bible condemn things people enjoy?
the morality of those who are having a better time."
has their preferred activities and pleasures in life. Those change and they
vary widely from person to person. Preferences which nonbelievers collectively
fault Scripture for condemning include sex outside of marriage, homosexual
sex, sex with minors, bestiality, adultery, drunkenness, drugs, abortion,
pornography, lewdness, and coarse language.
few nonbelievers consider all of these to be good pleasures, but it's common
to find people who argue that they simply cannot abide by the Bible's condemnations.
They say that the Bible is a book for which they seriously question the
historical and scientific evidences. In response to this, the question should
be asked of the nonbeliever, "Which came first: your analytical review
of historical and scientific evidences for the Bible, or your pleasures
or aspects of lifestyle which you say the Bible condemns?"
and lifestyle always come first. We were born that way; primarily concerned
about ourselves, not about truth. We continue in that way, too, unless a
change is made in our basic nature. No one was born adhering to biblical
morality and then later had to discipline themselves to be selfish and pleasure-oriented.
Self-centeredness and the seeking of personal pleasure is exactly what is
natural and inborn. By contrast, it is the respect for authority that
must be learned.
people start out self-oriented. It is only when they receive God's Holy
Spirit do they begin a new spiritual life of discipline towards biblical
morality and respect for the authority of God. It is incorrect for atheists
to think that believers dislike pleasure so much that they seek out hard
teachings like those in the Bible. What's tempting for the atheist is generally
tempting for the believer. Indeed, certain pleasures which the Bible warns
to be destructive temptations would have no need of condemnation if they
weren't tempting to everyone, at least to some degree!
Bible was not written by a bunch of hate-mongers who wanted to condemn all
the fun, freedom, and good pleasures in life. The Bible was inspired by
a holy and just God who has our best interests in mind.
to Scripture, what looks fun, good, and enticing from the worldly perspective
often looks the same from the heavenly perspective, but with a difference.
The difference is in the fact that Scripture reveals the true nature behind
the world's enticements. Scripture reveals the true nature of temptations
much like a Nutrition Facts label reveals the invisible qualities of packaged
nutrition label tells you what's in your favorite dessert; those things
you can't otherwise see. This is information your intellect uses to balance
your passions for eating. Likewise,
the Bible reveals the true nature of the temptations of this world for your
spirit to use in balancing your passions for living.
the Nutrition Facts label and the Bible exist to help you make choices.
Neither force you to act, and neither can be faulted for telling it like
bigoted, intolerant, and judgmental?
What does the way in which I live
have to do with loving God?