Did God Actually Say That?

In the second half of Genesis 3:1, Satan asked Eve, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”  Did God actually say–the world’s first temptation.  Of course, it all went downhill from there:    The devil convinced Eve to eat the forbidden fruit, she gave it to Adam, they brought sin into the world, and they died.

Today we hear an echo of Satan’s words throughout our society.  Did God actually say that homosexuality is a sin?*  Did God actually say that a baby is a baby at conception?**  Did God actually say that women can’t be pastors?***   You would think that Christians would have learned from Eve’s example to use caution when hearing the words Did God actually say?  But no, often those who consider themselves Christians slowly start accepting our society’s tenets of truth that do not follow God’s truth.  They start to believe that marriage should be based on love, even when that love goes against God’s command about marriage.  They start to think that women have the right to choose anything, even when that choice goes against God’s creation of life.  The start to think that anyone should be a pastor if they so desire, even when it goes against what God has said about pastors.

To be clear, I am not starting a debate with non-Christians about these issues.  That’s another discussion for another day.  What I am concerned about are the Christians (and even those who call themselves Lutherans) who have decided to abandon what the Bible says about these controversial issues.  First off, I feel deserted by them.  We are supposed to be brother and sisters in Christ, yet they have abandoned me as people decree that my beliefs make me a bigot and a woman-hater.  It hurts to feel so outnumbered and despised in a nation supposedly filled with Christians.

But I also worry about these Christians.  What is actually keeping them in the faith?  See, there are times when I want to give up and start listening to the Did God actually says around me.  Wouldn’t it be easier to just embrace society’s beliefs and pretend that God didn’t actually say those things?  But then my mind starts thinking about all the Did God actually says.  Did God actually say that He will care for me always?****  Did God actually say that he sent Jesus to die for my sins?*****  Did God actually say that His Son rose from the dead?******  Did God actually say that the Bible is His Word?*******  Eventually I would have to ask Is God even real?  I quickly realize to question one part of the Bible, no matter how unpopular that passage may be with the rest of society, means I have to question my entire faith.  That scares me more than any sort of worldly scorn.  That’s what also makes me worry about the Christians who so readily toss out any part of the Bible that makes them uncomfortable.  On their last day (because everyone knows that we all will die someday), will they die a blessed death in Christ?  Or will they die in a made-up religion built on Did God actually say?

*“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers  nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”  1 Cor. 6:9-10
**“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, everyone one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:16 
***“As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches.  For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. . .If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.” 1 Cor. 14:33-34, 37

****”And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
*****”But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
******”For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:3-4)
*******”All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16


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One Comment on “Did God Actually Say That?”

  1. […] those of us who disagree with this decision (and yes, I’m one of them), it’s easy to let our fears run away with us. I have heard fears expressed that our fellow […]


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