God is a separatist

One of Satan’s tempting suggestions to Jesus after His forty day fast was, ‘…tell these stone to become bread.’ Jesus’ answer was that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. 2

Underlying His answer was a principle: rock is rock, and bread is bread.  Why is that important?  It is because God is a separatist.  When He created, He put things in separate ‘boxes’ that are fixed and final. 

#  God’s separatist nature in creation  

  • He separated light from darkness. 
  • He separated the waters above from the waters below. 
  • He separated the land and the sea. 
  • He created kinds of plants.  The kinds are separate from each other.  This also happened with the fish, the birds and the land animals. 
  • When it came to humans, He separated them from the animal kingdom when He breathed His spirit of life into Adam.3  People have a mind, free will, speech, creativity, et cetera.  All that separates us from the animal kingdom. 
  • God also created man and woman separate.  Together they would become one, but they had different roles, especially in procreation. 

#  Practical applications of God’s separatist system  

  • It has become fashionable to claim that the two genders are interchangeable.  In other words, a boy can become a girl, and vice versa.  However, in God’s Kingdom, separation still exists.  Male is male, and female is female. 
  • There is a separation between the world, under the leadership of the devil, and God’s people who are led by the Holy Spirit.  In 1 Corinthians 5:12-13 Paul explains that God did not give His children the right to judge people outside the church.  We are only to judge people inside the church (our ‘box’).  God will judge those outside.  We are not allowed to shout at people in the world system who have different views than we have.  We pray for them. 
  • The same principle applies to marriage.  God ordained it to be between a man and a woman.  The world, in rebellion against God, decided it is rubbish, and they condone any kind of marriage.  They force or try to force the various churches to adopt their philosophy about marriage.  That happens, but with God, it does not sell. 

Conclusion

We do not judge the world, because as followers of Jesus, we need to understand God’s principle of separation.  That is why, in the end, God will separate the ungodly from the godly. 4

References

  1. Matthew 4:3  
  2. Matthew 4:4  
  3. Genesis 2:7  
  4. Matthew 13:24-30

Why is there confusion in our modern societies?

People are curious to know if the Bible is still relevant for today.  After all, wasn’t it written centuries ago?  Isn’t the Bible only for religious people who pray, go to church, give money, et cetera?  

Actually, no.  The Bible is universal because it reveals God’s plan for man.  That plan is to establish an eternal new country where He rules as the Head.  The citizens will be people who accepted God’s Lordship on this side of the grave and will therefore enjoy His benefits eternally. 

#  Yet we live in a time of opposition to the Bible and God.  

  • For example, it is anathema to teach the Bible in schools; it is frowned on to talk about the Bible on campuses.  Free speech means about anything, except what God says in the Bible.  
  • Politicians as well as social media giants like Facebook and Google, take exception to ‘hate mongering.’  That means people are uncomfortable when it comes to the message in the Bible that, ‘…God now commands all people everywhere to repent.’ 1
  • Psalm 2:1-2 says, ‘Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?  The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers gather together against the Lord and against His Anointed One.’  It is remarkable that we see this opposition all around us.  The Western World is very much engaged in getting rid of the God of the Bible.

#  There is an incident in Genesis 11:1-9 that clearly illustrates this. 

  • The history of the Tower of Babel shows us what happens when nations, cities or societies write God out of the equation or embrace other standards.    
  • Confusion was the result.  God confused their language so they could no longer understand each other.  As a result they were scattered all over the earth.  The tower of Babel explains the origin of different languages and cultures. 
  • Even in the Church there is confusion.  Some say this, some claim that, and the debates almost never stop.  If it was only about ‘small’ things like wearing a hat to church, it would not have mattered.  
  • But today many begin to question the Bible in the first chapter, at the creation.  They skirt around it and declare that it is some kind of metaphor.  They ask, was Jesus resurrected?  Is He the Son of God?  It is question upon question.

#  Confusion reigns in many modern Western countries.  

There is no consensus about what marriage is, whether a person is a male or a female, et cetera.  They have nice words for such confusion.  It is  ‘politically correct,’ ’gender fluidity,’ ‘diversity.’  It sounds wonderful, but it must be quite confusing when there is no authoritative guide and the only authoritative guide, the Bible, is either outright banned or frowned upon.   

Conclusion

There will be confusion in a society that rejects truth as expounded in the Bible:  

  • Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. 2  
  • The Word of God is Truth. 3 
  • The Holy Spirit teaches us about Truth (the Living Truth, Jesus) and truth (the written truth, the Word of God). 4  

References

  • Acts 17:30b
  • John 14:6 
  • John 17:17
  • John 16:13
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