I just wanted to share this very thought-provoking blog post I just came across. This will take on a similar tone to my last post, but too often these days people claim to be Christian and yet reject basic Christian morality.
I once heard it said that John 8:7 is the most misquoted Bible passage of all time (“Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone…”). People seem to think that this passage can be used as a justification for any actions. What people ignore though is that Jesus then went on to tell the woman “Go your way, and from now on do not sin again” (John 8:11). Jesus does forgive the woman, but He does not excuse her actions or try to justify them or say that what she did wasn’t wrong under certain circumstances and so on. No, Jesus upholds the Truth. The woman sinned, He forgave her and he told her to repent. That’s it. There’s no relativism or being wishy-washy, just Truth. Similarly, it’s not up to us to judge others, but we do need to stand for the Truth and stop trying to justify the actions of ourselves or others when we know in our hearts that these actions go against God’s commandments and are morally wrong.
As this post I’m sharing points out, as Christians we have a duty to learn who Jesus is and what He has commanded us, and to try our best to live the lives He taught us to live. Whenever we try to project our own ideas and morality onto Him we risk falling into idolatry because instead of worshipping Jesus Christ we start worshipping a product of our own creation. Following Christ isn’t always going to be easy. Even in the bible there are examples of His early followers abandoning Him because they couldn’t accept some of His teachings (e.g. John 6:60-68). As Christ Himself said, though: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matt 16:24).
Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees, stressing the importance of believing in Him. They, on the other hand, vastly misunderstand who Jesus is. Think about this: when Jesus says, “Where I am going, you cannot come”, they think He means that He is going to kill Himself. Suicide? Really? Does this sound like a bunch that understands who Jesus is? But the Lord’s response is clear: “you are of this world, I am not of this world” and “you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he”. When Jesus speaks of “the world”, that means “the world of sin”. And like the Pharisees, we too can become so stuck in our sin, that it blinds us from seeing who God really is.
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