What, Who, and Why You Say Yes
I read a statement where someone said words to the effect that “if your hormones say yes, your culture says yes, and your family says yes, then why not?” I think such a question deserves an answer. None of these things matter if God says no! The question being posed is a question that relies only on the understanding of man, a fallen creature. It does not rely on an ultimate source of right and wrong.
Not long ago, there arose an expression: “If it feels good, do it.” That expression was the near relative of the three-part question raised by the person who thought they were making a positive statement. You see the three things in the world that can make a person feel bad about what they are doing are your flesh, your culture, and your social circle. If you remove the condemnation of those three things, then you only have to worry about God.
Paul asked, “Doth not even nature itself teach you?” (1Corinthians 11:14) He was speaking of a particular shortcoming that is common in a world that today leans to its own feel good understanding. In Romans chapter one, he also pointed out that the natural things of God’s creation demonstrate the divine principles and ignoring those principles brings forward God’s wrath. He then described some of the sins that currently afflict mankind, and some are trying to justify today. The world responds that Paul was a bigot and I agree. He was prejudiced toward doing things God’s way and not man’s.
If a person follows the standard of measurement proposed in the first paragraph, they open themselves up for all manner of heartbreak, failure, and yes, even disease. That is only the results that occur in this world. A person who relies on the principles of the world, the flesh, and the devil for making decisions about what they do will also reap results according to those same principles in this life, and then they must face God with the burden of those sins upon them.
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