We left off with talking about lust. A topic most people do not even want to speak about. Our lustful desires have led many people, including those who call themselves Christians, to question the authenticity of the Bible. “There are too many outdated rules,” people cry. “It’s used to control people.” We are about to dissect this whole idea. This mentality will keep God from being your number one. Although I will explain what the issue is, why it feels so controlling.
When God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He made a covenant with them. This covenant, in essence, was wedding vows. He was setting up the boundaries of their relationship, like any relationship. We know how the Israelites do with these boundaries. They break every last one of them. They broke them because they were incapable of loving God back. The laws, rules, commandments, or whatever you want to call them, were not there to control them, but to show us what makes God holy and us humans not. It also shows what God is saving us from. Why did Jesus have to die for our sins? So that we could love God back and these boundaries would no longer become a stumbling block to our relationship with Him.
When Adam and Eve were in the garden they only had one, ONE boundary and they could not even obey that. What makes their decision devastating is the fact that they were in a loving committed relationship with God. They were one with Him and like a cheating spouse, one mistake ruined everything.
We today tell people how we need to set up healthy boundaries with others. That to not set up boundaries would be a disaster. We understand this concept when it comes to other human beings but yet cannot understand that our creator started this concept. We know that humans can and will take advantage of you. We encourage people to not end up in a relationship where someone hurts you. It’s the same thing for God. Without those boundaries, we would take advantage of God. We already try to. We even use the laws He set to manipulate Him. Well, we try. He cannot be manipulated. We feel as if I follow every rule He has to do what I say. Have you ever known of a relationship working well with this mentality?
God is not trying to remove your fun. What’s worse is the idea that many of the things God considers evil, we consider fun. Think about it, we celebrate rebellion, violence, and debauchery. If you do not believe me, look at all the top-rated shows on television. Then cry about why is there so much evil in the world and then say God either doesn’t exist or He Himself is evil because He allows this to happens. It’s us.
Now I will explain this, we have free will. It’s why any of this even occurs. We choose evil over God every time. Sin has put us at odds with God. The Bible literally states we are His enemy. We at our core hate Him because He is everything we are not. I know this is the part of Christianity nobody wants to talk about. We want to make people feel good, but not being honest with ourselves and others don’t get us closer to God. That’s the goal.
However, because we are human, we use God’s boundaries to control the masses. God set those boundaries up for people who choose to be in a loving relationship with Him when they accept Yeshua (Jesus) as their Savior. That is why Jesus died, to restore what we lost in Eden. This is the good news we are to share. Instead, I hear people talking about people going to Hell for their bad deeds, and it’s His boundaries that get us into Heaven. None of that is true. Christians will still commit those bad deeds compulsively until they die, yet will still be in Heaven, because it has nothing to do with the boundaries.
We cannot tell the world to live by God’s boundaries. It’s just for those who choose to be in a relationship with Him. To try and set up His boundaries as governing law is what has resulted in the chaos we see today. It’s inherently evil to force His commandments on people who do not love Him. I know this because this is what people have tried to do to me before I fell in love with Him. People trying to force me to follow rules I did not understand angered me and I wanted to turn my back on God. I needed to fall in love with God to want to follow those boundaries. It’s also this falling in love that makes it possible for me to go to Heaven. God wants people who truly love Him for Him in Heaven. Would you ever allow someone who hated you into your home?
How do we fall in love so that we can follow these boundaries? When we accept and acknowledge what Yeshua (Jesus) did for us on the cross, the Holy Spirit comes to live inside us. When we tap into the power of the Holy Spirit, it births our spirits, and this spirit changes us. Our hearts become capable of falling in love with God. Without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible. We are now plugged into a power source that goes above and beyond our imaginations.
Following these boundaries are done out of respect for God. You do them because you want to make Him happy, the same way you would want to make someone you love happy like your parents, children, or significant other. He’s proud of you for choosing not to follow the world and become lost sheep, not because of these boundaries. They are an add-on. You allowed the Holy Spirit to let you see past the lies of the world. I will end this with my favorite scripture. God said this to John the Baptist when Jesus was baptized, but He says this to us when we choose to follow Him. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit.
‘And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”’ Matthew 3:17 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.3.17