Our world gets farther and farther away from God, and it should not be surprising to hear of people who are upset at what the Bible teaches.
What man must understand it is not for man to set the standard of right and wrong, that has been done by God.
Jeremiah wrote, “O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
Somehow the idea that the Bible is just about God’s love has taken preeminence over the fact of God’s direction as to how to live. God’s book tells of God’s love but also that man must obey God, or they will be lost.God has given mankind the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). It tells of how much God loved man, yet it tells of his wrath.
Isaiah the prophet tried to get all Israel to repent and come back to God, but they refused. During the time of Isaiah, the people of God had become corrupt. They were killing innocent children, mistreating each other, their leaders were corrupt, judges were taking bribes, etc.
Because of their failure turn away from their sins, God sent two nations against his people. First Assyria came and attacked Israel. The northern tribes were overcome, thousands were killed, and many were taken captive.
Man was created to love and worship God but was given the ability to choose to do so or not.
Even in the Garden of Eden, there were things to do and not to do. Man was not to partake of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis chapter three tells how man failed to follow God’s commands (Gen. 3:16-18). Man was also cast from the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:2224). God still loved man, but man had disobeyed him. God means what he says.
God gave man a written law (the Law of Moses) at Sinai, it was added because of the sins of the people.
“Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator” (Gal. 3:19).
God had and has the right to say what is right and what is wrong. In other words what is sinful and what is not.
The New Testament tells man how God must be obeyed (Heb.5:8, 9). Jesus taught during his time on earth that man is to do the will of God (Matt. 7:21-23).
God does love man. He gave his Son for man’s salvation (John 3:16), but God is also just. His justice demands obedience to his word and punishment for those who do not obey.
Those who have not actually studied the Bible may not realize that many of the things that are common place in our culture are considered sin in the sight of God (Romans 1:19-32; Gal. 5:19-21).
God loves the sinner but not the sin they commit. He is willing to forgive all who would obey his will. Read and study his word. Turn from sin and obey God.