Monday, August 16, 2004

Another Perspective....

Hello all. I know I haven't posted here in quite some time, a couple of weeks actually, I've been quite busy with my business and kids. I am back now though and with something a little different. A fellow blog poster contacted me and requested that I post some of his writings occasionally on my blog as he doesn't have a lot of time to run a blog of his own and somehow felt that I would suffice in being a platform for him to express his views. After reviewing one of his writings I agreed to post them on my blog as we do hold to some basic essentials of the Christian faith and therefore I did not see any real conflict. I also thought it would be interesting to offer another perspective on some of the same issues and points that I've brought up myself.

So without further adue, here is his first post entitled "Whats Wrong With Us" written by Mr. Kieth Harris.

“What’s wrong with us starts in the beginning”

In the school my children attend here in town the four-year-old kindergarten classes begin the school year with the same memory verse Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

This verse is one of the most important verses of scripture in the bible and should be taught more in the Church because everything rises and falls on whether you believe this verse or not.

Our young people are faced with many problems in our community today, drug abuse, out of wedlock births, violent crime, and abortion just to name a few.

One of the prevailing teachings in our public schools today is the theory of evolution, the teaching that we all were made by some chance encounter with some gas and water. After that the slime that was made by the gas and the water, some cells were developed and then some larger life forms evolved, then monkeys came along and eventually we evolved from monkeys into the men and women that we are today. I have broken this theory down to its bare minimum and further reading by you of some more educated authors would be suggested to explain the details of this theory. Never the less you get the picture; God is nowhere to be found in this theory. You may say that this has nothing to do with what the problems of our society or community are, but let’s ask some questions. Surely the teaching of evolution has not caused the problems stated earlier. I say it has had an effect on our children more than we can imagine.

Take drug abuse for instance, if we evolved from monkeys and there is no loving God who created me why should I care what happens to my body when I kill it with all manner of substances. My body is not the temple of the Holy Spirit, if I just happened as evolution teaches by chance. But God has taught us through his word that he infinitely cares for us. Psalm 139:14 says I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are your works, And that my soul knows very well. The knowledge and acknowledgement of this fact leads us as Christians not to abuse our bodies in any way including drugs and alcohol.

What about out-of wedlock births; the theory of evolution teaches that our sexuality is nothing more than that of the dogs and other animals. If we follow this view we end up acting like dogs and other animals, not being able to control ourselves because we are controlled by our animal instincts. God created a better plan for us than animal instincts; He says in his word Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the holy Spirit who is in you whom you have from God, and you are not your own. 1 Corinthians 6:18-19, he created us to enjoy sex within the bonds of lasting and loving marriage relationships that stand the test of time.

1 Corinthians 7:1-2 says Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: it is good for a man not to touch a woman. Nevertheless, because of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each woman have her own husband. The Corinthians must have written to Paul about the question of sex outside of marriage. A common practice for men in Corinth was, even if he had a wife, sexual immorality with temple prostitutes in the temple of Aphrodite. The Corinthians asked what should be the biblical approach to the practices that they where used too. He answered the question in verse two in such a way that left no doubt that a man with one wife and a woman with one husband is God’s will for sexual relationships. This indeed is still God’s will for us today. We have heard recently of violent crimes on the rise in our area from gangs coming to the Charlotte region. We used to think that this was only a big city problem. We have seen in the past two or three years several murders here in Lancaster County. Another problem which is much more disturbing than blacks being killed by violent crime is abortion. We tend not to hear much about this problem due to the politics that have crept into the church but I will save that one for another time. Why do I say that the abortion is more disturbing? Consider these stats from the US Center for disease control: since 1973 306,313 African Americans where killed by violent crime and during this same time period, over 12 million African Americans babies have been aborted, which is equal to the combined populations of eight mid-western states. These things should be disturbing to us as a community. You might ask what evolution has to do with gang violence and abortion in our community. The answer is simple; the theory of evolution has leaded us and our children to cheapen the value of life. If you think that this has not affected you or that maybe your child has not been exposed to this cheap view of life. This cheap view of life is even in the popular music of our day, check out what the popular rapper 50 Cent had to say when he was interviewed by the Associated Press "Where I'm from, the price of life is cheap,"…. "For $5,000, you can get somebody killed." But God created us and has given each and every life purpose and therefore since he has given life purpose life is valuable. He says in Jeremiah 29:11 'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. NASB

So what do we do to combat this teaching in our public schools? You have options,and the best option that we all can employ is to teach our children the biblical way. Teach them that they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Teach them that they have been created in what is called in Latin the “imago dei” or image of God, and that He has a purpose for each and every life that He created. Teach them to know that it is true that in the beginning God, our loving heavenly Father, and no other is the creator.

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