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Absolutes by Karla Perry

I used to think in terms of absolutes. Grey areas were uncharted waters I did not want to explore. I thought truth had to be absolute with clearly defined borders. I am the type who colors inside the lines. I needed naturally defined parameters. I did not like to free-style anything. If there is a book, I wanted to do it by the book. Still, that is my inclination, but now I fight that inclination.

I found out that God is bigger than my absolutes. I found out that knowing Him was something more than knowing right things about Him. And that the more I behold Him the more I will have a better picture of who He is. A graven image can be in my mind as easily as it can be shaped into wood. God is too immense to define, He can only be described. We cannot make absolutes about Him, for He is the Absolute. He does not conform to any definition, rule, or condition we attribute to Him, but to every attribute that is truly His nature. He governs Himself by Himself. He is always Himself, but we are not always ourselves. He defines truth for us, in the living person of Jesus.

If we hold to a static image of who He is, we cannot grow into who we are. We have to behold Him, not a doctrine about Him. I used to confuse God with His Book. The Bible points to Jesus who is the Truth, and the Holy Spirit who leads us into all Truth. When we deify the Bible we nullify the Lord. The Bible cannot possibly contain everything we need to know about Jesus. It is not a substitute for Jesus. There is no mediator between God and man except Jesus. The Bible is incredibly useful for a great many things and is essential to the Christian walk, but it will never be on par with Jesus. John 1 tells us that the Word was God, and the Word became flesh, not paper.


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God Against No One by Joseph Perry

I am against everyone whom God is against. Who is God against? Non-Christians? Members of the LGBT community? Atheists? Muslims? Buddhists? New Age practitioners? Witchcraft practitioners? Many people, Christians and non-Christians alike, may believe that God is against all of the above. This, however, couldn't be further from the truth. Christians, well-versed in the Bible, may believe that the Bible supports such things. In fact, many pit themselves against the practitioners of such things because they believe that God is against them. But what if He was not? Jesus said,

"He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters." (Matt. 12:30)

Notice what He says here: "He who is not with Me is against Me." When we say such things, we mean, "If you're not going to support me then I am going to treat you as an enemy." But that is not what is happening. Does the Bible say we are enemies of God before the cross? Of course we are. (Rom. 5:8) But it's not because God has declared us enemies. It is because that is our state that we have chosen, not Him. In other words, we make ourselves enemies of God by our choice to stay in our sin, which goes way beyond the practices mentioned above. Things such as gossip, lying, and loving money all condemn us if we choose them over God. When we choose them, we set ourselves against God. God is not setting Himself against us. This is an important distinction. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He does not need to choose a stance against something or someone. God is not against homosexuals, though people choosing homosexuality are setting themselves against God. God does not set Himself against liars, but liars are setting themselves against God. These people, along with gossips, coveters, the unforgiving, and others may not be intentionally turning their heart from God, but the thing they choose puts them in this place.


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