I am not writing my original post for today, you can look for that Tuesday. I have decided to write about God, not religion. Religion means a return to bondage. That is what religion has done to people. It teaches false doctrines, false traditions, and makes people believe untruths about the Holy Word. Religion has caused wars and murders for centuries and yet like a dog that keeps returning to its own vomit, people keep missing it and return to their so-called religion just to do it all over again. I was told my opinion on the Word of God is “heavy-handed.” Yes, I am when people who claim because they are in some church know the Word of God or because they have some doctrine they were taught stuck in their head that they are right.
As a Christian, non-denominational, I believe Jesus is my Lord and Savior. It behooves me when people believe without reading, understanding or holy spirit-filled revelation of the Word of God believe they can manhandle it as they choose. Or they can make a parody of verses in the Bible. God has a sense of humor, sure, but he also stated not to change His Word – what happened to obedience?
In Matthew 5:17, Jesus assures His audience on the mount that He had not come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; rather, He had come to fulfill them. Then, in verse 18, Jesus emphasizes the eternal nature of God’s Word: “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” (KJV).
“1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23 (KJV)
In Malachi 3:6 the Bible also references changing the changing of God’s Word:
“You shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you.” Malachi 3:6 (ESV)
The Bible, the final Word of God, the manual on how we are to live our lives or to not live our lives is rarely read and taught properly. There is always misinterpretation when the Bible tells us it is not for personal interpretation. I know one thing, it is a sin and disobedience to change one word in the Holy Bible, and I know without repentance, it is difficult to be right with God.
I do not expect all or any to agree with me. I already know the comments, God is subjective, religion is subjective, it is personal, yes, yes, yes… But when Psalm 23 above is revamped for political purposes as a joke, to be funny, even for all the right reasons to point out how horrible our times are – it is wrong. It is akin to Judas as he was a betrayer of the Son of God.
Do not betray the Bible, the Holy Word, to make your points. You betray the God that loved you so much He sent His only begotten son to die for your sins and iniquities so that you could once again be in right standing with God. Why would one do that?
I am not here to please people, I am here to please God. I can present the Bible to you and what its verses say, but I cannot make you believe. That dear friend is between you and God.