Inspiration or Dictation
If you see this picture, inspiring, I think so and that is what made me choose it, but someone else might choose something else as inspiriting. When God decided to pen his Holy Scriptures, the Bible, he understood this and he understood a few other things. He understood personality, style, perspective, cultural experience. What does this have to do with the Bible, and who wrote what, and God being the same now and forever? A lot actually, a whole lot.
Poetry, Fiction, Song, take any genre and you have numerous writers within that genre, but a publisher knows that each writer has their own style, personality etc.., so he can’t use a cookie cutter approach with all the writers, same goes with a good teacher and her students. When the Holy Spirit inspired Moses, and those of the New Testament to write, He had to keep in mind their personality, their life experience, a host of things because He had to honor their free will and their personality. He will never honor our sins, but our personality, style of writing and all that, yeah. Luke was a physician, perhaps a pediatric doctor, worked a lot with children because he focuses on the childhood where others don’t, so God honored that background in him to tell of Jesus’s childhood. What of the one who had been a tax collector, what are his accounts like, what do they tend to focus on? What of John? Why is John inspired to write in a mystical fashion? Could it be that John by nature was a philosopher, esoteric? Paul, what of him, well he was passionate, so his writing letters in defense of Jesus’s truth is perfectly in line with his character. See what I’m getting at? The Scriptures were not a dictation per se, but rather given in accordance with each person’s personality, background etc.. to relay God’s truth. God is consistent in that, so if he is consistent in that regard, then his core precepts and moral boundaries are also consistent, which is why scripture tells us God is the same past, present, and future. When God inspires a poem, a song in me, he knows my personality etc.. so giving me something in the Rock genre would not work, not at all, it’s not in line with my persona. God is consistent and so are his concepts and precepts of ethics and morals, of rejecting sin though he loves us the sinners.
Then we get into the question of what sin is and speak to 10 different faith leaders, likely to get 7 different answers. I am going to take a crack at this based on scripture, metaphysical and other levels of understanding, common sense and observation. As I have come to understand sin and missing the mark, sin is this. It is actions that are destructive to yourself, to others, society, and with malicious intent. It is actions that destroy the fabric of society in some way, and natural order as designated by God and nature which God created, but through arrogance and pride was corrupted. Some would say, well does that mean I should stay in miserable family or relationship situations forever, even harmful ones? Are they miserable because you and the other person have not fully embraced Christ and Biblical wisdom? Are either of you refusing to acknowledge baggage and issues that need help resolving? Have you done all possible to salvage the situation and it just is as miserable as ever or more so? If there is truly no fixing or saving the situation and there is a danger to the person, or persons in the household, well no God doesn’t expect you to stay. He understands that this is a broken world and because it is, sometimes stuff can’t be fixed and we have to move on, even with parents and their kids. Is sharing the wealth sinful or not sinful? Depends. Are you forcing people to live in almost dictatorial conditions or less than optimum quality conditions in a misguided notion of equality? Sharing, tithing all of that has to be voluntary, not government mandated, so yes it is a sin to force distribution of wealth under government rule. At the community level if the churches, synagogues etc.. create an email list and they let the needs of the community, people be known and people help voluntarily, fine, awesome. Let people keep most of their money, of their earnings and let the local community be the one to distribute wealth. No sin in that. What of love, is all love okay? No, a parent that loves to the exclusion of boundaries is missing the mark of good parenting, of Godly parenting. Love that takes advantage of another’s goodness and good heart is not a Godly love, the opposite. Sin is about what is in the heart, boundaries and such. Sin is about being selfish and destructive to self, other and society with maliciousness, with spite, or taking action with not caring about the consequences, not even measuring them, figuring out how to minimize them, though it is broken beyond repair and you know you have to move on. Even in the political arena, laws, borders, boundaries matter, they matter to God, so they need to matter to us. If you read scripture, that mattered to God, natural order, boundaries, even sexual natural order, hence the end of Soddom and Ghammorah. Not as complex as sometimes church leaders would have us think. Hope this helps bring some clarity.
Shalom and Amen
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