Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Near Beliefs

Continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
2 Timothy 3:14


I’m afraid too many of us Christians don’t know what we really believe. Like a cork in the ocean, driven and tossed by the waves, we bounce from opinion to opinion, influenced more by the last book we read than by a lifetime of biblical study. We’ve become activity junkies, seldom stopping long enough to decide what really matters to us, too busy to determine what’s really worth living for, let alone worth dying for.

As a result we live our lives based upon “near beliefs.” Near beliefs have just enough truth in them to sound strangely familiar to convictions, yet they’re too weak to inspire us or our actions. Too anemic to influence us to make a decision that demands a sacrifice.

Near beliefs won’t keep a marriage together when romance fades.

Near beliefs are to blame for a new brand of Christianity that is epidemic in our homes and churches—a faith that has little flavor, little light and little influence. When near beliefs are our only source of motivation, tough stands are never taken, feathers are never ruffled, and absolutes are held very loosely. Without core convictions to help us navigate, we stand uneasily on shifting sand, and we lack the solid footing with which to stage a life of principle and character.

Source: Family Life Today

A reading of Scripture would reveal very clearly that

(1)  God is the designer of marriage.

(2)  God wants marriage to be a reflection of the relationship between His Son and the bride of Christ, i.e. the church. 

(3)  God hates divorce.

(4)  Sex is a gift from God.

(5)  Husbands are to love their wives as much as they love themselves.

(6)  Wives are to respect their husbands.

(7)  We are only to say to one another that which is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

I have been troubled by the number of couples who come into my office (and those that don’t) who profess to be Christians yet their marriage is in a shambles.  In part is it because they truly don’t know what Scripture says about what a marriage is to look like and how we are to treat one another?  There are numerous Biblical references that say that we are to glorify God in all that we do, and that includes marriage.

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