Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lies Within Lies

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It seems to me that much of what we are fighting against are not lies. Let me rephrase that. We're not fighting against the original lies. We are fighting against the lies that have been created by other lies.

Let's back up a step.

Some Pharisees came to [Jesus] to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”
“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
“Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?”
Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery.” ~Matthew 19:3-9

This is an example of  a lie created by another lie. Do you see the assumptions in this question by the Pharisees? 1. Divorce is something that will happen. 2. Divorce is normal. 3. There are good reasons to divorce.

They kept asking about Moses and the Law and Jesus kept pointing them back to Creation. To original purpose. Jesus barely acknowledged their distractions and pointed out things that should never be forgotten. In this instance, two becoming one was the idea, with no thought to becoming two again.

Divorce is clearly not the only area where people say things that often distract from the original God-given purpose. There are many others, most of which are seen as big deals in today's society. I believe that many of the things we see being argued about over the blogosphere are items in which we have lost sight of God's original purpose. 

This is something that will need to change if we are ever going to do what God wants us to do. What would you add to this? What discussion do you think people are way off about?

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