Choosing to use Scripture to drive our life choices requires a belief that our Bible is God’s Holy Word and not something that some men wrote over 2000 years ago that is not relevant to today’s issues. I once attended a three-day series that emphasized the importance of our Bible and why we can believe that it is in fact God’s Word. The central point is that God did preserve for us His written word setting forth great principles for living a life that is pleasing to Him. The great principles have remained unchanged for more than 2000 years. Some of the words have been reinterpreted by men but the principles are as applicable today as ever. When you read your Bible always look for the principles it teaches and not just the words. Some people get hung up on the words and ignore the principles with disastrous results.
Let me give you an example. In Matthew 5: 17-48 Jesus is emphasizing the importance of complying with the Ten Commandments with six examples for us.
In Matthew 5:29 Jesus says,” If your right eye causes you to sin pluck it out and throw it away.” Now what is Jesus trying to teach us here? Is the desired response to it to pluck out our eye? Of course not; Jesus is referring to one of the Ten Commandments to not covet another’s wife. He is using a little shock treatment for emphasis. This principle is followed by another one where Jesus says it is better to not have any hands than to use them to steal from others. Hopefully we get the point that it is very important in life to not covet what is not ours and to not steal from others. Jesus makes the point that the condition of sinfulness is far worse and enduring than loss of part of the body.
The other way to make decisions is to make them based on personal choice or personal desires. Some people make decisions based on what they think is going to be best or most profitable for them without regard to anyone else or the long range consequences of a bad decision. Some decisions can have a short-term benefit with disastrous long-range consequences. The mistake can be forgiven, but the long-range consequences of a bad decision live with us for the rest of our lives.
I sincerely pray that each of you will put forth the effort to make good decisions based on solid Biblical principles and not on what just feels good, is best for number one or gives me the most profit. Instead, make those good decisions throughout your life. Then, you will look back along the long road of life and thank God for leading and teaching you the right way to travel the path you walked.