The Bible is a large book covering large topics. Typically the Bible gives both sides of an issue, and by faith we decide which side to do at the moment.
Although Christians have typically bashed situational ethics, the Bible is a book largely suggesting situational ethics.
Ecclesiastes 3, for everything there is a season, is just one primary passage on that topic. Romans 14 is another big one. 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 is another.
David eats the shewbread that no one was supposed to eat, but if it’s life and death, it’s OK to eat it. Jesus seemingly disobeys the laws of the Sabbath, and He explains why that’s OK.
It’s amusing how many Christians think the Bible is so black and white on everything. It’s funny how many think the Bible makes life easier! The only way you can think that is if you don’t read it.
The Bible explains just how complicated life can be. Faith is what helps us decide which option to choose at the moment.
Religion tries to simplify everything. Human religion is based on conformity. Groups set up black and white rules. At any moment you know exactly what to do. You don’t need faith; you have your rules.
The Bible puts us in the position of faith. OK Lord, what do I do now? Humanity hates that. You know you’re in human religion when you never have to think about anything.
Going on faith, stepping out and obeying God’s Word through the direction of the Holy Spirit, is terrifying.
Believing that life is simple and that problems have simple answers (primarily your answers), you are, and are becoming an idiot.
A recent study on why people believe conspiracy theories concluded that people who believe in conspiracies also are “convinced that the world’s solutions could be easily solved if everyone simply fell in line with your self-evidently correct beliefs.”
There is very little difference between human-religious belief and conspiracy theories. I think when Paul talks about “old wives fables,” the modern version is conspiracy theories.
Life is complicated. You do not have all the answers. God does have the answers, and one of the answers is “Hey, people, you messed up the world. Your problems are unsolvable. You need me to take over. The world won’t do that, so just let Me take you over.”
Die to this world. We are dead with Christ. We are new creations, we know not where we came from or where we are going. We walk by faith, not by sight. You have no clue how to solve the world’s problems and neither does anyone else.
Relax. Think. Be sober and watch. Walk circumspectly. Think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. Are you walking by faith or just doing stuff cuz that’s what someone said you were supposed to do?
Have the faith to go on the narrow way.