An Honest Question for Christians Who Say They 'Obey' the Bible



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not sure where to start and if this went through before

I'm not sure if I am misreading your question or not. But if I am reading it right, there's so many examples that it's hard to know where to start. As a person who grew up in the church I made a full persoally decision to Give my life to Christ (as my Lord and Savior) after hearing the scripture in John, when Thomas doubts Jesus and Jesus comes to him. (Seeing that is who I am, and I asked Jesus to be real to me). In College, I was going to be a doctor, but heard the scriptures (from Matthew 5, being the salt of the earth and the light of the world, and the preacher mentioned giving up our dreams for God's plan to share the message of Jesus) this along with a Bible Study on how Jonah ran away from his call ... began a decision to become a pastor. Decisions of who I would marry was impacted by scriptures in Proverbs about a godly woman. Decisions to abstain until I was married was from the scriptures regarding sexual purity. Decisions of my job, my family, where to live, my soul purpose all decisions guided by the Word.
Then there are daily small decisions about what to buy at the store (and how money and debt seek to master us). Just the other day, when a person came in for help I was not sure about helping ... I was convicted by the scripture from 1 John 5 about seeing a person in need. In fact, I can say almost every time, if not every time I prepare to preach a sermon on a scripture that week. God preaches it to me first ... speaking directly to something I struggle with. So I am having trouble understanding if this is what you are referring to. Because, while granted I am definitely not perfect in hearing God's voice and following even so isn't that the whole point of scriptures? Isn't that what following the Lord means? Doesn't Matthew 7:24-27 speak about not only hearing the word but being doers of the word? And that Matthew 7:21 before says "not all those who call me Lord will enter the kingdom of Heaven but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." Once again, I am a sinner in need of grace, and often I may not hear God's voice directly, or more often I should say I hear it but disobey (and need forgiveness for that). Even so, Jesus says those who are his sheep hear his voice (John 10), Shouldn't every day, (big decisions and little) be led by the Scriptures and the counsel of the Holy Spirit? To call Jesus Lord (master, ruler over all) and my Lord means to submit every decision to his will, His Word is vital then in obeying him. (if this posts twice, sorry I wasn't sure if it got through before, rather like the many times the Lord speaks to us and it may not get through:).

David Goudie more than 6 years ago

Obeying the Bible responses

Yes! ... to David Goudie's post.

Judy Vasby more than 5 years ago

Regarding Biblical Imperatives

Your thoughts on this subject are both well stated and thought provoking. My response is, that for me, the Christian walk is a path of balance between imperative and inference. There are, of course, numerous examples of imperatives in both the Old and New Testaments. In my personal experience I have, for instance directly and willfully obeyed the command "Thou shalt not commit adultery" in during the time I was a married man. Another example, where I have obeyed both as a command and through understanding brought by implication through the Holy Spirit is Ephesians 4:28 "Let him that stole steal no more: but let him labor with his hands, the thing that is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth". Before I began to walk with the Lord, thievery was a major part of my life. I believe the Lord gave me this scripture as a "life command" so to speak. In that sense, for me, it is obedience of a direct imperative. However, the realization of its application to my life, in particular, came through inference, implication, and the teaching of the Spirit.

To me Christianity is a combination of both mystical revelation through relationship and a willingness to "observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right or to the left" Deuteronomy 5:32

Tom Klindt more than 6 years ago

Christians who say they obey the bible.

First of all, identify the enemies. The serpent in the Garden of Eden was a pagan. He told Adam and Eve they did not have to obey God. They could be their own god and goddess and they will not die. This caused Adam and Eve to spiritually die. The Spirit will not remain in an unclean soul. They lost their "living soul." They knew they no longer had a living soul. They hid from God actually disguising their spiritual nakedness with a olive leaf. God saw right through them. You can go to church and do all that hocus pocus but if you lost your living soul, God knows it. You cannot pull the wool over God's eyes. The serpent became their "spirit father" when they became pagans thinking they did not have to obey God's law. The first sin was disobedience. Jesus said you still have to obey the ten commandments. You cannot rewrite the bible. You cannot omit some of the ten commandments. You cannot add to those ten commandments. The greatest commandment is to obey God. Everything else fits into place. (Matthew 22: 37-40; Matthew 19:17-21. If you love your neighbor you will not covet what he has, you will not kill him, you will not commit adultery, you will honor your parents and you will not bear false witness. You will worship and obey only God in heaven in spirit and in truth. God never died. He has not birth and no death record. He is a spirit. Jesus lived, died, resurrected and then ascended to heaven after he did God's will not his own will. (Revelations 1:17-18) Jesus is the first and last prophet of the bible. There are no more prophets after him. Stop trying to be a prophet or a high priest because only Jesus can have this title. God said to Jesus, "Today you are my son with the Melchizedek rank of the high priest. (Romans 5:1-6) Jesus said worship only God. (Matthew 4:10) Do not twist the words. Obedience means if you do perverted sex acts outside of a marriage between a man and a woman, you are an adulterer. If you perform same sex marriages, you are a pagan, not a believer in God. You listened to the serpent, not God. Yes, obey the commandments. It is first and foremost. No one is a scapegoat for sins that were done after you were saved. You have to repent. Jesus did not come to sacrifice but to teach the sinners to repent. (Matthew 9:13) Who made you think that your future sins are forgiven after you knew the truth? (Romans 10:3; Hebrews 10:26-28) Answer: The serpent made you think you could be your own god and write your own laws. You will die without mercy having 2 or more witnesses against you. Your church will be dissolved and so will the Catholic church, and every church that deviates from God's word.

Sandra Bouchard more than 6 years ago

Pagans in the Bible

I'm not sure I would classify the serpent as a pagan, but if he is the he of course isn't the only pagan in the Bible. One is Cornelius. Peter baptized him and his household and defended his actions before the Council appealing not to scripture but to the Holy Spirit alone. He couldn't appeal to scripture because scripture argued against him. “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?” was the scriptural argument against him by the Council. His only appeal was to the way the Holy Spirit seemed to be working. The Holy Spirit seemed to be opening the door to those that scripture excluded. Even to a pagan like Cornelius.

Leland Hunefeld more than 5 years ago

There are plenty of examples

While the entire text of the Bible does not contain direct, explicit commands, it certainly does have quite a lot of those. As you mentioned in your post, the 10 commands are contained within the bible as is the golden rule. Matthew 5:30 is one that I think about a lot in my daily life and does directly influence my decisions. This article has a ton of others:

Chris more than 6 years ago

Accountability for what we believe

How is it that Orthodox Jews find over 600 commandments in the Bible? Christians chose to follow only the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament plus those in the New Testament. Even these rules are disputed among Christians. But at least Conservatives believe that faith should affect actions and is not simply an attitude or sentiment. John Wesley provided his followers with a Rule of Life hence the name Methodist. To take the Gospel seriously should mean a Chang in lifestyle and not just opinions. Conservatives raise a legitimate question for Liberals if we have reduced faith to the point of mere attitudes and no accountability for our actions...or lack of them. How do you spend your money? How do you use your time? Do you pray daily? Read the Bible? Receive Holy Communion? Visit those in prison? Feed the hungry? Clothe the naked? It is not enough to believe these things should be done. What are you actually doing is the question Wesley would ask.

Sarah Flynn more than 6 years ago

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