“Come now, and let us reason together…”
Most of us have read this verse from Isaiah 1:18. What I find fascinating is that God wanted his religious, but stubborn and wicked people, to think about an offer He proposed to them. He wanted them to really think about his amazing offer of forgiveness and make a reasonable response to it. Romans 12:1 is the same type of call, but from Paul. “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” In light of the mercy God has shown me in salvation, it’s the reasonable response to surrender my entire life to Him.
In light of all the access to information in our society, you’d think we’d be more reasonable right? We should make more educated decisions and think things through to arrive at the best possible course of action, right?
Yet, what I’ve noticed is that we reason through things very poorly as a society. We claim to be independent or free in our thinking, but it seems like very few really think through anything on their own. They just regurgitate what they’ve heard someone else say as if they’ve really delved into the topic themselves.
Case in point. Today my wife shared with me about a link someone put on Facebook. It was titled, “Defend Biblical Marriage” and had a poster in which 8 Old Testament laws about marriage were listed. For example, one concerned a time when Israel conquered a city. They were to kill all the males and make the women and children their servants. If a soldier found he liked one of the women, he could choose to take her as his wife. Hence, “Biblical Marriage” from a concept most of us would find pretty barbaric. Now, maybe you read this and it rocks your world a bit. Or maybe you think “why”? Most people don’t think about it at all. They just say, “Yep, there’s those crazy Christians with their crazy Bible.”
The reality is that someone saw this poster and decided to throw it up on Facebook without looking to see if the facts on the poster were true or to find out their place in the Biblical account. Because if they had, they wouldn’t have linked it. There wasn’t any reasoning at all, by the person who made the poster, or the person who linked it.
Concerning Old Testament marriage laws, Jesus said this in Mark 10:5-6. “For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. But from the beginning of the creation … “ This is not a hard verse to find and its meaning is clear. All those Old Testament laws about marriage were given because people were stubborn and refused to do what God said.
It was common practice in that culture for a victorious army to rape the women of a city as part of the spoils of victory. God knew these things were deeply ingrained in the people, so he allowed Moses to put boundaries on the spoils of war. You want a woman? You have to marry her. And guess what? You can’t divorce her if you don’t like her later on. This would make each soldier think twice about having his way with a gal from a defeated city because it would have to turn into a lifelong commitment.
Now, that wasn’t so painful was it? Just a little bit of study and thought process would have prevented a lot of ignorance and blasphemy. Here’s the problem though. Someone is willing to hate the Bible, reject God, and go to hell over something they’ve never given serious thought to.
Now, I’m not saying that I have to understand every little thing about God or the world. And I’m also not advocating logical deduction as the answer to all the world’s problems. God didn’t give me a brain to use it. He gave me a brain to yield it to Him in how I use it.
But I am saying we should be willing to give things some reasonable thought, especially if it’s the Word of God. I’m so thankful that God is okay with me sitting down and thinking through something with Him. I’m glad I’m not a robot that doesn’t interact in a learning way with my Creator. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn and grow at the feet of Jesus. “Study to shew yourself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth, But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.” – 2 Timothy 2:15-16.
If this post sounds harsh, please understand it stems from a heart that’s broken from seeing people believe a lie only because they refuse to take the time to think about what someone else claims before believing it.
Have you taken the time to thank God for making you so intricate and wonderful today? After you do, read the Bible and really think about what you just read!