Sunday, December 3, 2017

THE FIRST CENTURY MIGHT HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT TO TODAY BUT NOT WHEN IT COMES TO MUCH OF THE BEHAVIOR THAT WAS GOING ON. Luke Still Found People Doing What They Do Today Because Humans Are Very Much Like Animals Except When They Begin Being Moral. Morality, of course, is not something that is found among animals; for it is purely a human matter and has to do with relationships between one another and the Lord God Creator of Heaven and Earth, whom fools deny.

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Happy Riches Answers request by Joshua Hunt

Early Christians had to struggle with the issues such as lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and pride of life, just as every individual today has to overcome these inborn tendencies.

Pornography might not have been as accessible over the internet as it is today, nor as available in the pictorial and descriptive forms found in magazines or books or films of the modern era. Still, debased human activities, where even bestiality was practiced, existed in those days. Homosexuality was commonplace and sodomy was practiced freely in the streets in some places, if ancient artifacts are any indication.

The book of Corinthians deals with matters of debased human behavior among those who were becoming members of the Church at that locale.
  • Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9–11)
  • It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. (1 Corinthians 5:1)
  • But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2)
  • I think that in view of the present distress it is well for a person to remain as he is. (1 Corinthians 7:26)
The current generation is being groomed to be more accepting of dehumanizing activities, wherein individuals are given over to acting as if they had no conscience and getting one’s rocks off is acceptable in whatever way the boat floats. Name the vile behavior and it is happening in a location near yourself—and not always behind closed doors.

Christians are called to overcome such tendencies and learn that lust leads to everlasting wantonness, rather than the fulfillment that is found in knowing the ways of the righteous and experiencing the true love of God.
  • No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
While culturally there were many differences in the customs, costumes and technology of Luke’s day, the behavior issues that existed concerning individual desires have not changed. Christians struggled with the carnal desires that brought the fall of humanity into a state of separation from God, just as they do today.

Ignorance Might Be Bliss, But Not When It Comes Down To Being No Excuse

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