The Senses Novels are unabashedly Christian. It may not be your ‘version’ of Christianity, and that’s okay, I didn’t say that I was personally our Lord. He is the only one that is perfect, and I’m not going to pretend to be or say that I have all the answers. I will tell you that I see one huge problem today with ‘mainstream Christianity,’ it has become too politically correct.
As I have told you before in these blog posts, I have several friends that are homosexual. They don’t particularly appreciate me using that word to describe them, but it does express their sexual preference. But just because they are my friends does not mean that I approve of their lifestyle, and they know that as well. They don’t particularly approve of my views on religion or politics. Still, we somehow remain friends. They know that I will defend them against all attackers, not because it is their right but because they are my friend. The Bible is very clear, homosexuality is a sin, it doesn’t mean that I can’t still love or even like the person, two very different emotions. While you will never catch me in a ‘gay pride’ parade, you also won’t see me throwing rocks or using slurs against them.
Do you think that God grades sin? What I mean, is there a graduated scale that God uses for sin? This one is worse than that one? I think that Jesus was telling us no. Look at Matthew 5:21-22:
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
My guess is, He is telling us that sin is sin. So, you cheat a little on your Income Tax, tell a little white-lie, or see a commercial that makes you want that new car like neighbor Bob has, how is it different than murder in God’s eyes?
I know that I am not making friends here. That’s okay, Jesus had no problem offending people, so I’m in good company. I do not believe that any person alive today can be 100% sinless. I just don’t think it is possible. I know that I’m not. If you believe that you are, then you’ve already committed one because only One has ever been without sin. I know that we have a path to forgiveness for sin if we are willing to admit it and want to do something about it.
The problem that we face is that there are a growing number of people that not only don’t believe in God but don’t believe in sin. The greatest lie in all history has been told, and people believe it.
Humanists and atheists tell us that all we need to do is be kind to one another and follow the laws of man. Don’t worry about sin, there is no afterlife anyway. Other religions teach that you get another chance in this world or that if you help destroy the ‘infidel,’ you have something amazing awaiting you in the next. None of them except one, teach the simple truth, you pay for the crimes against God that you commit. The same people that tell you there is no Creator will also say that there is no heaven or hell, that they are inventions of man, made up to scare and control people. Yet, Christ taught them, and He was looking to free men. He was the antithesis of conformity and the orthodoxy of the time. It got Him killed. It got His followers killed.
People through the ages have reported dying, going to heaven and coming back. A very few have said the same about hell. Most of the stories are pretty consistent. We are supposed to believe that it’s all chemicals in the brain that give everyone the same visions when they are dying? That stretches credulity more than the idea of an afterlife.
In the end, it comes down to this, everyone out there is sinning and is offending God. E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E. Homosexuals, murderers, haters, cheaters, perverts of every stripe, and just the average everyday person. We are all lumped into the same category as far as God is concerned. The honest Christian knows this, and they know what they can do about it.
None of us will ever be entirely sinless, but we can get clean of it.