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How can God appear to be so cavalier in killing 10 of 1000s of people on a whim?
Basic premise; People are not that bad, God is overacting, petty, tyrannical
Grace & Mercy have no value unless they stand on the foundation of Justice.
No one struggles with the following verse.
[Rom 3:23 ESV] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
We think sin is just, not that bad. Basically good but with a few tattered edges.
We are not really bothered with the following verse.
[Rom 6:23 ESV] For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Everybody dies, and look, God will take us to Heaven anyway.
But we really don’t believe these verses.
[Jer 17:9 ESV] The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
[Jer 17:10 ESV] "I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds."
[Isa 53:6 ESV] All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
[Psa 14:1 ESV] To the choirmaster. Of David. The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.
[Psa 14:2 ESV] The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God.
[Psa 14:3 ESV] They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
Now look upon the cross of Jesus and tell Him you are really not that bad.
Common Grace is Delayed Justice
[Rom 8:28 NIV] And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
[2Pe 3:9 NIV] The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
The opposite is true for those who hate God.
[Hbr 10:26 NIV] If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left,
[Hbr 10:27 NIV] but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
[Hbr 10:28 NIV] Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
[Hbr 10:29 NIV] How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?
[Hbr 10:30 NIV] For we know him who said, "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," and again, "The Lord will judge his people."
[Hbr 10:31 NIV] It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
Special Grace & Mercy.
[Rom 3:20 NIV] Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God's sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
[Rom 3:21 NIV] But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.
[Rom 3:22 NIV] This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile,
[Rom 3:23 NIV] for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
[Rom 3:24 NIV] and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
[Rom 3:25 NIV] God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood--to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished--
[Rom 3:26 NIV] he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
Paul now begins to instruct about Corporate Worship Behavior.
Prayer & Worship
[1Cr 11:1 ESV] Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
[1Cr 11:2 ESV] Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.
Theology: Required Order Of Responsibility. God, Jesus, Man, Woman.
[1Cr 11:3 ESV] But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.
Is this just a cultural thing or is it a theological/spiritual issue? Yes!
The Intent of Cultural Practice and the Intent of the heart.
It’s a cultural issue with spiritual significance.
Consider Jewish Culture. Men wore prayer shawls.
Issues specific to Corinthian Cultural.
1. Men with long hair; bad
2. women with short hair or shaven head; bad.
3. Head coverings meant submission.
a. Women good
b. Men bad
[1Cr 11:4 ESV] Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,
[1Cr 11:5 ESV] but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.
[1Cr 11:6 ESV] For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.
Complementarianism holds that "God has created men and women equal in their essential dignity and human personhood, but different and complementary in function
Politically incorrect but Theologically Factual.
[1Cr 11:7 ESV] For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.
primarily denotes "an opinion, estimation, repute;" in the NT, always "good opinion, praise, honor, glory, an appearance commanding respect, magnificence, excellence, manifestation of glory;" hence, of angelic powers, in respect of their state as commanding recognition, "dignities," 2Pe 2:10;
It is issue of submission verses rebellion
[1Cr 11:8 ESV] For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.
[1Cr 11:9 ESV] Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.
Genesis Chapter 2
[Gen 2:18 ESV] Then the LORD God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him."
Say What? What do the angels have to do with it?
[1Cr 11:10 ESV] That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
1. Angels know their role and don’t buck the system
2. The Heavenly host is watching to see if our hearts are obedient or rebellious against God.
Paul Levels the Playing Field. Complementarianism.
[1Cr 11:11 ESV] Nevertheless, in the Lord
woman is not independent of man
nor man of woman;
[1Cr 11:12 ESV] for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman.
And all things are from God.
Back to the heart’s intent in the context of that cultural.
[1Cr 11:13 ESV] Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?
Universally cultural. Men hairs styles vary, but long hair for women have always been accepted.
[1Cr 11:14 ESV] Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,
[1Cr 11:15 ESV] but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.
[1Cr 11:16 ESV] If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.
No Set Practice in the other churches.
You can argue all day long.