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Perspectives on health

The Jewish diet was given to the people of God to answer problems related to sin in the flesh. It was not given to them to appear different from other nations, as some believe. God doesn't think like you and I. He is thinking about and addressing a problem.

Sin is only in men

I was teaching a online bible class taking about sin. Most who attended the class believed that sin was in things, such as television, internet and etc and considered those things to be inappropriate for a saint of God. Will worship is a dangerous enterprise for a child of God.

Col 2:20  Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

Col 2:21  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;

Col 2:22  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

Col 2:23  Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

When I told them that sin is in man only, I got agreement from everyone attending. But when I said, "sin is not in porn", things got silent.

Col 2:23  Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

To the point

The point I am making is that the thing by itself is not a sin until we interact with it in some way.

Television by itself is not a sin.

Exclusion of television from your home does not deal with the problems of sin inside of you.

People from various cultures are exposed to norms that Americans are not exposed too and visa versa. When someone disagree with our behavior we disagree.

THERE ARE NO LEVEL IN SIN

Sin is sin. To God there are no classifications of sin, no levels in sin. The reward of sin is the same. One sin cannot be greater or less than another. They all offend God.

  • A lie is equal to adultery.
  • Backbitting is equal to killing someone.

In our eyes they are natural and normal behaviors. In some cultures it is natural to have more than one wife. To them, having only one wife is not normal.

Cultural perspectives

I remember my late Pastor Bishop William Lee Bonner saying he went to Africa to build a school. He and a team of men carrying their belongs were walking through dense brush. To get through the brush the guide would swing chopping down the brush as they walked. Then suddenly the wilderness was gone and a village appeared. He said, every person in the tribe was naked. No clothes on at all. He said the guide, the crew that carried everything were behaving normally, while he had to battle with his own thinking. For him this was not normal behavior, "Put some clothes on!!". He had to deal with his own sins in his flesh.

Just like my Pastor's experiences you have your own problems. What bothers me and cause my imaginations to cascade towards sin may not cause you to think about it at all. This is why I try to teach that sin is not in nakedness, it is not in television, porn and etc. Just image if someone dropped a porn magazine in the village. Would they grab the mazagine and hid somewhere in secret to look through it? How would they respond to nakedness? Probably not at all.

Sin in man

Man sinned against the Father, not the tree that boar the forbidden fruit. God is not saying the thing he created, such as a pig see Jesus' discussion with Peter while Peter was meditating, is unclean. 

God is saying, in relationship to our vessel, that the thing he told us to not eat, if eaten, can interact with the body in such a way that the outcome from eating them does something to the natural man that makes service to God difficult.

Thus, the body's reaction to the thing eaten makes that thing an unclean eating choice, but it should not be classified as sin. That's Peters mistake in his thinking that the pig, "called common" was sin.