Most Christians will recognize ‘did God say?’ as the question the serpent asked Eve in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3.1)
Some translations will add the word ‘really’… as in ‘Did God really say?’
What then did God say?
And Jehovah God layeth a charge on the man, saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden eating thou dost eat; and of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou dost not eat of it, for in the day of thine eating of it — dying thou dost die.’ Gen 2: 16, 17 Youngs Literal Translation.
There are many things that can be discussed from these verses, but my thinking lately has been about what we do with what God did say. First, do we believe it? Here I am asking ‘believers’ not the folks who do not believe.
Everything in the universe has a ‘code’ – or rules it runs by.
If God says something, does it make it a command?
This brings to my mind all the law-breaking I see on the news. For weeks there have been protests in Hong Kong. These continued after the original reason for the protest ended. Read more here
Then there were protests over Indonesia’s proposed law changes…
The unrest was sparked by a proposed Bill that includes dozens of law changes – from criminalising pre-marital sex and restricting sales of contraceptives, to making it illegal to insult the president.
My Way or No Way
It sounds as though this is what we are coming to, if we are not already there.
A simple example…
How many people obey the speed limit?
It is not a ‘suggestion.’ It is a law.
You will discover this if you are caught breaking it… there is a fine.
If you are a beach goer, this might be something you might see. Image: did God say beach
Not everyone pays attention though. The result is often an expensive rescue… at taxpayers’ expense.
If you identify as Christian…
That first breaking of God’s word has had some far-reaching consequences.
What do you think about the Ten Commandments? Do you believe they are applicable today?
Well, what about the ‘Two Great Commandments’ as spoken by Jesus?
Are we at the same point as people were here?
In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.
Judges 21: 25 ESV
This ended up with the nation sliding more and more deeply into depravity. (There is an interesting, but long, article here.)
Learning from what God said
When I researched the background and culture for the Apostle John Series (https://www.susanprestonauthor.com/apostle-john-series-2/ ) I discovered a great deal.
One, they lived according to what God said.
Two, they often lost their lives because they did.
There were many who claimed to believe, but ‘did what was right in their own eyes.’ They were often the ones who set up false groups.
King Solomon wrote ‘there is nothing new under the sun,’ and there is much evidence of that today. However, consider this… God’s throne is above the sun.
Believe whatever you believe, consider your destination, and treat others as you would like to be treated.