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By Dana - 1 Apr 2012
In Reference to: 18 March 2012 - Why Should People Abstain From Flesh Foods?
Hi Frank and Mary,
I am pretty much agreement with what you are saying here, except for this - that what is in the Bible is 'embellished'. What do you mean by this? If we question the source, to me, that becomes like feathers in the wind- everything is up for grabs in terms of decision making processes. Don't moral absolutes, then, become situational, or at the whim of each person, if we question the authority/accuracy of the Bible?
I wholeheartedly agree with this- that we are to learn from the mistakes of our predecessors, who God allowed various practices that were not His best intent (ie, multiple marriage, divorce, the whole king business starting with Saul, etc). I am still having difficulty wrapping my mind around sacrifice- whether or not God allowed or commanded it. (Don't get me wrong- it is something that I have always found repugnant, but just figured it's one of those things I will have to wait on getting completely answered someday.)for instance, what of the flight from Egypt, when God commanded that the blood of the sacrifice be put on the doorposts to avert death? And of course, Jesus ultimate death/sacrifice that eliminated it all.
This is not what I would call a doctrinal struggle as much as a sincere desire to not eliminate what God expected/mandated/required, however you want to term it, in order to satisfy my desire to have everything fully explained. We do see thru a glass darkly, and Gods ways are not our ways, so there does come a point of obedience on my part, even tho I do not understand. I often remember what job said- 'tho He slay me, yet will I trust in Him...' God has given me so much more that I CAN understand and receive, if this is one area on which I have to wait fo full revelation, I will do so, trusting that all will be someday clear and e made right. On that, I believe, we can depend.
I appreciate so much you spending time dialoguing with me- Dana :)