Word Eternal

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
Revelation 22:13

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.
Mark 13:31

What do these passages in the bible have to do with each other? The Word of God is eternal. It predates history. Before Creation, there was the Word. After the end of Creation, there will be the Word.

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9

Nothing is new, including redefining God’s Word. What made Christianity so different from the culture it started in was that it DIDN’T involve homosexual behavior, multiple sexual partners, sex out of wedlock, gluttony, drunkenness, sacrifices at the local god’s temple. In fact, Paul preached against it. However, here we are now, in this “modern” age, and we are being told that the bible should be recognized as applying to the culture in which it was written. As Solomon wrote, there is nothing new here. Instead of these mores coming after the behaviors, now the behaviors are coming after the mores.

We are told that the bible wasn’t speaking against homosexuals in a loving monogamous relationship. No one in New Testament times had a monogamous homosexual relationship? How do we know this? We do know that rampant homosexuality was present in the Roman Empire during Paul’s preaching career. In fact, we know that homosexuality was ACCEPTED (more so than it is now, by far), yet Paul still preached against it.

Don’t assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
Mark 5:17

One of the scribes approached. When he heard them debating and saw that Jesus answered them well, he asked Him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
“This is the most important,” Jesus answered: “Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, The Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Mark 12:28-32

Another argument is that Jesus tells us to love God and each other. I can’t, and won’t, disagree with that. However, loving God means doing your best to follow His commandments, not pick and choose. And that’s hard. REALLY, VERY, hard! Everyone falls down into sin, even Paul did, so I do not anticipate sinless humanity (on their own part, merit, or works). Yet a man sleeping with another man as if with a woman, is one of a very few acts that earns the term blasphemous.

This wasn’t going to be a harp session regarding homosexuality, and in truth homosexuality is a mere (yes, mere) surface issue. However, it is a sign of a rot pervading the Christian community, that the Word of God is not what it is.

It is timeless. It is universal. It is Eternal.