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When Scripture Offends You

Today on my personal Facebook page I posted a few Scriptures from one of my favorite books of the Bible, Jeremiah. Here is what I posted: 

On man-made idols and statues worshiped:

“Thus says the Lord, “Do not learn the way of the nations, and do not be terrified by the signs of the heavens although the nations are terrified by them; For the customs of the peoples are delusion; Because it is wood cut from the forest, the work of the hands of a craftsman with a cutting tool. “They decorate it with silver and with gold; They fasten it with nails and with hammers so that it will not totter. “Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, and they cannot speak; They must be carried because they cannot walk! Do not fear them for they can do no harm, nor can they do any good.’” Jeremiah 10:2-5

 

And on a second post: 

‘”Every man is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols; For his molten images are deceitful and there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of mockery; In the time of their punishment they will perish. The portion of Jacob is not like these; For the Maker of all is He and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance; The Lord of hosts is His name.”‘ Jeremiah 10:14-15

 

Jeremiah is going after those who are worshiping idols (images). These people are carving images of false gods and adorning them with gold and silver and parading them around. Why are they parading them around? Simply because a statue cannot walk! Idols are mute. They’re useless and represent false gods (and goddesses). 

Scripture Offends Those Who Are Involved in Offenses

I have not been shy about my view on Catholicism. I have posted many things on the idolatrous practices supported by Catholicism. Idolatry is very rampant, even among the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church (such as Pope John Paul II attributing his survival of an assassination attempt to Mary). Statues of Mary and various Catholic saints are numerous in Catholicism whether in the churches or in homes of devoted Catholics. 

After posting the above Scriptures on Facebook, an extremely devout Catholic asked for their friends to pray for those who are mean and disrespectful in the name of religion. I happen to know, due to our once close relationship, that this post is directed at my own posts. 

This person was offended by what was posted. The problem? I posted nothing but Scripture except for one added heading above the first for context! I did not write the status, a prophet of God did! Those two statuses can be found in God’s Holy Word. This person claims to be a Christian. However, this person is obsessed with statues and kneeling before them in prayer. This person even has their own shrine to Mary in their home with various statues and rosaries. This persona was incredibly offended and felt attacked by the Scripture I posted even though they consider themselves a Christian. 

Not Just Idolatry

Those who participate in idolatry are not the only ones who will be offended by God’s Word, the Bible. If you do not already know, there are more and more churches and more and more “Christians” who teach and believe that it is okay to continue to live in ways and doing things that the Bible considers sin: fornication (sex before marriage), drunkenness, adultery, delving into astrology and psychic mediums, pornography, explicit movies or music, etc. The list goes on and on. 

Just because you were taught or are being taught that something is okay, it does not mean that God is okay with it. God’s Word may very well say that you will not experience everlasting life with Him. Satan continues to blind many for he is the god of this world: 

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NASB)

 

There comes a point where God, after numerous warnings to turn back to Him, allows His wrath to fall upon those who have turned from Him: 

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness,  because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. (Romans 1:18-25)

 

Continuing on a few verses later:

 And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents,  without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful;  and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (vv. 28-32)

 

Christ is sufficient for us. If we are offended by what God says, then let us be convicted and corrected! For in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 it says:

 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate,equipped for every good work.

Is hard to deal with learning that what we have done is condemned by God? Of course! But glory to God we have been redeemed! God sent His son and sent men to be inspired to write down His Word so that we might know the path to God, although sometimes not easy. The Holy Spirit can guide us to God’s truth. God wants us to look solely to Him and not to the things of this world whether idols, sex, addictions, or anything else. Those who hate God’s direction hate God. 

When someone is clearly offended to anger by what Scripture says, it is most likely because they themselves are doing those very actions. Should Scripture offend? Of course. For if we weren’t offended, we could not be convicted. If we weren’t offended, what would keep us from sinning against God? 

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