The Ways that Seem Right

Doesn’t it seem logical to try out a romantic/sexual relationship before committing to it?  Doesn’t it seem reasonable to “marry” a person of the same sex if you really feel love and attraction for him? Shouldn’t setting up strict guidelines for what kinds of foods are best to eat and how much you should eat of them be the most rational approach to weight loss?

There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Prov. 14:12, NIV

If what seems right to us isn’t always right, how do we know what is right?

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 Tim. 3:16-17, NIV

Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. John 17:17, NIV

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Ps. 119:105, NIV

If you were a very old man and your beloved wife of many years had never borne a child and was well past child-bearing age, wouldn’t it be ridiculous for you to think you’d not only have a child by your wife, but also that you’d be the ancestor of countless people? That sounds insane; it just doesn’t seem right. But that old man believed it would happen! Why? Because God said so.

Who knows best whether it is truly healthful to engage in sex outside of marriage? Who knows best what he created marriage for (Gen. 2:24)? Who has warned us to steer clear of all sexual immorality (1 Thes. 4:3)? And who has plainly told us that food rules and regulations are worthless when it comes to curbing sensual indulgence (Col. 2:23).

Our reasoning can seem so reasonable! But whose reasoning is faultless? Become well acquainted with the “Manufacturer’s Handbook,” and you’ll be free to be the person you were designed to be (John 8:32).

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