Cause & Effect
Our legal system puts laws in place to rule the conduct of people in our communities and country.
Each law carries with it a consequence or penalty for the transgression of that law if it is broken. Who is responsible, and whose action is it when a penalty is prescribed for breaking a law? Is it the Legislature for making laws? Is it the president or governor in office at the time? Perhaps the judge that pronounced the sentence is responsible. Or could the responsibility be that of the person who broke the law? It is not the responsibility or fault of the car company if you drive into a wall because you were distracted while driving! Proverbs 26:2 describes a direct cause and effect relationship that is at work in our world.
Proverbs 26:2b (BBE)
. . . .so the curse does not come without a cause.
This verse points to a cause and effect relationship. A curse will not come unless there is a cause. The cause comes from the actions of the individual and not some outside agency, influence, or force. While we all value the protections that our legal system provides, when we see a perpetrator go free, it may seem that the legal system is built around relieving a person of his or her personal responsibility or lessening the consequences of his or her actions. These protections safeguard us from convicting an innocent person. However, God does not have this problem, as we see in Hebrews 4:12.
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God is able to know beyond doubt the innocence or guilt of a person to the point of intent, not just actions. However, He deals with us in an entirely different way than the legal system of the world does. Even when we are guilty, God does everything in His power to make it right for us, not by using technicalities of the law, but by paying the penalties for us and suffering the consequences Himself, as we see in John 3:16-17.
John 3:16-17 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
God posted bail for us and then let Jesus stand trial for our sins. Jesus bore the punishment, and through God’s grace, we go free. This is the Mystery of Jesus and the power of the love of the real God of the Bible. God puts His love into action and is willing to accept the blame (because of man’s limited perspective) for events that are not His doing. We discover the heart of God through this thread of truth in which He lays out His plan to restore His eternal relationship with man.
Getting a true perspective of God’s character requires that we examine our own understanding. Two accounts represent the first expressions of the concept of Ideolatry. First, Adam and Eve put their own intellectual understanding above the explicit direction of God. They chose to give more weight to their minds and to worship those thoughts above God. Second, Cain did the same when he reacted out of jealousy and killed his brother. All three of them had their own perspectives and versions of truth which they chose to obey. Unfortunately, they were all wrong.
We all have our own notions of truth as we can see in the discussion of relativity and perspective in Ideolatry Chapter 6, Our Universe - Relative Or Absolute ? The impersonal notions of relativity may make us think there is nothing personal going on. In reality, our existence, life, and spiritual dispositions are actually very personal. Our biases or preconceptions affect our views of both God and His character. God truly is many things to many people, but at the same time, He does not change the rules for any of us. He reaches out to us in His compassion. However, if we don’t really know Him, we do not know what to expect or how to recognize Him when He does.
May God richly bless you in all that you do! - Dr Rich Masek
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Ideolatry - God Is Not Your Problem
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