OYB April 15

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Joshua 11-12
NT: Luke 17:11-37
Ps: Psalm 84
Pr: Proverbs 13:5-6

Today´s notable verse:

34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.

Luke 7:34-45 (NIV)

I always think of the song "I wish we'd all been ready", written originally by Larry Norman and re-made by DCTalk.

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Proverbs chapter 13 verse 5 - "Those who are godly hate lies; the wicked come to shame and disgrace." Here's a question - is it ever okay to lie? I've spoken with friends who have said they believe it is okay to lie to preserve an innocent life. And I guess if you think about maybe someone who saved lives in the Holocaust by lying, then this would seem to be an okay instance to lie? I mean, you are lying to save an innocent life. Is that okay? I realize the trick becomes where do you draw the lines on when it is okay to lie. We could rationalize almost anything saying it was okay to lie because of x, y, z greater good. This Proverb says those who are godly hate lies. I am sure we all do hate lying. But is it ever okay to lie? To save an innocent life - is it okay?

Amazing, how the wisdom and truth of the Word can be so simple and obvious, and yet we still try to rationalize our own wisdom to justify acting contrary to the Word! The problem I have with justifying lying as a means to save an innocent life is two-fold: first, the ends never justify the means; second, choosing to act ungodly in the name of a righteous end is choosing to act outside of faith. God never intends to use sin to fulfill His will. (To be sure, God is in control of every situation, and can bring about His will despite and through our acts of sin; but God's way is perfect and holy.) If we think that we have to lie in order to preserve an innocent life, then we deny God's power and ability to work through the situation to accomplish His Will and to preserve that innocent life. If we in faith speak the truth, then we acknowledge God's sovereignity and put our faith and trust in Him to accomplish what He will in a way we perhaps cannot see with our own understanding.

And let me play Devil's Advocate. Two questions: one, what life is truly innocent? And two, are not God's ways higher than our own ways? The fate of that life (innocent or otherwise) is in God's hands, and he will spare that life or not, according to His will and His ways. Our responsibility is to act in obedience to Him - which requires our honesty, and not lies.