I doubt this entry will raise some eyebrows, especially since I came from the Bible Belt where my culture is conservative.
First, let me give you the disclaimer: I am not advocating nor giving permission to any of the items that I mention in this article. I can’t make choices for you, God doesn’t even do that. I’ll write and make your own decisions based on the knowledge you have and your own personal convictions poker pulsa.
Let me also clarify this entry by letting you know that your culture and geological location has a great influence on your belief system. Your views on the following subjects depend on where you live; what country, what state, the north, south, east or west, or even what city or part of a city you live in. Many people who go to church or call themselves Christians have a very radical and sometimes, extreme, belief system. In the South, many Christians are not to drink, smoke, gamble, or even dance. There are also some churches around floating a few extra legalistic teachings, such as not wearing make-up, women should wear dresses, and some places where women are allowed to speak in public church services.
Now let me ask you a few questions: Is it a sin to drink? Is it a sin to smoke? Is it a gamble to sin? Is it a sin to dance?
Let me add a couple more questions to the above list: Is it a sin to watch tv? Is it a sin to eat?
Most of us would answer yes to the above questions.
Let me give you some simple anecdotes for gazing whether or not something is a sin:
-Do you control it, or does it control you?
-Do you do it in excess?
-What does the Bible say about it?
-Does it bother your conscience (or the Holy Spirit) when you do it?
-Have you prayed about it?
Now please do not get me wrong and tell me that I am advocating all or any of the above activities, I am not. I just want you to think about yourself, not others right now. Think about where you live and what you believe. Why do you believe the things you do? Is it in the Bible? Is it your family, friends, or even your church?
Is it something you have always done? Maybe motivated by tradition or religious customs.
I want to submit to you I say that I am not religious, yet I do religious activities every week. (The Bible does not give us a step by step program for a church service, for example). It is not wrong but God desires a relationship, he is not looking for a religious person to proclaiming a Christian. There is a difference.
Let me ask you a few more questions:
Which is worse, Drinking a glass of wine once a week or over-eating compulsively?
Is gluttony any less a sin than drunkenness?
If a person goes to a casino once a year and gambles is that much worse than watching 3 hours of television daily?
Hey I am not endorsing anything, and I am not giving you permission to do anything, I just want you to think.
Is it wrong to go to a ball and dance, Is it wrong to dance in church?
Yes, there is a difference. Dancing has been distorted by the world. But I am not going there. I can’t dance anyways, I am a white male 🙂 I just want you to think about the motivations behind your beliefs.
Here’s one more question:
Is it worse to smoke or to be a fat, lazy inactive person?
I guess you could see my thoughts on the subject embedded in my question. I don’t smoke, but I am not a slob either.
Most Christians say that it is wrong to drink alcohol, smoke, gamble and dance. However they do not think that it is wrong to overeat or watch television all day long.
Let me say this about eating, Eating is a necessity. This is the only thing that we have mentioned that must be done. If you don’t eat, you die.
That said, overeating could also be a vice, just like drinking, smoking, gambling, sex, & television. If you do it too much then it is probably controlling you. If it controls you, it is your God.
There is a word that I like very much; It is called “balance”. I do not like judgmental Christians. Religious pharisees for his disdain with Jesus Christ.
Let me give you some other thoughts on balance:
-Jesus tells us not to cause anyone to stumble by our actions. So if someone sees me drinking then they can think for themselves, it’s ok. However, I may drink every once in a while and they may turn into an alcoholic. So I don’t drink,; At least not in public.
– If we feel guilty of our actions, we shouldn’t do it. But why do we feel guilty when we drink and we don’t feel guilty when we overeat or live?
If your neighbors conscience, do you not smoke?
Let me sum up for now this is a poker.