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Evolutionary Faith

Our Bible, written by hundreds of men and women inspired by God over thousands of years, is all about change. Adam and Eve changed the dynamics of Man’s relationship with God. Cain murdered his brother then went out and built a city. Abraham packed up and left the city to follow God he knew not where. Joseph went down into Egypt where his descendants became slaves. Moses led God’s people out of Egyptian slavery. David built them into a kingdom; they were taken into Babylonian exile; were brought out of exile; came under the oppression of the Roman Empire. And a baby was born in Bethlehem.

        And as he grew and taught and was killed and was resurrected, a NEW CREATION was introduced; for those who are in Christ Jesus are a new creation, the Bible says. The old is gone; the new is come.

        And then changes really started happening. You see, our God is not an immobile stone statue. Our God is marching on. Our God is a LIVING God, a God of mighty acts. One day, thousands of people from a dozen different nations listened to the apostles preaching, and all the people heard in their own language and thousands came to faith in Christ.

         One day, God offered Simon Peter a ham sandwich and Peter said, “No, you told us right here in the Bible not to eat pig meat.”

        And God said, “No, I told your ancient ancestors not to eat pigs. Now, I am telling you things have changed; it is okay.”

        Then God said, “Now go into the house of a Roman and tell him about Jesus.” And the apostle could have said, “No, you told us not to enter the houses of ritually unclean people,” but by then he got it. Quick study, that Apostle Peter. He understood that he must no longer consider anyone unclean who had been cleansed by God

 

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        Yet some apostles insisted that the Gentiles still had to be circumcised and follow Jewish dietary laws, but the Holy Spirit testified, “Jesus is enough! Jesus paid it all! If you require more than Jesus, you make the cross of Christ of none effect!”

        What changes! What unsettling changes when Jesus came, not to destroy the law, but to fulfill its highest purpose: Love! Love God with all your heart, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. It all hangs on love.

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