29 Jun Christianity and Morality
Christianity has the highest standard of moral purity
Here is just one spectacular example from the Ten Commandments
The very first institution ordained by God in the Bible was marriage. And, that is defined by our Creator as a sacred relationship between one man and one woman. In Genesis 2:24 God said,
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
Then, in Genesis 39:9 (500 years before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments), we find Joseph resisting the advances of his boss’s wife by saying,
“There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”
How could Joseph have such a deep conviction about sexual immorality 500 years before Mt. Sinai? Romans 2:15 provides the answer, “The law is written on every man’s heart.”
Then in Exodus 20:14, the seventh of the Ten Commandments is,
“You shall not commit adultery.”
When God gave Moses the 10 commandments (1,500 B.C.) pagan religions celebrated sexual immorality as a form of worship to their gods. The Canaanites and the Babylonians worshiped Baal, which included temple prostitution. The Greeks and Romans also had their own forms of “sanctified prostitution.”
The doctrine of marital fidelity is a foreign concept to all man-made religions. The Judeo-Christian worldview alone teaches that human sexuality is sacred. It is sacred (holy) because it began in the mind of God.
- Islam teaches that a man can have 4 wives and numerous concubines. Mohammed, the founder of Islam had 11 wives. Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism had 33 wives.
- “Nature” itself teaches that the doctrine of polygamy cannot be divinely inspired since the ratio of men to women in the world is 1 to 1. If there were 10 women to every man in the world this doctrine might not be so obviously false.
- Hinduism. In India, the devadasi (day-vah-dah-see) system is the Hindu practice of temple prostitution. The practice of “dedicating” girls to Hindu gods has existed for more than 5,000 years. Children taken from a lower social status (called a “lower caste”) are forced (by social and economic pressure) to begin a life of prostitution at age 11 or 12.
- Women are told that this “service to the Gods” is a “holy duty” they must fulfill. Ironically, high caste Hindu priests will never eat from or even touch the cup or bowl of a lower caste Hindu, but they will have sexual intercourse with them!
- Buddhism has no explicit sexual code. Having no code, by default, is a code. Many Buddhist monks have expressed the opinion that engaging in prostitution purely for helping others can be a source of karmic merit. One of the “helps” they provide is by making offerings and gifts to Buddhist temples. That is one reason the Buddhist hierarchy is silent on prostitution, and one reason many temples are so lavish.
Deuteronomy 23:17-18 says, “There shall be no ritual harlot of the daughters of Israel or a perverted one of the sons of Israel. You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the Lord your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God.”
Matt 5:27-29 says, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery. ‘But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
As you can see, this teaching clearly transcends all man-made religions. Faithfulness to one’s marital partner in thought, word, and deed is exclusive to the Judeo-Christian worldview!
In all man-made religions, women are considered to be of lesser value than men and are treated as commodities. Only the Judeo-Christian worldview teaches that men and women are created in the image of God and are of equal value.
God’s moral law as contained in the 10 Commandments, clearly separates Christianity from man-made religions because it represents a moral code that transcends anything known to man.
So much for the lie that all religions are basically the same.
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- Buddha said, “I am a teacher in search of truth.”
- Jesus said, “I Am the truth.”
- Confucius said, “I never claimed to be holy.”
- Jesus said, “Which one of you convicts Me of sin?”
- Speaking of the afterlife, Mohammed said, “I do not know what Allah will do to me.”
- Jesus said, “I Am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me. though he die, yet shall he live.”
None of these other men ever claimed to be God. They all said God is this way, go this way.
- Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the father but by Me.”