"Coming To Terms"
During childhood, you may have been handed a faith framework through which you began to view the world. For a lot of us, that childhood framework didn't survive the rigors of adulthood. It's not enough to say, "The Bible says . . . ," in the face of real-life tragedy. Adults often need a new starting point.
But the starting point for Christian faith isn't, "The Bible says . . . ." It's better than that. It's Jesus.
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Faith has a starting point.
"The bible says" is not an adequate starting or returning point for many adults.
"The bible says" was never intended to as the starting point for the Christian faith.
The starting point is this question:
"Who is Jesus?"
You can't correct you.
SINNER: Someone who knows better, but does it anyway.
Jesus' purpose in talking about sin was restoration not condemnation.
"For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20 NIV
"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'You shall not murder...' Matthew 5:21 NIV
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgement" Matthew 5:22 NIV
"You have heard that it was said, 'you shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart." Matthew 5:27-28 NIV
"....Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son..' Luke 15:21 NIV
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate." Luke 15:24 NIV
Recognition of sin paves the way to restoration.