(Proverbs 8:36 KJV) But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.
Do you picture God as a curmudgeon? Have you ever? In your mind, is He just a killjoy sitting around trying to keep people from having fun? Think about how He made everything that tastes good fattening or full of cholesterol. Actually, that may not have been true before the fall, but I digress.
This first phrase points out to us one of the real reasons for the law, the rules of life. They are established so that we can live life to the fullest. When we “sin” (2398) we don’t damage God, we “injure” (2554) ourselves. God gave us the law to protect us.
I think that there are reasons behind the different laws that we still may not be aware of. One that has become more clear to me are some of the kosher laws. Why was shrimp forbidden? It is really good. Did you ever consider the slot shrimp have in creation. They are part of God’s garbage detail. They clean up dead things and pollution. Because of that they are full of all the poisons and toxins of life. There is real danger in eating them.
Why does God tell us sex is for marriage? That should be a no brainer in a time of spreading HIV. Next time you go to a library, look up a list of all the Sexually Transmitted Diseases that are out there. And then you have the emotional trauma that is ignored by the popular media. And then you have children created without fathers. I would say there are really good reasons for such a standard.
I could go on.
So? Accept that God wants what is best for you. He is not a party pooper, He is the One who realizes that you might enjoy your steak more if you don’t eat too much candy before dinner. Remember that avoiding sin if for your own benefit.