Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil, that put darkness for light, and Light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Isaiah, Chapter 5, verse 20.
It’s sad that having extra-marital affairs has almost become a norm in society. People seem to feel no remorse in doing unethical things in order to climb the ladder of success. People who have great status and wealth are looked upon more approvingly than those who lead good-Christian lives. People who live according to their Christian ethics are often ridiculed and aren’t given the same respect as others. God calls it like He sees it! When it comes to determining people’s Salvation, no amount of money, status or remarks trying to justify one’s actions are going to buy them entrance into heaven.
Here are some related passages:
*Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him! Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the Law of the LORD of Hosts, and despised the Word of the Holy One of Israel. Therefore is the anger of the LORD kindled against His people, and He hath stretched forth His hand against them and hath smitten them: and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still. Isaiah, Chapter 5, verses 23-25.
*And they shall teach My people the difference between the Holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it according to My judgments: and they shall keep My Laws and My Statutes in all Mine assemblies; and they shall hallow My Sabbaths. Ezekiel, Chapter 44, verses 23-24.
*Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord, the God of Hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the Lord God of Hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. Amos, Chapter 5, verses 14-15.
*Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied Him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and He delighteth in them: or, Where is the God of judgment? Malachi, Chapter 2, verse 17.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds: I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms. That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? Isaiah, Chapter 14, verses 12-17.
God is condemning Satan’s influence on mankind, especially
Babylon. Now, if God didn’t like that Satan had tried to become like God, don’t you think God would be equally displeased when people professing to be Christians want to have “the god power within them?” I’m no expert, but through the things I have read in the Bible, God usually gets pretty upset when anyone is arrogant enough to try to gain the power of God.
Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou are wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it. Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee. Isaiah, Chapter 47, verses 12-15.
God seems to be telling the Babylonians (paraphrased), “You made your bed, now lie in it!” Prior to this, God tried to refocus the Babylonians who were being led astray. They listened to those with power, the sorcerers and astrologers, etc. People were paying attention to them instead of to God. He told them (paraphrased), “When push comes to shove, those people you looked up to are going to hit the road and they won’t be there to protect you. But then again, you deserve it because you ignored Me when I tried to help you. I am the Only One who could have saved you. So, sad!”
Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.
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