has the right to make rules and expect lesser beings, who are NOT God, to live up to them. If God allowed folks to make their own rules, he would not be God. He might be a sugar daddy, but he wouldn't be God.
For months now, I have been watching some REAL craziness in my FB account and I think it's time to pass the crazy along, LOL. There is a woman who was a friend of Joe's. Like Joe, she drove a cab and that is how Joe met her. I never met her til after Joe died. Anyway, we had dinner together one night and that was pretty much the extent of my dealings with her. She claims to be a Christian and can quote almost as much scripture as Joe could (and Joe could quote a phenomenal amount of scripture). And, I think that's pretty much where the resemblance stops.
When I met her, she was studying to be a "life coach". That is someone who supposedly supports and helps other through the tough spots in life. Here's a fun fact: I had just lost my husband, without warning. Would you call that a "tough spot"? I would. She had dinner with me once and sent me one or two e-mails and then next I heard from her, months later, was that she was moving to Texas. She had friends there, connections, could get a job there, could get out of the cab driving business.
Well, I have to tell you, I say more power to ya if you can get out of that business. It's a very tough job, and if you're going to earn a living wage at it, you have to work really long hours, manipulate people, and do some things that are pretty dirty. Joe made the decision, with my backing, that he was going to do it clean, as close as he could to what Jesus would have done if he were driving a hack. He was going to do it clean and trust God to help us with our bills. He got the first part right--the "clean" part, but he didn't do well with the "trust" part. So, we gradually went further and further into the hole. Miss X, on the other hand, was living in one of the ritziest neighborhoods in town, in a very expensive rented condo, with a condo full of very expensive furniture. She had money for plastic surgery, trips, and so on. I think she flunked both the "clean" and the "trust" part as I know she gets very angry when anyone brings up giving to the church for any purpose....... Guess she didn't memorize that part????
So, anyway, off she went to Texas. I am pretty sure she wasn't there two months when suddenly she had a boyfriend and they were moving, together, to Louisiana. She raved on and on, on Facebook, about what a wonderful guy he was. But, they were living together without benefit of a preacher or justice of the peace and I don't think you can find that in the Maker's Handbook except, maybe, for Samson and Delilah and that didn't work out too well, LOL. I longed to tell her that God gets to make the rules, but I kept my mouth shut. Oh, this wonderful guy was Asian and not a Christian. That too violates the rules "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers". But in spite of the fact that he was an unbeliever and God told her NOT to be involved with him in the Maker's Handbook, and in spite of the fact that they were living together without benefit of a marriage covenant, she touted him as God's personal gift to her.
I think they are now on their third break up. She says she loves him SO much but he lies to her. What did she expect? He is not a Christian, does not subscribe to the mores that come with that, he does not even come from a culture with Judeo-Christian values, and, for just about anyone in that position, it's easier to lie than it is to go through the hassle that might result from telling the truth and getting an earful from you disapproving mate.
Now, what I'm waiting for is for God to get the blame for bringing such a despicable person into her life and for making her shack up with him and for making her "love" him and for making her put herself into a position where she has soul ties to a man who would rather rub Buddha's belly than kneel at the foot of the cross. And, yet, she got involved with a guy she shouldn't have gotten involved with, and she allowed him to lead her into pursuing the relationship on anything BUT a Christian basis.
It is no wonder the heathens of the world are confused.......... There are rules, folks. Those rules are for our benefit. And, if we don't follow the rules and reap the benefits, what use is saying we believe in God? I just don't get it.........