Part 5 of 5: Discussing what Theology teaches on the subjects presented and learning what the Bible actually teaches on the subjects.
We Have A Spiritual Father
Opposite-sex unions and same-sex unions; what binds them in intimate friendship? Love, true love. It doesn’t matter if a true intimate friendship looks like what was designed in Genesis 2, when Adam and Eve were formed naturally, or if it looks like that of Jonathan and David’s. We are made in God’s image! We are His children! Therefore, we should be concerned with who God joined us with soulfully/spiritually, no matter what it looks like naturally. Genesis 5 can help us distinguish between God’s image and mankind’s image. Genesis 5:1-2 reads, “This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created”. Genesis 5:3 then tells the reader mankind’s image, “When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth”. Just as we have a natural father whom we resemble naturally, we have a spiritual Father whom we resemble spiritually. God’s image is “Man” true identity. We are the sons of God!
Bible and Theology
Theology teaches that Genesis 2 focuses on Genesis 1:27, which is the sixth day when God created man. This is what we’ve been taught by Theologians’ interpretation of the text, but nowhere in Genesis 2 does the writer declare this interpretation to be true nor anywhere in the New Testament. The Bible does not say what Theologians claim the Bible is saying. The Bible says exactly what it says without contradictions and without the need of mankind’s finite understanding. Genesis 1 is what God created; Genesis 2 is what the Lord God formed. Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are two different ways that God made Earth, one is spiritual and the other is natural. This understanding is what the Bible teaches and can be confirmed in the New Testament when Paul speaks of the first and last Adam. The other is what mankind teaches, that’s why it is flawed and confusing to understand because mankind is flawed and confusing to understand. But God is not a God of confusion; His Word is just and true holding no contradictions nor confusion.
Ask for God's Wisdom
The Word of God was written by individuals who were inspired by God’s Spirit, which means God wrote the Bible. Therefore, the individual that reads the living text must seek wisdom from God’s Spirit to give him/her understanding. We cannot read the Bible like it’s just another regular book, reading it with our own understanding. The Bible is God’s Holy Word, set apart from others as a Book of guidance and growth for humanity, to prepare us for His return. Paul warns us in Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”. We need to pray and ask God for His wisdom when trying to understand His Word. Remember, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight”, Proverbs 3:5-6.
Reading the Bible for What it says
What God has given me to present to you is not of my own interpretation or Theology. This is what His Holy Spirit has given me to see and guided me to understand. The difference in what I have presented and what Theology has taught, is that the Bible confirms itself on the subjects presented. For example, Paul mentions two Adams in 1 Corinthians 15, then the book of Genesis shows two Adams. Theologians believe the last Adam is Jesus Christ, but the Bible doesn’t say nor confirm that, but Theologians believe it is implied. When Paul wrote the first and last Adam, he was writing about the order of mankind’s/believers resurrection. He was telling us that we were made spiritually and then naturally, but in the order of resurrection we must first die naturally to be raised, or resurrected, spiritually. This is why after Paul writes the first and last Adam he says, “However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual”. Again, the Bible always confirms itself because God is God alone; God doesn’t need anyone or anything to confirm Him.
God is striving to give our infinite questions infinite answers. No longer should we accept mankind’s finite answers to our infinite curiosity.
Seek God in all things!