I recently was sent an article to read, and I couldn’t help but think I’d seen the same sort of logic over and over again recently.
“This person wants to have their cake and eat it too.” Unfortunately, it wasn’t actual cake. It was spiritual cake. Let me explain.
During the article the author said something to the following effect – “Honey we’re Christians, but you know the Bible was written by men, and there’s no way of really knowing what it all means, so we pick the parts to follow based on whether or not we think they fit into Jesus’ message.” Of course there was more afterwards, but that paragraph left me a little shocked.
Really? You pick which parts you want to follow? So, what if you don’t feel like believing the part where Jesus says He is the only way to the Father? Does that mean any of an infinite number of ways get you into Heaven? Or, what if we don’t follow the part about not committing murder, since that was written in the Old Testament and doesn’t “really count” anyway.
Now, some people will respond, “well it says in Leviticus you can’t have clothing with different kinds of threads, or shave your beard, or eat pork, etc.”. Why yes, yes it does. However, many items in Leviticus were written as part of the law for a specific people group for a specific period of time.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is you can’t pick and choose. Either you take it all or you don’t. Jesus was an “all in” kind of guy. You certainly can’t get around that fact. The moment we start picking and choosing which parts of His teaching we’re going to follow or which parts of the Bible we’re going to follow (within reason), we’re on an incredibly slippery and dangerous slope. A slope from which no good can come.
In this case, resist the urge to have your cake and eat it.