IMG_0371Like Paul Harvey says there is always “the rest of the story.” The counsel Job’s friends give him is at the end not good or accurate according to God (Job 42:7). 7After the LORD had finished speaking to Job, he said to Eliphaz the Temanite: “I am angry with you and your two friends, for you have not spoken accurately about me, as my servant Job has. Be careful of seeing as wise what the LORD has called inaccurate. The advice of Job’s friends is truly reported but is not God’s Truth.

Our standard is not what sounds wise but what God says about any issue. I saw a post on another site that was condemning Judeo-Christian ethic on the basis of the different types of marriage recorded in the Bible. The Bible accurately reports events but does not necessarily condone what it reports. It may or may not be of the Lord. What is the context? Context is always key. God defines marriage as one man, one woman for life. Our standard must always follow God’s standard even when we fall short. Too often we think our opinion on a subject trumps God’s or at least is equal to God’s. God’s word is not opinion–it is the bottom line.

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