A while back I posted the following verses…
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”
– 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
…and got the following odd, yet predictable, responses.
“What an utterly repulsive passage.”
“It’s perhaps the most abhorrent, ghastly string of words I’ve ever seen. Those, James, are the deranged utterances of a Death Cult.”
Knowing that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing” (1 Corinthians 1:18) and that there are a ton of Christian hyper-skeptics vigilantly trolling the internet with the sole purpose of frustrating people like me, these types of replies don’t surprise me at all. I know much of the world, despite my best efforts, will never understand the Gospel.
In fact, it would be unreasonable for me to expect that I can make simple Bible verses resonate with every non-believer who hears or reads them.
What I can do however, is explain the above verses in a context Christians should easily understand.
Jesus is either lord of all or, not lord at all.
If you truly believe that Jesus is lord of all, you will delight in His commands and His teachings, not be repulsed by them.
Repulsion comes from pride, comes from the world, and comes from Satan.