Welcome to the September edition of Good News, the monthly newsletter of the Fairview Park church of Christ! We hope that you find the articles below helpful, edifying, and true to the Bible. If you find the articles helpful in your Bible study, please forward this e-mail to a friend. May God bless you as you study his word!
Why Polygamy Doesn’t Work
by Jacob Hudgins
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh”(Matt 19:5).
The Bible does not specifically condemn polygamy (a man having multiple wives). Several passages strongly imply that it is not God’s will. Jesus quotes Genesis 2: “‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate”(Matt 19:5-6). In marriage, two become one. Paul concedes, “But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband”(1 Cor 7:2).
Have you ever been told to do something and not want to do it? Growing up, I would always be told to clean my room, and I would always grumble and complain about it, because I selfishly didn't want my time to be taken away from me. This is the very same idea that we get from the story of Jonah. All of Jonah’s actions show one motive: Selfishness. Jonah let his selfishness get in the way of doing God’s work, and then he let his selfishness cloud his perceiving of God’s gift to Nineveh. How does Jonah show selfishness?
“For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light”(Luke 16:8).
The characters Jesus uses in his parables are often legendary. The Good Samaritan, the prodigal son, and the shepherd seeking his sheep are pitch-perfect. They exemplify stellar qualities and teach obvious lessons. Yet some of Jesus’ parables are baffling because the heroes are not at all what we would expect. Sometimes Jesus puts everyday people into his stories because they have something to teach us about our relationship with God. What can we learn from these stories?
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ”(1 Cor 11:1)
Some people make it look easy. They juggle all the pressures of life with ease, meet their commitments, and say the right things to the right people at the right times. We look at such people with amazement, perhaps a tinge of jealousy, and wonder, “Why am I so different?”.