Are there things in the Bible that are hard to understand? How about things that I wish, at least on a certain level were not true? Yes without a doubt. Just a couple of examples.
I have both a cousin and a couple of friends from high school all of whom are involved in same-sex relationships. Yet Romans 1:27 “And likewise also the men leaving the natural use of the women, burned in their lust one towards another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet”. Wow do I wish that wasn’t there.
Now that’s tough, but for me it gets worse. Jesus said “I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery”. Being a single red-blooded male I fail at this pretty much on a weekly basis. I could go on and on. But I think you get the point.
Does what I think matter?
R.C. Sproul talks about a revelation he had while at graduate school, “You are required to believe and to preach, and to teach what the Bible says is the truth, not what you think it ought to be.” Maybe the examples above don’t bother you, but I’m sure if you haven’t found something you wish wasn’t there you will. What ever it is really doesn’t matter.
I may not like what the Bible says, but if God is real and who he claims to be, which is what I believe to be true based upon what I can know. Then I have to accept what He says to be true even if I don’t always understand why. Otherwise I am assuming the role of God, and I have elevated myself to god hood.
Perhaps I should embrace something Jim Rohn used to say, “Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” Taking it a step further. Don’t wish God was different, don’t just wish I was better, but work strive study to be better. Work on disciplining my thoughts and emotions in order to be who God created me to be rather than wishing I did not have to be that person.