My family meets for dinner to discuss various topics that concern us. Here are the notes of one such meeting. Maybe they will give you some ideas of what you can do with your family. Click on the tag "Family Dinner Meeting" at the bottom of this post to see others.
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- Where We Have Been (2021-2022: The Problem)
- Where We Are Going (2023: The Solution)
- What We Must Avoid: ___________
The Bible Describes The Problems
- Sinful Nation
- No Justice
- No Leaders
- Killing Children
The Bible Describes The Solution
The question we need to resolve in our minds is – Can we trust the Bible’s answer? The Bible says,
- Man Is The Solution
- Jesus Is The Example
This would mean that…
The Solution is You
Therefore, improve oneself, improves the world.
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Part 2: Part Problem Part Solution
I want to look into this further and see how God unfolded the answer to man’s problems.
Hundred Thousand Billion Different Variants Of The Problem Exist
The solution could be…
A. Look at each variant and find a counter to it like in traditional medicine.
B. Grow healthy to resist all threats like in nature.
If we choose B then the question becomes how do we grow healthy?
We raised this question last time by looking at how the Bible described the problem. We saw that it read like today’s newspaper. It knows what it is talking about when it comes to describing our problems. It has credibility there. People 2000 years ago and people 2600 years ago dealt with problems we have today:
- a sinful nation
- no justice
- no leaders
- a desire to kill children
So, this leads to this question: Does the Bible have any credibility when it comes to talking about solutions? Can we trust its solutions to be accurate and helpful?
- The Bible’s approach to solving the problem is not by looking at every individual problem and coming up with a solution to it but by a more natural approach. Be what you were meant to be and you will resolve many of the problems that plague us. God wants from us a healthy body, soul, and spirit.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
How To Grow Healthy
Genesis was revealed for the first time to Israel after God delivered them out of Egypt. Genesis contains information that God wanted them to know. He was forming a people into a nation and these people needed to know this for that nation to function properly.
What we find first in Genesis is this. This is foundational and very powerful as we shall see. They needed to…
Understand origins (Gen 1-2)
Understand how evil entered the world (Gen 3-4)
Genesis 4:6-7 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why has your countenance fallen? 7 “If you do well, will not your countenance be lifted up? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
Not every worldview separates evil from man like we see in Genesis. There is a difference between you being evil and evil being in you.
- The cause of anger is not you but sin in you.
- The cause of depression is not you but sin in you.
- The force we need to contend with is not you but a force in you.
To separate the two allows you to elevate man above evil and care for him and help him. One important result of that is a stable society. A stable society is good for mankind.
Such knowledge (of our origins and the nature of evil) gives us wisdom to know what is important.
What we see is not always what we think we see. I taught my children that a dime, even though it is smaller, is more valuable than a nickel, which is much bigger. This is the kind of knowledge we are talking about when we talk about growing to be healthy and wise.
2 Timothy 3:14-17 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred [not old, but sacred] writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation [deliverance from evil] through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
So, every time you learn something new it is like adding new code to a computer that was designed to solve problems.
Every time you study Scripture you feed your brain with something it was designed to need in order for it to work and solve the problems of the world: namely, how to rule and subdue creation – this includes overcoming evil.
So, I want to inject into your computer some code similar to what the nation of Israel heard on their way to the Promised Land. Not only is this foundational, but it is also vitally powerful as well.
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