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Oh No. . . What Do I Say to THIS ? Sue Bohlin. Probe Ministries – Probe.org SueBohlin.com. Relating Our Faith to Tough Questions in Our Culture. “True for You, Not True for Me”. Jesus – faithful monogamy – priorities – coffee flavors

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oh no what do i say to this sue bohlin

Oh No. . . What Do I Say toTHIS?Sue Bohlin

Probe Ministries – Probe.org SueBohlin.com

true for you not true for me
“True for You, Not True for Me”
  • Jesus – faithful monogamy – priorities – coffee flavors
  • Absolute truth vs. personal preference: two different categories
  • Classical definition of truth: what corresponds to reality
  • New definition: whatever works for you (The Emperor’s New Clothes!)
truth as whatever works
Truth as “Whatever Works”
  • Gravity doesn’t work for me
  • “Red means stop” doesn’t work for me
  • “$1 = one dollar” doesn’t work for me
  • “Jesus as the only way to God” doesn’t work for me
  • Open marriage works for me
  • Making my own spirituality works for me
bottom line questions
Bottom-Line Questions
  • “Some things are true whether you believe in them or not.” —City of Angels
  • The question is not “Does it work?” but “Is it true?”
  • Who gets to define reality?
    • The Creator of reality
  • Belief, preference, or truth?
  • Is it intolerance and bigotry to believe in absolute truth?
my husband uses porn
“My Husband Uses Porn”
  • It feels like an indictment on you, but it has nothing to do with you.
  • Compartmentalization of the male brain
  • Spiritual warfare:
    • Easy access 24/7
    • No fear of rejection
    • No work (no relationship)
  • Brain chemistry (substance abuse)
my husband uses porn1
“My Husband Uses Porn”
  • Ask him: “Would you be hurt if I had an affair with another man? That’s what it feels like. Betrayal and pain.”
  • Pornography is mental adultery.
  • “. . .but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Matt. 5:28
resources
Resources
  • Every Man’s Battle

Stephen Arterburn, Fred Stoeker

  • SettingCaptivesFree.com

The Way of Purity online course (free)

  • Boundaries in Marriage

Henry Cloud, John Townsend

  • Accountability is key
is porn grounds for divorce
“Is Porn Grounds for Divorce?”
  • What is God’s heart? (not the cold measuring rod of a verse)
  • God hates divorce: it tears apart adult hearts and children’s hearts
  • Purpose of divorce: grace for one in bondage to a hard-hearted spouse

[Jesus] said to them, "Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.” Matt 19:8

is porn grounds for divorce1
“Is Porn Grounds for Divorce?”
  • Some people are looking for an excuse, a loophole
  • God doesn’t do loopholes
  • He judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart
is cybersex really cheating
“Is Cybersex Really Cheating?”
  • Good definition of an affair: “secret intimacy”
  • Would your husband be OK with what you were doing if he sat next to you at the computer?
  • Whether you’re married or not, aren’t you being sexual with someone you’re not married to? All sex outside of marriage is sin.
how do i treat someone who s gay
“How Do I Treat Someone Who’s Gay?”
  • Wounded and deceived
  • Scars of rejection
  • How would Jesus treat them? "A bruised reed He will not break, and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish;” Is 42:3
  • Brokenness manifests in a variety of ways
  • Jesus’ love is what they need to heal and grow
how do i treat someone who s gay1
“How Do I Treat Someone Who’s Gay?”
  • You can accept and bless a person without blessing their brokenness
  • Make a distinction between the person and their behavior
  • The grace of acceptance is the safety net that allows us to try something new and frightening, like considering leaving a gay life.
what s so wrong with gay marriage
“What’s So Wrong with Gay Marriage?”
  • Look at the big picture: what’s marriage for?
    • Provides a safe, stable environment to grow a family (basic social unit)
    • Natural outgrowth of the complementarity of male and female
    • Earthly picture of the mystical union of Christ and the Church
what s so wrong with gay marriage1
“What’s So Wrong with Gay Marriage?”
  • Homosexual relationships and heterosexual marriages are not equal and parallel relationships
  • “A façade of normalcy”
  • Gay marriage is a way to secure society's legitimization and approval of their relationships
a lesbian couple is having a baby
“A Lesbian Couple is Having a Baby”
  • The baby comes first
  • “Every child should be welcomed and valued”
  • Celebrate the baby: the circumstances of conception are not his/her fault
what s the big deal about evolution
What's the Big Deal About Evolution?
  • In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
  • Evolution was invented as a means of explaining life and its diversity without a Creator.
  • Mechanistic theory without a mechanism
  • Cannot produce or explain much of life
this church thing isn t really working for me and i can t wait to graduate so i don t have to go
This church thing isn't really working for me, and I can't wait to graduate so I don't have to go.
  • So much hypocrisy in the church
  • Jumping through hoops
  • Personal, intimate relationship with the Trinity has been lost
living with someone before marriage just makes sense especially with the high divorce rate
Living with someone before marriage just makes sense, especially with the high divorce rate.
  • Change in the way we think about sexuality
  • Pickle principle
  • Marriage changes people. Cohabitation not the same
  • “It's my body, why shouldn't I dress the way I want?”
  • Cost of sexual energies outside of marriage
twitter facebook iphone ipods that s where i live so what
Twitter, Facebook, iPhone, iPods. That’s where I live. So what?
  • Sexting and texting: the dangers
  • Balance: the more technology, the less educated kids get
  • No silence, no solitude, no depth
  • Urgent vs. Important
how do i raise gender healthy children
How do I raise gender-healthy children?
  • Gender spectrum
  • Understand gender differences and celebrate them
i love oprah what s not to love about her
I love Oprah. What’s not to love about her?
  • Spiritually dangerous
  • Turned from Christianity to New Age beliefs
  • “Jesus is not the only way!”
  • Opinions shaped by the world, not the Word
is it a sin or lack of faith to take medication like anti depressants
Is it a sin or lack of faith to take medication like anti-depressants?
  • Bio-technology: dominion over the earth
  • James: 5:14 seek medical help (anoint with oil)
  • They help us function
  • I don’t believe in counseling. Isn’t God my counselor?