One of the easy things to forget is that everything in the Bible is for people who are in a relationship with God.
When Moses came down with the 10 commandments, he didn’t say...
“These are laws for all people for all time all over the world.” No, God's laws were given to the nation of Israel--to people who already had a relationship with God.
It’s not that everybody can’t do what God says in the Bible—it’s simply that those who are in relationship with God are supposed to do what He says.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the Church became confused and decided that all the laws in the Bible were for everyone...whether you were in a relationship with God or not. So we look over at our co-worker or neighbor and wrongly judge non-Christians based on what the Bible says Christians should do. (See 1 Corinthians 5:12-13)
If I try to apply God’s laws to outsiders of the faith...it’s the same as me trying to tell my neighbor’s kids what to do. I don’t tell my neighbor’s kids what time to go to bed, when to do their homework, or what they can watch on TV. Why? Because they are not my kids.
If you are a follower, you have no right to judge anyone outside the faith by the Bible...The Old Testament and New Testament are for people who have decided to follow God’s way of doing life
If someone isn’t in a relationship with God, they can apply anything they like in the Bible...but followers of God don’t get to choose what to apply based on what they like or don’t like in the Bible.
When God says something, followers must do it...
Isn't that what it means by “following”?
from "The Monster Within--Part 07 free download at pathwayonline.org