Boundaries

I am the LORD your God.  You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not walk in their statutes.

You shall follow my rules and keep my statutes and walk in them. I am the LORD your God.  You shall therefore keep my statutes and my rules; if a person does them, he shall live by them: I am the LORD.

Leviticus. 18:2-5 ESV

­­We often think that paganism is something primitive and ancient. Actually, that is not the case.

The common denominator among all worldviews rightly called pagan is the insistence that this psycho-socio-physical cosmos is all there is to reality and that everything in it is continuous with everything else in it. Thus, at the heart of paganism is the conviction that there are no boundaries between the spiritual, the human, and the natural realms. What paganism says is, “I am ultimate and nobody tells me what to do with my life!”  It says there are no boundaries between me and another man, between me and my daughter, between me and an animal – no boundaries.

God says, “There is a boundary between me and the creation and if you believe that, you will accept the boundaries I have placed in the world, especially those related to your sexual relationships.” God designed us to find our fullest humanity in the sexual embrace between two sexually differentiated lifetime-committed individuals.  That is not some stray, rural, unsophisticated idea, as is sometimes suggested. Neither is it an antique religious demand designed to oppress people who, through no fault of their own, have “different” desires. It is at the very heart of what it is to believe that Yahweh is God.  He made us, and he is not us. So, it becomes imperative to guard our minds, our souls, our eyes, in this sexually saturated culture.           

We have abandoned God’s boundaries and we are immersed in a swamp of adultery, incest, bestiality, and homosexuality. And God simply says, “Don’t do it.”  If he does not change our desires, then he will give us the strength and courage to be masters over them. But don’t try to deny his boundaries.

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