From the Author
We might consider that everything that God asks us to do is for our benefit. Much like a child is unaware that the parent is guiding their life, so that they might be blessed tremendously later; God acts as the perfect, loving Father with our interests ever before Him.
In order for God to be God, He must be perfect in every regard. This means that it is impossible for God to ever do anything that is wrong. If God has commanded us to obey a law that He has established, our first thought should be: "He is asking me to do this because He loves me and if I obey, I will be blessed."
If a person does not believe that this is true, it is because they have not yet come into a place of awareness where they understand who God is. It is very common for a person to have an incorrect view of someone that they do not really know very well. If we will take the time to know who God is and what He has done for us, then our understanding of what He asks us to do will be much easier to comprehend.
In my conversations with people over the past 41 years that I have been a follower of Jesus, I have learned that all of us are at a different place in our life, in how much we know and understand about God. There are many people today who have yet to come to a place where they even believe that God exists. There are others who believe that God is real, yet they find it very hard to know Him. Others still, find that their understanding of who God is, has been greatly corrupted by those who claim to know Him, yet have incorrectly represented Him before other people. We should remember that their are frauds in matters of God, just as their are frauds in every other aspect of life. We can tell if a person really knows God, by the way that they speak to us and the manner in which they conduct themselves.
If a person is humble, gentle, loving, and kind and claims to know Jesus, then there is a great likelihood that this is true. If a person is arrogant, boastful, self-seeking, manipulative, and abusive, there is no chance that this person is in a genuine relationship with Jesus.
The first attribute that we are looking for in a person who claims to know God is Love. If there is no love that exudes from this person, it is doubtful that they really know God. One of the first things that happens to a person when they come into a new relationship with Jesus is the apprehending of love. Once a person understands how much Jesus loves them; that He was willing to die a horrible death to pay for their sins, when He had done no wrong Himself; this drastically changes the heart. Having understood how greatly this person is loved, they begin to love other people in a sacrificial way, thinking of the welfare of others, before their own. A person becomes more patient with difficult people. They do not boast about their successes, nor focus on their past failures. Their focus is now on Jesus and what this new loving relationship means to them and their life.
Once a person begins to understand the Love of God, then His laws make more sense. When a person realizes that not everything that is written in the Old Testament, was a commandment for all people, this also increases our awareness of what God requires. This subject is described in detail, in the chapter: Understanding God's Law.
The subject of this book: Sodom and Gomorrah, is used as an illustration for the dual nature of God. He is both very loving, as well as just. God has gone to extraordinary lengths to demonstrate His love, patience, and desire to bring us all into a personal relationship with Him. God is also the only righteous judge. He cannot permit evil to continue. The only place that evil exits and continues, is here on earth. His desire is to end the suffering of this world and the catastrophic harm that sin has caused human life. God has gone to extraordinary measures to display His love for us and to show the world His desire to bring us all into His presence where we can live in peace, safety, and unending love, forever. Jesus came into the world to end sin, sickness, and death. He died for us so that all of the wrong that we have done could be permanently taken away from our record, and make us perfect.
If you have found it difficult to understand the issue of gay marriage, Same-sex relationships and how these matters concern those who love God, this book will be of some help. We begin with an explanation of what God has intended by His laws, followed by a demonstration of His love, patience, justice, and judgement. Then we follow an incredible story of love as God sent His only Son into the world so that we might have a visible understanding of who He is and what He has to say to us all.