“See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil…” (Deut. 30:15).
As believers, we place great emphasis upon the blessing and gift of the abundant life that Jesus promised to us. However, we do not mention the two key points about that abundant life which must take place in order for that life to be lived successfully: 1) this abundant life does not just happen automatically because it must be taken, and 2) the life has to be lived out daily. What does this mean?
The book of Genesis tells us that God saw the evil of humankind and decided to kill everyone in a cataclysmic flood—everyone, that is, except Noah and his family. Then, after the flood, Noah gets off the boat, grows a wine vineyard, gets astoundingly drunk on his wine, and passes out naked in a tent. Finally, Noah wakes up, finds out that his son saw him naked, and curses his grandson. The end.
Kindness and a regard for others are at the very foundation of the spiritual practice and life of every major world religion. While some verses of the Quran can be taken out of context to give the appearance of calling for violence and cruel practices, some Bible verses can also be taken out of context and made to appear equally cruel and violent. Remember Deuteronomy tells us to stone (to death) women who are not virgins on their wedding day, which would mean almost all American women, including most sitting in pews.