Saturday, July 23, 2011

DO NOT TRUST ANY HUMAN BEING – INCLUDING YOUR SPOUSE! - PART II

Biblical References on this Revealed Truth

THE BIBLE IS the basis of authority in Christianity. Every right doctrine of God is scriptural and no wrong doctrine is scriptural. I believe that every Christian should agree on this. Now, let’s look at what the Bible says on trust, after which you should understand that any teaching that advocates for trust in marriage is a wrong doctrine.

In the Book of Isaiah, God clearly teaches us to cease trusting in human beings:

“Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?”
Isaiah 2:22

The passage above commands you to cease trusting in man because his breath is in his nostrils. A more contemporary version of the Bible New International Version says:

“Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?”
Isaiah 2:22 NIV

Another Bible verse that clearly tells us not to trust man is Psalm 146:3 - 4:

“Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.

His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.”

This passage says you should not trust in man because man cannot help you. The son of man in the above passage means mortal men. NIV version offers a contemporary version:

“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.

When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing.”
Psalm 146: 3 - 4 (NIV)

God, who knows every person inside and outside; past, present, and future; open and secret – does not trust any human being.

“Behold, he putteth no trust in his saints; yea, the heavens are not clean in his sight.

How much more abominable and filthy is man, which drinketh iniquity like water?”
Job 15:15-16

There are some scriptures people wrongly interpret to teach trust. The first one if Proverbs 31:11:

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

Many people use this scripture to teach that it is right to trust a spouse. In fact, they say that a good sign that a man has found a virtuous woman is that he trusts her. So the question is often asked of people who wish to marry. “Do you trust him/her?” It is all in error.

A better understanding of the 31st chapter of the Book of Proverbs will explain the true meaning of this verse. Proverbs 31 is written by two kings – King Lemuel who wrote verses 1 – 9 and King Solomon who wrote verses 10 - 31. King Solomon’s verses are the epilogue to the Book of Proverbs, which is an acrostic poem. In this poem, King Solomon painted a picture of a perfect woman who does not exist. We know this because he started the poem with a rhetorical question – Proverbs 31:10: “Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”

The passage above is a question not a statement of fact. Biblical writers often stated negatives by asking rhetorical questions, King Solomon being the most prominent in the use of this literary method. And the answer is no one can find that particular virtuous woman he proceeds to describe in the following verses. The essence of beginning his poem with a question was to affirm that such a woman as described by him does not exist. King Solomon describes a perfect woman and that woman does not exist. One of the qualities of the perfect woman who does not exist is found verse 11:

“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”

In verse 12 you see another interesting quality of the perfect woman:

“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”

In the passage above King Solomon said that she will do him good all the days of her life. No human being can do good all the days of her life. Jesus Christ said that no one is good. (Mark 10:18) None is good! Everybody is going to make a mistake sometimes. Only a perfect person can do good throughout her life.

So the epilogue of Proverbs is not asking you to trust your spouse. It is an acrostic poem in which King Solomon paints the picture of a perfect woman.

This does not mean that there are no virtuous women. A virtuous woman is one who carries virtue. Virtue means moral excellence; goodness; righteousness. So there are virtuous women on earth. But the particular creation of King Solomon described in Proverbs 31 is a work of fiction and does not exist.

The second scripture often misinterpreted to say it is good to trust can be found in Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
1 Corinthians 13:4 -7

Some people misinterpret “charity believeth all things” in the scripture above to mean that you should trust anyone you love. But that is not the meaning. First of all, “charity” in the scripture above comes from the Greek word, “agape” which means God’s kind of love or love of God.

“Believeth” is derived from the Greek word “pisteuo”. “Pisteuo”, which is also the Greek word for a believer, which means to entrust one’s spiritual well-being to Christ. So what the passage above is saying is that any Christian who has the love of God will entrust his or her spiritual well-being to Christ in all things. It simply means that the person must not lose faith in anything. It does not mean you should trust your loved one.

God does not want you to trust anyone. Trusting a person is very harmful. In fact God prescribed a punishment for anyone who trusts another person. Yes, God curses someone who trusts in another person. Jeremiah 17:5:

“Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

The passage above indicates that trusting a man is something God frowns at so seriously that He places a curse on anybody who trusts in a human being.

Acknowledgements: Relationship Secrets 101 by Chris Ojigbani http://www.amazon.com/Relation​ship-Secrets-Pastor-Chris-Ojig​bani/dp/1609574206

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