Society teaches “behavior determines belief.” My God tells me “my belief should determine my behavior!”
The meaning of the word society is “the relationship of men to one another when associated in any way”. In today’s society, there are only two groups of people: the hath’s and the hath-not’s. That is to say, those who hath or hath-not the Son! I John 5:12 tells us, “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” These two groups in society are as distinct from one another as night and day, especially in matters of behavior and belief. Humans as a whole are most often a self-centered lot. Because of this, the hath-not’s cultivate behaviors that obviously dictate their beliefs. Most everyone prefers to “do their own thing”, regardless. Among the heathen, what one believes is most often crafted to suit how one wants to behave.
Characteristics of the Hath-Not Group:
Let’s look at several characteristics of the hath-not group. Again, as a rule, people are always looking out for number one. This causes them to become canny (watchful of one’s own interests) and inconsiderate of others. If they feel deprived or think something valuable is being withheld from them, they become calculating, manipulating others for gain. Because people do not like to be told what to do and what not to do, they become contentious, resisting authority.
The Affects of Feeling Lonely:
Another sad fact today is that people feel alone, they think nobody cares about them and, in self-defense, they often become callous and likewise become uncaring towards others. As unbelievers, society is often willfully blind, which means they think “nothing bad can happen to me.” This type of thinking can bring about a lack of concern for themselves as well as other people. Seldom does one’s guilt over the way they think, act, or feel become a welcome sensation. They do not like to feel guilty. That’s why they typically shift the blame by thinking it is always “somebody else’s fault”. They begin to condemn others for what is most often their own fault. The dominating motive to maintain these behaviors and beliefs is a complete rejection of accountability. The desire to be, to do, and to have whatever one wants, while rejecting any conscientious pangs of guilt emboldens their belief that there is no such Person as a God Who will judge them either now or in eternity—He may love them, but their God won’t penalize them. We have no God of wrath or judgment. This is our familiar picture portrait of the secular world today—God forbids it to be the picture of us! For behaviors do not shape our beliefs. Our beliefs should rather shape our behaviors.
The world and those Christians who live worldly fail to consider this scriptural truth: “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4:13)
Characteristics of the Hath Group:
Now in light of this verse, let’s focus for a moment on several characteristics of those of us who “hath.” You see, the beliefs we hold shape our behavior. The lives of those who are the hath’s are governed by the fact that:
Our God is God
“and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
He is sovereign God (completely independent)
“See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no God with me” (Deuteronomy 32:39).
We are accountable to our God
“… every one of us shall give account of himself to God” (Romans 14:12).
We can do no good without our God.
“There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
Our God gives us more than we can possibly give in return.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
Our God simply wants our behavior to be driven to honor our belief in Him.
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (make Him look good)” 1 Corinthians 10:31.
Our God prepares for us, comes to us, receives us, and dwells with us.
“…and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also” (John 14:3).
There are those who hath and those who hath not. With both groups, regardless of differing opinions, God is a Force to be reckoned with. “He that believeth on (hath) the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not (hath not) the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him”(John 3:36).
You can stash your trash but it will bring His wrath. Or, you can be not deceived, perceive, believe, receive and eternal life He will conceive.