This week I was banned from using Quora for 1 week. Appeals have been rejected, see my Twitter post to see what they deemed “hateful.” (One of few answers that Quora deemed violated their “Be Nice, Be respectful” policy.) If you have sent me messages or questions to answer on the platform, just know that I’m not ignoring you, I literally cannot answer using their site.
This is simply a sign of the times that we live in. Between the YouTube purge, the Twitter purge, and Facebook shadow bans, other platforms are taking notice and following the lead with purging Christians and anyone who does not engage in Right Think. Christians, this is just a crumb of what is to come when the Anti-Christ comes onto the scene.
As I’ve downloaded all of my content from the site, I was looking through my answers and decided I want to begin reposting my old answers here. With that said, I wanted to share my very first post on Quora with you.
Unfortunately, many people mistakenly believe that God hates them if they’re struggling with sin. God hates sin. God wants people to be freed from sin – which is the entire reason that Jesus came down, took human form and died for humanity. It is up for you to accept God’s gift and leave that old sinful life behind.
It is so important to recognize that Christians can leave behind sin and become a new creation in Christ Jesus. We were born with a sin nature, but we don’t have to die with that sin nature.
God doesn’t hate you. God hates sin, because He is Holy and because He loves you. I want to let you know that when it comes to sin, we were all born this way. Sexual immorality, lust, hatred, greed, hatred of God’s laws – these were our default behaviors. (Psalm 51:5-6)
The difference is that when we decide that we are going to reject Satan’s authority and transfer that authority over to Jesus, we become “new creations.” (2 Corinthians 5) This is much like renouncing your citizenship of your birth country when you swear allegiance to a new country in which you’re becoming a citizen.
When we’re Christians and we sin, it grieves us because this attitude, this behavior, is incompatible with our new life as a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) We want to be back into our new default behavior, which is “Holiness.” (Romans 6) God is Holy, so we must be Holy. (Leviticus 20:7)
Because we live in a fallen world and do not yet have a glorified body with Jesus, (1 Corinthians 15) we have to make the decision every day to die to ourselves and the desires of the flesh. It’s hard! It’s uncomfortable! It’s a struggle! (Romans 7) But… we are victorious in Christ and through Him, all things are possible. (Philippians 4:13)
You have to make a decision, do you serve one master – sin nature, desires of the flesh, Satan – or will you choose to die to yourself every day, to serve God? You can not serve 2 opposing masters, so you must decide for yourself. (Revelation 3:15-16)
Christians, even back in Peter’s day, came out of a sinful lifestyle. The people you used to run with will question why you are no longer choosing to do the things that you once did. If it happened to those in Jesus’ day, it will happen to you too.
“Therefore, since the Messiah suffered in a mortal body, you, too, must arm yourselves with the same determination, because the person who has suffered in a mortal body has stopped sinning, 2 so that he can live the rest of his mortal life guided, not by human desires, but by the will of God. 3 For you spent enough time in the past doing what the gentiles like to do, living in sensuality, sinful desires, drunkenness, wild celebrations, drinking parties, and detestable idolatry. 4 They insult you now because they are surprised that you are no longer joining them in the same excesses of wild living.” – 1 Peter 4:3-4
Now onto the second matter. It does not matter if you’re small, thin, have feminine features – (Exodus 4:10-14) there is not a default look that men must have, so put that out of your mind. Likewise God is not a respecter of persons (Romans 2:9-13) – He is not impressed, nor disappointed by your material goods or social status. He is a champion of the widows and the fatherless. (Psalm 68:5-6) He will be your refuge (Psalm 9:9) – if you’ll make the decision to make Him, rather than the desires of your flesh, the Lord of your life.