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Customs

Copyright November 27, 2004
by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
All Rights Reserved.



Proposal

Which custom should you follow when you wish to greet someone?
Should you shake hands, kiss a cheek, salute, bow, or knell on one knee?

If you have good manners then you should follow the custom appropriate to
your social position, your age, and the country in which you happen to be.

Customs change. But God's laws have not changed since He first made man.
God's laws apply to everyone, everywhere, in every age since time began.

On the sixth day of creation God only made one man and one woman.
He created two people of different genders to become a father and a mother.

God has not changed His original plan since He first created Adam and Eve.
God's plan is still perfect. No other way is acceptable in the eyes of our Creator.




Reference Scripture Verses

Genesis 1:27-28 - So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number;

Genesis 2:24 - For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.

John 2:1-2 - a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.

Matthew 19:4-6 - "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'? So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."

Malachi 2:15-16 - Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth. "I hate divorce," says the LORD God of Israel,

Exodus 20:14 - You shall not commit adultery.

Matthew 19:8-9 - Jesus replied, "Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, and marries another woman commits adultery."

1 Corinthians 7:27 - Are you married? Do not seek a divorce.

Leviticus 20:13 - If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.



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