When I was in school my favorite subjects were Bible, Science, and History. It is often said that the three negate one another however I have found that to be far from the truth.
(You’ll have to bear with me for this one.)
When I was in school we had to do science experiments. We learned early on that in a science experiment you need a constant and variables. Without a constant the experiment is considered an inconclusive or failed experiment. One year I chose to do a project on acids and bases. Using boiled red cabbage water (which is purple) as an indicator I was able to test the acidity of various fruits. By placing each fruit into the water I could tell the acidity levels of each one. A lemon turned the water red indicating that it was highly acidic the other end of the spectrum was the banana which did not change the water at all indicating there was little to no acidity in a banana. My constant showed me the true nature of all of my variables.
Now moving on to the Bible. The Bible talks a lot about fruit. In Galatians 5:22-23 it talks about the fruits of the Spirit. In Matthew 7:17-18 Jesus talks about a good tree vs a bad tree the type of fruit it produces. The fruits of our decisions can positively or negatively affect our lives and the people around us.
In my life the Bible has always been my constant. The indicator that tells me what is good for me vs what is bad for me. By testing my own ideas, my own opinions, my own life choices with it I have been able to determine that which is good for me and that which is bad.
The Bible also talks about that which we reap we will also sow. I often ask myself when making a decision:
“Will this decision only affect me?” “If not how can it negatively or positively affect the people around me?” “Is it worth it?” “What does the Bible say about it?” In Proverbs we are given many verses that explain the outcome of various actions.
When held against the choices we make (the fruit or the variables) what does the indicator (the Bible or the constant) say? I have used this method over and over in my life. I wish I could say I’ve made the best decisions every single time sadly I can not. I have made poor decisions but not without an understanding of the consequences of my actions and the outcomes were not good. Ultimately what I’m saying is as far as science experiments go I have learned that the Bible is my life’s constant and the outcome when I headed it’s warnings were good and when I chose to ignore them were not. With every decision we make we are accountable not only to ourselves but to the people that surround us. Will the fruit of those decisions be good and life giving? Or will they be bad and cause pain and suffering? The choice is up to us really.