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Christians have fun?
have to do what the Bible says, I guess that means we can't have
fun any more.
It depends on
what you mean by "fun".
If fun means
eat, drink and be merry -- yes, Christians do that.
If fun means
drugs, premarital sex and vandalism -- I'd have to ask whether these
really result in happiness. After all, what is the point of having
fun, if the end result is not happiness? Sure, you feel good when
you are high, but the rest of the time your life is an empty hell
on earth. This is not the way God intended us to live. God has a
better plan for your life.
and be merry: When you hear someone say this it usually means:
eat to excess; get drunk; and do stupid things you'd never do if
you were not drunk. It also refers to a philosophy of life based
on doing whatever makes you feel good, without regard to anything
is, a philosophy of eat, drink and be merry does not lead to happiness.
It results in a feeling of emptiness and despair.
Christians have parties and celebrations. There is nothing wrong
with eating, drinking or being merry (or dancing, going to movies,
etc.), when done within reasonable limits. For example, Jesus and
his disciple drank alcohol (wine). Drinking is not something that
is wrong, getting drunk is.
be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life."
(Ephesians 5:18 NLT)
that most Evangelical
Christians do not drink at all. This is because it is so easy
to lose control and get drunk. We have the freedom to drink if we
chose, but the better path is to chose not to drink.
There is nothing wrong with going to a party and eating good food--even
eating lots of good food. The problem is when eating becomes gluttony--eating
to excess on a regular basis. The problem is when food becomes the
focus of our lives.
not carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way
(Proverbs 23:20-21 NLT)
Concerning going to parties, Jesus went to parties. Jesus performed
his first miracle at a party:
the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother
of Jesus was there; and both Jesus and His disciples were invited
to the wedding."
(John 2:1-2 NASB)
Not only did
Jesus attend the wedding celebration, when they ran out of wine,
he made more wine (John 2:3-10). The problem is not with attending
an occasional party, the problem is with centering your life around
attending parties. The problem is going to a party that results
in our losing control and doing things we would not normally do.
should be decent and true in everything we do, so that everyone
can approve of our behavior. Don't participate in wild parties and
getting drunk, or in adultery and immoral living, or in fighting
(Romans 13:13 NLT)
What do all
these have in common? Do you see a trend in the above? God tells
us that we are not to participate in those things that will control
us. If we do, we lose our freedom and become slaves to those things
that control us.
answered them, 'Truly,
truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.'"
(John 8:34 NASB)
us in His image. He knows more about how we can be happy than we
do. So it's not so amazing that if we obey God, we will have fun
and find happiness.
So you want
to rebel against society? (Conforming is