What the Bible has to say about: Life
Does the Bible talk about what I should do in life, like jobs and education? While the quick answer is “Duh!” the Bible never directly addresses those specific issues. Some would stop there and say that since the Bible doesn’t talk about them, anything goes. That is not the case. Instead, I think that the Bible has a lot to say about such matters. We just have to look at the principles behind it. As always, feel free to comment on this post. It would be a big help.
When we speak about jobs, we must consider several things. First, we must see if the job contradicts the Bible. Jobs that have to do with prostitution, occultism, and others like them are obviously out of the question. But is that all? There are also those that could be worse. An atheistic speaker is at least as bad as the others, as they would lead them away from God, and therefore, indirectly to those people. Also, we should consider whether or not the job depends on others being led astray. A bartender’s job depends on this. To make the most money, he needs to get people drunk, and preferably to be an alcoholic.
If a job requires you to consistently work on a Sunday, then there a couple of questions I have to ask. Number one is whether or not you get a break at any time during the week. The reason for a day of rest is that God knew we could not be the loving people we should be and work seven days a week. So long as we have a day of rest and fellowship with other believers, I think that it would be alright. The second question has already been answered. This question is whether or not you can have fellowship with other Christians. If both are a yes, then I can’t think of why you can’t work there.
Some people would want to ask whether or not the Bible even says to work. The answer is yes. Even before the Fall, God commanded Adam to take care of the garden. Living off of other people is not what the Bible says to do. If we love other people, we would not, and do not, enjoy living at their expense. And since we are called to love everybody, then we must not be an unnecessary burden. Now, if you can not work, then you have to depend on others. However, the stories I have heard about people who can not work lead me to believe that it is not a very fun life.
As far as education goes, the main question is what we are seeking it for. If you want a diploma in order to impress people, then you should think again. If you want it to get a good job so you could make a lot of money, then you still are missing the mark. But if you are doing it in order to bring glory to God by learning what you need to do what you are called to, then you are doing just fine. One of the principles that is in nearly every sentence of the Bible is to do everything for the glory of God. Jesus said to pray in secret, not for attention but to talk to God.
I hope that I have shown you what our motives should be in those instances. I also hope that you see that the Bible addresses these issues, as it does everything. Lastly, I hope that I have shown that we must always follow the Bible. Good-bye!