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More often than we realise that which we see in the natural realm is a picture or a reflection of what is taking place in the supernatural realm or spiritual world.

To illustrate what I mean, I refer you to two events recorded in the New Testament. The first is found in Mark 4/35-41. If you and I had been there that day we would have seen and experienced what the disciples witnessed – a fierce, life threatening storm.

Jesus also experienced the storm but He recognised the source of that storm’s fury. I’m quite sure that He realised this event was more than your everyday storm as seen in the natural realm.

I’m satisfied in my own heart that Jesus recognised that this storm had its origin in the spiritual realm and was an attack upon His life. When He did take action He spoke to the storm and commanded it to cease and desist using the same language as when He commanded demons to obey Him. For Him this was an invasion from the spirit world.

The reason He could sleep through the storm was because His time (to die) had not yet come. So it didn’t matter what the Kingdom of darkness threw at Him it would be unsuccessful! The reason He took control over the storm was for the benefit of the disciples. They were obviously rattled.

[So what does this storm have to do with same sex marriage? Just be patient, I’m getting to that!]

The second event is recorded in Matthew 16/21-23. This is the passage where Peter swore his allegiance to Jesus and indicated his resolve to do everything he could to block Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem and His execution.

Jesus’ response has always seemed a bit harsh to me. In a human sense, Jesus had no greater friend than Peter.


 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me.

 

Jesus saw in Peter’s loyalty a trap more dangerous than the storm. Here is another example of an interaction between the natural and supernatural realms. The reason why Jesus’ response seems so harsh is because He was not speaking primarily to Peter anymore than He was speaking to the disciples when He rebuked the storm. If Jesus was speaking to ‘Satan’ then Jesus’ words were entirely appropriate.

 

[So, again I ask, what does the storm and the interaction between Jesus and Peter have to do with same sex marriage?

I have taken your time and mine to give you two examples of the interaction between the natural realm and the supernatural world because those same dynamics are at play in the current discussion and debate about same sex marriage.

The energy for this current tension is not natural. It is a tactic, a military strategy that is designed to bring down the express will of God.


So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27  

 

It is at this point that we first see the interaction between the natural and supernatural  realms. All the players are present and active in the creation account. God’s intension is clear in that He made us in His own image. Then comes this phrase “….male and female He created them.”

From that day to this, Satan has attacked every expression of the image of God, wherever that image is found – especially in the high point of creation; namely the human race.

That’s what is happening now in the debate and decision about same sex marriage. We are witnessing an attempt to blur and obliterate the image of God in which we have been created.

Despite their protests to the contrary and possibly because of their ignorance of the supernatural realm, the advocates of same sex marriage are passionate for a cause that ultimately is anti-God and has the same origins as did the storm.

The most frustrating aspect in this battle is that the advocates of this revolution don’t acknowledge the nature of the conflict. How can we establish our own cause if our opponents reject the inevitability of consequences that will flow from such a decision.

Any part of creation that is dependent on the “male and female” distinction to fulfil its purpose is now under threat for its very existence.

So what can we do? Do we fold our arms in recognition and resignation of the inevitability of same sex marriage and all that would attend such a capitulation?

No!

We have to carry the battle into the realm where it originated. The same realm from whence the storm came. The same realm from whence Peter’s misinformed and dangerous counsel came.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.
We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

 

There is a place for us “to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments  (I’d like to think that what I have written in this article made some contribution to that end) but it’s in the other realm that the real battle is fought.
 

 

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