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110,000,000 Americans with STDs — But It Didn't Have to be That Way!

10/30/2014 (Topic#: 1488)

The Bible is the inerrant Word of the living God.  It is not printer’s ink and paper.  The Word is a person.  John 1:1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Revelation 19:13 speaks of Jesus Christ, “…and his name is called the Word of God.”  To the redeemed, the Bible is the sword of the Word of the Lord.  Hebrews 4:12:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

This living Word is the answer to all life’s questions.  This living Word is the solution to all life’s problems.  This living Word fills all life’s voids and is an eternal purpose to an otherwise purposeless life—yes, even as Isaiah 61:3 reads, “…beauty for ashes…”

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GOD SAID, Deuteronomy 4:5-8:

5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.

6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

GOD SAID, Psalm 91:7-10:

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

GOD SAID, Colossians 3:5-6:

5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

6 For which things'' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

MAN SAID: Man is an animal, too!  Fornication is a natural animal drive and is to be freely entered into—and even celebrated! 

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II Corinthians 1:20:

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

God’s promises are steadfast and sure, just as are all of His pronouncements, which certainly include all of His commandments.  Another passage in Galatians 6:7 reads:

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Jesus said the Word of God cannot be broken.  Isaiah 55:10-11 reads:

10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

If you visit GodSaidManSaid frequently, you are familiar with the following law: Because God’s Word is the unvarnished truth, every commandment of God has inherent within it a blessing or a curse.  Obey the commandment and enjoy the blessing of doing the right thing.  Disobey and suffer the curse of doing the wrong thing.  It is just that simple. 

Biblical detractors claim to be interested in truth, but in reality, they want to discredit the truth to cover their own evil ways.  Jesus reveals this carnal deception in John 3:19-20:

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

Those looking for proof need to look no further than the consequences of disobedience. 

A marvelous promise-laden passage that the childlike glory in is found in Psalm 91:7-11:

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Is this just one of what skeptics call Biblical exaggerations or is this miraculous statement the literal truth?  The answer will become obvious. 

Several excerpts follow from the GodSaidManSaid series, “The Literal Difference is Staggering,” which will demonstrate the inescapable, deadly results of disregarding God’s commandments.  The pattern in this series describes a situation and reports on how the two camps—obedient and disobedient—fared.

The situation: In the Old Testament of the Bible, God commands for male children to be circumcised, and now doctors in Africa have discovered that this procedure is their most effective weapon against AIDS, because it reduces the infection risk by half.  It will save millions of lives.  Yet a concentrated effort has been underway for decades to destroy male circumcision. 

In the camp of the disobedient: Those negatively affected: millions of deaths.

In the camp of the obedient: Those negatively affected: zero

NOTE: Circumcision is no longer a spiritual requirement for the New Testament believer, but it still demonstrates serious benefits to the human condition.

The situation: God commands against the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

In the camp of the disobedient: Those negatively affected: 13,000,000 Americans are alcoholics.  One hundred thousand alcohol-related deaths are expected this year.  

In the camp of the obedient: Those negatively affected: zero.

   • The situation: God commands men against even looking upon a woman to lust after her, and of course, this  includes women looking upon men. 

In the camp of the disobedient: Those negatively affected: 20,000,000 are addicted to porn, contributing to more than half of all divorces

In the camp of the obedient: Those negatively affected: zero.

The situation: God instructs His people to consume olive oil and butter, for example, contrary to man’s infatuation with deadly trans-fats

In the camp of the disobedient: In the past 40 years in the U.S. alone, those negatively affected in the camp of the disobedient: 1,200,000 premature deaths.

In the camp of the obedient: Those negatively affected: zero. 

The situation: God commands against the consumption of anything that harms the body (I Corinthians 3:16-17), and, of course, against anything illegal. 

The headline from England’s Daily Mail, concerning the use of marijuana reads, “Smoking Just One Cannabis Joint Raises Danger of Mental Illness by 40%.”  The following excerpts are from that article:

With up to 40 per cent of teenagers and young adults in the UK believed to have tried cannabis, the researchers estimate that the drug could be behind 14% of cases of schizophrenia and other psychotic illnesses.

Research completed by leading psychiatrist Professor Robin Murray in 2005 showed that those who smoked the drug regularly at 18 were 1.6 times more likely to suffer serious psychiatric problems, including schizophrenia, by their mid-20s. 

For those who were regular users at 15, the stakes were even higher, with their risk of mental illness by the age of 26 being 4.5 times greater than normal [End of quote]

In the camp of the disobedient: If you carry the numbers forward globally, those negatively affected would be into the hundreds of millions. 

In the camp of the obedient: Those negatively affected: zero.

The situation: God strictly commands against homosexuality, a crime punishable in the Scriptures by death.  Those shackled by this bondage must turn to Christ for forgiveness and deliverance.  The ill effects of this disobedience are very long—very long.  For example, the homosexual community is 5,000 times more likely to contract AIDS than their heterosexual brethren, and the male homosexual’s lifespan is 8 to 20 years shorter, with one body of research pegging life expectancy at 41 years. 

In the camp of the disobedient: Using a global yardstick of 3% of the population being homosexual, those negatively affected: 200,000,000.

In the camp of the obedient: Those negatively affected: zero.

The situation: God commands against pre-marital sex.  The following June 8, 2007 Reuter’s headline reads, “Study: Relatively new STD eclipses gonorrhea,” and the sub-headline reads, “Infection prevalence was 11 times higher in cohabitating couples, study finds.” 

In the camp of the disobedient: Those negatively affected: millions.

In the camp of the obedient: Those negatively affected: zero.

The situation: God commands against the consumption of any substance that harms the body, and, of course, anything that is illegal.

In the camp of the disobedient: 20,100,000 Americans have taken illicit drugs in just one month. 

In the camp of the obedient: Those guilty of this crime: zero. 

The situation: God commands in the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:15: “Thou shall not steal.”

In the camp of the disobedient: In America in 2008, there were 2,222,196 burglaries.  For argument’s sake, let’s assume that there were five burglaries per burglar.  In one year in the camp of the disobedient, there were 444,440 burglars. 

In the camp of the obedient: The number is zero. [End of quotes]

Again, consider Psalm 91:7-11:

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

The headline in the October 6, 2014 CBS Atlanta news release reads, “CDC: 110 Million Americans Have STDs at Any Given Time.”  A few paragraphs follow:

While the national media focus is on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the patient in Dallas, the CDC is reminding Americans that sexually transmitted diseases are an ongoing but hidden epidemic. 

In the United States, nearly 20 million cases of new STD infections are reported each year, reports Live Science.  Since infections can persist for a long time, and because some victims are not even aware they have a disease, it can easily be spread to others. 

Based on data from 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the eight most common sexually transmitted diseases are: Chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis B (HBV), genital herpes, HIV, human papillomavirus (HPV), syphilis, and trichomoniasis. 

About 50.5 million current infections are in men while 59.5 million are in women, for a total of 110 million Americans with STDs at any given time. 

Fifty percent of new infections occur in young people from ages 15-24 and gonorrhea is the most commonly reported STD in that age group.

New cases of STDs cost nearly $16 billion a year in direct medical costs, according to the CDC. [End of quotes]

Sexually transmitted diseases are a pandemic.  Looking for proof that the God of the Bible is?  Simply look at the results of disobeying His commandments.  Those who obey God’s Word live in the camp of the zeros. 

GOD SAID, Deuteronomy 4:5-8:

5 Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it.

6 Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.

7 For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?

8 And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?

GOD SAID, Psalm 91:7-10:

7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

9 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

GOD SAID, Colossians 3:5-6:

5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

6 For which things'' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

MAN SAID: Man is an animal, too!  Fornication is a natural animal drive and is to be freely entered into—and even celebrated! 

Now you have THE RECORD. 

 

 

 

References

Authorized King James Version

CBS Atlanta, “CDC: 110 Million Americans Have STDs at Any Given Time,” October 6, 2014

GodSaidManSaid, “The Literal Difference is Staggering

GodSaidManSaid, “The Literal Difference is Staggering (Part II)

GodSaidManSaid, “The Literal Difference is Staggering (Part III)

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