“Normal” is average; a pattern or trait taken to be typical in the behavior of a social group (Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary by A. Merriam Webster).

  • is conforming to or constituting an accepted standard, model, or pattern; usual; typical (Collier’s Dictionary by William Halsey – ed.).
  • is conforming to the standard, regular, or average for a particular type or group (New Webster’s Dictionary and Thesaurus of the English Language).

“Cultural” is the customary, commonly practiced, usual beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group (Webster’s).

  • is relating to the sum total of the beliefs, accomplishments, and behavior patterns of a group of people, acquired by members of the group through social learning and transmitted from one generation to another (Collier’s).
  • is relating to the social and religious structures and intellectual and artistic manifestations, etc. that characterize a society (New Webster’s).

“Abnormal” is deviating from the normal or average (Webster’s).

  • is deviating markedly from the normal, usual, or average (Collier’s).
  • is different from the norm or average; unusual; not normal (New Webster’s).

“Right” is being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper; conforming to facts or truth; correct (Webster’s).

  • is in accordance with that which is regarded as just, moral, or good (Collier’s).
  • is obeying the moral law; correct; conforming with the moral law (New Webster’s).
  • is consistent with the nature, ways, and will of God (An Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words by Drs. Vine, Unger, and White, Jr.).

“Good” is conforming to the moral order of the universe (Webster’s).

  • is characterized by or possessing moral excellence; virtuous (Collier’s).
  • is morally honorable, pleasing to God; ethically right; upright (An Expository Dictionary…).

“Best” is excelling all others; the greatest degree of good or excellence (Webster’s).

  • is the most excellent way; of the highest quality or excellence; superior to all others (Collier’s).
  • is the most excellent way; most advantageous (New Webster’s).

“Wrong” is the principles, practices, or conduct contrary to goodness, law, or the moral standard; sinful; not according to truth or facts (Webster’s).

  • is not in accordance with that which is regarded as moral, just, or good; not true or correct (Collier’s).
  • is not in accordance with moral standards; not morally right (New Webster’s).
  • is evil; unrighteous; a condition of not being right with God according to the standard of His holiness and righteousness (An Expository Dictionary…).

“Amoral” is being neither moral nor immoral (Webster’s; Collier’s; New Webster’s).

 

ARE THE FOLLOWING THINGS NORMAL, CULTURAL, ABNORMAL, RIGHT, GOOD, BEST, WRONG, BAD, OR AMORAL? AND DOES YOUR ANSWER DEPEND ON ANY OF THE FOLLOWING FACTORS:  VILLAGE, CITY, STATE, COUNTRY, YEAR, SEASON, DAY, RACE, NATIONALITY, AGE, GENDER, SCHOOL, CHURCH, OCCASION, DESTINATION, OR SOMETHING ELSE?

AND IF NORMAL, DOES THAT AUTOMATICALLY MAKE IT RIGHT?

AND IF RIGHT, DOES THAT NECESSARILY MAKE IT BEST?

AND IF SO, WHO SAYS SO?

  • to bleach or dye your hair?
  • to have long hair, short hair, crew-cut, Afro, faded-cut, bald cut, pony tailed, curly, permed, bowl cut, Mohawk, greased down, dry look, sprayed up or down, pig tails, or something else?
  • for a church building to be made of brick, wood, stone, mud, bamboo, or something else, with stained glass, clear glass, or no glass windows, with a cross and steeple on top or no cross or no steeple, in the form of a big building, a person’s home or apartment, a rented store-front or gym, a hut, a basement, or in something else?
  • to live in a castle, mansion, ranch home, bungalow, high-rise, hut, cave, apartment, duplex, tree house, cardboard box, on a sidewalk, under a bridge, in an igloo, barn, cottage, cabin, or something else?
  • to pierce your ears and wear earrings?
  • to wear a fat or skinny tie or no tie to work?     to school?     to church?
  • for males to go to school wearing bell-bottoms, flared pants, jeans, straight-legged pants, cords, shorts, a kilt, robe, baggy pants, loin-cloth, or something else?
  • for males to wear any of the above to church?
  • for a female to go to school wearing a long dress, knee-length dress, mini-skirt, shorts, jeans, grass skirt, long pants, gown, robe, or something else?
  • for females to wear any of the above to church?
  • to visit a friend by walking, tricycle, bicycle, motorcycle, car, truck, horse, donkey, elephant, boat, canoe, submarine, horse and buggy, hot-air balloon, plane, jet, bus, taxi, limousine, helicopter, train, or something else?
  • while out in public, to wear a hat, cap, hood, turban, scarf, veil, nothing, or something else?
  • while out in public, to wear dress shoes, gym shoes, boots, sandals, moccasins, go barefoot, or something else?
  • to eat monkeys, snakes, and/or caterpillars for meals?
  • for a groom to get married in a tuxedo, sport coat, robe, loin-cloth, or something else?

 

Is it normal for drivers in America to break the speed limits?

If so, does that make it right?          Why (Rom. 13:1-2; Titus 3:1)?

If you do obey the speed limits, do the drivers behind you on a one-lane road look at you as being abnormal and even get mad at you?

How does that make you feel, and why?

And what do you do, and why?

 

Is it normal for men to lust for/after sexy-looking women?

If so, does that make it right (if the woman is not your wife)?

Why (Matt. 5:28; 1 Pet. 2:11; Rom. 13:14; 1 Jn. 2:15-17)?

Do other guys think you’re abnormal or possibly homosexual when you don’t lustfully look at sexually attractive women?

If so, how does that make you feel, and why?

And what do you do when this happens, and why?

 

Is it normal for people to truly believe the gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:18; 2:14; Matt. 7:13-14; Acts 13:48; 18:27; Eph. 2:8; Jn. 6:44, 65; Rom. 9:14-16)?

If not, does that make it wrong or bad for someone to do so?

Why (1 Jn. 3:23; 2 Thes. 1:8)?

 

Is it normal for people to sin (Gen. 6:5; 8:21; Psa. 58:3; Rom. 3:12, 23; 5:12; 6:6, 17, 20; 8:6-8; Eph. 2:1-3; 1 Jn. 1:8, 10)?

If so, does that make it right?

Why (Gen. 6:5-6; Ex. 20:3-17; Rom. 6:12, 23; 7:13; 1 Tim. 5:22; Eph. 4:26, 30; 1 Jn. 3:4; 1 Pet. 1:15-16)?

 

Do you or others you know try to justify your/their sin by saying, “Well, nobody’s perfect!”?

How do you feel when people make this kind of rationalized excuse, and why (2 Pet. 1:3)?

 

Did Jesus’ family think that Jesus was normal for having a discipleship ministry that kept Him really busy (Mk. 3:13-14, 20-21, 31-35)?

But was Jesus in the right?          Why (Jn. 6:38; 5:30; 1 Pet. 2:22)?

 

Should we Christians today be involved in building up spiritually and training believers into Christ-like maturity, even if our families view it as abnormal?

Why (Eph. 4:11-13; 1 Thes. 5:11; Rom. 14:19)?

 

If your family thinks that you’re abnormal or insane for being busy in a biblical, teaching-training ministry, how does that make you feel, and why (1 Cor. 1:18)?

Do we see Christians building up believers into Christ-like maturity in the early Church (Paul with Timothy – Acts 16:1-5; 2 Tim. 3:10; 1 Cor. 4:17)?

(Paul with Silas – Acts 15:40-41; 2 Cor. 1:19; 1 Thes. 1:1; 2 Thes. 1:1)?

(Paul toward others – Col. 1:28-29; Gal. 4:19)?

(Barnabas with John Mark – Acts 15:39; 2 Tim. 4:11) and being told that it’s the church’s/Christian’s God-given purpose to train/equip other Christians to do the work of service (i.e., to evangelize and teach and train still other believers to be Christ-like, Eph. 4:11-13)?

Do people think you’re abnormal for wanting to spend your life building believers into Christ-like maturity?

If so, how does that make you feel, and why?

 

And what do you do when people make negative comments about you wasting your life pursuing this, and why?

 

Is it normal for Christians to get married?

If so, does that necessarily mean it’s best to do?

Why (1 Cor. 7:7-8, 26-29, 38; Matt. 19:10-12)?

 

If you’re not married or at least dating and you’re 25-years-old or older, do people think you’re abnormal or possibly homosexual?

If so, how does that make you feel, and why?

 

How do you handle people’s comments about their saying you’re abnormal, and why that response?

 

Is aggressive/initiative evangelism a normal goal believers in America are pursuing today?

If not, should it be?

Why (Eph. 4:11-12 with 2 Tim. 4:5; Phil. 4:9 with Phil. 1:7, 12; Phil. 2:2 with Phil. 1:27; Acts 10:42-43 with Matt. 28:19-20)?

 

Was evangelism the normal activity for first-century believers (Acts 1:8, 2:22-24, 32, 3:12, 18-19; 4:8-12, 5:29-32; 6:7-9, 14; 8:1, 4-5, 12, 35, 40; 9:20, 22, 11:19-20; 13:46-47, 49; 14:7, 15, 21; 16:10, 29-31; 18:24-25, 28; 19:10; Phil. 1:14; 4:2-3; Gal. 2:9; Col. 1:4-7; 2 Cor. 1:19, 1 Thes. 1:1, 5, 8; 2:9)?

Do other people think you’re abnormal or a religious fanatic because you regularly take the initiative to witness to strangers and acquaintances alike?

If so, how do their negative comments make you feel, and why?

 

And what do you do when people make such comments about you, and why?

 

Is it abnormal for believers in America to really suffer because of their faith?

If so, does that make it bad or wrong to suffer for your faith?

Why (Phil. 1:29; 2 Tim. 3:12)?

 

Was it abnormal to suffer in the first-century for this (Acts 4:3; 5:17-18; 7:59-60; 8:1; 9:1; 12:1-2; 13:50; 14:19; 16:19, 22-24; 2 Cor. 11:23-25; Heb. 10:32-34; Rev. 1:9; 2:8-10)?

Or, will it be in the future (Rev. 6:9-11, 7:14; 20:4)?

How do you feel when you suffer because of your Christianity, or for doing or saying what’s right, and why?

 

Is it abnormal for Christians in America to hold/conduct church in their homes/apartments?

If so, does that make it wrong to do?

Why (Rom. 16:5; 1 Cor. 16:19; Col. 4:15; Philemon 1:2)?

 

Do other people think you’re abnormal or a cult because your church meets in an apartment or home?

How do you feel when people make negative comments about you doing so, and why?

 

Is it normal for single women in America with an unwanted pregnancy to get an abortion?

If so, does that make right?

Why (Jas. 2:11; Rom. 13:9; Ex. 21:22-23; Psa. 139:13-16; Jer. 1:5)?

 

Is it normal for teenagers in America to use filthy language and cuss words?

If so, does that make it right?

Why (Eph. 4:29; 5:4)?

 

Is it normal for grocery shoppers in America who are thinking about buying some grapes to taste them before buying them?

If so, does this make it right?

Why (Eph. 4:28; Rom. 13:9; 2:21; 1 Pet. 4:15)?

 

Do people think you’re abnormal or crazy for thinking it’s stealing to taste a couple of grapes before deciding whether you want to buy them?

If so, how do you feel when people think this of you, and why?

 

Is it normal for people to lie when they are in a potentially stressful, embarrassing, or damaging situation?

If so, does that make it right to do?

Why (Col. 3:9; Eph. 4:25; Prov. 12:22; Psa. 34:13)?

 

Do people think you’re abnormal because you won’t lie to get them out of a bad situation or cover for some wrong they did, or to protect your family or yourself from some embarrassing situation?

How do you feel when people think this of you, and why?

 

Is it normal for people to get angry when circumstances don’t go the way they want?

If so, does that make this anger right (if you’re not viewing, hearing, or reading about injustice or someone slandering God, Eph. 4:26)?

Why (Eph. 4:31; Col. 3:8)?

 

Do people think you’re abnormal for not getting angry when someone does you wrong, calls you a bad name, or circumstances don’t go the way they know you’d like them to go?

If so, how do you feel about how they view you, and why?

 

Is it normal for 19-year-olds, who come from a middle or upper class family, to attend a secular college or university?

If so, does that make it right or best for Christian 19-year-olds to do?

Why (Rom. 14:7-8; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 5:15; Prov. 23:4; 1 Tim. 6:6-10; Matt. 6:19-21; 22:36-38 with 1 Jn. 5:3; Titus 2:12; 1 Cor. 3:18-19; 1 Tim. 6:20-21; Col. 2:8; 3:1-2; Phil. 4:8 with Psa. 119:160 and Jn. 17:17)?

 

Do people think you’re abnormal or crazy for not going to college to seek a degree (if you’re not)?

How do their thoughts/comments about you make you feel, and why?

 

Is it abnormal for a 12-year-old boy to stay behind alone in a city different from where he lives and to not notify his parents when they are leaving that city to return home many miles away on foot or donkey?

But was it right for Jesus to do?

Why (Lk. 2:41-50; 1 Pet. 2:22)?

 

Do your parents think you’re abnormal or insensitive to them because you’re not around them when they expect you to be, but the reason that you’re not is because you’re doing God’s will?

If so, how does this make you feel, and why?

 

Did many of the Jews think that Jesus was abnormal because of the truths He taught (Jn. 10:7-21)?

But was Jesus right, and did He speak the truth (1 Pet. 2:22)?

Do people ever think that you are abnormal or insane because of the Bible teachings/truths that you speak?

But are you right?          How do you know (Jn. 17:17; Psa. 119:160)?

 

How do you feel when people think you’re insane or abnormal because you speak what the Bible teaches, and why?

 

Is it abnormal for a person to just drop his career and/or leave his family in order to follow a traveling spiritual leader who wants to disciple/train that person?

If so, were Peter, Andrew, James, John, and Matthew right in doing so?

Why (Jn. 10:30; 14:9; Col. 2:9; Matt. 22:36-38 with Jn. 14:15, 21, 23; Matt. 4:18-23, 9:9)?

 

Are we to also follow Christ in being fishers of men (doing evangelism)?

Why (Eph. 4:11-12; 2 Tim. 4:5; Acts 10:42-43 with Matt. 28:19-20; Phil. 2:2 with Phil. 1:27)?

 

Did Timothy drop everything to follow a traveling spiritual leader, Paul, who wanted to teach and train him (Acts 16:1-4; 2 Tim. 3:10)?

If a spiritual and trained, Christian leader challenged you to follow him in order to be taught and trained by him to be Christ-like so that you could be a better fisher of men (evangelizer), would you leave your career, family, and schooling in order to follow him, even if other people thought you were abnormal for doing so?

Why (Matt. 10:34-38; Lk. 9:59-62; 14:26, 33; 6:40; Mk. 10:28-31; Col. 3:23; 1 Thes. 4:1; Eph. 4:11-12)?

How do/would you feel when people think you’re abnormal or crazy for not pursuing a salaried career and/or for leaving your family and/or schooling to be taught and trained to be Christ-like, which includes learning how to evangelize, and why?

 

Did the Roman governor Festus think that Paul was abnormal because Paul spoke the gospel to him (Acts 26:24)?

But was Paul right about all that he spoke in 26:1-24? (see Isa. 11; 53-54; Acts 9:1-29; 13:1-47)?

Do people, including any civil authorities, think that you are abnormal or out of your mind because you speak the gospel of Jesus Christ with them?

But are you right?

Why (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Matt. 28:19-20; Phil. 2:2 with 1:27; Eph. 4:11-12 with 2 Tim. 4:5)?

 

Is it normal for people to get impatient when they want something immediately, but don’t get it, or when they are in a hurry and various hindrances or people get in their way that slow them down or make them late?

If so, does that make being impatient right?

Why (Eph. 4:1-2; 1 Thes. 5:14; Jas. 5:7-8; 2 Tim. 2:24)?

 

Is it abnormal to go on evangelistic/missionary trips for an extended period of time and not take any food, money, or extra clothes?

But is it right if God/Jesus tells you to do so (Lk. 9:1-3; 10:1-4)?

Why (Matt. 22:36-38 with Jn. 14:15, 21, 23)?

 

Are you willing to do that which other people think is abnormal, but which God tells you to do in the Bible?

Why?

 

Would that include obeying what your spiritual leader tells you to do (assuming he doesn’t tell you to commit a sin)?

Why (Heb. 13:17; 1 Cor. 16:15-16)?

 

Is it abnormal for capable adults to not work at a salaried job or be self-employed?

If so, does that make it wrong or bad to either live by faith in God’s provision for you or to be financially sponsored by other people, if you are a full-time missionary (evangelizing the spiritually lost and spiritually building up and training Christians)?

Why (1 Cor. 9:4, 6-14; 3 Jn. 1:5-8; Matt. 10:5, 9-10)?

 

Do people think you’re abnormal, crazy, or a lazy bum for not working at a paid job if you’re a full-time missionary?

If so, how do you feel about how they view you, and why?

 

Let us know what you think.