How does God speak to God’s people? Through God’s people. Morality develops. David Hume and Adam Smith believed that moral responses were sentiments, an emotional reaction, but Kant began to apply reasoning to those feelings. Christians cannot insulate ourselves from this process, trying to find rules for living in the Bible: attempting to do so is disobedience to God as revealed in the Bible.
Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit of God to us. John 14:26: But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Paul prays, Ephesians 3:16, that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit. Since Christ has promised this, how could Paul’s prayer not be granted?
There are prophets among us. Ephesians 4:11: The gifts [Christ] gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers. 1 Corinthians 12:8, 10: To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit… to another prophecy…
The Spirit of God dwells in us. God within us prays to God above. Romans 8:26-27: Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27 And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We are no longer in a subsistence peasant economy. We live in a society of billions, and that requires human beings to respond differently. We can no longer live in groups of people all behaving the same way. We have to accept the diversity of humanity, and celebrate it because it is God’s good gift to us. All the talk in the Old Testament of the Jewish people keeping themselves pure from the Canaanites no longer applies: we are to make disciples of all nations, and that means welcoming the gifts of all nations.
The Religious Society of Friends in Britain prophesied that marriage should be equal, whether straight or gay, as a result of the leadings of the Holy Spirit as promised by Jesus. Perhaps we should not abrogate words of the Bible completely, but we may construe them in a limited fashion.
The Holy Spirit is with us. We are not limited to iron age morality, but freed by God’s continuing revelation.