A College Party Changed My Life Forever
By Linda C Dipman

   Excitement immediately exploded as one person after another was asked to the Toga party at
the elite sorority house surrounding the pristine college campus.  To be invited to this occasion was
like finally arriving at the top!  Now you would be forever associated with the 'in crowd' who set the
highest bar to the most elaborate parties around.

           I couldn't believe how lucky I felt!  What was I going to wear to the Toga party?  Quickly I text
messaged my friend telling the news and together we planned my entrance.  I wanted to be noticed
and invited back again and again.

           I arrived at the sorority house filled with anticipation.  Entering the house, I walked through
two Roman like columns with white cascading draperies across the top and long flowing white
sheers on either side. My hostess handed me a beer.  Looking around I saw a tent with more
sheers and drapes and skimpily dressed girls standing by the entrance beckoning everyone to
come in.  There were pillows and mattresses spread all over the floor.

   Music flooded my ears and the smell of tobacco and marijuana wafted through the air.  There
was a group of girls all wearing olive leaves in the shape of bikinis and they were dancing and
enticing others to join them.  One girl grabbed my hand and encouraged me to let go and have fun.

   I was from a small town and I was raised by a very conservative family.  This was the first time I
had attended any kind of toga party with my friends.  I had to admit I was a little shy about letting go
and enjoying myself.  I took a puff from a joint that a friend handed me and before long everything I
was taught about faith and obedience to God was pushed aside.

   I wanted to have fun.  I didn't want to think about whether it was right or wrong.  Before long the
girls and guys began disrobing and it was no longer about drinking, but about hooking up with as
many people as you desired.  I was feeling so free and they were so enticing!  Why shouldn't I join
them?

   Not many people understand that we live in a teaching world.  It all began when Satan entered
into the snake and tempted Adam and Eve to eating the apple from the tree of knowledge. In order
to attain knowledge you must be presented with right and wrong choices.  Now the once perfect
world God created was instantly changed because Satan entered into the world bringing the full
force of evil with him.

   Satan became man's greatest adversary and he corrupted the souls of men by luring them away
from the right teachings of God.  Satan does this by attacking man's human desires.  He uses sex
and the feelings of desire that awaken within a man at the sight of a beautiful woman to lure him
into giving into lust.  He uses feelings of not being accepted to trap us into drinking until we are
drunk and taking drugs so we can feel totally free.  He knows just what to say even using our very
friends to get us to think with our emotions and not with our heads.

   This is the reason why there are orgies because young men and women become so filled with
lust, they can't control there desires.  This is the reason why there are rapes that lead men into
taking sex by force.  This is why, young people especially, fall prey to pornography that stimulates
there desires to an explosive energy that makes them fall prey to giving into their desires without
thinking about the consequences.

   During the time of Moses, God separated the Israelites from evil by taking them into the
Promised Land.  But the people were so corrupted by the teachings of the Egyptians that they
wandered in the desert for forty years until he could get them to understand the difference between
following Him or Satan.  He did this by teaching Laws that gave them the key to resisting evil.

   The Ten Commandments taught them how important it was to believe in God.  The
Commandments taught them how to resist Satan by not committing adultery, murder, stealing, lying
and many others that were meant to give them an upper hand against the very things that Satan
would use to tempt them into doing evil.

   Because Israel was the chosen people they also became the world's example of what happens
when you give into sin.  They wrote hundreds of stories of their experiences in the Bible so the
entire world would understand the consequences for giving into sin and how it can ruin your life for
an entire lifetime.  One such story was when they were about to enter into the Promised land and
they came into the country of Moab.  Moab had an evil King named Balak.  He found out through a
corrupt evil soothsayer named Balaam how to defeat Israel and keep them from taking over their
land.

   Balaam had a donkey who spoke to him.  The donkey saw an Angel of God standing in the road
and he stopped Balaam from cursing Israel.  As the story unfolds we find that Balaam blessed Israel
instead and this made King Balak very mad.  So Balaam manipulated the circumstance and
encouraged the king to lure the men away and trap them by instructing beautiful Moab women to
have sex with the Israelites.

   Once the Israelites gave into their lust then they would invite them to parties in order to get them
to worship their god Baal.  When they were no longer serving God then they would be under a
curse and the Moabites would easily defeat Israel.

   Numbers 25: 1-3a, "When the Israelites were camped at Acacia Valley, the men began to have
sexual intercourse with the Moabite women who were there.  These women invited them to
sacrificial feasts, where the god of Moab was worshiped.  The Israelites ate the food and worshiped
the god Baal of Peor. So the Lord was angry with them."

   In the Old Testament every sin had a sentence that had to be followed in order for God to bless
them.  This was a sin that could only be rectified with death.  Immediately an epidemic spread
through Israel killing 24,000 Israelites that committed a sexual sin and were led into worshiping
Baal.  Remember, this may have seemed like a very harsh punishment, but it had to be like this so
we could see what happens when sin enters into a person's life.

   The Old Testament clearly illustrates what happens when you give into sin.  It tells stories of what
happens when God isn't first in your life.  It presents stories of real people who allowed Satan to
come in and use the very weaknesses found in man to lead them away from God and trap them into
living there lives for evil.

   If you are not on God's side then you are on the side of Satan and evil.  Satan uses lust to tempt
the men into turning their backs on God.  He uses parties as a means to corrupt your thinking
through the use of alcohol and drugs.  He uses the desire to fit in as a means to get us to let go of
our moral values and give into sin.

   2 Peter 2: 13-19, "Pleasure for them is to do anything in broad daylight that will satisfy their
bodily appetites; they are a shame and a disgrace as they join you in your meals, all the while
enjoying their deceitful ways?  They want to look at nothing but immoral women; their appetite for
sin is never satisfied.  They lead weak people into a trap.  Their hearts are trained to be greedy.  
They are under God's curse!  They have left the straight path and have lost their way; they have
followed the path taken by Balaam son of Beor, who loved the money he would get for doing wrong
and was rebuked for his sin.  His donkey spoke with a human voice and stopped the prophet's
insane action.

   These men are like dried-up springs, like clouds blown along by a storm; God has reserved a
place for them in the deepest darkness.  They make proud and stupid statements, and use immoral
bodily lusts to trap those who are just beginning to escape from among people who live in error.
They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits-for a person is a
slave of anything that has conquered him."

   When you are in a huge multi-faceted world game of good versus evil you must understand the
rules of engagement.  Believing in God is the difference between winning and losing your game of
life.  Understanding sin and temptation is the difference between following God or giving into your
desires.

   The excitement of the toga party faded when the doctor told me that I had contracted Aids.  I
couldn't believe how stupid I was to have allowed the pressure of being accepted to lead me into
having sex with someone I didn't even know.  Now I was under a death sentence for the rest of my
life. Who would want a person who could infect them and destroy their life too?

   The Old Testament taught us about sin and the consequences.  The New Testament tells us
about the saving power of grace and how believing in Jesus Christ as your Savior can bring about
forgiveness of sin. Jesus' can take a hopeless situation and turn it into good if you will give your life
to Him!
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