Use And Abuse Of ScriptureThe two most commonly used verses of scripture would be John 3:16 used as a panacea for the worlds ills, and Judge not least you be judged Matt. 7:1 used as some sort of method to deflect criticism even by those that call the Bible a fake.
Taken in isolation can and does set up a case for what the critics call contradiction.
Taking the time to compare John 3:16 with John 3:36 " He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life ; but the wrath of God abideth on him" two sides of the same coin.
At verse 6 of Matthew Chapter 7 is the statement " Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you" The only way to put this verse into practice requires judgment.
Judge not when put into context talks about hypocritical judgment particularly bretheren.
Another favorite among Bible quotes is Ephesians 2: 8-9: " For by grace are you save through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast" Verse 10 for some reason, " For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" seems irrelevant without explaination.
Christianity based only on those verses which are comfortable and good to highlight, divorced from inconvenient verses not only lead those that follow such practices into error but may lead others astray. The wrath of God needs to be taken more seriously.
" Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophecised in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works, and then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye workers of iniquity" Matthew 7:22-23. False teachers are everywhere.
churinga 70+, M 10 Responses 0 Jul 11, 2010