MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

10 Worst Bible Passages

February 19th, 2010 Viewed 2017 times, 2 so far today

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If you were to pick the hardest Bible passages, what would you pick?

A recent post by Ann Althouse suggested her Top 10 Worst Bible Passages.  A lot of the problems that people have with these passages has to do with context and an understanding of the times.

For example:

2. “Go, now, attack Amalek, and deal with him and all that he has under the ban. Do not spare him, but kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and asses.” (1 Samuel 15:3)

This seems harsh, except it is in God’s hand when any should die, and they had been warned and God had shown mercy.  It was many generations after they had been told to change that they were judged.  I can see why we believe that killing everything is harsh, but it was a whole lot more efficient than the tactics we have today.  Just saying.

Do You Love Me?

February 18th, 2010 Viewed 852 times, 2 so far today
This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Do You Love Me?

Love Frame

John 21 is an interesting passage.  There’s some debate as to when it takes place, but the meaning is powerful.

Jesus talks with Peter, alone, after he had denied the Lord three times.  And we find Jesus asking Peter three times if he loves Him.

We know that the word for “Love” changes in each request—going from unconditional love to friendship love.

The question that I have is this—if Jesus were to ask us that question, how would we answer?  If He looked in our heart, what would He see?

Journey with me as we look over the next posts about where our heart is and it needs to be.

Better to Look Like a Mutant?

February 17th, 2010 Viewed 979 times, 3 so far today
This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Ye Have Heard It Was Said

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Here’s a passage that some use to criticize the Bible:

And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. – Matthew 5:28-29

Some actually believe that Christ is recommending self-mutilation in these verses!

Thinking About Sex is the Same As Doing It

February 16th, 2010 Viewed 1671 times, 2 so far today
This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Ye Have Heard It Was Said

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The Pharisees believed that they had kept every letter of the law—and prided themselves on what was on the outside.  As Christ continues to underscore how important the heart is, He takes aim at sexual sin—and says that it isn’t enough to simply abstain from committing adultery, but that you have to keep it out of your mind as well.

I Have 7,000 Other Prophets

February 15th, 2010 Viewed 1503 times, 2 so far today

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This past Sunday, in the message of the morning, the Pastor was in the book of I Kings, looking at the story of Elijah when he’s in the wilderness.  What stuck with me, when looking at this passage again, was the whole part of the passage where God tells Elijah just how many people He had for himself:

Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. – I Kings 19:18

Until Death Do Us Part

February 14th, 2010 Viewed 1046 times, 2 so far today

Wedding Time

It’s interesting, isn’t it?  Every year there are couples that will stand before a group of people—Pastors, friends, family, etc.—and promise to love, honor, obey, and cherish each other come what may, until death, forsaking all others, and yet there are many in that same year who will decide to part ways.

We’re a culture that has it “our way”, and we hit the road at the first sign of trouble.

That’s one of the reasons that I’m very thankful for my wife.  Today will mark our 8th anniversary—it was eight years ago today that we pledged to love one another, and we meant it.

It hasn’t been easy, it hasn’t been all good news—but whether it’s been difficulties with kids, managing job loss, or the loss of loved ones we’ve been together through thick and thin.

Why the Number of Denominations is a Strength

February 13th, 2010 Viewed 665 times, 1 so far today

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I frequently check the site Pop Urls to see what’s popular around the Internet.  Frequently, the most popular threads or links on the social network site Reddit are in the atheism thread.  A few nights ago, I watched a YouTube video on Interpretations of the Bible, and I found it fascinating.

The main thrust of the argument was “Because there are multiple groups of Christians that interpret the Bible different ways, Christians shouldn’t tell me that I have an incorrect interpretation of the Bible because even they can’t get it straight.

An interesting, if flawed proposition.

When You’re In The Right Mindset…

February 12th, 2010 Viewed 692 times, 2 so far today

Love Silhouette

Have you ever noticed that when you get into the right mindset, whatever you’re watching or reading comes alive with lessons that directly relate to the Bible?

My kids and I have been watching the Star Wars saga—we started at Episode 1 and finished 4 this evening—and there were so many allegories to the Bible that it was pretty crazy.

It’s true what they say—there’s nothing new that’s unique, and many stories are simply formulas that we place in different settings in order to get the same message across.

The best stories are like that—so take the time to see the Word in whatever it is that you’re doing.  I think you’ll be surprised if you actually start looking for it!

A Brother Caught in Sin

February 11th, 2010 Viewed 1343 times, 2 so far today
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Christian Liberty

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The whole point of the Romans 14 passage is that believers in Christ are bound together in Him.  We will have our differences of opinions, we will disagree with them on issues.  We will believe that they’re wrong and we’re right.

But we’re to remember the grace by which we were saved, and extend that grace to them.  We are to realize that they are living their life out before their maker, and unless they are in a sin which is spelled out in the Bible, we’re to grant them the ability to live out their Christian liberty.

The Stumbling Block

February 10th, 2010 Viewed 2162 times, 2 so far today
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Christian Liberty

Bricks

Lastly, is the idea of a “Stumbling Block”.  In the case of Romans 14, this is talking about a Stronger Brother who exercises his liberties, and in the process causes the Weaker Brother to stumble.

The prohibitions mentioned in Romans 14 could lead people to believe that the Stronger Brother has no option but to live like a weaker brother.  Take a look:

But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.  Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.  And he that doubteth is [dang]ed if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.  – Romans 14:15, 21-23

If you took the first part without the second you could certainly get that impression.  However, it’s the second section I think is worth our attention.

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.