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Monday, May 21, 2012

Seeing the big picture!

While reading various news articles and blogs as is my custom after morning devotion, I came across this article on CNN's website discussing why many groups that join the fight for or against homosexuality use pieces of biblical scripture to support their argument. The article can be found at:  http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/21/my-take-the-bible-condemns-a-lot-but-heres-why-we-focus-on-homosexuality/?hpt=hp_c3

My attempt is not to support or critique the article but to assert the claim that the bible can be misused and twisted, and has often been taken out of context. Many misuse the bible due to ignorance and by not looking at the BIG PICTURE. The bible consist of two Cannons of scripture broken into sections, the Hebrews cannon or (Old) Testament and the Christian Cannon or (New) Testament. Both sections of scripture should be read in context while also understanding content. We do God and one another an injustice when we take the sections of scripture or individual words out of context.  Millions of persons have been mislead, hurt and even harmed because of the blatant misuse of scripture.  Even after I read the article this morning by R. Albert Mohler Jr. some of the comments posted both for and against the article took biblical scripture out of context using harmful words and negative tones under the guise of Christianity or Atheism.  After reading the article and many comments my heart and mind reminded me of the following scripture taken from 2nd Timothy chapter 2. Let's look

Dealing With False Teachers

14 Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 16 Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. 17 Their teaching will spread like gangrene. Among them are Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 who have departed from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” My final point and reflection suggestion for today is this: Until we look at the big picture in all things we will continue to bicker and become more divided choosing to harm one another instead of enter into loving and compassionate relationships. Regardless of the issue and your position we should reflect on how we can bridge the gaps of positive communication for the welfare of our entire society, then only can parties began to agree, but they first must began. Together let's look honestly at both scripture and our faith's as they pertain to our active lives and how we promote God's love in the world. Let's start looking at the big picture. 

I urge you to read the article and it's comments then form your own opinion. Love P.J.

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