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/ topics may be paired that have different meanings (e.g. swearing /
cussing - note that swearing may refer to "swearing an
oath", where as cussing may refer to the use of obscenities).
quoted might not contain the point of the passage (e.g. a portion of
a parable may be quoted because it contains a certain word, but the
parable may be about something else entirely).
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"misery", but also include "miserable" or the
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Although it is convenient to briefly quote Bible passages, readers are reminded that
Scripture should be read in full context to avoid reaching improper
conclusions. To illustrate, consider the following examples (which
are by no means comprehensive):
an isolated reading of Rom. 10:9 "for, if you confess with your
mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him
from the dead, you will be saved", one might think that all one
needs to do to be saved is say that Jesus is Lord and believe God raised
him from the dead. However, compare this with Mt. 7:21 "Not
everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven." Clearly, aside from belief, proper actions on our part are also
detached reading of Mt. 23:9 "Call no one on earth your father; you have but one Father in
might lead one to believe that we are not to use the term
"father" for our earthly male parent, however, even Jesus refers to
our male parent as father, for example, see Lk. 11:11 [Jesus said,]
"What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish?"
and Mk. 10:1"You know the commandments: 'You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; you shall not defraud; honor your father and your mother.'" And likewise, the apostles make use of this term, such as in
"And he replied, 'My brothers and fathers, listen. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was in Mesopotamia, before he had settled in Haran'"
and 1 Cor. 4:15 "Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel."
3: An isolated reading of Lk. 14:26 "If any one comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my
disciple" seems in sharp contrast with Jesus' new commandment in Jn. 13:34:
"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another." Clearly,
Lk. 14:26 must be read in its proper perspective (e.g.
"love less" as opposed to "hate").
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