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Living with my true and Bible-believing friend and teacher Paul Y. has taught me the centrality of knowing lessons and important truths that we can only learn from a strong study of the Bible. My own strong further belief, coming from a 15 years-long study of the pre-socratic conception called by its founder, Aristophanes, “Logos,” is that the one thing God really demands of us, even more than any knowledge of the Bible, is that we lead caring lives (as CARING is the sole value of Logos). Nonetheless it is vital that we learn from our reading of the Bible. Here are the Bible verses which guide and are most important to me.
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Jesus’ wish, expressed at the Last Supper
is “that they all may be One.” Let’s all minimize our
differences in doctrine and dogma, and accept ALL
our neighbors, isn’t that what Jesus asked of us?
MIR: The Land & Peace (Link to Home page and Blog), October 31, 2019, by Paul Evans
Proverbs 3:3 – “Mercy and Truth: Bind them around your heart.”
“The Great Commandment”: Mathew 22: 35-40 – And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Romans: 7:7 “I would not have known sin had I not known the Law, and I would not have known Lust had I not coveted.”
Romans: 7:7 is so very important when we consider sin in general, in terms of the fact of Jesus’ sacrifice for us and a proper way of looking at living the Bible’s truth in general. First of all remember Christ’s sacrifice for us, and so the fact that “the price has already been paid” when we mess up or sin in some way. However, as Christians, we know that salvation is a free gift, but that it puts us into a covenantal relationship with God which is difficult and can cost us, even up to our lives. Think of the millions of Christians who have sacrificed their lives for us and for God since the early church was established! Secondly, the second part of Romans 7:7 tells us that it is NOT sexuality or our enjoyment of it which is sinful, but rather sexuality is evil only when we covet that sexuality. In the story of the temptation of Adam and Eve, it is NOT when God appears immediately when he gets angry at them, after all, God is God, he knew they would have sex in this way. If you read this carefully you will seee that it is when Adam and showed they were Ashamed at their sex that God got angry. Shame is strong evidence of the knowledge that a person of sin. It takes a pretty immoral person to feel no shame when he/she knows he is guilty of sin. To have a sexual relationship in context of a long-term relationship which we hope might lead to marriage is, when the lady offers herself to the man is not, in this context, not much sinful at all.
I also wanted to speak again for a minute about Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Think about this discussion as you re-read that a few times. It seems to me that God became angry and cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden, NOT because of their sexuality (of whatever sort), but when God saw that they were ashamed of that. Shame indicates a foreknowledge of sin. Do not be ashamed about sharing sexuality with a woman or guy you plan on marrying or even being faithful to for the rest of your life. You know God wants you to be happy, yes, follow western social customs but please don’t be ashamed of your sexuality, that would displease God, (more than the sexuality itself). And remember that coveting made the big ten, lust did not, so really, if you are sharing sexuality with a person you love, desire is a better word to use, anyway.
1 Corinthians 13:2 – “Though I know all things, and prophesy the future, and have faith so as to move mountains, and have not love (‘charity’), how dark is that darkness.” This squares with the “deadly sin” of hubris or intellectual pride. Remember, “God is no respecter of persons.”
Ephesians 4: 31-32 – “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” – This has been my very favorite Bible passage for about five or six years now.
1 John 3:17 KJV:
“But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?”
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