How Extreme was Jesus?

So, there’s a verse that I’m quite certain no Christian in the world today follows. As far as I know, this commandment of Jesus’ wasn’t even followed in the early Church.

It goes something like this:

“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” (Matthew 5:30; also see Mark 9:43)

If you have followed this verse and done what it says when you have sinned and you used your right hand to do it, then raise your right hand.

Wait…I guess you can’t do that…sorry…

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More Problems with Interpretation

Okay, so, I wanted to go back to the post by Ivana Wynn, which can be found here.

We talked about some Old Testament laws that Ivana Wynn talks about that we don’t follow because they aren’t directed to us, but were directed to a specific group of people in a specific culture at a specific period in time (these posts can be found here and here). Most of the Old Testament is like that, specifically the laws.

This time, I want to focus on a verse that Ivana Wynn takes wildly out of context, and it can be found in the Psalms.

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Is There Anything God Can’t Do?

Recently, when doing a study on mythological creatures mentioned in Scripture, I came across a blog post entitled Why the Sacrifice of Isaac Had Nothing To Do With Christ and I found what I consider to be a serious error in the author’s theology. I have yet to read through more of Anna Diehl’s work on the blog, but after looking through a few posts, I probably won’t, considering much of the teaching there tears down preachers and the church instead of edifying, building them up, and encouraging them. They point out what’s wrong but don’t give a solution. The author even goes so far as stating that Paul’s teachings are all heresies and false teachings, and that the man who Christ choose to spread the Gospel to the Gentiles is a heretic and a false prophet.

But this post isn’t here to tear down everything Anna Diehl speaks about, but rather to point out the flaw in her post Why the Sacrifice of Issac Had Nothing To Do With Christ.

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How Do You Interpret the Bible?

So, as I’m sure many of you notice, we are really, really bad at interpreting Scripture. We take verses out of context and apply them to any old situation that we see fit.

The good thing (or maybe the bad thing) is that it’s not just Christians who are really good at interpreting Scripture badly. Non-Christians are also really good at taking verses out of context and use them to make their point. (This actually cracks me up because they say they don’t believe the Bible as God’s word, but they will use it for their own purposes.)

So, I felt like it was time to have a few lessons in the practice of exegesis.

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