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Truth and Contextual belief

All of these statements were reported in the news and available on Wikipedia. Statements are out of order and names are removed.

 

Think about each sentence for a moment after they are read aloud

What is your gut reaction to each statement?

  • U.S. Army Major is shot and paralyzed from the waist down after an event.
  • He was very passionate about god and had spoken in front of peers about his non-compromising beliefs
  • The same man is a head doctor in the military
  • Before this man was paralyzed, he worked with a group of people to prepare soldiers for deployment – readiness processing center
  • He was sentenced to death in August of 2013
  • Reported that he was dressed in fatigues when he shouted “god is the greatest”(in a foreign language) before killing 13 people
  • A U.S. Army major and psychiatrist, fatally shot 13 people and injured more than 30 others in 2009 at Ft. Hood… and was sentenced to death on August 28, 2013.
  • Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Hood_shooting

When read out of context – or just single quotes, it can completely change our feelings and thoughts about what the message actually is.  This can affect not only us as individuals, but how we pass on the message as well.

 

Reading the quote and asking the group if this is a quote or misquote from the Bible.  All of these were pulled from sources “on the internet”.  You will be surprised as to how many of these are accurately answered.  Many of these are quotes used in today’s society, but are not based on Biblical principles or concepts.

 

(misquote: “God helps those who help themselves”) - Proverbs

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6

 

(not even in the bible: To your own self be true)

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength." Deuteronomy 6:5

 

(misquote: Spare the rod, spoil the child) - Proverbs

"He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently." Proverbs 13:24

"Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of discipline will remove it far from him." Proverbs 23:13-14

 

(misquote: Money is the root of all evil) 1 Timothy 6:10 (twisting scripture)

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

 

It is the love of money, a sign of want and greed, that is a root of all kinds – but not all – evil.

 

 (Is a quote – but needs context: I can do all this through him who gives me strength) Philippians 4:13

What Paul is saying is that through the strengthening of Christ we can press forward and persevere through all hardships…

 

Read in context: Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

 

(Direct quote – but needs context: Do not judge, or you too will be judged) -Matthew 7:1

 

This is about self-deception – and is not a warning to not judge actions or behaviors.  But, make it known that when you judge someone you are being held to the same standard.

Many people have used this against Christians to defend their point about why they don’t like Christians, because Christians judge, but the bible tells them not to.  The bible does say to judge, but to do it righteously.  The important distinction here is to avoid doing it self-righteously.

  • John 7:24 “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”
  • Luke 17:3 “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.”
  • Matthew 18:15-17 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
  • Matthew 7:2-5 “For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the log in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a log in your own eye?  You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

As a pathwaynian – one of the self-realizations that I had, it that I can often clearly identify improper or wrong actions that people say or do, because of the fact that I may have said or done that very thing, at some point in my life.  I still challenge myself – if I see something that someone else does and it doesn’t seem to be right, I look at my own life.  It is at those times that I can then re-evaluate what wrong I have done and make strides to correct it in my life.  This is a great time for an accountability partner. – Why do you think people at AA or NA pair up???

 

Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.

1 Thessalonians 5:14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.

 

Take home:

In scripture there are great quotes and often they can be a great tool, something tangible to pray on.  It is important as Christians to read, understand and know the meaning – not only for our own lives, but also - when the time comes, so that we can effectively and accurately share the word of God.

What an amazing opportunity it was to evangelize in Germany.  The trip may be over, and we may be back at it, with "life" but God moved in amazing ways and is continuing to do so.

God is so good!!!

Read about the trip: 

"Germany Mission"

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