At times I will poll the Facebook and Twitter communities to provide their input on various tough topics found in the scriptures. I will compile some of the clearest thoughts for and opposed, and publish them here.
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I recently polled the community with “What are your Bible Pet Peeves?” Here are some of your responses.
-When someone says, “That is just your interpretation”, after merely quoting or reading a text in context.
-1 Corinthians 7 about staying single gets me. The reason Paul wrote remain as you are unless that desire just burns inside of you is because it was a time of severe persecution of the church, so Paul was instructing them to remain as you are because it would be crazy to try to start a family in such persecution and bring more stress to your life.
-The whole “Judge not, lest ye be judged”. So many people refuse to read the verses before and after to get the real context.
-“I can do all things!”
Ummm, yeah, that doesn’t mean you’re going to ace your test because you can “do all things through Christ”. It means that Paul learned how to live rich and live poor. Paul learned how to live for Christ no matter how bad (or good) things were for him. No, it’s not God’s will that you leave your spouse because you’re not happy, so stop quoting this verse as your misguided guarantee of power.
“God never gives you more than you can handle.”
-not in the Bible. Yes, He will, and God should be your first step, not your last ditch effort.
“Your body is a temple, so you shouldn’t smoke, because it’s s sin.”
Yeah, that’s talking about prostitution. If you want to apply it to cigarettes, then you have to apply it to fast food, unfiltered water and walking around workout a gas mask on (breathing unhealthy air).
-When someone who doesn’t even have faith in God tries to tell me how to practice my faith, based off an out-of-context bible verse.
-“Money is the root of all evil.” NO! It’s “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Money itself is neutral, but our attitudes towards money, namely greed, is what’s evil and what the Scriptures warn against.
-Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God spoke these words to “the (Jewish) elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar (verse 1, same chapter).” He did not speak them to us Gentiles Christians of the 21st Century.
-One of mine would be the use of “where two or more are gathered in my name, I am among them” (Matthew 18:20) People love using this to say God is among them because there’s two or more in the room, but that’s completely incorrect. This is a verse referring to the settling of disputes.
If we would step back and really consider what we’re trying to say in this verse, that would mean that there are guidelines for God to show up; when we all know that is false.
-“Forgive and forget” NO! The bible says forgive but don’t forget so they won’t do it again.
-I’ve had people tell me the Bible says “GOD helps those who help themselves” then they can’t tell me where it is! Because it’s not even biblical!!
-When people use Jeremiah 29:11 to make themselves feel like God wants to use them in amazing ways which in turn swells their own ego, when in fact the verse was God encouraging the Hebrew people to not fret during their exile, letting them know it was going to be okay.