Jesus Would Be Ashamed of You
Every time I see some hard-core-Christian on TV brandishing a sign that says, I note many of those signs have bible verse numbers printed on them, and I think only other Christians really know what those bible verses are off-hand. Sometimes I break out a bible and check out what they're quoting, and how it's been taken out of context. The quotes are usually there to validate their signs that say "God Hates so-n-so," and I've thought about how contradictory that is.
But two can play at that game.
But being so familiar with versus, you'd think they'd have come across these:
Matthew 5: 21-22 Jesus said don't get angry. (Thou it's clear that he was angry at others on occasion)
Luke 6, Jesus himself is said to have "worked" on the sabbath, healing people and this kinda pissed off the synagogue leaders because no one is supposed to do any work on Saturday's.
So if Jesus took some liberty with the old testament, can't everyone else?
And a little further down in Luke6:27-41, he talks about loving everybody.
And you gotta love his anti-establishment statements in Luke 11:
46 Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.
52"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."
So, even thou I don't personally believe the bible is absolute, I find it invaluable to use with those who do.
Luke: 6:38 ...For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
If they are to judge us by the Bible they say is absolute, I will judge them by the same book.