4 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — Galatians 5:6

  1. Hi Jim

    “The disciples were looking for a Messiah that would establish the Kingdom and annihilate their enemies, of which there were many.”

    Not really.

    Some of his disciples I understand were illiterate fishermen, common “Main Street” type folk. The people looking for a Messiah to annihilate their enemies are still here today and still waiting. I do not think the disciples were the kind of people waiting for annihilation of anyone or even waiting for a Messiah, period.

    You have hit on an area that I believe many miss in life. From the core of some of the books in the Old Testament to the New, the parts to me make any sense is the continuity of the thought of loving and respecting neighbor. The ten Commandments were based on these concepts and so were the words of Jesus.

    There is not contradiction or too much of one there and may apply to all faiths, many have the same foundations.

    We just garbled it up in our legalese and dogma through the years, and will continue to do so.

    If Christ were to make thing perfectly clear on the Oprah Winfrey today, his message would be twisted by tomorrow and the cops would be looking for him as a con man or nut within six months.

    That is life 🙂

  2. Hi Jim;

    I convoluted a few paragraphs above. I read them today and thought to myself, that is bad English.

    In any case I think the message I was trying to write comes across.

    No, I wasn’t drinking and don’t do drugs except for tobacco, which is not known to give dyslexia on the keyboard.

    It must have been too late 🙂

    Sorry about that.

  3. I understand about garbled writing. I do it all the time.

    Yes, in many ways many people for many centuries we have messed up the central message of God and His Word to mankind. However, it doesn’t make the central message of His love for us any less compelling. A bad ambassador for the U.S. may misrepresent America through his ineptitude and immoral behavior, but it does not tarnish the basic precepts of our nation, nor does it cancel the beauty and effectiveness of the Constitution. The same thing applies to God. A few bad representatives does not cancel His goodness and love for His creation. Have, and will, bad representatives mislead people who are honestly searching for God and His loving truth.

    I disagree with your disagreement with me. Literate or not, the majority of Israelites at the time of Jesus were looking for an actual, human Messiah (Anointed One), a King that would triumph over their enemies. This is why they were not ready for Jesus to die and did not comprehend a resurrection until later. That the Gospel spread as it did and the Apostles were all willing to risk their lives on this message is one of the most compelling evidences for the death and resurrection of Jesus. It took the Apostles a while to reconcile their understanding of a Messiah — an actual earthly King — and the one God was manifesting.

    Blessings,

    Jim

  4. Hi Jim;

    I base the argument that I make on the observation of people, and I have known plenty in my life.

    I think Jesus selected the apostles based on who they were at the time, simple, unassuming men for the most part, fending for their families.

    I understand where you come from and I respectively disagree with you.

    However, I do agree with the love aspect of this. There is not enough of it around. Sometimes I wonder if that is just nature, being selfish in respect to needs and survival and that love is something to aspire to?

    As it were, the heading is Scriptures that Bother Me. I was trying to be helpful 🙂

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