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  •  The Bible says we Christians must see OURSELVES... (30+ / 0-) sinners, not that we should accuse others of sin. In fact, Jesus explicitly said that we should not judge others "lest you shall be judged. For the measure that you give is the measure that you will get".

    Instead, as Ekaterin wrote above, we are called to love and care for others. The only times Jesus is recorded as speaking to someone harshly, he was calling out self-righteousness.

    So even if people like your former Best Man were correct in their very selective Bible interpretations on a subject that Jesus never addressed, their behavior isn't consistent with what Jesus actually did.

    •  Redemptive churches are full of sinners, not (7+ / 0-)

      the sinless.

      The roman catholic writer the blogger is answering, misrepresents sin, and the bible, in the quoted passages.

      The bible represents a collection of books with many themes and messages, not one book with one theme and message.

      If there were only one message to sum it all up,
      maybe it's the summary of one of the bible's great teachers, Jesus of Nazareth, "Son of Man," as he identified himself:

      Gospel of Matthew

          "Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

       Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.

      And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
          —Matthew  22:35-40

      Deuteronomy and Leviticus

          "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."
          —Deuteronomy 6:4-5

          "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD".
          —Leviticus 19:18

      These passages are from the brief, informative entry on wikipedia, linked here.


      Venceremos! (We shall overcome!)

      by Redfire on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 12:32:32 PM PDT

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      •  They're connected. (4+ / 0-)

        How do you "love the LORD your God with all your heart," etc.? Implementing the command to love God is at the heart of Jesus' command to his disciples at the Last Supper: love your neighbor as yourself. Simply, if we obey the second commandment, we will be obeying the first.

        Your former friend doesn't recognize this, otherwise he would not have judged you according to some arbitrary dogma. Because he doesn't love you as Jesus loves us, he cannot love God with his whole being: he is obstructed by his religious dogma.

        You have other close friends whom you love, who can stand beside you at your wedding. Honor their, and your, love for your friends: choose one to replace your former friend.

        Why do you need to motivate your employees? Didn't you hire motivated people?

        by davelf2 on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 03:37:56 PM PDT

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