For Easter, and Good Friday.

March 21, 2008 at 6:46 PM (Uncategorized)

(any non-Christian offended by discussion of faith in this post is free to step away….I’m not pushin’ just kinda dissecting some verses)

I’ll be unable to attend any observance this week. so…

No, I was never called to preach (thank Deity). But I was a pastors wife and despite myself, a great deal sank in.
But on the day when Somebody was reputed to be publicly tortured and humilated in order that we have a shot at a Hereafter that doesn’t look like an eternal flamethrower…

Yes, everybody can read…but I’m speaking to a specific group regarding a specific span of time.

For Americans who believe that they are under the New Covenant (New Testament) and who believe the Christian Bible to be the inerrant word of God:

During the past five years…

How many of those who believe the Bible inerrant have lived for and under these particular verses? (all from my copy of Today’s New International Version or TNIV for theology-geeks)

First from The Beatitudes:

Matthew Ch 5

7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.

Then, Jesus speaks.

Matthew Ch 19

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for the rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

(Funny, I don’t see those on my local mega-church’s front door.)

Matthew Ch 25

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

And, lastly, the verse that gave Martin Luther such acid indigestion:

James 2:14

14” What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if people claim to have faith but have no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

If you’re going by ‘inerrant’ folks…

I think these have been missing….

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1 Comment

  1. Attila the Mom said,

    I’m scratching my head at the last two comments, but I wanted to say Amen!

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