by Jack Wellman
What main biblical concepts seem to confuse Christians the most? What can we study about them to lessen the confusion and hopefully, defuse any arguments?
Too many Christians stop at a certain Scripture where Jesus said “Judge not and you shall not be judged” but this is taken out of context and when you take a text out of context and make it a pretext, it usually turns out to be a false one! This “misquote” is taken from Matthew 7:1-5 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
What Jesus is actually saying is to not judge someone when you’ve got a bigger sin your own life. That is why Jesus said “You hypocrite, first take the log (the bigger sin) out of your own eye (life), and then you will see clearly to take the speck (your brothers sin) out of your brother’s eye.” He didn’t say just ignore the speck in your brother’s eye or when you get the log out of your own eye, don’t bother your brother about his speck. He also didn’t say not to judge but to judge after you are sure you are not a worse sinner. By the way, our own logs (sins) can blind us in seeing only other’s specks in our brothers and sisters eyes and not our own logs. Jesus indicates that if a brother has a sin, we should point out that “speck” but Jesus didn’t say “That’s none of your business.” Jesus says “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them” (Luke 17:3), He didn’t say, “Well don’t judge him, leave him be.” The idea is that if a brother or sister is caught in a sin, point it out so that they might repent and if they do, forgive them. Further, in Matthew 18:15 Jesus says “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” This was found even in the Old Testament like in Leviticus 19:17 “Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart. Rebuke your neighbor frankly so you will not share in their guilt.” Even John wrote “If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life—to those who commit sins that do not lead to death. There is sin that leads to death; I do not say that one should pray for that” (1 John 5:16). Paul also wrote this, perhaps the clearest of all in Galatians 6:1 “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” You really are your brother’s (and sister’s) keeper.
What can we study about these confusing Biblical concepts to lessen the confusion and hopefully, defuse any arguments?
The Bible Says…
There are so many sayings from the Bible that you hear that are not actually in the Bible. There is the “Golden Rule” which may come from “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” (Matt 7:12). While the latter is true, the “Golden Rule” is not actually in the Bible.
“God helps those who help themselves” is often quoted as being from the Bible so the next time you hear this, ask for chapter and verse…because it’s not in the Bible. Actually, God helps those who can’t help themselves and saving sinners is one of them. We could never save ourselves or help ourselves; only God can help us by saving us from our sins…
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