“‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Leviticus 19:18
The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. James 2:8 NIV
14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:14
This was one very good article that was also published in the Investigate Magazine. I suggest that if you’d like some fresh insights on this for New Zealand so relevant subject: divorce and the Bible.
“Christ’s response, in this context, is a rejection of the liberal reading in favour of the conservative one. In fact, Brewer notes the very phraseology and wording Christ used was the same as that used by the Shammaites; however, his claim “whoever divorces his wife, except for adultery, and marries another woman commits adultery” took the conservative reading one step further. Not only are liberal “any reason” divorces wrong but they are invalid. People who have divorced on the “any reason” ground did not gain a legitimate divorce.
Brewer’s analysis is the best I have come across to date; it makes sense of the text without requiring the reader to turn a blind eye to the bits that don’t seem to sit right. His argument further explains the apparent differences between Mark, Matthew and Paul. Mark’s gospel is significantly more summarised than Matthew’s, hence his unqualified claim that divorce is forbidden is simply a summary without qualification. Similarly, Paul’s application in 1 Corinthians is not in any real conflict with Jesus’. Taken in its context, Jesus was not condemning a person who, after being abandoned, walked away from the marriage and remarried. Material and physical neglect as a ground of divorce was not in question. In Jesus’ teaching he was simply rejecting the “any reason” approach of the liberal school.
This background to Paul’s writing is strongly suggested by the fact that in the same passage he refers to sexual activity between spouses as a ‘debt’ mutually owed to each other. Brewer notes that Paul’s language and teaching here reflects rabbinical understandings of Exodus 21, which allowed divorce for failure to provide “conjugal rights”. Paul is therefore not adding to Christ’s teaching, he is simply applying it to a different situation.”
Read the complete article at Contra Mundum: “Till Death do us Part” Christ’s Teachings on Abuse, Divorce and Remarriage.
You Shall Receive Power
Today I started reading Graham Truscott’s “You Shall Receive Power” (http://www.truscottmissions.com/GrahamBooks.htm) and I’d like to share the following quote from the book the title of which is derived of course from Acts 1:8:
“We simply have not had the the Power to obey our Lord’s command “to preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15 which is understood be me as all creation a in the NIV translation.) Because of our lack of vital contact with the Source of all Power, we have failed to make an impact in our cities and villages that the early church did.
But the hunger is yet more than this. We are tired of sub-standard Christian living. Our lives do not burn with the Purity of the Fire from Heaven that first ignited the Church. We read in the Bible, “Sin shall not have dominion over you” (Romans 6:14) and it sounds like a dream. We read: “Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14) and it reads like a translator’s error.
God speaks to out hearts, “You shall receive Power, after that Holy Ghost is come upon you” and for a brief moment our hearts thrill with expectancy. Then out senses tell us remind us that we have been taught, “But that is not for today”, or “You have received everything at conversion. Just struggle on as best as you can, and when you die, God’s Power will take you to Heaven.” How we have been robbed from out spiritual inheritance in Christ.
In Isaiah 5:13 we read:
13 Therefore my people will go into exile for lack of understanding;
their men of rank will die of hunger and their masses will be parched with thirst.
This is not about scholastic abilities, if that were true the world would have been evangelized and the churches perfected in the past 20 centuries. Isaiah’s burden is for a knowledge of the truths of the Word of God. Where the earliest disciples went the power of the Holy Spirit was doing great work with and through them, so that men and women may believe in Christ and experience his transformative salvation. And wherever they went signs accompanied their presence (see Acts). From Hebrews 13:18 we learn that Chris is the same today, yesterday and forever, and therefore we can still be filled with the Holy Spirit, just as he id in the Acts of the Apostles.
I want to see these things happening again, don’t you?