Aug 9, 2008
A Bible verse which some Christians hate? How can that
Well, to begin with, it might well be the most well-corroborated verse in the Christians' entire Bible! It's just about verbatim in three of the four gospels, and it makes reference back to the Old Testament.
If you read just a wee bit more than the single verse, you will see that this was the verse which Yeshua uttered which got him into really big, bad doo-doo! He might have irritated and angered the powers-that-were in his day until then. But that was what caused them to decide that he had to go!
There is a definition of ministry which goes: "comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable." We will do well to remember that in the light of what this verse tells us.
Depending on who you are, it is either a promise, or it is a threat. It is either a reassurance which gives you comfort, or it is so scary that it is spine-chilling.
Many have avoided the subject, but many more simply try to dodge the thought that it might still be an issue.
The act of repeating the same action and expecting different results is a popular definition of insanity. By that definition, an establishment which has the same issues about itself as the establishment which it replaced but does not expect to be replaced - by that definition that establishment is insane! But that is the aspect of it that is a threat to many.
And the promise? There might be something there that could be the clue to build something more wonderful that we can imagine!