Trinity: 1Epistle of John 5: 7 & 8
- “And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him” (King John’s Version)
- “He said, “Lord, I believe”; and he worshiped him”(Revised Standard Version)
- “And he said, I believe, Lord: and he did him homage”(Darby Translation: by John Nelson Darby)
- “I believe, Sir,” he said. And he threw himself at his feet.”(By Richard Francis Weymouth)
- “and he said, “I believe, sir,’ and bowed before him.” (Young’s Bible 1863: By Robert Young).
The Bible and violence:
- Concentrate more on the many passages where God is depicted as loving – much of Isaiah, Hosea, Micah, Deuteronomy.
- Explain how the idea of God as a violent punishing war monger is all part of the historical and cultural conditioning of the author and that we can ignore it in good faith, especially in the light of the New Testament.
Gibson and Matthews assert that many studies of violence in the Bible focus on violence in the Old Testament while ignoring or giving little attention to the New Testament. They find even more troubling "those studies that lift up the New Testament as somehow containing the antidote for Old Testament violence." This apparent contradiction in the sacred scriptures between a "God of vengeance" and a "God of love" are the basis of a tension between the irenic and eristic tendencies of Christianity that has continued to the present day. Read more >>> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bible_and_violence
Sexuality in Bible:Some passages on sexuality are:-
- Ham's actions in Genesis 9:20-25, are debated upon because of the vagueness of the script, but some[who?] interpret it as Ham doing something sexual with his father, Noah, while Noah was passed out drunk in his tent.
- Lot has sex with his daughters after they get him drunk for the purpose of becoming pregnant in Genesis 19:30-36.
- The sin of Onan (Genesis 38:8-10), which is often misinterpreted as masturbation, was coitus interruptus or withdrawal. He was also violating the duty of Yibbum. Onan was struck down and killed by God because he "spilt his seed upon the ground" while he had a duty to impregnate his brother's wife (to whom he was brother-in-law).
- Genesis 38:13-24 tells the story of Tamar trading sex with Judah for ownership of a goat.
- Exodus 20:14, as the seventh commandment, prohibits the act of adultery. "Thou shalt not commit adultery."
- Leviticus 18 lists several prohibitions concerning sex according to biblical rule.
- Deuteronomy 23:17-18 states the prohibition of prostitution. 17"(A)None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, (B)nor shall any of the sons of Israel be a cult prostitute. 18"You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a [a](C)dog into the house of the LORD your God for any votive offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God. (New American Standard Bible)
- Second Samuel 11:3-5 describes David with Bathsheba and his act of adultery with her. "3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, 'Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?' 4 And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. 5 And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, 'I am with child'"
- Proverbs 5 shows how sexual sin causes scars and pain.
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