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Scripture Taken Out of Context
Welcome. Today we will be going over a few ideas that a majority of Christians have, but they are based on false interpretations in order to promote a more watered down version of scripture. I plan on adding more and more to this in time.
You Cannot Judge People
Matthew 7 1.
- "Judge not, that ye be not judged."
A lot of times Christians will read this verse as saying that we may not judge others. This is often used as an excuse for when someone is acting sinfully and someone else calls them out on their actions. But if we read to verse 4, we see that this is referring to hypocrites making judgments. This is not about all judgments. If this were so, it contradicts Galatians 6 1. "Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted."
John 7 24
- Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.
See here? He also said to judge righteously. This is the Messiah speaking in both passages. So Matthew 7 is not saying you cannot judge. It means you cannot judge hypocritically.
You Can Celebrate Pagan Holidays and Eat Unclean Meats
Colossians 2 16.
- "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days."
This is interpreted as saying we can celebrate any holiday we want, including pagan holidays. But let's read it in context.
The believers in the Colossian community were being judged for enjoying the festival, as well as eating and drinking in it. Colossians 2 21 says they were told to not handle, taste, or touch. Colossians 2 18 gives an example of asceticism where they participated in self-abasement. They wanted to rob true believers of celebration by claiming that to be holy, you have to deny yourself during the high holy days and Sabbaths.
Paul was condemning the avoidance of anything enjoyable-which was intended to make its followers more spiritual. He says to the Colossians: "Therefore, if you died with Mashiach from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in this world, do you subject yourself to regulations- 'Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,' which all concern things which perish the using- according to the commandments and doctrines of men? These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh." (Colossians 2:20-23)."
They had a false humility (verse 23) and were destined to fail because they were based on the "commandments and doctrines of men". Paul encourages the Church to hold fast to its teachings and proper understanding; it is not a treatise on which foods to eat or on which days to worship the Almighty. We must be careful not to read preconceived notions into these or any other scriptures."
Self Defense Is Wrong
Matthew 5 39
- "But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
This is taken out of context to say that we are not allowed to fight back if we are attacked. Now there are scriptures that call us to be pacifistic (Proverbs 25 21-22, Romans 12 17), but this does not mean we are not allowed to defend ourselves. Luke 22 36-38 shows the disciples buying swords. A few verses later, we see Mashiach being arrested, and Peter takes a sword and cuts off someone’s ear. Mashiach rebukes Peter for that act. Why? Peter was trying to stop something that had been foretold as prophecy. This was meant to happen for the transgressions of Yashar'al. Exodus 22 2-3 shows us that self defense is okay.
I hope this helps you to understand the scripture a little better. I have plenty more articles showing scriptures being taken out of context. Please check them out. Peace and blessings, and all praises to the Most High.