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November 10, 2010

The say all, do all, be all.

A Proverb I found entertaining (and somewhat solemn):

Proverbs 31:6-7 (English Standard Version)

6Give strong drink to the one who is perishing,
   and wine to those in bitter distress;
7 let them drink and forget their poverty
   and remember their misery no more.

      It makes me so extremely righteously angry when someone finds a verse in the Bible (or worse, in a Proverb in the Bible) that might hint against doing something, so they, from then on, believe it is absolutely wrong to anyone and everyone to do it because it is in the Bible. First of all, ask yourself, do you not have any other reason to not do something than merely because it is mentioned once or twice in the Bible? Can we stop seeing things as simply right and simply wrong and take words as advice, or see that life is more complicated than right or wrong, or see that, for many, the Bible is not the say all do all be all, or just take things into context?

     Just because ONE Proverb in the entire Bible suggests against, say, cosigning a loan, doesn't mean it is wrong to do. Just because the Bible says to give strong drink to one in suffering, doesn't mean that every single person who suffers HAS to have a strong drink "because the Bible tells me so". So many people are mislead because they misread, or take the Bible so literally, it loses its true purpose.

Thank you. I am off my soap box now.  

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