A self described “dogmatic Lutheran” suggested I confirm my writing with references from Scripture. He wrote, “I suggest that you make an exact biblical reference…” and also wrote, “God has given men dominion over women in the Bible to save argument” (his own statement). I asked him, “Where is that in the Bible?” That statement is not in the Bible.
There is misinformation all around. We have all heard some sayings repeated many times and it’s easy to believe they come from the Bible. It’s a mistake we all make one time or another. My hope is to equip you to go discover your own solid philosophy from Scripture; to begin there and build a successful life.
In my book, Submission Is Not Silence, I will site the Scriptures I use to make my statements. The blog, however, will be a forum to present the ideas and hopefully generate some discussion.
It is important to compare one passage of the Bible with another, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (I Co 2:13) Go to both the New and Old Testaments and discover that one comments on the other. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Ti 3:16) It is your guidebook. But it can’t guide you if you don’t read it.
If teaching (no matter where it comes from) is suspect, be courageous and ask, “Where is that in the Bible?” Sometimes, the weaker the logic the more often they repeat it, or the louder they shout. There is some traditional teaching that causes serious problems in the minds of women. Remember, Jesus warned, “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” (Mat 7:7) These same also crucified him. Consider what Jesus said to his disciples, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost (the Holy Spirit) whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (Joh 14:26) Later, the Bible says, “Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.” (‘Comparing’ in Greek: “to judge one thing in connection with another”). (I Co 2:13)
Obviously much of the teaching of the Church of the last 2000 years stands as true, but when it is true it can be verified in the Bible. Beware if it cannot be verified. But how can you confirm the teaching if you are not reading the Bible?
Superimpose one verse on another and the meaning will come to light. Consider the contexts. Take the amazing freedom given women by God in Proverbs 31 where a woman’s gifts take her to the marketplace, and compare it with the New Testament, where she is “guide” of her household. In both she has power and privilege. She is “ruler of a family” (as “guide” means in Greek.). (I Ti 5:14)
The key to building a really good life is to take your philosophy primarily from the Bible. God takes responsibility for your future; then: “Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises (raves about) her.” (Pro 31:28).
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• Do you believe you can build a successful philosophy completely based on Scripture?
• What “standard” teaching makes you uncomfortable?
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