I’ve spent a little time using logic to look at scripture. The use of equivalent or contrapositive statements has had some good results to help one learn more about the meaning in scripture. The use of the corollary is also helpful. Each commandment has a logical opposite.
For example take the commandment, “Thou shall not kill.”, Exodus 20:13. Logically one must also look at the positive command which could be, “Thou shall preserve life.”
If we help people who have the intent to kill and destroy to live in our community then we are also breaking the commandment by not protecting life. We might not be the one’s doing the killing, but if we allow them to have the ability and feed and clothe them then are we not also guilty of the evil deeds of those who do? Scripture says so.
2 John 1:10-11 “If there come any unto you… receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Scripture is always true. Christ said of the Jewish leaders of His day,
“But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.”, John 10:26
We know from history and the Jew’s own admission in John 8 that most of the Jewish leaders of Christ’s day were of Esau/Edom whom God hates.
Today’s Jews include Esau/Edom. “Edom is in modern Jewry”, The Jewish Encyclopedia.
Remember your grandparents or uncles telling stories about Jews? I remember hearing about two Jews fighting over a penny making the first wire. Those stories were not told to be mean. They were told to teach a warning to the children about the continual behavior of the Jews. They do not share Christian morals.
Christ didn’t say they couldn’t believe because they had not become sheep. Christ said they could not believe because they were not and are not sheep. The modern day Jews are not Israelites. Christ’s word is always true.
John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
1 Corinthians 5:8 “Therefore let us keep the feast”.
We spiritualize it away. Christ is our Passover. A historical record stated that the apostle John taught churches to remember the Passover by taking communion. Easter’s roots are pagan. Spiritualizing scripture destroys its meaning.
The word generation is another word that has been misunderstood in scripture. Sometimes it is translated from the Greek G1074. That is associated with age as in a period of time. Sometimes it is translated from G1085 which means kin. A few times it is translated from G1081 which is fruit with a root word of offspring. The actual source Greek word is where we get the English word for genetics. In the Hebrew it is more common to find it translated from a couple words that mean age as in a period of time of the life of a people.
One of the definitions for generation may be less known. “All of the offspring of about the same stage of life from a common ancestor.” It seems that the ideas of kin and age are connected. When one sees the word generation in scripture it is important to remember that it is referring to a common group of people, family line or race.
There are more bible verses about borders and protecting borders than one might think.
Deuteronomy 27:17a “Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour’s landmark.”
Deuteronomy 19:14a “Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour’s landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance”.
Proberbs 23:10 “Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless”.
Deuteronomy 32:8 “When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.”
God created borders and insisted that borders be respected. An inheritance is a personal belonging. If someone comes along and steals that inheritance they are a robber and a thief. When someone sneaks across a border they are a robber and a thief according to God’s Law. A person who aids people in this sin share in the guilt of all that the people he helps do. There is more to this in God’s Law.
Acts 17:26 “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation”.
Colossians 2:16 “Let no man therefore judge you.. with respect to a Feast day or a New Month or a Sabbath day.”
Would Paul have even mentioned these events if they were done away?
Growing up Catholic we were taught that only theologians could understand scripture. In seminary we were also discouraged from the study of scripture. Scripture teaches that this idea of understanding is false. This teaching, shared by some Protestant denominations as well, keeps people ignorant of God’s word. God wants us to know his word, not so much church doctrine. Read scripture daily and pray for understanding.
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Luck 12:47 “And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.”
Remember WWJD?, What Would Jesus Do? The answer is always the same.
Isaiah 42:21b “Magnify the law, and make it honorable.”
That is, promote Yahweh God’s Law.
John 8:29b “I always do the things that are pleasing to him.”
God considered He was married to true Israel.
Isaiah 54:5 “For your Maker is your husband; Yahweh of Armies is his name: and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; the God of the whole earth shall he be called.”
More of the story is in Ezekiel 23, Romans 7:1-4, Jeremiah 3:8 and easily a couple dozen other passages as well. It is the greatest continuing love story found in scripture.
It is important to know the source of quotes in Scripture. The reader is expected to know the meaning behind a quote from the old testament.
1 Peter 1:16 “Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
The quote is from Leviticus 11:44, God’s health laws, the food laws. The implication is that being holy is effected by what we eat. Therefore the question, can one be holy before God as commanded in 1 Peter 1:16 and still eat pork?