Why Acts 20:7, but not Acts 2:46-47?
Why 1 Corinthians 14:34-35, but not 1 Corinthians 11:5?
Why 1 Timothy 2:12, but not Acts 2:17?
Why Ephesians 5:19, but not Psalm 150? Or Revelation 5:8-9?
Why 1 Peter 3:21, sometimes with Romans 1:16 and 2 Corinthians 7:10 and Romans 10:10 and Hebrews 5:9, but hardly ever with Titus 2:11 or 1 Thessalonians 5:9 or Philippians 2:12? And almost never Luke 10:27-28 or Luke 12:33 or Mark 10:29-30 or John 12:25?
Who gets to decide which? Elders? Preachers? All of us? And why do we decide the way we do?
And what does it say about us when we choose the weekly over the daily, the easy over the difficult, the traditional over the Christ-like, the exclusive-of-others over the inclusive-of-others, the silent over the expressed, the selfish over the selfless?
3 thoughts on “Questions”
In the traditional way of reading, Command outweighs Example. That's why it's listed as C-E-NI. You only need to look at Examples if you can't find a Command. And you don't need to look at Necessary Inferences unless you can't find either a Command OR an Approved Example (who besides the reader and his friends gets to approve the example is beyond me).When historians (NT Wright, for one) show all the time that Actions explain Sayings, not the other way around.
These are probably good additions to the Assumptions I sketched out!
Why? Well because those passages supported the conclusions that had already been drawn…as for the other scripture that might contradict such conclusions if one is open and rather than dogmatic, they are either ignored or negated through some strange hermeneutical gymnastics in order to uphold the conclusions which have become an unwritten creed of dogma.Grace and peace,K. Rex Butts