These are parts I am trying to understand better. I bothers me some of the things I have seen that we "Christians" write and say about each other so I am reminding me and maybe you.
How many times are we like the passage below when we feel scared, angry, confused etc.?
Proverbs 6 16-18
16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.
We often do not see eye to eye on many things but the passage below is clear or at least to me it is. But I could be wrong, in fact it may be likely I am as I am trying to understand better.
Proverbs 30 5-6
5 "Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
6 Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
I know some like the passage below is in specific context but I am not sure that means it is not said for understanding in other ways
8 " 'How can you say, "We are wise, for we have the law of the LORD," when actually the lying pen of the scribes has handled it falsely?
As I am posting these I am understanding that this may be for some but more this about the confusion that seems to be present among myself and many people I have spoken with. I or them may not know what to do so maybe I can remind myself and others what not to do.
Jeremiah 23 30-32
30 "Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. 31 Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, 'The LORD declares.' 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least," declares the LORD.
We all know this one below but do we really? do I? not as well as I thought
Matthew 7 1
1"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
I no longer will listen to anyone who claims to know when this will be because in saying they know they are saying that God is a liar and He is not. It only serves to cause confusion in me when people do this, that makes my vision blurry as well as makes me retreat from the Father.
32"No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on guard! Be alert[f]! You do not know when that time will come. 34It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch.
35"Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. 37What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "
So I am going to study these hope God gives me better understanding but if He does not He is still God, still perfect, still my only hope.
He reminds me below
Romans 3 21-31
21But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, 23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement,[i] through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
27Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith. 28For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law. 29Is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith. 31Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
I don't know if any or what I posted means anything to anyone else but me. I felt compelled to post what I am trying to learn that's all.
Be loved you are. We should all act like it, me for sure cause I know better