Paul said, “I wish that
Those who are upsetting you…
Would castrate themselves.”
I wish those who unsettle you would castrate themselves!Galatians 5:12 NRSV
The original New Testament of the Bible (which doesn’t exist) was written in Koine Greek (not English) and some Aramaic. The Greek copies that have been found over the years were translated into many other languages: Coptic, Latin, Syriac, Ethiopic, and a whole slew of others. The English translation didn’t happen until the 16th Century. Today, we have many, many versions of the English Bible. You may have grown up with one particular version thinking that it’s the true translation of the original. But, who really knows. So, try reading one of your favorite passages in different versions of the Bible. BibleGateway.com is where I go to quickly change the versions. It’s a treat for me! But, I’m weird that way!
I would they were even cut off which trouble you. King James Version
As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! New International Version
I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! New King James Version
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What are the odds of winning?
So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.Mark 11:24 NRSV
If you tell a Christian that your prayer wasn’t answered, they’ll have a reason as to why it wasn’t. Just take a look at this list of “20 Biblical Reasons For Unanswered Prayers” and you’ll see what I mean. I wonder how many followers carry a Prayer Checklist with them to see if they might qualify to be answered? Just a thought. But, if you look at Mark 11:24, Jesus did not have any qualifications or reasons why your prayers won’t be answered. He simply says that all you have to do is “believe” that you have received it, and it will be yours. Ahh, that mystical word that I have a hard time comprehending – “believe.”
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Abortion is not
A sacred top ten command…
– Exodus 20:14, Exodus 31:18, Mark 10:11-12, Ten Commandments List, Texas Abortion Ban
The original Ten Commandments were written onto stone tablets by “the finger of God.” And yes, Adultery is one of the ten! Can you imagine if Texas banned Adultery like they did Abortion? Jesus is clearly against adultery and it happens to be on God’s Top Ten List of no-nos for humankind! I have a hard time understanding why some Christians are so up in arms about abortion (and gay marriage) and are so forgiving when it comes to adultery. Our lawmakers struggle to have the stone tablets on their front lawn and other public places. But, God’s words have no real meaning for them.
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He cleanses our sins
To assure our salvation
Until judgment day
– John 3:16, Revelation 1:5, John 5:26-29, 1 Corinthians 3:8, Mark 3:28-29
God does not like sinners and allowed his Son to be sacrificed on the cross to pay for all who sin (Revelation 1:5). Well, at least for those who were believers (John 3:16) making that a condition of being saved. I was always told that my sins were abolished by this act of kindness. So, if my sins are wiped clean, why is Jesus coming back to judge the “living and the dead? (John 5:26-29)” Is there some kind of reward ranking in heaven (1 Corinthians 3:8)? Or maybe I have committed the Unforgivable Sin (Mark 3:28-29) and didn’t realize it. That’s possible!
Snake bites deemed harmless
For those who trust in the Lord
Pass the Drano, please
– Mark 16:17-18