“NEW LIFE” BULLETIN – VOL. 25, NO. 32&33 – BIBLE BOMBS
A Bible Bomb is a scripture we pull out of context to try to prove our point. After all, if the Bible says it, how can you refute my point? Boom!
One of them is “There will be wars and rumors of wars.” Meaning praying for peace is a foolish dream. Well, let’s see if the idea of earthly peace was ever a Biblical concept. In Isaiah 2:4 it says, “He (the Lord) will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war any more.” And my favorite is 11:6-9. “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox. The infant will play near the hole of the cobra and the young child put his hand into the viper’s nest. They will neither harm nor destroy on my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Remember, this is an inspired by God prophet speaking for God. Did you notice the snakes finally get redemption?
Did Isaiah, the prophets and other Jewish people believe this would be literal? Yes. It would be on the earth, as in “The earth shall be full of the knowledge of God.”
It looks to me as if wars would cease. If we take this to mean heaven, then all dogs really do go to heaven, along with snakes and other animals. That would be, perhaps, the millennium, as in premillennial. We may look at it differently, but the prophets saw it as literal, at least the part about peace on earth. In context, Jesus was warning about the impending destruction of Jerusalem. Check it out in the gospels Try Matt. 26.
Another one is, “The poor you will always have with you,” Folks usually stop there to throw the bomb that eradicating poverty is impossible. The rest of the sentence is, “But you will not always have me.” The context is certainly immediate; he will soon be gone. However, he also said “I will be with you always.” Are we saying just as there will always be poor people, we will not always have Jesus until he returns?
By the way, the messianic prophets of the Old Testament believed when the Lord came everyone would have their on fig tree and the fields would grow with grapes and other foods. The messianic age would be the end of poverty and want. So it seems these inspired men did not feel the poor would always be with us. Will they? I’ll leave that up to you but you can’t throw the “always poor” bomb to prove it.
Then I heard one at the end of a letter to the editor, where the writer was attacking welfare. He ended it with this Bible Bomb, “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (II Thess. 3:10) Meaning; all poor people on welfare are lazy. By the way, that same statement was the foundation for Lenin’s socialism.
There may be some people who believe if a person is able and there is a job available they can do, they should still be allowed to exist off the wealth of others, but not many. Most folks believe that is not the way to live. So why do we need an out of context Bible Bomb to seal the deal? If it’s true it can stand on its own merits.
Let’s look at the context. Paul has written a first letter to the Thessalonians in which they have concerns about the return of Christ because some have already died, which indicates they believed the return of Christ was imminent. The issue about the return of Christ has them on edge. So Paul tells them the Lord will bring the dead when he comes. (4:13-18) In Chapt. 5 he warns them against idleness while they wait.
The anxiety about the return of Christ is also an issue in the second letter. (2:1-12) Then with regard to idleness, Paul says they earned their own keep while they (Paul and the others) were there, and that was to be the rule. “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” (5:10) Then he addresses the issue of idleness and tells these Christians to earn the bread they eat. (vs 12) They are known to be “not busy, but busybodies” which is not gossiping, but the Greek means they were not only neglecting their own duties, but were interfering in the activities of others.
This was not a social statement as Lenin took it to be. It was a local problem brought on by those Christians who wanted others to care for them while they anxiously waited the return of Christ. No boom.
CONCERNS: Leena’s brother, Nick. Leena has gone to visit him. Rich Crites and Mary Smith. Gary Overstreet’s eyesight is failing. Judy McWhorter’s brother-in-law is being treated for cancer. Hannah, a classmate of Garrett Lee Williams is being treated for leukemia. Ten year-old Regan (brain cancer) is in serious condition. His grandfather, Richard, was in a serious accident in California. Pray for them. A friend of Martha Foy, Gil Richardson has muscular dystrophy. Friends and relatives of the Beach’s; Stephanie Rigney, and Marge Greenwood are among those being treated or recovering from cancer as is Deana McRoy, Philip Pierce’s mother and Sharon, a friend of Del Bolin. Jim Hunter is to have surgery for spurs on his back which are causing him a lot of pain. Remember also Jenni Cullum, Ron Matney, Alma Martin, Helen Nicklas and Tim Elder.
OUR DAILY BREAD: SEPT. 2-7
Monday: Malachi 1:1-14
Tuesday: John 3:1-15
Wednesday: Psalm 65:1-13
Thursday: I Peter 2:1-10
Friday: Matthew 4:1-11
Saturday: Exodus 15:1-18
OUR DAILY BREAD: SEPT. 9-14
Monday: Psalm 16:1-11
Tuesday: Matthew 20:1-16
Wednesday: Amos 3:12-4:5
Thursday: Hebrews 10:19-39
Friday: Ephesians 5:3-20
Saturday: Psalm 148:1-14
NEW ADDRESS Nick Bolin is now at Virginia Tech Since the bulletin is published on our web page, see a hard copy for his address.
Brad Hager has moved to Titusville, Florida. He will be keeping an apartment in Blacksburg, so we may see him on occasion when he is in town.
THE EMAIL LIST
Remember, we are upgrading our email list. The “members” list receives the service roster each month. However, that list can also serve to spread news of sickness, deaths, weather related situations etc.
This does not mean phones would no longer be used, just that it is another avenue for dispensing information quickly.
As to receiving the bulletin, that is sent via our web site. So if you change your email address you will need to go to the web site and click on “The Minister.” At that page click on “subscribe to . . . ” You will be asked your email address and then told that a conformation will be sent to you which you must acknowledge to receive the bulletin. Or you may tell KW and he will subscribe for you, after which you will still need to notify that you want it.
So, as you can see, this is a big help to have the emailing list up to date. So check out your name and follow the instructions on the list.
Now that the new sound system is in, the steering committee wants to begin looking at the cost of making the upstairs restroom handicapped excisable. We are also moving toward the video portion of the sound system, since money has been contributed toward that improvement. The security lights may be installed by today and the cameras will be placed as soon as we decide on which kind to buy.
COMING UP NEXT
The next special time of gathering together will be at the Peaks of Otter Hike and Picnic. Erma will not be able to be there again this year, so those who helped get things ready last year, we will need you.