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Quoting Scripture

 

Dear Brother Ron

 

Is the mere quoting of scripture enough to establish one's truth claims, since here we see the devil himself (mis)quoting Scripture! That's why Peter warned that, "In [Paul's epistles] there are some things hard to understand that the ignorant and unstable distort to their own destruction, just as they do the other Scriptures" (2 Peter 3:16).

 

Mr. Martin

 

Dear Mr. Martin

 

You can pretty much make the Bible say anything you want it to say. I can show you Bible passages that condone slavery. If your bride is not a virgin on her wedding night, the Bible says she is to be stoned to death. Children who talk back to their parents deserve a similar fate.

This phenomenon is not unique to Christians. We see Muslims and others using the same kind of deception. I have even seen religious texts used for reverse plagiarism. That's where you come up with an original idea and attribute it to a famous source. The perfect example is the famous "eagle" misquote from the Koran:

Quran ( 9:11) -- For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace.


The verse cited actually says, "But (even so), if they repent, establish regular prayers, and practice regular charity, they are your brethren in Faith: (thus) do We explain the Signs in detail, for those who understand". The word "eagle" appears nowhere in the Quran.

Remember the old adage that figures don't lie but liars figure.

Best always
Brother Ron